Fashionista: Dolce & Gabbana’s Hot Polka Dot Dress

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The Polka dot pattern is typically associated with vintage-inspired clothes that can sometimes be interpreted as quaint or cheesy. But it doesn’t have to look that way if you choose carefully. This week’s Runway Report focuses on a polka dot dress by Dolce & Gabbana (D&G) that is both exuberant and sophisticated. In the Splurge section, Sparkly but simple accessories that make a statement.  

Runway Report: America’s love affair with the polka dot pattern possibly began in 1926, when Miss America was photographed in a polka dot swimsuit. Soon after, in 1928, Disney introduced its beloved cartoon Minnie Mouse adorned in a red polka dot dress and a matching bow. Minnie inspired the polka dot fad of the 1930s; suddenly the pattern could be seen in stores everywhere. Now, eight decades later, the trend is back in style and more popular than ever before.   

D&G embraced the jovial pattern in this off the shoulder, T-length mermaid dress. It has ruffle and ruching details, and quarter sleeves with V-shaped cutouts. The combination of a stretch fabric and ruching technique creates a flattering silhouette that accentuates the female shape. It is paired with black ankle sandals that have silver platforms and interesting black and gold buckles.

Monica Bellucci rocked the runway at the D&G show during the Spring/Summer ‘19 Milan Fashion Week. Alluring and age-appropriate, Bellucci showed us that women in their fifties can look fierce. This silhouette is a bit more conservative than most millennial would like. But brands have drawn inspiration from this dress and have interpreted it in a more youthful manner. The Black satin polka dot bardot midi dress ($39) by Misguided and the Platform ankle strap sandal in black with silver chrome ($50) by Exotic High Heels conveys the same play femininity of this D&G runway look. If you like the pop of the glossy red nail polish Bellucci wore, the Enamored hi-shine nail polish ($18) by Marc Jacobs beauty delivers a plasticized wet look.

SPLURGE: When wearing such a vivacious pattern as polka dots, it should be the main focus of the outfit. The black and silver sandals Bellucci wore worked well on the runway, but not as much at a cocktail party. The Lover black suede ankle strap heels ($29) by Lulus has a classic single sole shape and an ankle strap with a gold buckle, which is chic but doesn’t draw attention away from the dress. The Emlyn hoop earrings ($42) by Baublebar and the Crystal beaded clutch in white ($82) by NINA add sparkle and instantly elevates this look for an evening out on the town.