Polka Dots: A Carefree Closet Essential!

Hey Socialites! Today I want to talk to you about a print that has become a huge trend for Spring 2019: Polka Dots! (Who’da thunk it?) This whimsical pattern was seen all over Fashion Week runways and was featured in shows for Dolce & Gabanna, Marni, Fendi, and Prada, to name just a few! I’d say that Polka Dots have some serious haute couture and street style cred right about now! I feel ahead of the game because I initially published this post back in 2017.  Because I’m a serial outfit repeater, I’m wearing the same blouse, but I’ve styled it totally different, which you’ll see in the photos below. In the meantime, check out my tips for incorporating the polka dot trend into your wardrobe!

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How To Style Polka Dots

Polka dots are fun, but the print can get a little juvenile or overly whimsical if it isn’t grounded by sensible styling choices.  A few of my favorite bloggers are pictured above, and I love how they each styled their polka dots with solid colors, bright pops of color, and fun accessories! Here are some of my go-to tips to style polka dots in a chic and sophisticated way!

Photo credits from L to R: Crazy Blonde Life; Kayra Merrills; Color Me Courtney; Southern Curls & Pearls; Daily With Bailey

Keep It Sheer!

For some reason, sheer fabric just works when wearing polka dots. You can easily add a solid color cami underneath which adds visual interest and grounds the polka dot print. Think sheer midi dresses with a slip underneath, or a sheer high neck bow blouse.  Pieces like these shown below can transition easily from work to play! Scroll through to shop!


Add A *POP* Of Color!

Polka dot fabrics can come in all colors, but you’ll mostly find them in the classic combos of black, white, or navy. A fun and unexpected way to wear these traditional prints it to pair them with a bold pop of color. Try a navy and white polka dot print with a bright fuchsia (or red!) pump!  A black and white polka dot top would look fabulous with a sunny yellow statement earring or necklace. The color combinations are endless!  One of my favorite inspirations for color mixing is Color Me Courtney! You can visit her page for a little inspo, but in the meantime, scroll through to shop some of my fave choices to add colors to your polka dots!

Accessories Are Key, Dahling! 

If you’re a little leery about wearing a full on polka dot dress or top, you can easily incorporate the trend by pairing your solid or neutral pieces with polka dot shoes or handbags! If you’re going to do this, I recommend choosing simple and chic shoe silhouettes such as a slingbacks, flats, or peep toe pumps.  For handbags, stick with smaller handbag/forearm styles, or cute clutches!


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I’m excited for the return of Polka Dots for spring 2019, and I’ll be incorporating the print quite a bit. Be sure to follow me on Instagram for regular outfit of the day photos, and you can also find/shop all of my Instagram and blog outfits here! In the widget below are some super cute pieces to incorporate polka dots into your closet for spring! I’ve picked affordable options (like this first dress for $14.99!!!!!) What is your opinion on polka dots? What is your favorite way to style them? Leave us a comment below!



See you next time!


Fashion, Lifestyle, and Travel blogger, based in NC.

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