Thursday, 10 March 2011

seeing spots

I am a self-confessed stripe lover, often resorting to one of my many breton t-shirts when I'm having an "I've got nothing to wear" day. Since the day when Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel threw on a fisherman's striped top with palazzo pants whilst on holiday in Brittany, France, this style has never really been out of, well, style.

Audrey Tautou as Coco Chanel in "Coco before Chanel"

Despite our enduring love of all things stripey, this season the fashion crowd are forgoing the stripes for another classic pattern: polka dots. Scott Schuman, aka The Sartorialist, has been snapping spots in all of the style capitals during Fashion Month:

Images from The Sartorialist


Here are just a few of my favourite items spotted (hohoho) on the UK and Irish high street:

F&F at Tesco Peter Pan Collar Polka Dot Dress £18
Penney's Wayfarer-style Polka Dot Sunglasses €1.50
Accessorize Contrasting Polka Dot Swimsuit £28

M&S Polka Dot Peeptoe Heels £29.50
All images used with permission, from PR Shots

16 little darlings:

Blah Blah Becky said...

I am also a stripe lover. They are timeless, just as everything else Coco Chanel has invented. I find stripes more effortlessly stylish than polka dots, although I love that pleated dress with Peter Pan collar.

Blah Blah Becky said...

I'm such a polka dot fanatic! Love the Tesco dress -- peter pan collars and polka dots all in one fabulous little number!

Blah Blah Becky said...

I love that bathing suit! So retro. And I must admit I'm having a really hard time giving up stripes for polka dots...I like the photo of the girl from the Sartorialist that did them both :)

-Marie
So What If I Like Pretty Things

Blah Blah Becky said...

love love LOVE stripes!!
Lady Peach
xXx

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Blah Blah Becky said...

I completely agree with you...and think Audrey Tautou is just lovely! Thank you so, so much for stopping by my site and for your sweet comment too! :)

Liesl :)

Fashionablecollections said...

Love polka dots, they're so feminine which I love.

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Sugarhoneybaby said...

love this style <3

Purdey Singleton said...

I love polka dots! I really love that swimsuit and the dress is gorgeous. x

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Gregory said...

Polka dots just arent my thing... I would much rather be in stripes!!

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MJ said...

that bathing suit is divine :)

jaclyn @ thelateafternoon said...

stripes are my most favorite, but these polka dots are a great alternative! love the tesco dress - the cut is so cute!

kittycat said...

I used to think spots looked a bit too twee, but now I am loving them - it all started with a cheap primark dress that I bought last summer for holidays in Croatia and now i'm hooked.
I love when people clash spots and stripes, I just can't seem to make it work somehow.

And how gorgeous is Audrey Tatou? JEALOUS!!

Bethanybull said...

I desperately want that gorgeous swimming costume! Ahhh, lovely! I also love Breton tops!xxxxxxxx

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herCatwalk said...

Agree that Audrey Tatou is gorgeous!! She's the perfect Coco.

Claire said...

Good picture choices! Stylish ladies.

I only have one polka-dotted piece of clothing, but it's a favourite. And it's nearly warm enough to wear it!

Liz Badley said...

I love stripes too, but have been catching myself wearing (and buying) more and more polkadots!!! Great post! I just LOVE the sartorialist as well!