At Louis Vuitton, the classic print was matched with monochromatic garb
At Louis Vuitton, the classic print was matched with monochromatic garb

Polka-dots: The timeless trend gets a modern update for spring

It's time to wave goodbye to the days of Minnie Mouse-esque specks

Sarah Young
Wednesday 12 April 2017 16:28
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A typically juvenile trend, chances are you were dressed in polka-dots as a child. And while there can be something wistfully nostalgic about wearing them now; there’s a fine line between a trend that’s playful and one that’s infantile.

So, how do you wear the timeless polka-dot without looking overly twee?

Luckily, this season designers filtered the graphic print through a fresh fashion lens waving a final goodbye to the days of Minnie Mouse-esque specks.

Instead, this modern take on dots successfully marries sophisticated style with a light-hearted edge.

The most playful of which appeared at Givenchy, where subtle circles came in the form of sliced geode prints and oversized agate pendants. But, they didn’t stop there.

The house continued to give the trend some serious graphic bite with contemporary pattern blocking, cosmic colouring and fly-away ruffles of chiffon.

For Comme des Garcons and Louis Vuitton however, the classic print was matched with monochromatic garb. The former displayed black-and-white dots over enormous, sculptural pieces in true Comme style while a collection rooted in Parisienne style saw Louis Vuitton add polka-dots to 80s floaty dresses.

This season, the runways challenged our preconceptions of the retro motif for sure as it abandoned its syrupy roots in favour of refined fabrics and fluid silhouettes.

The most playful take on the trend appeared at Givenchy

As such, polka-dots promise to add a playful element to your real-life wardrobe with a grown-up guise. Wear yours small and on a clean silhouette or go big or go home to really make an unapologetically bold statement.

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