It doesn't happen often, but every now and then, a little item of clothing comes along that sparks more joy than ten Kondo-style rolled cashmere sweaters in an open drawer. You put it on and it makes you feel like your best self. I found an item recently that ticks this exact box, this polkadot dress!
This blog post contains affiliate links I stumbled into New Look of all places in a desperate attempt to find a dress for an event. To my narrow-minded surprise, I was genuinely spoilt for choice! I tried this little polkadot number on and just fell in love. It's stretchy fabric clings in all the right places, but has a crimped texture to it so it still can hide a multitude of sins. I've practically lived in it ever since I bought it. I had the late-to-the-party revelation that black and white polkadot goes with everything. As seen in this shoot, I have added a little t-shirt underneath. Also try tying an open shirt or blouse (of any colour) over the top, also be a great way to break up the polka and add a pop of colour.
Dr Marten boots are a failsafe for pairing with summer dresses this time of year, it adds that more 'cool girl' juxtaposition to a fairly, dare I say, 'girlie' silhouette. This makes for the perfect dressed-down look. Of course, throw on some strappy heels and a basket bag and you're all set for an evening soiree.
Having a versatile print like polkadot has also encouraged me to add a little pop of colour to the lips. The colour I'm wearing is a Matt L'Oreal Liquid Lipstick in the colour 'Achieve'. So yes, if you believe you can find 'that dress' you can 'Achieve' by popping to New Look apparently. Et voila!