Polka dots are one fashion trend that’ll never go out of style, so sprinkle a few pieces featuring this vintage-inspired, flirty and feminine print into your stylish wardrobe this season! Sure, this trend started with a more youthful crowd—okay, maybe you wore it when you were 5 — but today, polka dots are making their own statement in the fashion industry. Polka dots first popped up in Europe during the late nineteenth century; since then the fun and playful pattern has spread all across the world. In tops, bottoms, dresses, and even leggings, polka dots are proving to be essential in wardrobes across the globe this season.
The traditional blouse can be a simple but eye-catching polka-dot piece. This Zara blouse with a tear neckline is very flattering and perfect to wear alone in spring and summer or as a underneath layers in fall and winter. Pair this piece up with solid color bottoms like a skirt, pants, or shorts. This particular piece looks great tucked into black high-waisted shorts. Looking to dress up this ensemble? Put on a pair of classy black pumps to add a little sass to this number.
Believe it or not, polka dots can also be used in bottoms! With high-waisted bottoms all the rage this season, why not throw on some polka dots and create a really fun look. For a fool-proof outfit, invert the look above by wearing your solids on top and the patterns on bottom. Pair these J.Crew high-waisted printed silk organza shorts with a solid colored blouse of any style. Unlike the piece above, the polka dots on these shorts are neatly aligned rather than scattered, giving your outfit a more standard and business-like feel. These shorts also look great paired with a long cardigan or jacket.
As summer draws to a close, build up your fall wardrobe with the must-have polka-dot dress. This blue Polka Dot Pastel Dress from Dorothy Perkins is a perfect way to build a clean and modest look. With its unobtrusive pattern and color, this number is ultra-feminine and perfect for any occasion—work, school, birthday parties, you name it! Slip on a pair of simple, matching ballet flats and your look is ready to hit the road. Thinking you might feel a little chilly later? Grab a cardigan or blazer (matching the color of the polka dots or complementing the overall color scheme) on your way out the door.
So don’t be quick to abandon the pattern you loved so much as a child. Incorporating these three pieces into your wardrobe will prove our former statement: polka dots never go out of style.