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12 Polka-Dotted Buys In Anticipation For The Upcoming Yayoi Kusama Exhibition

Everyone around us is excited for the upcoming exhibition dedicated to veteran Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. Taking place at the National Gallery from 9 June to 3 September, it’s the first large-scale retrospective of her works in South-East Asia and will feature more than 100 paintings, sculptures and installations from the 1950s to present.

The 88-year-old Kusama is most famously known for her obsession with polka dots and if you’re going to be attending the exhibition, why not reflect that in your wardrobe as well?

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#1: Large polka-dot print silk-satin gown, S$4,895, Duro Olowu, www.matchesfashion.com
To me, Duro Olowu’s dress is the perfect piece to don for the exhibition – the colour palette perfectly mirror Kusama’s iconic pumpkin on the Japanese island Naoshima. #2: Eloy polka dot-print canvas sandals, S$705, Tabitha Simmons, www.matchesfashion.com
How cute is this low block heel from former fashion editor Tabitha Simmons? Work a 1950s vibe with them. #3: Les Bonbons beaded and gold-plated brass earrings, USD$695, Rebecca De Ravenel, www.modaoperandi.com
With these disco-esque baubles by costume jeweller Rebecca De Ravenel, every day is Saturday Night Fever. #4: Polka-dot crepe de chine shirt, USD$734, Saint Laurent, www.net-a-porter.com
My favourite way to wear polka dots? White dots on red, and this Saint Laurent shirt allows you to channel Minnie Mouse without veering into ridiculous territory. Our advice? Match this shirt with a pair of faded blue jeans. #5: Polka-dot woven-straw tote, S$290, Sensi Studio, www.matchesfashion.com
Both bucolic and fun (thanks to that frayed trim), this straw tote is the perfect accessory for a weekend jaunt to the museum. #6: Clara crystal-embellished metal clutch, S$555, Sophia Webster, www.matchesfashion.com
Attending the opening night party? This clutch from Sophia Webster tosses a subtle nod to the polka dot theme while retaining Webster’s signature playful touch. #7: Printed silk crepe de chine wide-leg pants, USD$2,346, Oscar de la Renta, www.net-a-porter.com
What could be more breezy than these wide leg sweepers from Oscar de la Renta? Pair with a silk tank top or tee and you’re good to go. #8: Adidas Originals NMD R2 Primeknit Navy Polka Dot, S$299, Adidas
If you’re not into heels and run around in sneakers most of the time, these new kicks from Adidas will prove comfy and right on theme. #9: Pussy-bow glittered polka-dot cady mini dress, USD$815, Marc Jacobs, www.net-a-porter.com
If you’re not into large polka dots, this Marc Jacobs baby doll dress with its shimmery multi-hued miniature dots ought to do the trick #10: Asymmetric polka-dot silk-twill top, USD$753, Monse, www.net-a-porter.com
If vintage isn’t your thing, Monse’s asymmetrical top combines both small and big polka dots without looking costume-y. #11: Circle-print canvas and leather cross-body bag, S1,425, Miu Miu, www.matchesfashion.com
For an easy way to hop on to the polka dot bandwagon, this Miu Miu bag is it – the colours are unobstrusive and the cross-body style means it’s versatile enough to go with almost any outfit. #12: Polka dot print cotton-blend headband, S$625, Dolce & Gabbana, www.matchesfashion.com
As always with me, I find that the easiest way to immediately switch up your look is through headwear. Love both stripes and polka dots? This summery topper by Dolce & Gabbana allows you to do both with ease. Like this? Check out why polka dots is the retro print to be seen in now, the coolest new concept store at Orchard Central that combines art, tea, retail, food and more, and the 5 best Instagrammable spots at the National Gallery.  Main image: National Gallery Facebook