Now that it’s spring and it’s finally started to warm up, we’re hearing a lot about spring trends. And one that seems to pop up every few years is polka dots, which are pretty much perennially cool. The pattern experienced a huge resurgence in the 80s and we’ve being seeing it periodically ever since. Dolce & Gabbana has been known to frequently use polka dots in their shows and included the pattern again in their Spring 2014 collection. Christopher Bailey also included a few polka dot looks in Burberry Prorsum’s Spring collection and Lena Dunham sported Burberry’s bold red and white polka dot shirt on the cover last month’s Vogue.
I’ve always thought polka dots, when done well, were kind of fancy. It’s an interesting and playful pattern and one that can be surprisingly mixed just as well with other patterns as it does when worn with solids. I remember when I was little my mother had an outfit that consisted of a long black and white pleated polka dot skirt, a black and white blouse with larger polka dots and a white blazer with black polka dots, and it was very cool.
The Dolce & Gabbana skirt on the right (above) is $995 and the dress on the left is $2,095 – both available on net-a-porter.com. But you definitely don’t have to spend that much to get the look. You can find polka dots in every kind of price range. And below are some good examples. So if you don’t own anything with polka dots, go for it this spring. They’re fun. And fancy.