The Trend: Polka Dots

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Polka dots are back in a big way this season.  We’ve seen the popularity of polka dots ebb and flow throughout fashion history, and they’re on an upswing at the moment.  The Brits can claim the success of the polka dot when it became fashionable in the United Kingdom in the late 1800’s.  Polka was popular, and many fashions were named after the Bohemian dance.  Most other polka fashions fell by the wayside, but not polka dots.  And there’s a reason for that.  Simple and symmetrical, polka dots are fun and flirty.  They dress fabric down, so you usually only see polka dots on more casual fashions.  The great thing about polka dots is that they never really go out of fashion.  It’s a tried and true pattern.  But some years designers just latch on stronger than others.  Let’s take a look at some fashions from this season that incorporate the polka dot trend.


The Dress

Ella Dress In Pop Art Polka Dot – $69.99 ($158)

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This is a great polka dot canvas to build on.  Navy background with a big, bold dot placed symmetrically throughout.  You can add bright pops of color however you please, like with sandals as shown on the model.  If you’re not that comfortable in strapless you could wear a bright shrug or short sleeve cardigan.  This dress offered by J. Crew, who through today is running a 30% additional discount on sale items at their website (discounted price on dress is shown above).  Use code SHOPNOW at checkout for the discount.  Shipping is a flat $8.95, unless your cart reaches $175.  Then shipping is free.


The Shirt

Polka Dot Detail T-shirt – $49.99

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I love the fact that this sleeveless tee has a sheer polka dot scarf built right in and can be worn different ways.  The knit on this mostly cotton shirt looks substantial in the close ups provided on Mango’s website.  This shirt is also available in Navy, but only size small is left in that color.  The “Ice” and “Coral” colors shown above still have small through large left.  Pair this shirt with your favorite jeans rolled up to capri length and some flats, or a skirt and wedge sandals.  Just darling!  Prefer a top with sleeves?  How about this cutie from ModCloth?


The Pants

Don’t wear polka dot pants.


The Skirt

Polka Dot Calf Skirt – $19.80

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A really cute, and affordable skirt, from Forever 21.  The color shown, rust, is the only color offered.  The length of this skirt makes it great for outdoor activities, including riding a cruiser bike.  I like the combination of the yellow wedges with the rust color of the skirt.  Pair them with a denim shirt on top for a modern look.


The Jacket

Jojo Blazer – $168

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The price is high on this jacket that’s offered by Anthropologie.  I love the brown stripe at the top of one pocket.  It breaks the blazer up just enough.  Available in regular and petite sizes.  Here are a few less expensive options as well.


The Sweater

Neve Trudy Cardigan Sweater – $79.95 ($130)

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Neve Designs, a Boulder, Colorado based company, is known for it’s brightly colored and patterned knitwear.  And Sierra Trading Post has some great discounts on Neve Designs clothing, the above cardigan included.  I actually spotted these sweaters late last year when Neve released their spring line.  So cute!  And available in such bright colors.


The Shoes

Seychelles Quartz Pump – $59.95

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I am in love with these little pumps.  Click on the picture or the link above to see how the brown polka dotted fabric wraps around the toe.  What a fun way to incorporate some polka dots into your outfit!  Reviews are great on these shoes that ship from DSW.


The Accessory

Polka Dot Feather Earrings – $4.80

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A great color combination of peach and brown on the feathers, with gold tone hooks.  These girls are long, measuring in at five inches.  Gosh, they’re so cheap, you could get more than one pair and try to trim them down if you didn’t like the size/length.  Offered by Forever 21.

Read other posts in “The Trend” series here.


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