5 Ways to Wear Polka Dots


This summer, we’re already seeing spots. Polka dots are popping up everywhere, from skirts and dresses to tops and tanks. The surprise? This retro-inspired print is shockingly versatile—not only can polka dots go from workwear to weekend, but from playful preppy styles to edgier ensembles. Here are five different ways to wear this print now.

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Camio Wrap Front Blouse, June Polka Dot Skirt, Sorin Multi-Ball Wire Cuff, Juno Small Folded Clutch

Sleek sophisticate.

Polka dots are a great way to incorporate prints into your workwear, especially on a structured pencil skirt. Try pairing it with something solid and simple, or for a more glamourous feel, pop on a silk blouse and be instantly ready for an after-5 outing.

Stylist Tip: Keep the scale of the polka dots small when you’re wearing a print to work—this will keep it toned-down and appropriate.

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Turk Bow Back Top, Sloan Short, Lennox Hammered Cuff, Samara Knot-End Cuff

Feminine charm.

Polka dots are inherently girly, so take it one step further to the feminine side with charming details like bows or ruffles. A piece like this bow-back stands out, so simply pair it with white jeans.

Stylist Tip: Want to balance your bold & girly sides? Try something tough on bottom like worn boyfriend jeans in a looser fit with a cool-girl cuff and pumps.

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Brook Dot Print Tie-Waist Top, Huntter Cuffed Short, Kramer Cord and Bead Bracelet, Stephen Stretch Bracelet Set, Marlee Beaded Layered Bracelet, Nathan Tread Pattern Infinity Scarf

Laid-back & low-key.

Polka dots often give off a preppy, Cape Cod vibe, but they can also moonlight as your go-to casual look. We love the easy-going style of a tie-waist blouse paired with your favorite cutoffs and sandals.

Stylist Tip: If a tie-waist isn’t for you, achieve the same look—without emphasizing your midsection—with a messy tuck instead.

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Abee Medium Wash Denim Jacket, Karolina Spaghetti Strap Polka Dot Dress, Juno Small Folded Clutch, Randall Multi-Strand Bracelet Set

A proclamation of polka dots.

If you decide to make a statement (like in a dot-printed dress), keep the rest of your look simple. Just pair with a simple denim jacket and easy accessories.

Stylist Tip: To keep this look in the retro realm, wear white flats with an ankle strap, or another throw-back style like a penny loafer or driving shoe.

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Hanneli Polka Dot Swing Skirt, Judy Split Neck Blouse, Marmont Pendant Necklace

Swinging summer.

Pay homage to polka dots’ retro roots by wearing them on a swing skirt silhouette. Take this as an opportunity to mix & match prints—just remember to stay in a similar color palette, like this classic white and navy.

 Stylists Tip: If your polka dots are big & bold, choose a top with smaller stripes.

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