YES YOU CAN: Power up your polka dots

Fashion director Shelly Vella shows you how.

There is something timeless about the polka dot and that’s exactly why it’s a wardrobe classic – find your perfect piece and you can wear it year after year. To transition into the new season, layer a spotty summer dress or skirt with a tailored jacket or slim-fit knit and remember, this is one print you can play with – so mix and clash sizes of dots or colours for maximum effect. If in doubt, a dotty accessory gets my vote.

How to power up polka dots:

Keep it simple in a dotty asymmetric skirt, slick knit and ankle boots. Skirt, £185, and jumper, £185, BA-SH.com

Mix it up

For a dynamite duo, wear fine stripes under a dotty playsuit. Finish the look with a shot of red.

Jumpsuit, £89, Finery London

Top, £29.50, Fat Face

Trainers, £110, Jigsaw

Bag, £290, Michael Kors

For an evening look, take inspiration from Hermes and try deep red with a hot-pink dot

Keep it timeless

Small polka dots give a dress classic clout while a contrast collar and nipped-in waist up the sleek.

Dress, £350, LK Bennett

Bag, £259, LK Bennett

Bracelet, £20, Orelia

Earrings, £25, Orelia

Shoes, £229, LK Bennett

Have fun with a mix of spotty prints. A pop of red finishes the look. Shirt, £59.99, and skirt, £79.99, ZARA

Get playful

Spotty accessories are a winning detail and will add a little fun to a full-on dotty ensemble.

Blazer, £69.99, ZARA

Top, £30, Uterque

Skirt, £225, Zimmermann, The Outnet

Shoes, £360, Red Valentino

Bag, £197, Kate Spade New York, The Outnet