KATIE WRIGHT reveals why Minnie Mouse and Julia Roberts should be your summer style icons
WHAT do a cartoon mouse and Hollywood A-lister have in common, you might ask? Spots, is the answer. Disney character Minnie Mouse is, of course, rarely seen without her signature spotty red and white frock, while one of US actress Julia Roberts’ most iconic characters, Vivian from Pretty Woman, is famous for (among other muchloved outfits) the belted brown polka dot dress she wears to the polo match. Much like Viv and Mrs Mouse, fashion has gone totally dotty for spots this season. It started on the catwalks, with Dior, Balenciaga and Self-Portrait plumping for polka dot prints on frock coats, flowing midi dresses and statement blouses. Now the high street has followed suit with a sea of spotty pieces – including a variety of chestnut brown Pretty Woman-esque dresses – and they’re just perfect for sunny summer days (and nights).
The key to styling spots? Don’t complicate things.
A flouncy wrap dress (this season’s update on the Flamenco-danceremoji trend) needs nothing more than sunnies and sandals to accessorize it.
A monochrome tiered skirt, whether mini or maxi, should be paired with a plain tee, while a ruffled blouse teamed with faded blue mom jeans plays up the Eighties associations.
There are even polka dot swimsuits if you really want to make a splash.
Here’s our pick of the high street’s best...
River Island brown polka dot cap sleeve wrap dress, £46; Gold open toe cone heel mules, £40; Orange kettle cross body bag, £32; Rose gold tone cut out red lens sunglasses, £16, and gold tone hoop drop earrings, £12 *Prices correct at time of going to...
Baukjen pure white V-neck tee, £35; Martha ruffle skirt, £89, and classic gold buckle belt, £59, baukjen.com
Bonprix polka dot blouse, currently reduced to £19.99 from £32.99
Joseph Ribkoff black/vanilla top, £175, 1ereAvenue.com
Simply Be spot ruffle blouse, £32
Red polka dot swimsuit, £55, swimwear 365.co.uk
Zara polka dot stretch dress, £25.99
Matalan polka dot lace Bardot top, £14
Sosandar red and white polka dot Bardot top, £39
Marks and Spencer Collection spotted ruffle maxi skirt, £45