Polka dots, the perennially pleasing print, are popping up more than usual this spring. From the 2011 resort and spring collections of Miu Miu, Giles, and Moschino, and, most recently, Marc Jacobs‘s Fall 2011 collection, it’s plain to see that this is one of the most versatile patterns out there, looking as equally pleasing on a smart suit as on a teeny tiny romper. The sheer simplicity of the print also allows it to be easily mixed and matched with other trends this season, such as stripes à la Moschino (except I would tone it down a bit for every day–think skinny, light, vertical stripes and opt for either the blazer or the pants). Additionally, buying bright basics from your local fast-fashion outpost, or even layering polka dots on different colored backdrops, are both easy ways to instantly up your chic factor.

There is also no shortage of amazing polka-dotted accessories. For those looking to start small, simply add a speckled scarf, 50s style, around your neck, or go pin-up chic by neatly folding said scarf about two inches thick, draping it over your crown, then fastening at the nape of the neck.  Finish off the look with a killer pair of round-frame glasses, and, if you’re feeling frisky, an itsy bitsy teeny weeny polka dot bikini.  For the cash strapped, simply head on out to your favorite vintage or thrift shop, where you’re bound to find a bountiful selection of this classic trend. ♥

1. ASOS Oversized Canvas Shopper, $36
2. ASOS Spot Print Playsuit, $57
3. ASOS Annie Green Spot Jersey Petal Skirt, $23
4. Bebe Lizzie Polka Dot Sandal, $129 (a dead-ringer for the Miu Miu version, $495)
5. Finnstyle Marimekko Jaettu Kukkaro Coin Purse, $29
6. Harajuku Red Polka Dot Bandeau and Boy Short Bikini, $82
7. Kate Spade Pop Art Big Dot Bangle, $42
8. Marc Jacobs Polka Dot Confetti Ring, $32
9. Mink Pink High-Waisted Shorts, $71
10. ModCloth Beach Blanket Bingo Two Piece, $89
11. ModCloth Through the Wire Headband, $14
12. Necessary Objects Katy Dress $64
13. Spots and Dots Sleeveless Dress $37
14. Take It or Leave It Polka Dot Top, $29
15. Topshop Knitted Oatmeal Polka Dot Crop Cardigan, $75

All runway photos courtesy of



  1. Sweet article, Natalie! Love polka dots! The “Spots and Dots” sleeveless dress is darling! So glad the “dots” are back! 🙂

  2. OMG i need that b/w bathing suit

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s