Can YOU tell the £14 frock from one that costs £3,000?

We’re all dotty for polka dot dresses! As retailers from Valentino to Matalan release their take on the classic playful print – can YOU tell the £14 frock from one that costs £3,000?

  • Polka dots are a perennial favourite and are the ideal choice for a summer frock
  • Everyone from high street to high end brands offer dresses in the playful print
  • But can you tell the affordable pieces from the designer alternatives?

Whether it is a summer BBQ or a night out with the girls, polka dots have long been the go-to print for fashionistas in search of a playful print.

Easy to throw on and surprisingly versatile, a statement polka dot dress is a shortcut to an instantly memorable ensemble – and this summer there are plenty of options on offer. 

‘Polka dot dresses are a timeless piece and a staple in most wardrobes,’ celebrity stylist Rochelle White told FEMAIL. ‘They can be dressed up as casual and can be rocked with trainers, sandals, flip flops or flats. 

‘The dress can also be rocked with boots, Dr Martens and heels, so fitting for many occasions. Depending on the time of year, a denim jacket can be worn, as well as blazers and Macs or rainfall jackets. This is always a go too look for many when it comes to Spring/Summer I think purely because it is so versatile.’

From Valentino to Matalan, designers across a range of price points have released their take on the polka dot LBD. 

Others including French Connection and Boohoo Boutique have cut the prices on their spotty frocks to entice shoppers looking for their next post-Freedom Day purchase.  

But is it worth splashing the cash on that new polka dot dress? Here, FEMAIL has picked out 12 of the best on offer, with prices ranging from £14 to almost £3,000 to see if you can tell the difference. 

Scroll down to the bottom of the article for the solution.  

Just dotty! One of these dresses cost £2,980 and the other one costs £110, which is which?


Left, tie-neck polka-dot silk-crepe midi dress by Valentino, originally £2,980, now on sale at Net-a-Porter for £1,490. Right, £110 French Connection dress, now on sale for £30

Left, Black Mesh Polka Dot Mini Dress by Matalan, £16. Right, the cutout polka-dot crepe mini dress by Valentino, £2,080

Left, the River Island polka dot wrap midi dress in white, £38. Right, Black Polka Dot Puff Sleeve Dress, £14

Left, the Yumi Polka Dot Midi Shirt Dress, available exclusively at John Lewis for £45. Right, the Boutique Polka Dot Wrap Dress, now on sale for £25.50, down from £30

Left, the Missguided shirred skater dress with open back in black polka dot, £28. Right, the Rasario Off-the-shoulder polka-dot silk-organza midi dress, £1,765, now reduced to £882

Left, the Oasis Spot Linen Puff Sleeve Midi Dress, now reduced from £50 to £44. Right, the Zimmerman Puff-sleeve polka-dot voile midi dress for £575

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