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The Duchess of Cambridge in Ireland on Tuesday in Equipment (left), vintage Oscar de la Renta (centre) and on Wednesday in Suzannah (right)

三级成人视频It was a more innocent time, back in the summer, when Zara's famous spotted dress was described as having 'gone viral'. Its overexposure has done nothing to dampen the allure of the polka-dot though, which looks set to be one of this season's most enduring trends. 

三级成人视频We saw it on the spring/summer 2020 catwalks at Dries Van Noten, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs and Sacai to name just a few - and it’s already filtering through to the high street, courtesy of & Other Stories and Topshop.

三级成人视频It seems the Duchess of Cambridge is partial to a spotted print too. On her tour of Ireland this week, we saw her wear three different polka dot looks in just two days.

Kate in her bespoke polka-dot Suzannah dress on her last day in Ireland Credit:  AP 

三级成人视频The latest, for an engagement in Galway on Thursday, was by Suzannah, a bespoke green version of , which was originally inspired by a vintage piece from the 1940s. Kate teamed it with a black Sézane belt, black suede Ralph Lauren boots and the Jimmy Choo ‘Varenne’ clutch. Gold shamrock jewellery by Daniella Draper completed the diplomatic look.

She made another spotted style statement on Wednesday night in her first ever vintage piece, an Oscar de la Renta dress that paid homage to a look worn by Princess Diana in 1982 - it was so impactful, it has even been replicated for The Crown season four. Earlier in the day, Kate visited Savannah House, a residential facility run by social justice charity Extern, in County Kildare, in a black-and-white silk polka-dot shirt三级成人视频 from French brand Equipment.

Kate debuted her first vintage purchase on Wednesday night, a magenta Oscar de la Renta dress with ruffles and black details Credit: WireImage

三级成人视频It’s easy to see the appeal of polka dots: they can be bold and youthful, but also quiet and sophisticated. They work on almost any canvas (this season you can find them on tulle, silk and even knitwear) and like stripes, they’re pretty timeless so you can wear your polka-dot pieces for years to come.

And, as evidenced by Kate this week, they can look very different, depending on the design of the garment.

Kate paid homage to a look worn by Diana in 1982, one that has been replicated for The Crown's fourth season, in which Emma Corrin plays the young Princess of Wales

This spring, the spotted print is set to get an extra boost as we all recover from ‘floral fatigue’ - the anointed term for the boredom that has set in after season upon seasons of floral midi dresses. In contrast, polka-dots seem fresh, delivering just enough detail to make a look interesting, without looking OTT.

Kate’s worn her spots with plain black, but the look is so versatile, it can even be worn with other prints. Give your old florals a new season twist by layering them with a polka-dot piece, or create drama in a monochrome look by teaming a spotted piece with stripes, checks or houndstooth. The ever-stylish Zoe Kravitz even clashed spots with spots三级成人视频 at the Golden Globes in January.

Kate in her black spotted Equipment shirt on day two of her Ireland tour Credit:  PA

Nor is there anyone a polka-dot won’t suit; it can be preppy, polished or quirky, depending on your personal style. 

Kate isn’t the only high-profile figure to have worn the print recently. Holly Willoughby sparked a sellout when she wore a navy-and-white spotted dress from Essential Antwerp earlier this week, while Alexa Chung wore it on the front row at both the Erdem and Valentino shows. It was also spotted (sorry) on countless other showgoers throughout fashion month.

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三级成人视频Our favourite polka-dot fashion moment so far though, has to be Dame Helen Mirren, who, like Kate, is a fan of Suzannah, and looked sensational in the navy spotted Nea dress when she collected her lifetime achievement award at the Berlin International Film Festival in February. 

三级成人视频Of course, the season has only just begun, so Kate, Helen et al certainly won't be the last to embrace the look - in fact their collective influence looks set to make it more contagious than the Coronavirus. At least it's one viral thing we don't mind catching.