If there’s one dress that ruled the summer of 2019 — up there with Love Island, Lizzo, and Hot Girl Summer — it was Zara’s polka dot midi-dress. You know the one. And if you don’t, you’ve definitely seen it.
The £39.99 black and white style was the surprise hit of the season, so much so that it had its own Instagram account, and was written about by The New York Times. In July, eBay reported that the spotty style was searched for 49 times an hour. And it was even credited for a 5 per cent increase in sales by Zara parent group Inditex.
If you’re wondering what the appeal is, look to the success of go-to dress brands Ganni, Rixo, and Ghost, with a repertoire of calf-skimming styles. People love a midi-dress — a roomy style that covers IBS and time-of-the-month bloat; a style you can move around in, that keeps you both chic and covered. Now, luxury designers have cottoned on.
At the Spring/Summer 2020 shows, which ended in Paris this week, designers jumped on the Zara bandwagon, and dished out their own polka dot styles.
Sacai’s was the closest to the OG, with tiny black dots against a white backdrop, while Altuzarra sent a number of variations down the catwalk, from white shirt dresses with faint spots to handkerchief-tied halter-necks.
Polka Dot Dresses On The Spring/ Summer 2020 Runways
Dries van Noten offered the most abstract take, producing a graphic polka dot print in collaboration with designer Christian Lacroix.
Celine’s take featured the inverse colour-way, featuring small spots on a black background (styled with a bohemian shearling vest, and knee-high boots). As was Michael Kors’, bold-shouldered, with muttons-sleeves.
So it looks like we’ll be spoilt for choice next summer. (Don’t expect those to cost £39.99 though…) If you can’t wait until then, shop similar styles below.
This article first appeared on ELLE UK.