From Neha Dhupia’s recent IIFA appearance to Katrina Kaif’s movie promotions, there’s one print that’s been making a comeback of sorts. The retro polka dot, in all its avatars, is flooding the red carpet and invading celebrity wardrobes.
Designer Nachiket Barve is not surprised by this trend’s popularity, “In India especially, trends tend to be happy accidents. In this case, if some celebrities are photographed wearing a particular style, it immediately becomes a trend.”
Designer and stylist Masaba Gupta says, “It’s the first style that comes to mind when you say the word retro. It’s also popular because it’s very feminine.”
She advises matching a polka dot garment to a solid colour. “Don’t mix it with another print,” Gupta says, “Also, if you’re wearing a polka dot dress, which can be very chic, make sure the hemline is below the knees or it can look cheesy.” Barve adds, “The pattern works best on slim people because it emphasises volume. Curvy women can wear it as an accent on garments or as an accessory like a scarf.”