The most versatile style trend ever- Polka dots

By Sisi Tsoi

The fashion world gets a reputation for being rather fickle. Every season certain trends are deemed 'over ' and resigned to the bargain bin, and yet there are also those that are so well loved and relied up on that they can be sure to show up in numerous forms just about any time of year. The polka dot is a good example of one staple - if, indeed, a pattern can be considered a basic. Its cutesy, unending appeal makes it a print profitable to invest in, one you can trust you will be reaching into your wardrobe for in the months and future years. Polka dots are famously named after the Polish dance, gaining in popularity at the time when the half-step was all the rage. Records returning to the 1850s show people were donning the dots as they danced the night away, moving in circles while wearing them. In the 50s and 60s the trend saw a revival, appearing on pencil skirts, swing dresses, and high waisted bikinis. It's from this period that the polka-dot has retained its vintage vibe, and in the following list we'll show you how to channel the impertinent form of Lucille Ball and other mid-century ladies with a latter day twist.

1. The Cutout Dress - The Cutout waist is very Summer 2012, making this dress a perfect mix between the classic and the contemporary. With a super flattering shape, this dress will suit all shapes, and the spaghetti strap back makes it perfect for a trip to the beach. Choose shades such as mint and coral to fit in with the pretty pastel craze! 2. The Collared Dress - The rusty orange tone of this mini dress makes for a gorgeous retro look. The oversized collar lapels and bow tied at the waist make for delightful details; worn with some lady-like jewelry such as pearl earrings and a necklace, you'll be the Belle of the Polka Ball.

3. Blue Mini Dress -To get the Polka dot flowy dress down to a T without looking like Minnie Mouse, blue is a great colour to choose. Alexa Chung, Rachel Bilson and Taylor Swift have all been spotted recently in blue polka dot dresses, often accessorised with a slick of red lipstick for a classic and chic elegance.

4. Navy Skater Dress -A skater dress is a fool-proof style to show your love for the polka dots, because they really do go with anything. Team with a blazer, a biker jacket, your tallest heels or your most trusted ankle boots, and we guarantee this shape will look amazing regardless. Navy and White is the classic colour combination for polka dots, ensuring you look adorably vintage yet avoiding the costume effect of other retro styles.

5. Crop Top - A Crop Top is a simple way to taste the spots without making a commitment to a head to toes look. For an informal summery look match with denim cutoffs, or for an outfit that may stay abreast of the fashion pack, team with a pencil skirt - this year's hottest silhouette.

6. Triangle Spotty Earrings - Polka Dots look great on jewellery : it's a straightforward enough pattern that it doesn't look too occupied and it's a classic print that everyone recognizes. The triangles add a twist to keep things engaging, and they're sufficiently subtle to wear with another print on your dress or top, since clashing is hot at the moment. 7. Palazzo Pants -The Palazzo Puff profile is a fantastic shape to carry off the polka dotted pattern. A statement style with a classic print, these will jazz up any ensemble, whether they are paired basics or contrasting pieces. Wear with soaring heels for a striking effect!

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