Forget diamonds, Dalmatians are a girl’s best friend right now.
Classic yet quirky, spots have come of age since the days of Minnie Mouse.
From micro to macro and prints to sequins, polka dots are proving unstoppable in planet fashion.
It was the autumn/winter catwalks that went dotty first, with everyone from Marc Jacobs to Stella McCartney showcasing spots in abundance.
With a variety of themes ranging from retro suiting to racy cut-out dresses, the designers proved there’s more than one way to look hot in dots, whether it’s daywear or evening glamour.
Play dot-to-dot with your wardrobe. Getting it ‘spot on’ has never been easier...
Opting for spotty prints is the ideal way to work dotty daywear.
Go back to basics with classic monochrome - white spots on black is the perennial colour-way for instant prim appeal.
Wear with courts and a smart jacket by day, then up the ante for evening with red heels and scarlet lippy for Forties glamour.
Alternatively, experiment with an autumnal colour palette for a more modern spin.
This season, black spots have backdrops of berry reds, rust tones and moss greens.
For fashionistas wanting to flaunt the look, clashing prints is the way to make a statement.
Combine different dot sizes or print colour contrasts to look like a walking work of art.
And head to the high street for some spot-on finds. Kate Middleton was recently ‘spotted’ snapping up a Marc Jacobs-inspired dot pencil skirt from Topshop.
The alternative way to wear spots is with peekaboo panels of dotty mesh and lace.
One of the first celebrities to hit the ‘spotlight’ on the red carpet was Kate Winslet.
Her slinky Stella McCartney dress featured a see-through, spotty cutaway panel which ran down the side of her body.
The high street has adopted a more demure approach, though, with fitted tops, jumpers and dresses featuring mesh spot panels that flaunt just the right amount of flesh on arms and decolletage – though if you’ve got the bod (and the bravery), copy dress designer Diane Von Furstenberg’s lead with cut-outs in spot shapes for a fun take on the trend.
You have more of a licence to go to town with these playful features by sticking to faithful black for the most flattering and dramatic results.
Eveningwear demands a little extra from your spots and paillette sparkles (huge sequins) are the way to do it.
They were scattered all over the catwalks, especially on Sixties looks.
Cheryl Cole chose sequin spots for her 28th birthday party, wearing a sophisticated Stella McCartney dress.
Look to Sixties A-line styles or sharp shifts to balance out the girly sequin embellishment.
Remember, these aren’t your average micro sequins.
Think super-sized that you can see from a distance with an effect that’s more scattered chic than metallic bling.
If you want texture that involves a little less shine, choose leather or matte discs.
They can be worn day or night.
The rules of getting into print
Paula Reed, author of Style Clinic, offers her tips to impress in printed spots:
Big prints like large polka dots can add width to your frame.
The darker the print’s background, the slimmer the look.
A small, uniform all-over design keeps the eye moving and therefore camouflages lumps and bumps.
Short figures are flattered by prints with low contrast (shades of one colour). Petites need to avoid overly busy prints.
Taller bodies can take prints with more contrast.
For most women, prints look better on relaxed pieces, rather than stretch or sharply tailored styles.
If you’re new to wearing prints, go gently. Beginners are best off choosing something with lower contrast.
Dark-toned prints can be worn by almost anyone, if they’re confined to one element of clothing and worn with a complementary solid colour piece.