How to Wear Polka Dots

Street style jeans and polka dots
Street style jeans and polka dots. Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Polka dots are a timeless fashion trend that are getting a major update now from street style stars. The classic polka dot patterns that have been worn by everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Princess Diana suddenly feel modern again, thanks to designers and fashion influencers who have come up with new ways of wearing dots. Today's playful polka dot fashion statements are fluid, sophisticated and surprisingly versatile for wearing to work, going out with friends, and dressing up on dates. Browse these stylish photos to see some of our favorite ways to wear polka dots now, inspired by the best of street style.

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Mix Polka Dots With Other Patterns

Polka dots and florals outfit
Mix polka dots with floral prints for spring. Christian Vierig/Getty Images

When wearing a bold pattern, your grandmother's fashion rule was to pair it with solid or neutral separates. What's more modern today, though, is mixing patterns to create your own, unique fashion statement. We're crazy about the confident, playful street style outfit seen here, which matches a pretty polka dot top with a riotous floral maxi skirt. This is an outfit that's sure to turn heads, when you're going out to see and be seen.

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Polka Dot Maxi Dress

Polka dot maxi dress
Polka dot maxi dress. Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images

What's black, white and elegant all over? You simply can't go wrong for spring and summer style this year in a long white polka dot dress. Look for a body skimming cut that's generous enough to let you move freely, for an easy breezy fashion vibe that feels effortlessly sophisticated.

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Chic Office Outfit With Polka Dots

Polka dot skirt outfit
Wear a polka dot skirt for a chic office outfit. Timur Emek/Getty Images

Polka dots are a surprisingly versatile pattern that can read as playful or sophisticated, depending on what you wear with them. Here, a black and white polka dot skirt looks super chic for a day at the office, when paired with a crisp white blouse, a sleek chignon, and quality leather accessories.

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Polka Dot Jumpsuit

Woman in polka dot jumpsuit
Polka dot jumpsuit for spring. Mauricio Santana/Getty Images

We're all about one-piece dressing as soon as the weather gets warmer. What could be easier than slipping into a jumpsuit in the morning and getting on with your day? Here's a great jumpsuit for spring fashion, in black and white polka dots and a generous silhouette that suits every body type and occasion. Wear a jumpsuit simply for weekends and concerts with thong sandals and a ponytail, or dress it up for going out in the evening (as pictured here) with a slim belt, a little black vest and your favorite accessories.

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Polka Dot T-Shirt Over Jeans

Street style jeans and polka dot shirt
Wear a dotty t-shirt over slim cropped jeans. Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Polka dots and denim are a true American fashion combination. We love how this effortlessly chic fashion formula works beautifully to create a girl-next-door vibe that's perfect for a casual date (or just for making an entrance when you meet up with friends at house parties). Try wearing a black-and-white polka dot t-shirt over this season's trendy cropped denim jeans. Accessorize with the highest heels you can wear comfortably, to elongate your legs and add sex appeal to this easy look. A varsity style cardigan is the perfect top layer when you want to guard against the evening chill.

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Add a Polka Dot Scarf

Woman in polka dot scarf
Add a polka dot scarf to bring dots into your wardrobe. Vanni Bassetti/Getty Images

Layering on a pretty scarf is a proven way to add polish to all of your outfits, whether you're heading to work, meeting friends, or going out on a date. Here, a graphic black and white polka dot scarf dresses up a relaxed sweatshirt, making it look dressy enough to wear with streamlined trousers.

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Polka Dot Wrap Dress

Polka dot wrap dress for spring
Polka dot wrap dress for spring. Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images

Here's a gorgeous way to wear polka dots this spring and summer. A wrap-style dress is great on every body, especially when it's belted a bit high on the natural waist, as seen here. With trendy white ankle boots and a denim jacket for layering, you could wear this pretty outfit everywhere this year, from meetings with clients to cultural events and dinner parties.

