The Classic Print That Fashion People Always Come Back To

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On paper, polka dots are the perfect print for my aesthetic. I seldomly wear bright colours and tend to gravitate towards more classic pieces. So given the fact that polka dots usually come in monochromatic palettes and are largely considered timeless, you'd think I would take to them naturally. But for some reason, I've just never been into spots.

Looking back to my school days, I think my year-11 performance in Grease, for which I wore a polka-dot circle skirt complete with poodle embroidery, has something to do with my reluctance to wear the pattern today. Since then, I've always found it a bit twee and, well, costume-like. But seeing as polka dots are set to make a major comeback this autumn, I decided it was time to overcome my reluctance. To help myself embrace the polka-dot way of life, I set out to find chic polka-dot outfits that could overwrite my mindset.

It turns out fashion people really love to wear polka dots. I didn't expect to find so many excellent polka-dot outfits, but to my surprise, they were in plentiful supply. Below, I've rounded up eight outfits (none of which feature embroidered poodles) that feel entirely fresh.

Scroll on to see the stylish polka-dot outfits that have convinced me to give spots a whirl this season.


Style Notes: One of the easiest ways to channel polka dots is by way of a black and white midi dress. Marie Hindkaer brings hers up-to-date with a pair of trending New Balance trainers.

Shop the look:

Balenciaga Red Cat-Eye Sunglasses (£195)

Pretty Lavish Dotty Day Dress (£55)

New Balance 452 (£75)


Style Notes: If you're tentative about polka dots like I am, why not dip your toe into the trend with a spotty accessory?

Shop the look:

Gabriela Hearst Thomas Cashmere and Linen Blazer (£1810)

Gabriela Hearst Kennard High-Rise Cashmere and Linen Pants (£1050)

Oliver Bonas Modie Monochrome Spot Beaded Black Clutch Bag (£42)


Style Notes: Wide-leg trousers have made their mark on the autumn style agenda. Tick off two trends at once with a polka-dot pair.

Shop the look:

Arizona Love Bandana Headband in Red (£20)

& Other Stories Puff Sleeve Corset Blouse (£65)

Alice + Olivia Athena Polka-Dot Wide-Leg Trousers (£340)


Style Notes: Polka dots make for a stylish alternative to floral prints, which usually dominate the wedding-guest-outfit scene. Make like Lucy Williams, and give yours a glamorous overhaul with metallic mules.

Shop the look:

Tory Burch Peach Embellished Polka Dot Maxi Dress (£368)

JW Pei Gabbi Bag in Grass Green (£79)

Zara Metallic Heeled Platform Sandals (£30)


Style Notes: Essentially an entire look in one, a jumpsuit is the perfect outfit option when you're pressed for time. Opt for a polka-dot style, and you'll look all the more directional.

Shop the look:

Missoma Lucy Williams Flat Curb Chain Necklace (£185)

Zara Polka Dot Jumpsuit (£100)

Fitflop Rally Leather Sneakers (£80)


Style Notes: Unlike the A-line style from my Grease performance, polka-dot skirts with ruching and draping feel significantly more modern.

Shop the look:

Monica Vinader Deia Chunky Hoop Earrings (£150)

Karen Millen Curve Viscose Blend Knitted Slouchy Rivet Jumper (£28)

Tory Burch Navy Ruched Skirt (£170)


Style Notes: Who says your polka dots need to stick to muted palettes? Williams clearly has a thing for polka dots, and this time she's wearing a bold, black and yellow shirt with an embellished bag and classic jeans.

Shop the look:

Moschino Polka Dot Bishop-Sleeve Blouse (£391)

Pre-Owned Fendi Embellished Baguette (£1522)

& Other Stories Favourite Cut Jeans (£65)


Style Notes: Plan on wearing your polka dots after dark? A silky, spotty co-ord and strappy sandals are the way to go.

Shop the look:

H&M Patterned Blouse (£11)

H&M+ Patterned Trousers (£20)

Reformation Gigi Strappy Mid Heel Sandal (£255)

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