Spot On!

Hands up if you like a smattering of Polka dots?

Polka dots never go out of fashion but how much do you know about where this timeless pattern originated?

Polka dots came into fashion in the late 19th century in Britain. The word Polka comes from the dance of the same name although there is no link to the dance. The pattern was just so-called because the dance was popular at the time.  In fact, Polka dots were traditionally worn by flamenco dancers. Anyone get the logic there?

My thrifting addiction has turned up a couple of spotty treats recently. My favourite is the below vintage blouse in electric blue which was a bargain on the sale rail (yes, even charity shops have a sale rale) from Acorns in Solihull at £3.

The below came from the British Heart Foundation and has become a staple part of my work wardrobe. It’s not vintage – it was BNWT at £4.50.

Finally, the spotty dress below came from a vintage clothes store. No doubt I’ll keep finding pretty spotty numbers so I’ll keep adding them as and when. Until then…