You know how there are always certain songs that become summer anthems? Polkadots are the summer anthem of the fashion world right now. The style is totally classic–an all-American vintage-inspired favorite–so it’s really no surprise that they would be the season’s most prevalent trend. We’ve done stripes. We’ve done chevron. Now, the era of the dots is upon us.
I purchased my first polka-dotted pieces late last summer: An oversized utility tote from Marc by Marc Jacobs, Paige polkadot skinny jeans (T.Swift has the same pair!), an American Rag chambray button-up clad in teeny, tiny dots….all were relatively hard to find. Now, however, dots are everywhere. We’re talking cell phone cases, cigarette pants, blouses, tank tops, dresses, backpacks, everywhere. In every store. Even here at Mieux & Mieux! Why? Because they’re adorable, of course. Here’s how to wear polkadots without looking like Minnie Mouse.
Four Tips for Mastering Dots on Dots on Dots
Stick to one dotty piece per outfit. Simple, right? Make your polkadot piece the center of attention! Multiple polkadot pieces in a single outfit will either look cutesy, costumey, or over-the-top…Not exactly what we’re going for. Keep things simple by putting the focus on a single spotted piece as seen on the ladies above.
Don’t be afraid to mix patterns. While sticking to a single dotted component per outfit is wise, mixing multiple patterns in an outfit that includes dots is also a total do. The dots + pattern formula results in a super appealing, interesting look. Dots and stripes make a perfect pair!
Pick your level and choose your coverage. Novice: Go for polkadotted pieces with little surface area, like a clutch or a pair of sunglasses. Intermediate: Go a bit bigger with a dot mini or top. Expert: Maximize your polkadot game with dotty skinny jeans. Typically, the more dotted fabric you have, the more challenging it will be to style around. Plan accordingly and you’ll be fine! Bonus tip: watch the size of your dots. Smaller dots require considerably less effort to wear than jumbo dots. The style payoff may not be as great with micro-dots since they tend to disappear at any real distance, but it’s a great way to incorporate the trend into an everyday outfit in a low-key way.
Capitalize on dotted details. If you’re at all wary about this trend, or if you just want a taste of polkadot style, shoes and accessories are where it’s at! Dotted sunglasses anyone? These are vintage! I’m loving these dotty ballet flats from Zara and these champion dot Keds. On an even smaller scale, try a dotted manicure or go for dots on tech accessories! The possibilities are endless.
Are you down with dots? What is your opinion on this trend? Do you own any spotted pieces? Leave a comment and let us know!
Liza, Editorial Director