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Fashion: Minnie Mouse and Julia Roberts surprise summer style icons

Why should Minnie Mouse and Julia Roberts be your summer style icons? They're both famous for a certain on-trend print, says Katie Wright

Popstar Katy Perry, dressed in Minnie Mouse's trademark polka dots, with Minnie and Mickey.
 

WHAT do a cartoon rodent and Hollywood A-lister have in common, you might ask?

Spots, is the answer. Minnie Mouse is, of course, rarely seen without her signature spotty red and white frock, while one of Julia Roberts's most iconic characters, Vivian from Pretty Woman, is famous for (among other much-loved outfits) the belted brown polka dot dress she wears to the polo match.

Fashion has gone totally dotty for spots this season. It started on the catwalks and now the high street has followed suit with a sea of spotty pieces – including a variety of chestnut brown Pretty Woman-esque dresses – and they're just perfect for sunny summer days (and nights).

The key to styling spots? Don't complicate things.

A flouncy wrap dress (this season's update on the flamenco-dancer-emoji trend) needs nothing more than sunnies and sandals to accessorise it.

A monochrome tiered skirt, whether mini or maxi, should be paired with a plain tee, while a ruffled blouse teamed with faded blue mom jeans plays up the Eighties associations.

From tiny dots to sizeable spots, there's a polka print for everyone. Here's our pick of the high street's best...

White tee with ruffle skirt

Baukjen Pure White V-Neck Tee, £35; Martha Ruffle Skirt, £89; Classic Gold Buckle Belt, £59, all Baukjen

Red wrap dress

Girls on Film Polka Dot Red Wrap Dress, £34, Little Mistress

Polka dot blouse

Bonprix Polka Dot Blouse, £32.99

Bardot top

Sosandar Red & White Polka Dot Bardot Top, £39

Cold shoulder top

Joseph Ribkoff Black/Vanilla Top, £175, 1ereAvenue.com

Maxi skirt

Marks and Spencer Collection Spotted Ruffle Maxi Skirt, £45

Ruffle blouse

Simply Be Spot Ruffle Blouse, £32

Stretch dress

Zara Polka Dot Stretch Dress, £25.99

Lace bardot top

Matalan Polka Dot Lace Bardot Top, £14

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