February is all about the polka dot. Yep, we’re getting dotty this month. Quirkier than the stripe but just as versatile, the polka dot is a classic, playful pattern that seems to be misunderstood. Polka dots are not just for tweens, ladies! Depending on the size of the dot as well as the color combination used, you can take this pattern from clownish to retro inspired rockabilly to Parisian chic. And Parisian chic is what we’re after today with variations of black and white polka dot pieces – a black accordion pleated dress with white dots, and a white loose sweater with tiny black dots.
These are great examples of the two easiest ways you can take polka dots from fanciful to fancy. It’s all about the size of the dots in relation to the classic, understated pieces they adorn. You want the polka dots to add a bit of fun, but not be the focus and make you look like Bozo the clown, which will happen if your polka dots are too large.
Part Marion Cotillard, part Kate Moss, this outfit takes polka dots and turns them into a closet staple. An LBD is no longer an LBD, it’s a Parisian influenced statement. Where’s your gimlet? You’ve got your 20’s inspired accordion pleated dress, gorgeous, yet understated flats, and a sexy leather jacket. Add some tights and a french girl staple, red lipstick and you have an outfit that’s sure to get a lot of mileage.
This second outfit is all about taking dramatic pieces and creating a subtle and easy to wear look. We have a fairly relaxed polka dot sweater tucked into a voluminous blue skirt and a wool swingy coat. The pieces have volume but it’s for visual effect rather than just heavy layering. The flats are metallic and menswear inspired which is as fun or casual as you want them to be. French women strive for simplicity with their style so when it comes to accessories, don’t go overboard.
– Julia of Style and Cheek