Polka dots are back. They feel very 80s to me…
Princess Diana was a big fan of polka dots. Given the recent 20-year anniversary of her untimely death, this post is a little hommage to her (sorry – indulge me here!!!)
As a child, I used to carefully cut out images of Lady Di in her many glamorous outfits – the one-shouldered evening gowns, glittering tiaras, coordinated day suits & hats, even her casual, country attire – and stick them in scrap books. I followed her every fashion move. I literally stalked her. My Grandma was on-side and used to save her newspaper and magazine cuttings for me.
Anyone else do that???
As I am sure Diana did, I love the quirky, fun feel of polka dots. Especially oversized polka dots that were a key feature in Loewe’s AW17 collection (main image). But they also have an air of elegance about them – remember the dress Julia Roberts wore to the Polo in Pretty Woman?
Polka dots are a current favourite trend of mine, but I am trying to be restrained with my spending right now…
Luckily I already have a polka dot dress in my wardrobe; one that I bought in the M&S sale earlier this year – you may remember me having a dilemma over it in this post.
I am so glad that I did purchase it in the end! One of the reasons I hesitated was that I only saw it as a dress for formal occasions (of which I have few.) But now I see it in a more versatile light. For example it will work over jeans… and playing around with accessories can give it a slightly different, more edgy look.
So given that I am (sort of) observing no-spend-september, I decided to have a little peruse on eBay and came up trumps winning two vintage polka dot blouses.
The first is a yellow and black vintage blouse by Jaeger, which set me back £7.
The second – I didn’t intend to win two bids!! – is this polka dot pussy-bow blouse from St Michael. I won this for the starting bid of £14.99 (incredibly no other bidders!!!)
If you like my vintage M&S polka dots, how about this similar pussy bow blouse from Boohoo?
Or how about this blouse by Angel Eye, available at Next.
Alternatively what about this flounced blouse/top from H&M to wear with jeans or a pair of wide, black trousers for an evening occasion?
Aside from tops, there are lots of polka dot dresses, jumpsuits and even trousers to choose from right now (see shopping ideas below).
Obviously I already have a black dress with polka dots, otherwise I would have definitely purchased this dress from H&M. It is super stretchy – providing a lovely flattering shape – and even has pockets!