Thursday, April 12, 2012

Connect the Dots

Hi everyone! Happy Thursday! For the first time this week, it has become more of a reality to me that winter is coming, whether we are ready...or not. The days are getting shorter, darker and the winds are blowing just that little bit harder. With every wind blow, you could almost feel "winter" slowly waking up and announcing his arrival to the world. I think in times like these, we must still find ways to cheer ourselves up, despite the "cold truth". So today, I decided to bring out one of my all time favourite cheeky and playful fashion friends - the polka dots.

I can't help it, but these little round things just make me smile every time I look at them. Many of you would be intimately familiar with polka dots, and may have even grown up seeing or wearing them. Our once (for some =P) beloved Disney Minnie Mouse is almost always seen sporting them and she has certainly maintained a youthful and cheerful outlook for the future.

When we talk about polka dots in the fashion sense, we are referring to the polka dot pattern. This pattern consists of an array of filled circles, generally equally sized and as you would expect, it comes in all sorts of colour combinations and dot sizes. The polka dots first became common on clothing in the late nineteenth century in Britain, and have since remained as a classic pattern over the centuries. It is incredibly popular with younger kids and are most commonly seen on children's clothing and toys. Having said that, in recent years, they have been hitting the fashion catwalks and re-appealed to the "grown ups" of the world. 
I love polka dots because they are just so cheerful and add such a whimsical tone to any outfit. I particularly love the way these dots are complimenting this skirt, just can't resist a full flare mini adorned with some fun dots =)
Ok, so for some of us, dressed in a full polka dot one piece may be a little intimidating. I find that if you like the pattern and want to wear it in a one piece (e.g., dress), it's best when the dots are smaller in size and more spaced apart (better still, scattered). Otherwise, choosing accessories in polka dot patterns is always a great option to inject some playfulness into the ensemble without going overboard. A scarf, a pair of shoes, or the frames of your sunnies are all subtle ways that you could work this cheerful pattern into your attire. Despite their appeal, try and limit yourself to one polka-dotted piece at a time. I hope when you next put on your polka dot piece, it will bring a smile to your face too!
Top: Zara (similar);
Skirt: Asos (similar);
Earrings: Amrita Singh;
Clutch: Asos (similar, but love this, this);
Shoes: Unknown

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