From Princess Diana to Minnie Mouse, from Kate Middleton to Kendal Jenner, from Holly Willoughby to Sarah Jessica Parker, the most fabulous fashionable faces can't get enough of polka dot dresses... we can't either!
The perfect Polka Dot print is so on trend that it eclipses any age, dress size, or decade; creating a timeless and flawless look for every Bombshell. Despite its long history dating back to the medieval times, the Polka Dot saw a real resurgence to the forefront of fashion in the 1940's. While Sinatra was swooning with his first big hit, in the 1940’s ballad "Polka Dots and Moonbeams". The Los Angeles Times advised stylish readers to invest in the polka dot fashion trend for the 1940's spring season. “You can sign your fashion life away on the polka-dotted line, and you’ll never regret it this season.” When Christian Dior debuted his "New Look" collection on February 12, 1947, which heavily featured dotted fabrics, the humble Polka Dot was officially given the fashion seal of approval, firmly establishing their place as a fashion favourite.
But it isn’t all haute couture and catwalks; the Polka Dot is a fun trend for all! By June 1960, Brian Hyland had the world popping and bopping to his much-loved hit song “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini.” The very next year, the Polka Dot print was immortalised forever more when Walt Disney introduced his leading lady, Minnie Mouse, in a brand new outfit; a red & white Polka Dot dress. This cemented the Polka Dot as not just a print for the discerning couture catwalks of the Paris elite, but also a fun fresh playful print that could be worn by all.
Princess Diana and Kate Middleton Dazzle in a Black and White Polka Dot Dress
Throughout the 80s and 90s, Carolina Herrera regularly showed designs doting on the divine Polka Dot print; constantly striving to find new, exciting, and innovative ways to reimagine and reinterpret it. This kept the Polka Dot as a style staple across the decades; and firmly cemented it’s place as a go to trend for ladies who just didn’t do prints. The Polka Dot has seamlessly translated through time and managed to never get pinpointed to one decade or fashion designer; retaining its relevance, wearability, and effortless appeal throughout the years.
The Polka Dot earned its Royal Warrant during the 1980s when Princess Diana dazzled the watching world in several spotted ensembles. The Polka Dot was a firm favourite of The Princess Of Wales and her wonderful wardrobe. Diana donned several dotted dresses throughout the 1980s, each oozing her effortless elegance, sublime chicness, and seamless style. The Princess found that Polka Dots provided her with a firm fashion friend upon which she could rely; and she grew to introduce her playful fun-loving nature to the print by experimenting with colourways, sizes, and accessories.
The Polka Dot dresses and prints have stood the test of time. Whether it's a wonderful wedding, the glamour of the races or just bringing elegance to everyday life. At Bombshell we have undoubtedly connected the dots and can spot the style and substance Polka Dots provide to each and every one of us. Many of your most loved Bombshell dresses come in Polka Dot prints; from the Confident to the Grace, to the Edge Of The Shoulder. We love Polka Dots and we know you will too! They provide an amazing alternative to block colour dresses whilst retaining all of the glamour and style; giving you the chance to reimagine your beloved dress in a youthful, fun-filled fabric.
We’ve connected the dots for you Bombshells; so you can step out in style and sign on the dotted line by shopping our sublime selection of perfect Polka Dot dresses and prints.
Katya Wildman, Founder Bombshell HQ
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At Bombshell we love to enable your pin up dreams. A Polka Dot dress is effortlessly chic and really should be a wardrobe staple. Team with a pop of colour to make a real statement.