Polka dots used to make me break out into a rash (figuratively of course. If I meant literally then that would be a whole new level of irony wouldn’t it?) But then I was sitting in a movie theatre years ago and saw Julia Roberts in “Pretty Woman” wearing a brown polka dot dress to watch polo.
Suddenly spotted fabric went from “Cruella de Vil” to “gotta have it.”
With polka dots everywhere now, here are some tips on how to stay a pretty woman instead of looking like you’re regressing to childhood. It helps that this time around the trend is not cutsy, it’s more pop-art and graphic than we’ve seen before.
All the above pieces have an air of sophistication to them. Part of that is due to the fact that the cut of the garments is clean and unfussy. It’s still a bold pattern choice, so make sure you balance it out. Take some more clues from how Julia’s character was costumed:
- Keep make-up minimal
- Wear your hair in a simple manner: notice that Julia Roberts’ hair was up in a simple chignon.
- Accessories should not be girly or fussy: Julia’s character wears a borderline masculine leather belt with her polka dot dress, and carries a structured handbag.
The irony here is that I’m admiring the way a working girl wore polka dots with class. So, ignore the character’s employment choice and let’s take this style from “working girl” to the workplace.