Polka dots have always been considered a simple yet staple print. The print has taken a back seat on street style and even on the runways for the past few seasons. The once old-fashioned spotty motif has been given a makeover, thanks to Instagram brands like Ganni, Rejina Pyo and Zimmermann.
Pattern-wise, the polka dot made an unusually strong showing in the spring and summer 2020 collections. It was seen sprinkled liberally through the collections of Tory Burch, Kate Spade New York and Carolina Herrera, to name just a few. A particular bench of dots could be found in the Michael Kors Collection.
A cute Polka Dot dress requires little-to-no styling that is why it is considered a hero purchase summer after summer. However, there are many more adventurous ways you can incorporate the print into your wardrobe. Many designers are trying to splice up two or more spotty prints together, as both Rixo and Rejina Pyo have created prints using more than one polka.
The love for Polka Dots perhaps began in the mid-1920s when Miss America was photographed in a polka dot bikini. However, the first famous protagonist of the polka dot was, of course, Disney’s Minnie Mouse in 1928.
In 1951,Marilyn Monroe was famously photographed in a polka dot bikini and, nine years later, Brian Hyland’s hit ‘Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini’ topped the charts, putting polka dots firmly back in trend. Inherently feminine they may be, but it looked like even men weren’t immune from the polka print craze. In 1962, DC Comics introduced Polka-Dot Man with multi-colored dots.
For his seminal New Look collection, Christian Dior used polka dots. Vogue reported that it was a “direct, plan to make women extravagantly, romantically, eyelash-battingly female”. The polka dot dress was one of Dior’s best-selling New Look piece of the time. Hollywood royalty quickly fell for the print with Elizabeth Taylor, Lucille Ball and Marilyn Monroe donning it every now and then.
Before Dior, designer Carolina Herrera used polka dots on most of her dresses during the late 80s and early 90s and it remains a key print in her collections. Comme des Garçons’ Rei Kawakubo has said that her earliest memories of fashion comprise “blue and white and polka dots” and prints them on T-shirts and wallets.
Polka Dots in 2020
Designers are catching on to this growing trend keeping in mind their Spring 2020 collection. Recently, during New York Fashion Week, we witnessed a number of spotty creations on the runway, like the pretty tulle gowns peppered with velvety polka-dots from Wes Gordon for Carolina Herrera. Tory Burch opted for a classic blue-and-white pattern, found on blouses, skirts and short dresses, while Adam Lippes chose black and white, adorning dresses in dots of various sizes. Zero Maria + Cornejo even played with the design’s versatility, as well, with polka dots placed so close together that they almost resembled checkerboard print.
CELEBRITIES WHO’VE ROCKED POLKA DOTS
The best way to sport polka looks is to break away from the stereotype and look at them differently. You can pair polka dots with anything, whether it’s plaids, florals, or other prints. Red, blue, white, pink, black… there’s so much to look for. Scroll through our lookbook to see how these celebrities have rocked polka dots!
Black And White Off-Shoulder Dress
Toss away all your notions about polka dots being boring or not 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 your body just perfectly? It surely brings out the best of you! Who can say ‘no’ to this anyways?
Coral Polka Dot Gown
Flaming coral mixed with polka dots is how you turn up the heat on the otherwise subdued polka pattern. This gown screams loudly that polka dots are more than just a retro pattern. Put your hair up in a ponytail, go with nude makeup, put on some light-brown lipstick, and finish off the look with ankle-length booties.
Polka Dot Skirt
There’s nothing more flattering than a polka dot skater skirt paired with a tank top and a shrug. Get on some kitten heels, simple studs, beachy waves, and a laptop bag to complete this easy-breezy outfit.
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 cute polka dot jacket. It is neither too loud nor too dainty. It is just perfect. You can always add a pop of color.
Polka Dot Tube Top
We found you an ideal companion, and no it is 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 anyone not think of this earlier?
Polka Dot Ruffle Dress
Spring or summer, beach or the local streets, a party inside or a luncheon outside – get hold of one of these dresses because they come in handy no matter where you plan to go.
Now that’s how you welcome this ever-lasting print into your wardrobe.
Tell us what are the different ways you are planning to pull-off this amazing print?