In the spring of 1940, the Los Angeles Times wrote of the polka dot print:
“You can sign your fashion life away on the polka-dotted line, and you’ll never regret it.”
Seventy six years on and the same applies. There is a nostalgia associated with the polka dot print combined with a feminine, playful sophistication.
How do you style it? Here’s some inspiration from the ages…
French designer, Coco Chanel favoured dots during the 1920s.
Katherine Hepburn looked every bit the ‘modern woman’ in her chic, playful polka dot jumpsuit.
Christian Dior’s postwar ‘New Look’ sought to “make women extravagantly, romantically, eyelash-battingly female” again. He favoured the polka dot print throughout his collection and projected the print within the realm of ‘high fashion’.
The iconic Marilyn Monroe wore a polka dot dress in the film ‘Seven Year Itch’.
A young Brooke Shields dons head-to-toe polka dot. The result? Simply stylish.
The romantic comedy of the age, Pretty Woman, where Julia Roberts wore THAT polka dot dress. Swoon.
The polka print continues to resonate in modern fashion. Why? Because it’s timeless, feminine and effortlessly sophisticated. Take a tentative dip into polka or try a lot – it’s a fashionable stalwart that will never feel irrelevant or ever go out of style.