Add polka dots to your wardrobe, without looking prim or childish, with these modern pieces.
Polka dots are having a major moment. From spots sashaying down fall runways to our favorite street-style stars putting their own sartorial spin on the classic print, the ubiquitous dot is making a thoroughly modern mark.
So how do you add playful polka dots to your real-life wardrobe without looking overly prim or childish? Make it modern with supersize statement spots in a monochrome palette, or wear your specks small in a flattering silhouette. Finish the look with some edgy accessories to toughen up the ultra-feminine print.
Here are some ideas for working dots into your day.
Sincerely Jules Charmer Slipdress ($129 at Nordstrom). Try a slip dress for a transitional summer-to-fall option that marries sophisticated style with a lighthearted feel. This version gets an update with the addition of sophisticated spots on a chestnut-hued field.
Tularosa x Revolve Sid Wrap Dress ($220 at revolve.com) A polka-dot maxi dress can take you almost anywhere. Style it with espadrille sneakers to keep the look contemporary-cool, or glam it up with heels and statement jewelry. The blue of this dress adds a breezy, day-on-the-beach charm.
Topshop Pinspot Casual Camisole Top ($40 at us.topshop.com). A light, silky cami is an easy way to add the whimsical print to an outfit. Just add jeans and a moto jacket to toughen the look.
Billabong Sunny Dazer Polka Dot Culottes ($45 at lulus.com). High-waist cropped pants with a tiny polka-dot print will take you from sunrise to sunset in style. Balance the easy style with a fitted top, and add a pop of color with a bright accessory.
H&M Blouse with Flounce ($50 at hm.com). Modern polka dots look cool and edgy when they are unapologetically bold. This airy, partially lined top also features on-trend flounces at the cuff and hem, and double ruffles at the shoulder.
ShopNW staff contributed to this story.