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Polka Dot Blouse and Yellow Trousers

Street style yellow pants and polka dot top
Wear black and white polka dots with bright yellow pants. Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Polka dots in a classic black and white palette are perfect for adding polish to the bright, saturated colors we're seeing everyone this spring fashion season. Here, a ladylike polka dot blouse with long sleeves is worn with wide leg pants in dandelion yellow, for a cheerful yet sophisticated outfit you could wear easily to the office.

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Polka Dot Dress and Red Coat

Polka dot dress and red coat
Black, white and red all over. Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

Black, white and red is a fashion color combination that will never go out of style. From Angelina Jolie to Cruella de Ville, this is a color combo worn by women who want to make a statement. Step out in style this spring in a black and white polka dress that's short enough to accommodate a pair of super trendy, over the knee boots. Pair with a classic red coat, and you've got a timeless outfit that you could wear for gallery openings, parties with friends, or for a knockout look on date night.

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Polka Dot Mini Skirt

Woman in polka dot mini skirt
Cute spring outfit with a polka dot mini skirt. Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images

What could be cuter than a playful polka dot mini-skirt in a big, bold pattern? We like how this street style outfit keeps things sophisticated by sticking to a black and white color palette throughout, right down to the streamlined accessories.

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Maxi Skirt and Polka Dots

polka dot sweater and maxi skirt
Wear polka dots with a maxi skirt on rainy days. Christian Vierig/Getty Images

The pleated maxi skirt continues as a major fashion trend for women this spring, especially in saturated hues such as pumpkin, cobalt blue, and emerald green that feel right on transitional weather days. Here, a long orange skirt is paired with a lightweight, matching polka dot sweater and ankle boots, for a fashionable spring outfit you could wear for going antiquing, country walks, or meeting the parents.

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Velvet Dress With Polka Dots

Street style velvet dress
Velvet and polka dots are an arresting combination. Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Velvet continues as a huge fashion trend now. Here's a great way to wear this luxurious feeling fabric straight through the spring months, when you select a velvet frock in a frothy pastel, adorned with lighthearted polka dots. For a street style vibe that's trendy, not fussy, accessorize with easy sneakers, undone hair, and carry a big clutch purse.

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Ruffled Polka Dot Dress

Ruffled polka dot dress
Ruffles and polka dots are ultra feminine. Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

Why not embrace the girlishness of polka dots this spring fashion season? When nothing but a feminine frock will do, a pink polka dot ruffled dress is a fashionable way to show off your feminine side.

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Polka Dot Pants

Polka dot pants outfit
Polka dot pants outfit. Christian Vierig/Getty Images

If you like the 1980's inspired fashions seen on so many runways this spring, here's a great way to wear the polka dot trend now. Slim white polka dot trousers are a fun match for a lacy white top and matching cardigan. Wear this fresh look with loafers or another flat shoe style for a modern feel, and consider adding red accessories (say, a ladylike purse) to nod to classic American pin-up style.

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The Polka Dot Coat

Polka dot coat outfit
Polka dot coat outfit. Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

When you go looking for a spring coat this season, consider making yours polka dot. Here, a green polka dot coat makes a wonderful impression when layered over a same-color dress, but its whimsical style and confident color would look equally at home worn over classic separates, colorful prints, or jeans and an easy t-shirt.

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Polka Dot Romper

Polka dot romper
Polka dot romper. Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

We love the ease of rompers (aka mini dresses with built-in shorts) when the weather is nice. Here, a polka dot jumper looks grown-up enough for daytime street style, in a classic black and white pattern. Also notice how styling a shorts ensemble smartly with grown-up leather loafers and a chain link purse, as pictured, upgrades this casual look and makes it feel more sophisticated for daytime wear.

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Polka Dot Purse

Street style polka dot purse
Carry a polka dot purse to try this trend. Christian Vierig/Getty Images

A polka dot purse is the perfect choice of fashion accessory to add a touch of whimsy to your wardrobe this spring. You could certainly carry a cheerful, dotty handbag to live up neutral outfits for the office, but we're especially fond of the way it looks when added to a wildly colorful weekend outfit, as pictured here.