5 Ways To Wear The Polka Dot Trend That's Everywhere

A huge trend on the fall '17 catwalks, polka dots are sticking around for spring. Whether it's a result of the popularity of Yayoi Kusama's Sculptures, Paintings & Mirror Rooms exhibition in 2016, a renewed obsession with Princess Diana's wardrobe, or a return to overt femininity, fashion has gone spotty.

But if you associate polka dots with Minnie Mouse or the party dresses you wore as a little girl, it's time to rethink the surprisingly versatile print. Cropping up repeatedly on the spring 2018 catwalks of labels like Balenciaga, Self-Portrait, Mary Katrantzou, Giorgio Armani, and Dior, we were offered multiple ways to wear polka dots, from Demna Gvasalia's chiffon dresses worn with sock boots to Maria Grazia Chiuri's monochromatic sheer skirts and blouses.

Off the runway, our favorite street style stars have been providing a masterclass in putting together the perfect polka dot ensembles, proving the pattern isn't just for the catwalk, but for real life, too. With each influencer comes a new way to style the trend — here's five of our favorites.

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Pair A Polka Dot Skirt With A Chunky Knit

If polka dots feel A) too feminine, B) too summery, or C) too juvenile for your style, pairing the print with a chunky knit will add a tougher — and more weather-appropriate — edge. Here, it's all about balancing silhouettes and fabrics.
Topshop Spotted Hanky Hem Skirt, $68.00 Buy
A.W.A.K.E. Giant Polka Dot Pleated Skirt, $877.00 Buy
Zimmermann Rife Flounce Skirt, $530.00 $265.00, Buy
Diane von Furstenberg Draped Skirt, $428.00 Buy
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Layer Classic Polka Dots Over Denim

Denim is a key focus of one's wardrobe, whether it's deconstructed jeans à la Vetements or frayed ruffles courtesy of Marques'Almeida. But the only thing better than denim is denim and polka dots. An unlikely — yet perfect — pairing, layer a midi- or maxi-length black dress over your favorite pair of jeans for a cooler, more casual vibe. Reminder: You can still wear the frock solo, too.
Reformation Boston Dress, $128.00 Buy
H&M Flounced Dress, $59.99 Buy
ASOS CURVE City Maxi Tea Dress in Polka Dot Print, $48.00 Buy
Whistles Mix and Match Spot Print Dress, $499.00 Buy
Zara Polka Dot Dress, $89.90 Buy
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Invest In A Timeless Polka Dot Blouse

If a white shirt feels too formal, a polka dot blouse is a fun alternative for adding instant elegance and personality to any outfit. Tuck into high-waisted jeans, plaid trousers, or paper bag waist khakis — it works with any and every pants silhouette.
& Other Stories Polka-dot Frill Blouse, $85.00 Buy
Ganni Marceau Georgette Polka Dots Ruffle High-neck Blouse, $160.00 Buy
Monse Ruched Polka-dot Silk-blend Crepe Blazer, $2,290.00 $1,145.00, Buy
Jacquemus Polka-dot Print Ruched Blouse, $437.00 $262.00, Buy
Forever 21+ Plus Size Polka Dot Mock Wrap Top, $48.00 Buy
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Flip It & Reverse It With A White Polka Dot Dress

As we eagerly await the approach of summer, a flowing polka dot maxi dress is the perfect transitional piece to bridge the gap between your winter and warmer weather wardrobe. Add colourful accessories, such as a vibrant clutch bag or bright boots, for a flash of fun.
LPA Dress 343, $348.00 Buy
Balenciaga Polka Dot Silk Dress, $1,995.00 $997.00, Buy
Pixie Market Irina Polka Dot Button Dress, $149.00 Buy
Dalood Dotted Dress, $591.00 Buy
Georgia Alice Desert Shirt Dress, $669.00 Buy
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Try A Pop Of Polka Dot Color

If you've made a New Year's resolution to add more color to your wardrobe, why not try polka dots in a more playful hue? Take a cue from Farfetch vice president of style and creative, Yasmin Sewell, who wears a Loewe dress (clad in red spots) with white Laurence Dacade boots.
Burberry Polka-dot Silk Tea Dress, $995.00 Buy
Alessandra Rich Polka Dot Pleated Dress, $2,380.00 Buy
Realisation Par The Alexandra - Italia Spot, $195.00 Buy
Emilia Wickstead Camelita Sheer Lace Polka Dot Dress, $2,362.65 $945.06, Buy
Nina Donis KM20 Dress, $748.00 $378.00, Buy
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