Growing up, I detested polka dot clothes. I think it might have had a lot to do with the fact that I was a child of the 80′s and 90′s and when trends were in, they were in very heavily. So when polka dots were trendy, they were everywhere. They were often really small print everywhere. It made the clothes look almost psychedelic and people didn’t wear them sparingly. People would wear a completely polka dot dress with a polka dot bow and maybe even top it off with a polka dot purse.
It was overkill.
Plus, I have a personal issue with patterns but I’m not sure if that contributed to the issue or was made worse by it. However, now that polka dots are back for the fall, I’m much more open to it. It does help that the dots come in a variety of sizes (I still am not a big fan of super small ones) and colors. You can get them on accessories like shoes and belts to add a pop of polka dots without overdoing it. This is a trend I think we all should explore and I’ve already set out to add some polka dot to my wardrobe. Here are some easy ways to do it.
1. Shoes. I am a shoe fanatic and I’ve seen some fabulous polka dot pumps that would be a great pop to lots of neutral outfits. This may be a touch daring but visit a shoe store and try on a pair. You may love it.
2. Belts. Everyone should have one or two belts that can be used as statement pieces. A black and white polka dot belt is a good way to do it in a classic color palate while adding a pop of texture and color to an outfit easily. This would go great with red, gray, orange or even with a basic jeans and t-shirt.
3. Hair accessories. If you wear headbands or hair clips, there are some very cute polka dot pieces you can wear as well. I would just caution against going too young. You can end up looking like you stole your little sister’s hair bows and that’s a no-no.
Now if you are feeling froggy, jump out there and dive into polka dot clothes. You can do cardigans, shirts, skirts, dresses, etc. The sky is kind of the limit here but the biggest thing to keep in mind is to not go overboard. You don’t want to look like you’re wearing a costume. Now go forth and wear dots!