Dating all the way back to the 1920s and the iconic character of Minnie Mouse, polka dots have been a staple print in fashion for decades. They’re a timeless classic that reappear over and over because of their versatility and wearability, and this coming season is no different. Ashley Williams pairs a tiered day-dress in traditional polka-dot print with cool-girl flat sliders, while at Osman, below, polka dots are given a size and colour update for an injection of modernity for the new season.
Osman AW18. Source, @osmanstudios
The polka dot isn’t just confined to funky outerwear or smart occasionwear, and the trick to infcluding this classic trend into your everyday ‘drobe is right under your nose (or your foot, to be exact). Stylish footwear is a straightforward, fool-proof way of getting in on a trend, without going full head-to-toe. It was the iconic Dior slingback, previewed by UK blogger Laura Wills, below, that ignited a new-found appreciation and love for dots earlier this year. And as we know, once a trend takes hold on Instagram, it isn’t long before it trickles down from luxury boutiques to the high street.
But you don’t need to reach as high end as Dior for a taste of polka dot luxury: look to old-school all-star Converse, below, for comfort and style, and let these Alaia sandals serve up sophistication from dinner party to late-night dance floor. Whether you’re channelling sexy or commanding, feminine or sporty, scroll below to shop ten perfectly spotty styles. And in the words of Marc Jacobs, “There is never a wrong time for a polka dot.”
Bombe studded polka-dot watersnake sandals Alaia, €1,250 at net-a-porter.com
Polka-dot heel pumps by Maryam Nassir Zadeh, €356 at farfetch.com
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star hi trainers, €34.99 at converse.com
Maisie lace-trimmed polka-dot faille mules, €535 at net-a-porter.com
Jodie bow-embellished polka-dot twill platform sandals by Tabitha Simmons, €244 at theoutnet.com
Kitten heel slingback court shoes, €27 at marksandspencer.ie
Forever Marilyn 105, €705 at aquazzura.com
Odessa flat, €349 at malonesouliers.com
Light grey and black gazelle leather polka dots trainers by Adidas, €50.95 at schuh.ie
Polka dot knife 115 pumps by Balenciaga, €795 at brownsfashion.com