Why polka dots are the 2018 trend you need to master

Sarah Young
Friday 25 May 2018 12:16 BST

A leading trend on the catwalks for autumn winter, polka dots prevail for the new season.

So if you’re the kind of girl that associates the print with Minnie Mouse specks or 1950s-esque circle skirt dresses, it’s time to think again.

The resurgence of the timeless polka dots shows no signs of slowing down any time soon but what is clear this season is that it has been rendered through a fresh fashion lens.

Forget it’s syrupy, somewhat juvenile vibe because for spring/summer 2018 the ubiquitous motif has seen a coming of age.

Stealing the limelight across the board, spots of all sizes dominated the runways proving that polka dots are back in a big way, literally.

At Carolina Herrera, larger-than-life discs covered 80’s-inspired iterations from puffball sleeve rainbow dresses to pencil skirts and sequinned monochrome numbers.

Elsewhere, Jacquemus’ collection, which was inspired by French island girls, took the print to the beach with soft, draped asymmetric shapes, strapless swimsuits and knotted tulip skirts.

Mix Spot Ruched Midi Wrap Dress, £46, Topshop

However, other designers were out to prove that size really doesn’t matter. Here, Dior presented ladylike dots on sheer black shirts, while Balenciaga and Jason Wu amalgamated theirs with patchwork florals, gingham and logo prints.

Of course, like most trends polka dots might not seem out of place on the runway but mastering how to wear them in real life without looking overly twee isn’t as easy.

Rust Spot Print Button Rolled Sleeve Shirt, £17.99, New Look

After all, there’s a fine line between looking playful and straight up infantile.

Here, we suggest using the print to add a twist to your grown-up pieces and don’t be afraid to experiment with size, colour and texture.

Polka Dot Jumpsuit, £29.99, Zara

Looking for something suited for the office? Then small dots on a clean silhouette are best.

But, if it’s a sartorial statement you’re after go big or go home, or opt for a mix of polka dot sizes with one outrageously dotty head-to-toe ensemble.

Dotted Scoop Back Swimsuit, £35, & Other Stories
V-Neck Dress, £19.99, H&M

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