KATIE WRIGHT re­veals why Min­nie Mouse and Ju­lia Roberts should be your sum­mer style icons

The Chronicle - - Style Guide -

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, bauk­

Bon­prix polka dot blouse, cur­rently re­duced to £19.99 from £32.99

Joseph Ribkoff black/vanilla top, £175, 1ereAv­

Sim­ply Be spot ruf­fle blouse, £32

Red polka dot swim­suit, £55, swimwear

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

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