Sometimes, the fash pack realises that some trends are just too brilliant to only last one season. This season, polka dots are coming back to grace the fabric of clothes everywhere: meaning that at long last spots have joined the likes of florals and their much more famous sister, stripes, to gain status as a regular visitor to the catwalk. Seen on the AW catwalks at Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney et al, dots are exploding back into fashion in time for the autumn. And they’re bigger (sometimes literally) and better than ever.
The look as a whole is sleeker and more refined- with the dots becoming more essential to the look as a whole rather than, as in previous years, being contained to one accessory or dress that seemed at odds with the rest of the outfit. Stella complemented a polka dot sheer panel dress with polka dot tights, and Marc Jacobs mixed spotted accessories with 40s glamour styling- fusing a blend of pretty blouses, pencil skirts and lace detailing with layers of polka dot accessories.
Pair with the colours of the season –autumnal hues like wines and rusts, and jewel brights- emeralds, purples and blues.
Pick larger spots for cute daytime looks, but choose little spots for a more elegant look – now polka dots are officially high fashion we can wear them in the evening and even to the office!
Previously it has been a no-no, but this season dare to be different – don’t be afraid to mix spots with spots.
Look magazine has taken inspiration and suggested a very wearable alternative, teaming Wolford’s Bonny Dots Tights with even more spots in head to toe black and keeping the bold touches to colour pop accessories and neon make up. However you wear them, make sure you stay right on trend and go dotty for dots this season.
Wolford Bonny Dots tights are the actual tights that Look magazine used in their shoot, and are the perfect balance between large and tiny spots- and for the extreme fashionistas among you, we have the same print in a hold up version!
If you love those but they’re a little out of your price range, try Pamela Mann Oversized Spot tights. Not only are they a cheaper alternative- they were featured in a Vogue shoot too!
Perfect for the office and an evening look, Gerbe Plumetis tights feature smaller dots so are great for a more elegant take on the trend, and ideal for those of you who want to try out the trend before you fully commit. (Again, if pay day is still a mere speck in the distance, look to Pamela Mann for some cheaper tights with small dots).
If you’re determined to do the whole shebang properly, layer these Pamela Mann socks over your tights à la Marc Jacobs – or wear alone in warmer weather for a summer introduction to autumn’s trend.