Polka dots have been in style since the Fifties when polka dot outfits were a favorite of screen siren Marilyn Monroe.
While I wouldn’t call it a comeback, as they’ve never been out of fashion, polka dot outfits are definitely having a moment this summer.
And, the trend has definitely made its way onto the high street. I’ve seen plenty of polka dots in stores for spring and summer.
Is bigger best when it comes to polka dot outfits?
Suddenly, polka dots feel very modern again. If you really want to be on-trend, then choose bigger dots.
When should I wear polka dots?
The great advantage to polka dots if you can literally wear them anywhere, from the most casual days to the swishest of occasions.
You could wear a polka dot tee with your jeans and sneakers, or a polka dot blouse with a pair of black pants for work, or a polka dot dress for a summer wedding. The options really are endless.
Kim (above) wears a beautiful blue polka dot dress.
In this article, you will find some of the best polka dot tops, pants, dresses, skirts, coats and accessories to wear this season.
Plus, I’m going to talk about what to wear with them to create some truly striking looks.
And, I’ll put it all together in a capsule to take you to any occasion. Don’t forget to let me know what you think.
Polka dot outfits: What to wear with polka dots
There are a million and one ways you could wear polka dots. But, I think they particularly lend themselves to a monochrome look with a touch of red.
Simply add these 5 types of clothes and accessories (below) and you can create countless looks with your polka dots for spring and summer.
A white t-shirt will, of course, go with pretty much anything. Wear with a pair of polka dot pants or a polka dots skirt.
Just as polka dots are a timeless option, so too is a trench coat. So, it makes sense that they go beautifully together.
Also take a look at the best trench coats in stores now for more inspiration.
A great pair of white jeans
Nic (above) puts together a perfect summer look with her Bardot-style polka dot top and white jeans.
Black pants to complement your polka dot outfits
Sarah (above) shows how well a pair of black pants go with polka dots. Choose the black pants to suit your body type and style personality. You don’t necessarily have to go for skinnies, wide pants would look great too.
Red and black shoes and accessories
Polka lots look great put together in red, black and white outfit combinations.
I purchased a fabulous red polka dot top on a trip to Greece. You could also give your polka dot outfits a pop of red with your accessories and shoes.
For more inspiration on wearing read you may also enjoy this article on how to wear red.
Polkadots don’t always have to symmetric too. On my skirt they are all over the place which is just what I like.
For much more inspiration you may enjoy my article on how to wear gray.
Polka dot outfits: A capsule for spring and summer
Now, let’s take a look at some of the most stylish polka dot clothes, shoes and accessories in stores now – and how you can put these together in a capsule wardrobe to take you through the spring and summer months.
Polka dot tops
Suzie (above) chooses a polka dot t-shirt and teams with her jeans and a pair of cobalt-blue pumps.
Patricia (above) wears polka dots with pleats.
Sweaters, coats & cardigans
Pants & skirts
Kim (above) goes for double polka dots with her top and pants.
You can also read more about Kim’s style in this interview.
Tanasha (above) wears a blue polka dot dress and accessorizes with a white bag and shoes.
Polka dot shoes can add an unexpected element to your style. You could simply wear with your little black dress or with a pair of white jeans and they would look fantastic.
Just as with any new print or pattern that you are trying out, you can also use accessories to add polka dots to your outfit.
Plus, I couldn’t resist including the polka dot swimsuit below which would look fantastic for summer, and has flattering ruching to hide a tummy.
Madewell polka dot jacquard scarf – Boden swimsuit – Retro Rewind retro sunglasses – John Hardy dot drop earrings – Kate Spade New York tote – Kate Spade New York zip pouch – Tasha polka dot headband – Kate Spade New York oblong scarf
Polka dots combined
Below you can see some of the polka dot clothes and accessories featured in this article together in one capsule. There are, of course, plenty of other ways you could mix and match.
Do you already have polka dots in your closet? Or do you have your eye on a polka dot piece you love? How do you wear yours?
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