Stitch In Time – Pretty In Polka
by Amy Newson
This extraordinarily feminine blast from the past will give your wardrobe an exciting twist, while leaving you feeling like Marilyn Monroe herself.
‘Polka’ is Czech for little woman or girl, which is no surprise really when we examine the history of the polka dot. For many, polka dots may be reminiscent of childhood clothing and Minnie Mouse, who was introduced in 1928 and was famous for her red polka dot dress with matching bow. But in the 1950s Christian Dior made these dots extraordinarily feminine with his New Look collection, erasing any association with a polka dot clad cartoon mouse.
In that same decade, Marilyn Monroe’s polka dot bikini caused quite a stir and made the popularity for this graphic print rocket sky high, before it turned into a more juvenile trend.
This season, however, polka dots are reminiscent of that old school femininity.
And there’s more good news, the polka dot trend is carrying over into Autumn/Winter 17 season, so investing in a few signature pieces just makes common sense! For a summery look and clean silhouette small dots are the best choice, while bigger globular dots are perfect for an autumn, bold look. Polka dots add a guaranteed playful element to any wardrobe, and with this season’s trend, an ultra-feminine one too. Wave goodbye to Minnie as you explore gowns covered in coin-sized dots or tightly pleated and ruffled skirts with playful graphics prints. It’s nice to finally be able to dress super-girly without feeling slightly frivolous, so jump right in and enjoy!