Polka Dots Then & Now: From Twiggy to Ashley Olsen
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From Twiggy in the ‘60s to street style stars today, see how the pattern was worn then and now.
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Hepburn showed off her graceful figure in a polka dot leotard in the ‘50s.
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The ultimate pin-up girl, Monroe posed in a then-teeny-weeny bikini in the ‘50s.
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A spotted headscarf: all the better for showing off those famously long eyelashes.
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Team a tie-front blouse with a wide-brim chapeau for a Bardot-worthy look.
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The People’s Princess was the picture of royal chic in this red and white ensemble in the ‘80s.
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Who says dots are only for girls? Prince pulls off the trend while performing at a concert in the ‘80s.
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Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman
Who could forget the polo scene in Pretty Woman? This is how you show up to a sporting event in style: a polka dot dress, coordinating hat, and elegant gloves a la Vivian Ward.
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At the Grammy Awards back in 2003, Stefani added her signature flair to her Vivienne Westwood dress with red patent pumps and a furry coat.
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Olsen’s Dior dress at a screening of Midnight in Paris hits on two noteworthy trends: polka dots and hints of sheer.
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The voluminous, asymmetrical hem on Palermo’s Bensoni S/S 11 dress at the 2011 amfAR Inspiration Gala renders the classic print thoroughly modern.
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Dunst showcased a sophisticated spin on the potentially childish motif by pairing a Prada blouse with a streamlined Chanel maxi skirt at the Toronto Film Festival a couple years ago.
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Welch’s ensemble at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year is not for the faint of heart—she went head-to-toe with the print, selecting a Miu Miu F/W 13 pink spotted maxi dress, matching bag, and clashing black and yellow platforms.
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For an appearance on David Letterman in New York earlier this year, Solange swapped the ever-popular crop top for an abbreviated Moschino Polka Dot Jacket ($1695), which she paired with the designer’s Wool Blend Pointelle Polka Dot Skirt ($920) and Elizabeth and James Saucy Leather T-Strap Pumps ($325).
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Designer Lily Litkovskaya offers a contemporary take on the trend, layering a top and skirt under her own perforated dress from the S/S 13 collection, and finishing the look with a long black trench and a simple brown clutch.