Polka dots were originally adorned by flamenco dancers, but became popular in the United States in the late 1920’s. Seen on everything from itsy bitsy polka dot bikinis to Carolina Herrera designs, polka dots have made their way back into popularity, scattered throughout the runway this season. Wondering what ways you can wear polka dots? Let’s find out.
White on Black
White polka dots on a black background have a sophisticated and sleek feel. Enjoy a steak and a cigar in Max Mara’s polka dot suit, or sit court-side at a Lakers game in Norma Kamali’s. Altuzarra’s polka dotted dress is ideal for a night at the opera, while you’ll be best dressed for afternoon tea in Antonio Marras’ dress, or Jenni Kayne’s.
Pick some of these polka dots:
Black on White
Black polka dots on a white background always stand out. Eyes naturally flick to the pop of color, even in garments like Zimmermann’s or Cynthia Rowley’s. House of Holland layers the polka dots under a t-shirt, creating just a quick flash of polka dots, while Balenciaga allows the polka dots to take center stage. Jacquemus’ statement blouse is perfect turning heads at the next socialite garden party.
Make a polka point with these prints:
Polka dots aren’t just for black and white, but everything in between! Carolina Herrera’s gowns are perfect for parties that run late, playing piano for guests that encircle you. Maison Martin Margiela and Karen Walker go more casual with navy polka dots, while Kitx plays with pink patterns in a Resort chiffon polka dot dress. For the fall line, Kitx uses yellow polka dots for a beautiful and relaxed dress.
Add some color to your closet with these fabrics:
Sheer polka dots leave a little to the imagination, layered over skin or fabric. Monique Lhuillier’s sheer shoulders gives just a glimpse of skin, while Francesco Scognamiglio and Isa Arfen throw modesty out the window. Markus Lupfer’s dress is perfect for a day at the office or a night drinking cocktails, while J. Crew imaginatively layers sheer polka dots over a white blouse for a lovely contrast.
Are you sure about sheer? Check out these fabrics:
Designers have been mixing and matching patterns that neither mix, nor match. Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood and Marques Almeida simply match different size black and white polka dots, while Natasha Zinko plays with colors with a polka dot dress and fur coat. Zimmermann pairs polka with plaid, while Novis plays with polka dots and floral.
Play with prints with these polka dots:
Will you be picking up polka? Let me know in the comments!