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How to Style Polka Dots Like a True Fashionista

One of the fashion trends that will never go out of style is polka dot. These prints have their uniqueness such that when you wear them, you appear très chic immediately. Do you have any of these prints in your wardrobe? Yes? That’s good. No? Not a problem. But how well do you know how to style polka dots? 

That’s the question you should ask yourself because the goal isn’t necessarily to add it to your wardrobe. You also need to know how to style polka dots too.

If you have no idea about that, not to worry.

You’re at the right place.

Just don’t leave this page yet.

Keep reading as we show you how to style polka dots like a pro. But first let’s see what polka dots really are.

What is Polka Dot Print?

lady wearing up and down polka dots outfit

This type of print has uniform round dots, repeated to make a regular geometric pattern on the fabric. The designs are usually in various sizes and colours. They could be small dots, large dots or medium-sized dots.

Polka dot prints usually come in silk, cotton, chiffon, georgette, crepe, flannel, etc. Moreso, some of these fabrics mix different sizes of dots.

Colours of Polka Dots

black lady wearing polka dots dress

As stated earlier, this print usually comes in different colours. They include:

  • Black and white
  • Grey and white
  • Pink and white
  • Yellow and white
  • Red and yellow
  • Blue and red
  • Blue and orange
  • Black and red
  • Purple and white
  • Black and orange
  • Multicolored on white or black background
  • Pink and gold, etc.

How to Style Polka Dots

lady with tattoos wearing polka dots dress

Now that you’ve learnt one or two things about this print, let’s proceed to how to style polka dots. The options outlined in this post are for you to choose and apply anytime you want to rock your dotted prints. 

Let’s check them out.

1. Pair With a Jacket

lady wearing polka dots top and skirt with jacket

 With a jacket, be it denim or any blazer, you layer your outfit and add more accents to it. This is one good way to look more stylish.

lady wearing polka dots skirt with jacket

2. Pair With Other Patterns

lady wearing polka dots with other prints
Jennifer Oseh rocking a polka dot blazer

Apart from plain fabrics, polka dots also go well with plaid, checkered, stripes and florals. When you pair your dots with any of the aforementioned patterns, you mix different prints together. By so doing, you don’t just break an erstwhile fashion rule, you also leave your comfort zone when it comes to dressing up.

lady mixing polka dots with stripes pattern

3. Pair with Other Polka Dots

lady wearing mixed polka dots outfit

To achieve this safely, use the same colour of fabrics but let the sizes differ. For instance, you can rock small black dots on white background with bigger black dots on white background. If you don’t want that, you can also switch it up by combining black on white with white on black.

lady wearing polka dots top and pants

Furthermore, don’t mix more than three polka dots at a time. In fact, it takes some style guts to actually pull off three colours, textures and prints of polka dots. So, unless you’re a style pro, be careful while at it.

4. Combine With Jeans

lady wearing white on black polka dot top with jeans

You can never go wrong with a denim jacket— not even when you wear polka dots. You can rock your polka dot tops with jeans skirts or trousers. This gives the top more room to be the focus of attention.

lady wearing black on white top on jeans

5. Wear as a Dress

lady wearing polka dot dress

Another tip on how to style polka dots is to wear a dress with this print. Polka dot dresses are really nice.  If you go for a colour that complements your skin tone, it’ll make you stand out from the crowd. You just have to work on your accessories and make sure they look great with the patterns of your dress. 

lady wearing polka dots dress

6. Pair Polka Dots with Pants/Skirts With Plain Top

lady wearing polka dots pants with plain black top

Furthermore, another tip on how to style polka dot is to pair the pants with a plain tee, crop top or shirt. Just make sure the colour of your top complements your pants.

lady wearing polka dots maxi skirt with white plain top

7. Accessorise 

lady wearing polka dots with accessories

Dressing up without accessories is never complete. Hence, you should grab on your earrings, handbag, sunglasses, hats and any other thing you need to pull off an elegant look.

lady accessorizing with polka dots

While mixing up accessories, be careful not to go overboard. Remember that some polka dots can be loud. And as such, you need to consider the colours while accessorising. If your dots are muted, bold accessories will do the magic. On the other hand, if they are loud, tone down your accessories.

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Victoria B. Willie

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