The polka dot pattern has been around for over a century and is a trend that continues to come back into vogue. When Miss America debuted a polka dot bikini in 1926, Disney followed suit shortly after by creating a head to toe polka dot look (including matching statement bow) for its’ beloved cartoon character, Minnie Mouse. Many fashion houses and designers have experimented with the pattern, namely Christian Dior and Balenciaga, be-decking their apparel and accessories with the famous dots. The dot even inspired a number of songs, such as Frank Sinatra’s ballad, ‘ Polka Dots and Moonbeams’ and Brian Hyland’s hit, ‘Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini.’
The Spring/Summer runways featured a plethora of head to toe polka dot looks – some with large, bold dots, and others with subtle dotted patterns. Fashion influencers have even been mixing polka dot colors/prints and wearing them as a synergistic outfit. If you aren’t a fan of the head to toe look, then simply add an accent piece such as a hat or pair of sandals
We have scoured the fashion scene and curated a list of stylish apparel, shoes and accessories featuring the beloved Polka Dot.
Heading on vacation to a tropical island? Then, you might consider this sleek and stylish swimsuit from Eberjey. This one-piece is fully lined and features a flirty ruffled neckline, an all-over black polka-dot print, lightly padded cups and open back. Flattering on any body type!
Shop Now: $164
This feminine dress from Sezane is the perfect option to wear to your next summer soiree. The dress is versatile, lightweight and has a mid thigh length for showing off sun-kissed skin. The dress is constructed in silk and features a wrap style, short sleeves and a surplice neck. Add a pair of boldly colored sandals for a stand out look.
Shop Now: $185
Draper James Clutchwww.nordstrom.com
A whimsical take on the traditional polka dot print, this classy clutch by Draper James combines two trends: wicker and polka dot hearts. The bag features a wicker trim, hidden magnetic-snap closure, and interior wall pockets. Add a dash of Americana style with this versatile bag.
Shop Now: $98
Club Monaco topwww.clubmonaco.com
Looking for a statement top for wear to your friend’s rooftop party? Then, you might consider this polka dot from Club Monaco. The top is constructed of polyester/silk and features bold, white polka dots, a tie sash, slight peplum at the waist and strapless fit. Wear with a crisp button down shirt or t-shirt underneath for a unique look. Or maybe experiment with the color-blocking trend by adding pink wide leg pants.
Shop Now: $148
Alexandre Vauthier muleswww.netaporter.com
Why not try out a stylish mule for the warmer weather? This polka dot mule by Alexandre Vauthier is not for the faint of heart- keep your outfit simple and let the shoe do the talking. This designer shoe is currently on sale for a steal and features a large statement bow, stiletto heel, and satin upper. Pairs well with cropped wide leg denim.
Johanna Ortiz x MyTheresa shortswww.mytheresa.com
Iconic Columbian designer, Johanna Ortiz, released a capsule collection in collaboration with My Theresa for Spring/Summer Resort 2018. One of those pieces includes this frilly pair of polka dot shorts. Inspired by the designer’s personal packing list for a weekend getaway trip to Cartagena, the shorts feature oversized polka dots, frills framing the legs, and a flattering high waist. Pair with the matching Comoras top for a dramatic look.
Shop Now: $655
Customers can always count on J.Crew to incorporate a trend into an every day staple, such as these chinos. This pair of chinos gets an update with an all-over polka dot pattern. These chino pants are constructed in cotton and feature a straight leg, higher rise, and pockets. Bonus- they are available in regular, tall and petite sizes. Pair with a lightweight t-shirt for a chic weekend look.
Shop Now: $79.50
Ancient Greek Sandalswww.shopbop.com
Not ready to dive into the head to toe polka dot trend, then you might want to try a subtle accent such as this pair of stylish bow slides by Ancient Greek Sandals. The sandals are constructed in satin/leather and feature a decorative bow, open toe, and polka dot pattern. The sandals are available in red and black polka dots and come in whole sizes only. The perfect addition to your resort look.
Shop Now: $250
Lisa Fernandez bikiniwww.shopbop.com
You know the popular summer diddy, ‘She wore an itsy, bitsy, teenie, weenie, yellow polka dot bikini…’ This swimsuit by Lisa Marie Fernandez brings the lyric to life with its’ vibrant color and charming polka dot print. The two-piece is constructed of terrycloth and features a full coverage style, boned side seams and push-button clasp at the back. You will be sure to be the belle of the beach in this number!
Shop Now: $325
Looking for a statement handbag to update your summer wardrobe? Then, you might consider this bold Balenciaga bag. The best part? The designer bag is currently on sale at Neiman Marcus. The elegant bag is constructed in satin with leather trimming and features flat tote handles, shoulder strap, logo detail and an interior pocket. This accessory pairs well with any outfit.
Shop Now: $825
ML Monique Lhuillier Dresswww.saksfifthavenue.com
Going to a black tie wedding? But, you aren’t sure what to wear? This elegant gown by Monique Lhuillier is a great solution. The dress is constructed in lightweight polyester and features an all-over rainbow polka dot detailing, asymmetrical ruffle detail, V Neck and concealed side zip.
Shop Now: $495
This particular top has been spotted (no pun intended) on several celebrities and some of the fashion industry’s most influential women. The top, designed by Caroline Constas, is constructed in a cotton/elastene blend and features statement blouson sleeves, crop silhouette, off-the-shoulder neckline, and a whimsical polka dot pattern. The top pairs well with white summer jeans or A-line skirts.
Shop Now: $395
Miu Miu Boaterwww.netaporter.com
This accent piece incorporates two trends: polka dots and straw- both are very popular this summer. The hat by Miu Miu has a boater silhouette and features a red and white polka dot grosgrain ribbon stamped with the brand’s gold lettering. Wear on your upcoming vacation to Capri or Santorini with this season’s bright white dresses. Add beachy waves to your hair and you have a fashion forward look.
Shop Now: $370