From mini to macro, the royal was dotty for spotted looks in fuchsia, turquoise, red, lilac and navy. No silhouette was off the cards, nor any accessory (she once matched her ankle socks to her pleated white and red polka dot skirt). Such was the princess’s enthusiasm for the cheering print, that every time her daughter-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, has worn old-school dotted looks, she has been compared to the original polka dot fan: Diana, Princess of Wales.
There are certain prints that follow a seasonal pattern — floral with spring, plaid with autumn, nautical stripes with summer — and then there are prints that follow a longer trend cycle, becoming seemingly retro before coming back in again. Polka dots are one such trend — they feel distinctly reflective of the past, but are reappearing in modern ways. While you may have once ascribed spots to retro bikinis and ’50s-era cocktail dresses, there’s something cool about the ways in which brands are approaching the print.
Now, polka dots are getting a modern makeover, with a new wave of designers choosing to showcase spots in their SS20 shows. From statement sleeves to standout dresses, spotty prints are here to well and truly take over your wardrobe in 2020.The interesting thing is, that princess Diana’s looks are so fresh and easy also today; I could easily stole a couple of items from her wardrobe and wear them for a special dinner or on my way to work. It’s clear: the polka dot print will never go out of style.
The royal family’s public-facing looks are meticulously curated to take into account diplomacy, sustainability and history. During a turbulent time, when the Cambridge family’s mission has been to buoy the nation, a joyful print – which reminds Britain of good times gone by – is not to be underestimated. Here, four times the Duchess of Cambridge has honoured Diana, Princess of Wales’s zest for vivacious prints with her own signature flair.
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