We’re seeing spots today. But you don’t have to worry about it, that’s probably just the abundance of polka dots in the streets and even on the runway this year. And if you’re like us, it would seem like history has repeated itself because it reminds us of the time when our mothers have shoved dozens of polka dots our way. Or maybe polka dots just reminds you of Mickey Mouse’s girlfriend, Minnie.
Either way, polka dots have always had an instant retro vibe to it which makes it hard to incorporate to modern outfits. But worry no more! Because we have 10 stylish tips on wearing polka dots modernly.
Choose Your Silhouette Wisely
You have to consider how big the dots are and the silhouette of your outfit. For loose garments, it’s good to have random dots on the pattern while for more polished silhouettes go for perfectly lined dots–preferably, in small dots.
Tone It Up or Down With A Blazer
The blazer can do two things: tone the polka dots up or down. To tone it up, pair it with a neutral or solid colored blazer that will make the polka dot clothes stand out. To tone it down, go for subtle polka dots and pair them with funky and colorful blazers.
Pair It With A More Tailored Item For Work
For work, you seriously can’t pull off a polka dots pants so throw the idea away. But a skirt might be possible. Either way, the easiest way to pull off a polka dot outfit for work is by wearing a polka dot shirt and pair it with a more tailored bottom.
Matched With Shorts Is An Easy Preppy Look
Inserting your polka dot shirt underneath a shorts, especially when the top is long-sleeved, gives a simple and amazingly easy preppy look. To add up to the preppiness, you have the option of wearing tights too.
Crop Top Is A Modern Garment
Have a polka dot crop top for an easy everyday contemporary outfit. Whether you pair them with a skirt, pants or shorts, it will still look modern since crop tops are practically a modern garment.
Add Edginess With Leather Jacket
Polka dots gives an instant retro-ish and girly vibe to your outfit. And to tone down that retro feel, you can add a little amount of edginess to your ensemble by pulling on a leather jacket.
Go For Bolder And Unexpected Hues
You don’t have to go for the standard black-and-white or blue-and-white polka dots. Play a little on the color of your outfit and go for red, green, pink or yellow. This will be particularly great for spring and summer.
For Polka Dots on Polka Dots
For polka dots on polka dots, you have two options. First, you can pair similar dots, like black dots on white, that have different sizes of dots. And second, you can pair dots of similar size but with different colors, like a top with black dots on white and a bottom with white dots on black.
For Polka Dots on Plaids or Stripes
For pairing polka dots with either of these two prints, you have to keep in mind to choose which prints should stand out on your attire: the polka dots or the plaids or stripes.