While polka dots may seem like a juvenile trend — the truth is that they can be done in a playful, yet grown-up way that brings a retro vibe to your wardrobe. Some people might be too timid to try this look, but stylists say that anyone can channel this trend.
Polka-dot accessories: When it comes to wearing polka dots, start with items like knickers or a polka-dot silk blouse. In the same way that animal prints are best kept in small doses, polka dots are a fashion treat that work best as an accessory to your look. Pick one signature piece and work your look around that. For instance, polka-dot tights can easily be worn with a neutral dress, and a polka-dot handbag can dress up a blazer. Also, polka-dot bows or scarves as great accent pieces that prevent trend overkill.
Polka-dot dresses: While a cinched-waist polka dot dress will accentuate an hourglass figure, a slim-fitting tube dress worn with opaque tights is ideal for a night out. While polka dots are a traditional print, it is possible to break out of the retro route by embracing metallic or silver mini polka dots on a bright color base. That way, you can still wear a classic style like an A-line dress or pencil skirt, but maintain playfulness through the use of commanding shades and unconventional fabrics.
Polka-dot tops and blouses: The polka dots should be proportional to your shape, so if you have a bigger bust, the print should be slightly larger to balance a bigger chest. Conversely, if you’re petite on top, the polka dots should be smaller to keep things proportional. Just remember that you can also mix and match clothes. By pairing a polka-dot blouse with a solid-tone cardigan or pullover vest, you can ease your way into the polka-dot print and ensure that, regardless of print size, your ensemble is flattering.
Polka-dot hair accessories: If you’re not comfortable donning head-to-toe polka dots, accessorize. Opt for an accessory such as a polka-dot scarf or headband. Polka dots are a cheery print that can bring an element of fun to your wardrobe. Just remember to keep things proportional and simple, and to pair polka dots alongside solid, neutral pieces. And don’t forget to shop your closet for this retro trend — chances are you’ll find a vintage polka-dot piece that would fit perfectly in your wardrobe this season.