February 13, 2018

5 Dos and 5 Don'ts for Wearing Polka Dots

Trending for spring: polka dots.

Pretty in Polka Dots

There are prints that come and go and prints that stand the test of time. Polka dots most certainly fall under the latter category. Indeed, most seasons you’ll find this darling dotty pattern at some point or another. But for spring and summer 2018, it’s especially popular.

So, in order for you to rock this timeless print this season, check out our dos and don’ts, along with some runway to red carpet to reality inspiration!

The 5 Dos and 5Don’ts of Polka Dots


… wear them with other size polka dots.

… pair them with stripes, plaid, or florals.

… rock them on not only your apparel, but also your shoes, bags, or accessories.

dress them up with heels or down with sneakers.

… pull them out for work or a weekend brunch with friends.


… wear too many polka dots at once – i.e. no more than three different pieces of your outfit. And only try mixing three different polka dots if you’re a style maven like Blair Eadie!

… opt for more deconstructed silhouettes when wearing red, white, and black polka dots together, as to avoid looking like Minnie Mouse – not that we are opposed to a little #MinnieStyle when you’re planning a trip to Disney Land!

… be afraid to pair polka dots with another print.

… stick to just neutral polka dots; colors are so fun in this print!

… worry too much because there aren’t really any rules when wearing polka dots.

From the Runway

Polka dots were seen all over the Spring 2018 runways in various ways. Designers embraced this fun print in skirts, dresses, tops, and accessories. Plus Lisa Perry’s recent Fall 2018 collection was inspired by polka dots! So many fun fresh perspectives on this timeless print. Now, below are a few of our stand out favorites from the Spring runways…

To the Red Carpet

And it didn’t stop there. Polka dots have also been seen aplenty on the red carpets at various events. Take a look below.

To Reality

And now our favorite part…let’s see how our fellow fashion gals rock their polka dots out and about.

How Carrie Wears Polka Dots

And, as you might have seen, our very own Carrie loves her polka dots, too, and don’t you love how she’s styled them? Take a look!

How You Can Wear Polka Dots

And, as always, we’ve rounded up our favorite polka dot pieces you can buy right here!

Your Thoughts

What are your thoughts on polka dots? Is it a favorite print of yours or not so much? Let us know in the comments below!

We’ll see you back here in the morning.


  1. Mila says:

    I such a huge fan of the polka dot trend so I’m loving this post. I’ve been wanting to pair with stripes so I was so please to see this tip as one of your five do’s!

    1. Oh I’m so glad you liked it! Thanks so much for chiming in.

  2. Elena says:

    What a great post on polka dots, which I love to wear! I’m slowly dipping in to pattern mixing and started wearing my polka dots with accents of leopard (skinny belt, shoes, earrings) ❤️❤️❤️

    1. Great ideas, Elena! I’m so glad you appreciated the tips. I’d love to see how you’re wearing polka dots and leopard!

  3. Sandra says:

    I have a navy blue blouse with medium size polka dots that I absolutely love. Can I still wear it in the Fall. I live in Michigan.

    1. Absolutely! Especially this fall. Polka dots are all the rage. And navy is a lovely hue for fall.

  4. Kelly Rymer says:

    Looking to wear a brown polka dot dress for a wedding, yes the one like in pretty woman
    😁 not sure though whether to wear nude heels or not as thinking it may look to summery?

    1. Good question, Kelly!

      I’d probably opt for something a bit darker than nude… maybe something caramel? Or even bring in some navy accents.

      Let me know if I can help further!

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