Why the obsession with black and white? Not only are these two colors timeless, they are also versatile in more ways than one. We decided to play with the timelessness of this trend using polka dots and stripes.
Stripes give you a fresh and clean look, seen on runways as a staple spring trend (see: Altazurra's brilliant take on this) and as a bonus for us petite women, vertical stripes elongate the body. On the other hand, stripes of any persuasion can be challenging and hard to pull off because any distortions that are created by a curvaceous figure can be seen clearly and almost even pointed to by the stripes. We would suggest looking at your body type to find the right stripes, material and style for it. This dress accentuates Spriha's body type (athletic/pear) because of the way that the stripes follow her curves and are straight where necessary (the back, the middle piece in the front, the sleeves). The cutout design is key to this dress because it is the difference between the bold stripes being overwhelming and chic. The best part though (in Spriha's exact words), this dress is a lazy girls dream because it needs nothing else to accompany it in terms of accessories and prep.
Now we can talk polka dots- seen and made famous by characters like Minnie mouse, Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe, this trend has been iconic since the 1930's. Polka dot dresses are a vintage staple that keep coming back (see: Dolce Gabbana Spring 2014) but because polka dots are so feminine (apparently derived from a word that means "polish woman" in Czech) on their own, why not change it up and wear them differently? I went with a polka dot shirt and lace shorts to bring the style into the 21st century, adding the colorful shoes and bag to pull together the flirty and retro vibe that polka dots express.
Mixing vintage and modern pieces is a key trend this year and we don't know about you but we're totally on board!