But one of its downsides is that sometimes it can look like you are trying too hard to fit the stereotype, or it can make your outfit look like a dress-up costume, especially when it comes to vintage or rockabilly wardrobes.
We have taken four dresses in this beloved pattern, and gave them a twist:
My business is none of yours takes a black and red wiggle dress and makes it office ready with a smart suit jacket, playful kitten heels and a black scarf with a red and white print. We added simple black earrings and matched the lipstick and nail polish to the iPad case.
Sugared flower is what happens when we feel extra dainty. The black and pink dress is paired with classical t-strap heels and a gentle pink cardigan. The only nod to modern style are the double sided pearl earrings, which also bring the outfit from the sweet into the sophisticated.
The Autumn Mistress on the other hand, is a bold, almost aggressive combination. The black and red dress, the smear of red lipstick mirrored in the earrings and the scarf, the hat, the extravagant belted cape, all speak of a confident woman. We borrowed from the fetish archetypes- long leather gloves and high stiletto heels, to make heads turn and hearts beat just a little bit faster as you pass them on the street.
And sometimes you just want to with the (almost) classics. The iconic black and white polka-dot dress got a bit of a lift, and not only by adding a petticoat. We added shades of silver and glitter to the makeup and accessories to give it an extra spark, and kept the lipstick nude to draw all attention to the eyes.
We'd also love to hear from you about your favourite polka dot combinations!