11 Ways To Wear Polka Dots

Written by Pratima Ati

Mickey and Minnie love polka dots.
We love Mickey and Minnie.
Therefore, we love polka dots.

We don’t know how closely you follow trends, but there was a sudden outburst of all things polka dots on the runways last year. The dots found the revival they deserved, and not too “retro” for the 21st century. From flowing one-pieces and ruffled tops to formal gowns and skirts, they are being perceived differently now. Bring polka dots back into your closet, and we will show you how. Take a look.

11 Ways To Wear Polka Dots

The best way to sport polka looks is to break away from the stereotype and look at them differently. You can pair them with plaids, florals, and prints, and play around with colors. Red, blue, white, pink, black…there’s so much you can do. Scroll through our lookbook and get started!

1. Black And White Off-Shoulder Gown


Toss away all your notions about polka dots not being classy enough and just take a look at this glorious gown. Gowns like these have taken over the runways. How about an off-shoulder gown that hugs you in all the right places? It brings out the best of the pattern and your figure! Who can say ‘no’ to this?

2. Coral Polka Dot Gown


Flaming coral mixed with polka dots is how you turn up the heat on the otherwise subdued polka pattern. If this doesn’t prove to you that polka dots are more than just a retro pattern, we don’t know what else will. Put your hair up in a ponytail, go with nude makeup, dab on some brown lipstick, and finish off with ankle-length booties.

3. White Polka Dress


Playful, cute, and elite. But if you want to break the feminine silhouette of this outfit with ankle booties, know that it’s approved by experts everywhere. The high neckline and long sleeves add to the charm of this outfit, so you need nothing but a side body bag to complete the look.

4. Blue And White Polka Slit Dress


Borrow some of that Parisian panache and strut around like a diva in this ultra-chic slit dress. A slick bun, silver pumps, a belt, and angular shades add up to a hundred to make this look work. If you want to spruce this outfit up further, you can go for ankle or knee-high boots.

5. Black And White Polka Dot Skirt


There’s nothing more flattering than a polka dot skater skirt paired with a tank top and a shrug. Kitten heels, simple studs, beachy waves, and a laptop bag with this outfit will let you breeze through from a day job to a summer soirée.

6. Polka Dot Jacket


Here’s another signature piece with this timeless print that you can add to your closet. Go for monochrome or a full black outfit and finish it off with a polka dots jacket. It is neither too loud nor too twee. It is just perfect. Feel free to add a pop of color with red pumps.

7. Polka Tube Top


We found you an ideal companion this fall, but not something that is straight out of a magazine. A polka tube top. Unassuming, right? A tube top, a long skirt, tan boots, and a trench coat. Damn, why did we not think of this earlier?

8. Polka Shirt And Suit


How about an oversized suit? You know that it is riding up the trend hill, right? Gone are the days of crisp white shirts, well-fitted trousers, and perfectly tailored blazers. Spin them to baggy pants or a long skirt, an oversized blazer, and a yellow polka dots shirt.

9. Red Polka Dot Pencil Skirt


Get into the party mode and go from desk to date on a Friday night. A red polka pencil skirt, white blouse, and black pumps is the way to go here. Don’t forget to dab on some red lipstick before you enter the venue.

10. Pink Polka Dot Ruffle Dress


Spring or summer, beach or the local market, a party inside or a luncheon outside – get hold of one of these dresses because, as you can see, they come in handy no matter where you are headed.

11. Brown Polka Dress


After the signature black and white polka dots print, brown is the most coveted. It is understated and almost like a style underdog. Gowns, sweaters, wrap-around tops, and pencil skirts are all minimalistic, subtle, and classy ways of incorporating the brown polka print.

Do’s And Don’ts For Wearing Polka Dots

  • Balance the size of the polka dots.
  • Remember where you’re headed to and choose one garment that stands out.
  • Experiment and play with prints, plaids, or stripes along with polka dots.
  • Wear black footwear when in doubt.
  • Go for simple accessories that bring out the best of your outfit.
  • Wear too many polka dot garments in one outfit.
  • Go for matching separates with polka dots.
  • Be too loud or out there with colors when opting for polka dots.
  • Choose huge or chunky accessories over dainty ones.

Now that’s how you welcome polka dots back into your life. Did the print always fascinate you? How do you like styling your polka dots? What is your favorite look from this list? Let us know by dropping a message in the comments section below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are polka dots in style?

Everything retro from the ‘80s and ‘90s are finding their way back into the mainstream clothing lines. Polka dots continue to be the front-runner but in a way that makes them relevant to current trends. Adding polka dots in subtle ways creates an evergreen look.

What to wear with black and white polka dot dresses?

Kitten heels go with polka dots pretty well. Pumps, ankle-strap sandals, and wedges look great too. Boots look nice depending on how you style them with the rest of the outfit. Flats or ballerinas in the summer are a great idea. Always play low-key with the color of the shoes if you don’t want to look too flashy.

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After working in Marketing and Business Development for a few years, Pratima Ati jumped ship to pursue two things she loved – fashion and writing. She’s now a full-time Fashion & Lifestyle writer and has never looked back ever since. She sleeps early, reads often, and when she can't, she finally gives a closure to all the characters living in her drafts. Sometimes, they pass off as poetry too! That, and her training in Indian classical music and playing (learning) the veena keep her sane, civil, and bearable.