Jan 3, 2013

Feeling Spotty: 7 Stylish Polka Dot Buys

By Valerie Chen

If the words "circle circle, dot dot" conjure up adolescent memories of the cootie shot, it’s time for a new lesson in style. This year, we’ve caught the polka dotted fashion pox, and we simply don’t want to be cured! This playful pattern is an instantaneous, cheerful pick-me-up on even the greyest of days. Big or small, polka dots can mesh well with a multitude of materials for various occasions, such as a day at the office, a dance-off at a semi-formal fete or a casual Sunday at the local farmer’s market. If you are starting to see spots, don’t worry – you’re on the right track!


Style Tip: Don’t be afraid of mixing prints and playing with patterns: If the polka dots are on the smaller end of things, then the print is subtle enough to work with floral skinny jeans, a striped skirt or even gold sequined shorts for an extra fabulous look. Let the polka dot embolden and empower you to step out of your comfort zone.

Spanx Sheer Fashion Polka Dot Tights

Adorn your gams with polka dotted tights to deliver a lovely contrast against your arsenal of party frocks. These slimming, sheer tights will spice up your trusty LBD – pouty red lipstick, optional but highly recommended – or they will further bring attention to your legs when sporting high waisted shorts. Whatever the combo, you can’t go wrong with this anything-but-basic legwear. $28, available at HerRoom.

Muse D'Art Moderne Skirt In Red

Play up the spirited nature of the polka dot with a vivacious, bright red skirt. This high-waisted piece with a bold middle bow is a chic choice that can last throughout the seasons. Don a sweater, tights, boots and a coat for proper winter attire during colder months, but reinvent the charming look when the weather heats up – with a blouse and flats in the spring and with a tank and a pair of strappy sandals in the summer. $35, available at Modcloth.

1969 Chambray Dot Boyfriend Shirt

Now this is one shirt that, unfortunately, you won’t be able to steal from your unsuspecting boyfriend’s closet. Though the cut is menswear-inspired, the darling polka-dotted print are far from macho. Styling possibilities are endless, as the top is perfect for layering under a soft, oversized sweater or tucking into a gauzy skirt. $50, available at Gap.

Ted Baker London Jacquard Fit & Flare Dress

Invitations for glitzy get-togethers keep making their way to your mailbox, inbox and various social media vehicles, so naturally, you are constantly hunting for that perfect party dress. Look no further: This eye-catching mini-number features shiny, golden polka dots against a black canvas, a fitted bodice with elbow-length sleeves and a flared skirt. Whether you boldly rock bare legs or try out a pair of flirty thigh-highs, this polka-dotted dress is guaranteed to turn more than a few heads. $275, available at Nordstrom.

Dotted Velvet Uncut Corduroy Skinny

Polka dots may have a reputation of being cutesy, but be forewarned: Other pieces of an outfit can bring out the underlying, daring nature of the classic polka dot. Take these cropped pants, for example. With the right leather jacket with industrial hardware accents, a silky top and studded boots, these polka dotted bottoms are hardly “cutesy.” As for “sexy” – that’s a whole other story. $98, available at Free People.

Cain Bow Shoes By Butter

Seek both class and comfort with this pair of kitten heel pumps. With just the right amount of glamour – black suede and polka-dotted bows, a dynamic duo– these pumps will fit your workplace’s more formal dress code, besides serving as coquettish go-to shoes for a casual dinner or brunch with the girls (hello, bottomless mimosas). With so much potential, your black and champagne-colored purchase is surely a worthwhile investment. $298, available at SimplySoles.

Ruffle Dot Umbrella

As pretty as the pitter patter of light rain may sound, it’s typically more ideal to observe from afar – particularly, inside, in bed, under the covers and with a cup of hot tea. But with this chic, black and white polka-dotted umbrella, you’ll be eagerly checking the weather report for your next chance to venture outside and dance in the rain. As the weather runs its course, stay stylishly dry under a wind-resistant frame while clutching the stylish umbrella’s wooden handle. $30, available at Bloomingdale’s.

  • Feeling Spotty: 7 Stylish Polka Dot Buys
  • Spanx Sheer Fashion Polka Dot Tights
  • Muse D'Art Moderne Skirt In Red
  • 1969 Chambray Dot Boyfriend Shirt
  • Ted Baker London Jacquard Fit & Flare Dress
  • Dotted Velvet Uncut Corduroy Skinny
  • Cain Bow Shoes By Butter
  • Ruffle Dot Umbrella
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Feeling Spotty: 7 Stylish Polka Dot Buys
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