Spots or stripes?

There are some things that are fashion perennials. Year after year they appear, in some shape or form, on the catwalks, or in the shopping mall stores. Spots and stripes are two of those.

But spots or stripes? Which are you? do you like the fun, retro pop of polka dots, or do your prefer the boldness of stripes? We can never decide. We like to be really bold and wear them together. But we know that’s not for everyone. We know for some it’s spots or stripes, and that’s fine.

If you’re in the spots corner, you probably love retro styles, pretty dresses,and bold colours. We love a polka dot dress. White Stuff’s green shift is bright and bold (£59.95), and Maine @ Debenhams’ navy polka dot midi (£40) has bigger, bolder dots. We adore JOY’s simple denim blue small dotty sundress (£40). An itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini sound familiar?! We love Floozie by FrostFrench’s retro version (top, £26.50, bottoms, £15, Debenhams) A simple polka dot Tee is a summer staple – this navy one is from French Connection (£36). And how about these Adidas Stan Smiths from Schuh, even better reduced from £67 to £44.99.

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Spots or stripes – maybe stripes are your favourite. We love a good stripe. They’re chic, classy, easy and striking. Stripes work brilliantly in simple items, or whole outfits. New Look’s striped midi skirt (£19.99) and matching crop top (£14.99) is a fantastic, bold outfit for a big night out. JOY’s full midi in multi-stripe chambray is a great daytime stripe (£45).

New Look’s stripy playsuit in bold colours is a fun fashion piece for summer (£19.99). JOY’s striped sweat (£32) is casual perfection. And if you like muted stripes, then H&M’s shopper (£24.99) or Schuh’s flat shoes (£28) are for you. And for the beach, J by Jasper Conran’s striped bikini (top, £28, bottoms £18, Debenhams) will get you noticed.

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So, spots or stripes? Which are you?

Royal polka dot style!

Didn’t Kate Middleton look lovely in her bespoke Jenny Packham polka dot dress when she and Prince William introduced Prince George of Cambridge to the world on Tuesday? Princess Diana also had some royal polka dot style going on when she stood on the same steps at the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s in London back in 1982 with Prince William in her arms.

Polka dots are a wise choice – timeless, easy to wear, retro and modern, adaptable, classic, fun and sophisticated – all at the same time! So take a tip from Kate and Diana’s book and get some royal polka dot style.

Keep it classic for work with a simple polka dot shift dress, or a shell top with plain trousers or skirt.

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WHERE TO BUY (Clockwise, from top left): Black polka dot dress, £32, navy dotted top, £20, both BHS, chiffon polka dot dress, £45, Wallis @ BHS, polka dot Peter Pan collar top, £16.99, New Look, polka dot detail court shoes, £28 (were £35), Red Herring @ Debenhams

Polka dots are a simple way to add a quirky touch to an outfit, in a piece of clothing or an accessory – polka dot shoes add fun to a pair of jeans and a top combo; a polka dot swimsuit gives a retro nod to your beach look.

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WHERE TO BUY (Clockwise, from top left): Polka dot swimsuit, £27.20 (was £45), Crew Clothing, polka dot flatform shoe, £19.99 (was £45), Schuh, dotty rugby shirt style top, £55, Crew Clothing, polka dot and herringbone scarf, £17.95, White Stuff.

Small, or big, polka dots add a simple pattern to a simple piece of clothing. And if you don’t want to go dotty in public, keep them for your undies!

Royal Polka dots oneWHERE TO BUY (Clockwise, from top left): peach polka dot tie shirt, £14.99, New Look, polka pants, £9.99, Superdry, denim polka dot skirt, £9 (was £19.99), New Look, polka dot sling back wedge, £35, Schuh, dotty hair clip, £4.50, Claire’s Accessories.

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