Trend How To: Polka Dots

If you’re anything like me, when polka dot clothing comes to mind it’s normally images of children’s dresses or an old ladies shirt that has lipstick stains around the collar.Call me crazy, but that’s never been great incentive to stride confidently out the door in such a print. It seems all these years, the humble polka dot has been yearning for more, shaking off the stereotypes and proving itself worthy of a full fashion revival. Thankfully, this leaves us fashionistas with a fun, flirty, and adorably retro print to work into our Spring/Summer wardrobes.

Designers like Marc Jacobs, Diane Von Furstenberg, and David Koma paraded polka dots down the runway earlier this year and ever since, a rising number of celebrities have been spotted wearing the print. So it seems only natural that Australian retailers are encouraging us to do the same, by producing jackets, dresses, shirts, and skirts to ensure we’re well covered.

Keen to embrace the trend? Then take cues from Katy Perry, and rock a fitted polka dot dress that is loaded with vintage, pin-up girl charm. Or perhaps you’re looking for something polished and feminine that will work for the office and your after work date? Then swap your white shirt for a polka dot one, team with a simple blazer, and we guarantee the result will be perfectly appropriate (and still a little bit sexy).

Start seeing spots with some of our top picks:

1. Marc Jacobs Wool Fleece Dress, $1850 at 2. Boutique Baby Doll Dress, $160 at 3. Tie Front Blouse, $304 at 4. SES Polka Dot Self Tie Dress, $24.95 at 5. Navy Crochet Collar Swing Top, $70 at 6. Marc Jacobs Wool Fleece Skirt, $995 at 7. Navy Front Pocket Blouse, $76 at 8. Indy Spot Dress, $79 at 9. Halston Heritage Silk Sheer Blouse, $265 at

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  • Reply BellaB Tuesday 11th June, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    I think polka dots are quite classic.

  • Reply Ian Sunday 10th June, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    love the dots

  • Reply Shay9 Tuesday 5th June, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Love dress number 2

  • Reply ladadidah Friday 13th April, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    looove polka dots

  • Reply jones Monday 20th February, 2012 at 11:46 am

    oh christina and katy look great in polka dots.

  • Reply sallync Monday 6th February, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Love it…so cute!

  • Reply dapperdolly Friday 27th January, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Polka dots can be really cute but it depends on the cut of the garment as to whether it looks dated or not.

  • Reply stels Wednesday 11th January, 2012 at 11:50 am

    oh so retro and adorable!

  • Reply jenniekellett Friday 11th November, 2011 at 8:44 am

    I love the marc jacobs skirt…. bit out of my budget though 😛

  • Reply thelakehousewriter Friday 14th October, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    katy perry looks great- the best out of the lot. I agree the vintage look is the way to go!

  • Reply buonarrotischisel Thursday 29th September, 2011 at 12:35 am

    cute, but it kinda hurts my head

  • Reply diamond0901 Friday 16th September, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    I’ve tried polkadot tops but too scared to try a dress yet 🙂

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