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SPOTS VS STRIPES

It’s no secret bold prints are in this season, but florals are hardly ground-breaking for Spring. We’ve been living in checks since September so are more than ready for something fresh and fierce – cue the new! With those prints ruled out and polka dots clashing against horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines, it’s time to pick a pattern once and for all. Spots or stripes?

SPOTS
Spots are a timeless trend having been championed by style icon, Minnie Mouse, for what feels like forever. They’re flirty and feminine, adorning everything from Summer sundresses to lacy lingerie. As most spotty styles tend to stick to a monochrome colour palette, add a pop of colour from a red lip, bright shoe, or eye-catching accessory. The key to nailing the look? Keep it monochrome and keep it cool.


ON THE CATWALK:
Polka dots were spotted all over the runways as designers including Valentino, Jason Wu, Mary Katrantzou and Dior all reimagined the print for SS18. Valentino kept things elegant in white, flowing maxi dresses but provided a modern update with multi-coloured spot patterns. Mary Katrantzou, meanwhile, featured red polka dots on modern shapes, banishing any notion of a 1950s housewife.

Valentino

Mary Katrantzou

Jason Wu

Dior
Imagery source: Vogue.com


ON THE RED CARPET:
Spots seem to have a royal following! Princess Diana’s love affair with the fashion trend was well documented and it seems Kate Middleton has taken a leaf out of her fashion book, spotted on multiple occasions in polka-patterned frocks. The print is also a success with the fash-pack as It-Girl Alexa Chung proves, while Millie Bobby Brown makes spots work for the red carpet, too.

Imagery sources: Pinterest.com, Popsugar.com, WhoWhatWear.co.uk, HuffingtonPost.co.uk


HOW OTL STYLE IT:
We’re going dotty over this Ghospell dot printed blouse and matching buckle wrap skirt. To stop the satin material and delicate pattern feeling too girly, we’re wearing this co-ord together for real print power. Tuck the shirt in and button all the way up to the neck, this paired with the asymmetric buckle detailing on the skirt will really toughen it up. Slip on some block heeled ankle boots to finish off this dalmation-inspired look.



STRIPES
Never out of fashion, stripes are the uniform of sailors and Parisians alike. Though the Breton top was originally borrowed from the French Navy’s uniform, it has become an iconic trend and wardrobe staple in its own right. No matter the width, direction, or colour, stripes are always in style and oh-so versatile.


ON THE CATWALK:
Horizontal, vertical, zig-zag, the SS18 runways had it all thanks to Henry Holland, Self-Portrait, Kenzo and Fendi. While Fendi revealed luxury power dressing decorated with thick, block-coloured lines, Kenzo clashed thin horizontal stripes in shades of pink, blue, black and green. Henry Holland took things one step further though and went technicolour, waves of rainbow squiggles printed across jumpers and diagonally down midi skirts.

Self-Portrait

House of Holland

Fendi

Kenzo
Imagery sources: Vogue.com and Elle.com


ON THE RED CARPET:
Never afraid to trial a trend, Olivia Palermo makes thick, monochrome stripes work in a fashion-forward Beetlejuice inspired midi skirt, while Holly Willoughby shows they work just as well in the sequined shades of the rainbow. Tick two trends off like Gigi Hadid's stripy pyjama co-ord, or, if you're feeling less adventurous, stick to a stripy knit like Rochelle Humes.

Imagery sources: Popsugar.com, Instagram.com, VanityFair.com


HOW OTL STYLE IT:
Get verti-cool and tick off two trends in one thanks to this rainbow-stripe Endless Rose knitted midi dress. The different thickness of the bands and alternating colours keeps this pattern interesting, while the fluted sleeves add an edgy element. Wear this dress now with boots and a trench coat, then transition into Spring by ditching the jacket and throwing on some white trainers.


So, what’s your choice? Spots or stripes?

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