As usual with most prints color of the background matters, you can use dark background for slimming effect and light background for widening effect.
But polka dot isn’t that simple. There are more factors in play: size and of cause color of the dots, how close together they are and if they placed on fabric regularly or randomly.
Bigger dots are more widening than smaller when scale of the print is the only factor that is different.
Darker dots create less widening effect when we are talking about dots of the same size and placement.
Effect of the distance between dots really depends on colorway. Light/warm dots on darker/cooler background are more widening when they are placed more close together, more dense, but cooler and darker dots on lighter/warmer background are less widening when there are more of them.
But on the equally warm/cool background dots with the same warmth/coolness are more dense print is more widening.
Contrast adds to the widening effect as usually with prints.
There are only two variants of polka dot which are slimming:
- dark background small to medium dots that are far from each other;
- dark background and vertically or especially diagonally organised dots.
Here is example of vertically and diagonally organized polka dots:
Polka dot is “flattening”, making shape less sharp when it’s busy and it could be distorting shape if dots are oversize.
Taking into account all aforementioned it may look like to banish this playful and youthful, yet feminine and classical print is the best wardrobe decision. Please, don’t, if you like it – wear it! It’s so retro. It’s just made for full skirts with wide contrasting belts, lingerie, tops which should be worn under jackets or cardigans (to lighten up an outfit and give it a touch of joy). And light medium to small not dense dots on navy or black are perfectly slimming! And after all a little bit widening print isn’t the end of the world, maximum thinness isn’t what make you look great.
The only case when it’s a good idea to consider avoiding the print near your face IMO is when your face is all straight lines and angles. In that case the print could be very unflattering or just look odd.
That’s pretty much it about polka dot, but there are more prints to come. So thanks you for your attention and to be continued ).