Some months ago, I was pretty surprised when polka dots were proclaimed to be THE fashion trend during this year’s spring and summer season. Like with florals for spring, the cheerful spotted pattern may not be necessarily groundbreaking. But it is definitely a feminine, timeless classic in everybody’s wardrobe – whether as a dress, blouse or skirt.
“I don’t think there is ever a wrong time for a Polka Dot.”– Marc Jacobs
The revival of the classic polka dot dress
For summer and spring 2020, we saw polka dots on the runways of Balenciaga, Gucci, Michael Kors and Carolina Herrera, to just name a few. It was clear that the polka dot print would experience a revival and come back as a major trend this year. But did you know that the spottet pattern, as we know it, already became popular in the early 1920s, reaching the upper echelons of fashion in 1954, when Dior featured an elegant, black and white polka dot dress in its couture collection?
Even though polka dots have never fallen out of fashion in all these decades, they reached a new hype in the 90s: Julia Robert’s style in the romantic comedy Pretty Woman remains unforgotten, when her character Vivian Ward attends a polo match, wearing her iconic brown silk polka dot dress. In my opinion, it totally deserved the hype because it’s simply timeless and a feminine piece that never gets out of style.
A baby blue polka dot dress with modern twists
Polka dots really stand the test of time and do elevate any outfit, which is why they remain a constant in our wardrobes. Although I already own one or another polka dot dress, I couldn’t resist to get my hands on another one this spring.
Although at first glance the chosen dress from Forever New reminded me of Kate’s polka dot dress she wore immediately after Prince George’s birth, I totally fell in love with it when I ordered it and tried it on at home. The lightweight fabric is perfect for warm spring and summer days and the wrap front as well as the pleated skirt give it a modern touch without losing its timeless style. Little details like the short, sheer flutter sleeves and the tie around the waist make it one of my favourite fashion items at the moment. But most importantly: I love how it immediately elevates my mood after putting it on – a clear sign to keep it and wear it not only this season but also the years to come.
“You can’t have a bad day in polka dots.”– Anna Kendrick
Unfortunately, the dress is already almost sold out (a phenomenon I increasingly observe with many new fashion items in almost all online shops during the current pandemic). Thus, below you find a selection of my favourite polka dot styles for the current spring and upcoming summer season – and an almost identical dress by Hallhuber (which is still available in all sizes!).
My favourite polka dot dresses for spring and summer 2020:
Although the polka dot print is a huge trend for this year’s summer season, I’m sure it will remain a constant in our wardrobes for the years to come. It doesn’t always have to be the black and white dress with a classic silhouette. Instead, try to wear the dotted style in fresh and fun colours or in a different shape – midi and maxi styles included!
How do you like to combine polka dots? Let me know here or under my latest Instagram post.
With much love,