Micro trend: Polka dots

polka-dotsIt might have been a print that your parents dressed you in as a child, but polka dots don’t have to be cutesy. Indeed, for fall/winter, polka dots popped up at a number of shows including Emporio Armani and Maison Margiela on refined, ladylike dresses which harkened back to the elegance of the 1930s and 40s.

At Balenciaga in particular, large black dots covered a white couture gown, which had been designed to celebrate the fashion house’s 100th anniversary.

What’s more, unlike other new season trends such as fluffy outerwear and corduroy that can’t be worn until colder weather sets in, polka dots provide the perfect opportunity to make a head start on new season fashion. Read on for five ways to wear the trend now.

Swimsuit by Tory Burch
With its sweetheart neckline and flattering halter straps, Tory Burch’s navy-and-white swimsuit has a definite Marilyn Monroe vibe.
(Available at www.net-a-porter.com, US$250)

Shirt by Topshop
This easy-to-wear monochrome shirt would be ideal for either work or play.
(Available at www.topshop.com, US$58)

Leather pouch by Comme des Garçons
Japanese label Comme des Garçons regularly uses polka dots in its designs, and this playful leather pouch is one of the brand’s signature pieces.
(Available at www.net-a-porter.com, US$190)

Shoes by Zara
Probably the easiest way to wear the polka dot trend, Zara’s smart heeled pumps would look great with a pair of black skinny jeans.
(Available at www.zara.com, US$59.90)

Skirt by The Reformation
This feminine skirt could be dressed up with a silk camisole and heels, or worn casually with a white T-shirt and sandals. In other words, it’s a no-brainer.
(Available at www.thereformation.com, US$148)