Obsessions: Spot prints

From left to right: Ashley Olsen, Gwen Stefani, Lauren Bacall, Twiggy, Elizabeth Taylor, Charlotte (Sex and the City), Julia Roberts, Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana and Naomi Campbell.

Strike a nostalgic note this autumn/winter with timeless spot prints. From maxi motifs to barely there polka dots, there’s a multitude of ways to embrace the print and make it your own. We’ve picked ten iconic looks to inspire you to experiment with size, colour and styling this season.

Create classic and effortless evening looks by swapping little black dresses for of-the-moment spot designs. Look to Ashley Olsen and Gwen Stefani who keep the rest of their look pared back and let their printed dresses take centrestage. For more glamour, add slingbacks and a contrasting metallic clutch

For a muted take on the trend, combine subtle polka dots with signature pieces. Take note of Lauren Bacall’s grown-up suit and Twiggy’s scarf for easy ways to weave the trend into your wardrobe. Our slim jersey jacket and wide leg trousers are the perfect separates to wear with printed accessories this season.

If there’s one polka dot dress we’ll always remember, it’s Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. Reimagine her races outfit with our most-wanted maxi, which can be dressed up or down. For another alternative to the monochrome colourway, look to Marilyn Monroe in her powder blue dress and exude the same feminine feel with our Maria spot design. In a simple wrap style, it comes with demure long sleeves and a tie waist - making it easy-to-wear for every occasion. Toughen it up on weekends with a sleek biker jacket and our cool Bibi crossbody.

If you want to make more of an impact, indulge in oversized dots. We’re drawing inspiration from Elizabeth Taylor and Sex and the City’s Charlotte, who style dynamic white dresses with statement jewellery and a longline coat. Elevate spot dresses in the same way with our oversized drop earrings and a contrasting cocoon coat.

And finally, who could forget the iconic polka dot looks created by Princess Diana? Whether she was attending the races or making public appearances, retro spots were one of her go-to prints. Channel her cool ‘80s elegance this season with a midi dress, statement accessories and refined kitten heels in matching palettes.

Whatever your preference on the trend is, the resurgence of spot prints shows no sign of slowing down. Revisit our style muses and timeless pieces to add a playful flair to your wardrobe for autumn/winter. 

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