Zanna says, "Possibly one of the happiest prints in my book, and worn correctly, polka dots can look super chic (not all Minnie Mouse!). They can act as a statement all on their own (See Mui Mui's fab pink jacket for fall!) or can sit nicely with an opposing print acting like a neutral. For example, small polka dots on top and florals on the bottom - as long as the color families and fabrications work together."
I found this this "printed button back sweater" from Boden ($98) that just screams moi. And if I wasn't expecting, I would scoop it up right now. Isn't the color fantastic? And this perfect arrangement and size of dots is exactly what I've been looking for on such a simple silhouette all my life. Le sigh. (I've actually since maternity polka dots done very chicly, but I'm afraid I'd mess it all up...so risky!)
Not sure about you, but I usually shy away from most prints, but have always felt like the polka dot was my friend. They're a little more subtle, whether you're going tiny swiss dots or huge ones all over. It's hard to really mess it up. "Polka dots are a no-brainer print with big impact," Zanna says. I like how she thinks.
"This season we're seeing every iteration of spots. From overcoats to shoes to sweaters. A retro 1950s-inspired print made modern." -- Zanna Roberts Rassi, Boden Style Consultant
And don't kid yourself, celebs are polka-dot lovers. "Some of my favorite celeb polka-dot looks --- Tilda Swinton in (different size) polka-dot pants and shirt and Kate Middleton leaving the hospital (as her mother-in-law before her) wearing a pretty blue polka-dot dress by Jenny Packham," says Zanna.
[Photos Courtesy Piperlime; Boden]