There’s just something about an amazing polka dot print that can’t help but put a smile on anyone’s face. This timeless pattern is simple, fun, and eclectic all at once, and we can’t get enough this summer.
Though it can sometimes be tricky to achieve the right kind of whimsical look with polka dots, experimenting with all of this print’s many options will have you seeing spots (in the best sense!). ModCloth’s ModStylists show you how to have fun with polka dots in their tips below! And if you want more tips ‘n’ tricks, make an appointment with a ModStylist here!
1. First up, ModStylist Amy goes mod.
Mixing polka dots adds a bold, interesting pop to a classic print. Choose a dress like the Stunning in Circles Dress, which combines polka dots of different colors and sizes. The symmetrical lines featured on this dress are super flattering for many body types. Try it in the office with a blazer or cardigan or a day of errands with a statement bag. Or, take this frock out on the town with bright, sky-high wedges and fun shaped accessories. Whichever way you choose, a polka dot sheath can be a year-round closet staple!
2. Next, Chelsey shows us how pink polka dots can actually be chic!
The immediate response when we think ‘dots’ tends to be retro and classic: an a-line polka dot dress in black and white. Though a subtle graphic print is always amazing, it’s certainly not the only way to wear your dots! Go bold with this sheer white and hot pink tie-front top matched up with a dotted navy maxi. Who says you can only wear one polka print per look? Don’t be afraid to mix and match! With an added pop of color along with a neutral shoe, this look can take you from work to play in no time. Have fun with prints and ‘polka’ the night away!
3. Singin’ in the Rain? No problem!
Just because it’s dreary outside doesn’t mean that you can’t infuse some pep in your day with a polka dotted ensemble. In fact, go the extra mile and mix and match those dot prints to the extreme! By pairing exaggerated polka dots prints against each other, you can create a cute, quirky, and cohesive look! The contrasting patterns achieve a balance that will make a statement in the rain, and what better time to go bold then on a day that could use some cheer? Add some bright accessories in primary shades to finish off this fun outfit, and you’ll be perfectly polished despite the drizzle of raindrops overhead. Don’t forget your (adorable) umbrella!
Get Jess’ cheerful look: Betsey Johnson Airbrush with Fate Dress ($158); Rain Dots Keep Falling Raincoat ($130); Knit Must Be Love Socks in Yellow ($7); We’ll Have a Wiffle Ball Sneaker in Red ($38); and Cumulous Cutie Umbrella ($30).
4. Last up, Kelly rocks the perfect outfit for day to night.
Are you looking for the perfect day to night ensemble in your favorite dotty print? Try a bright and pleated a-line polka dot dress with neutral heels and you’ll be sure to be the sartorial star wherever you go. Accessories like a charm necklace and twisted headband add some fun, but still let your polka dots be the focus of your outfit. Finish your look off with some great transitional pieces like a cardi and satchel for work or a cropped jacket and clutch, perfect for happy hour!
Make this outfit yours: A Grand Weekday Out Dress in Dots ($58); Standout Ovation Heels ($37); Twist to My Lou Headband ($20); All in A Day’s Networking Bag ($35); and Aren’t You Charming? Necklace ($25).
What are your favorite prints? Love polka dots? Talk to us in the comments below.