Polka dot print has been making a strong comeback in recent seasons, and several designers have decided to use the pattern on different garments and accessories for Pre-Fall 21.
This print dates back to 1850 (more or less) and got its name from the famous polka dance. At the time, this type of dance became popular throughout Europe and the polka dot pattern worn by the dancers became all the rage, too. Then, in the 1940s, Christian Dior chose this print for creations from his iconic 1947 collection, in which he presented the ‘New Look.’ In the sixties, the polka dot print returned to popular culture in characters like Minnie Mouse. Finally, at the end of the 20th century, designers like Valentino, Carolina Herrera, and Escada made the world fall in love with their dotted designs.
This trend always reminds me of the infamous 101 Dalmatians villain, Cruella de Vil, one of the most stylish and best dressed women in Disney’s films. Another image that comes to mind when I think of polka dots is Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman; just recall the scene where Vivian Ward attends a polo game in a beautiful chocolate-colored dress with white polka dots. It’s simply one of her best looks.
Polka dot print moves easily from day to night. We can wear it in a layered tulle cocktail dress with red polka dots like the one from Elie Saab or in a gray two-piece suit with white polka dots, like the one by Max Mara, to the office. It’s a print that gives a youthful and cheerful touch to a look and works well with different vibrant and contrasting colors. Good examples are the dress with oversized sleeves in pink with black polka dots from Balenciaga and the white shirt with different colored polka dots from Carolina Herrera. I also like the classic black and white combination as seen in Saint Laurent’s or Giambattista Valli’s collections.
Polka dot print is timeless. Find a dress from the sixties and make some slight modifications to the waist, silhouette, and hem for a sensational contemporary look. With the right accessories, you can give your outfit a more chic touch. Let yourself fall in love with polka dots. I already have, and I think, as Cruella de Vil once said, “I look wonderful in spots.”