Polka Dot Print Trend for Summer 2018

If there is one recognizable print that occupied the streets of New York, it’s polka dot. Black and white, colorful, reverse, big and small… Polka dots are everywhere, and I’m ready to get spotted in spots too. Let’s dive into the most popular polka dot print styles to wear this season!

Polka Dot Ruffles

Until recently the polka dot print was considered almost immature. But ever since designers started mixing polka dots with ruffles, everything has changed. Combined with a lighter fabric, polka dot print looks refreshing and chic.

From all polka dot ruffle options, my favorite is, of course, dresses and blouses. These pieces are usually made out of lightweight fabric which allows the polka dot print to flow gracefully.

Polka Dots Ruffles TrendWHITE TOP // RED DRESS // BLACK DRESS // MAHOGANY DRESS // RED DOT DRESS // SWIMSUIT

• Try maxi polka dot dresses for relaxing summer nights.

Short polka dot dresses will act as your go-to trendy look.

• Short and long sleeve polka dot blouses are perfect for a business casual wardrobe.

Polka Dot Print Trend for Summer 2018

Mixed Polka Dots

For years, the fashion community was opposing the idea of mixing different prints in one look. But when it comes to combining two different types of polka dot prints, the rules have shifted. These days, wearing a multi-layer polka dot outfit is not only on trend but also so stylish. Of course, if you know how to know how to mix your dots correctly.

Pattern Mixing with Polka DotsMAXI DRESS // OFF THE SHOULDER TOP // MINI DRESS // LONG SLEEVE TOP // MIDI DRESS

SMALL + BIG // Polka dots of different sizes look like a different print. Why not playing on combining a few of those in one outfit? My personal favorite is to mix tiny polka dots that look almost like raindrops with the maxi, coffee cup size dots. Such combo looks a bit too “extra” — but isn’t it the essence of fashion?

REVERSE PRINT // This trick works magic with black and white polka dot prints, but it’s totally suitable for colorful prints. The idea is to wear a two-color combo on the top and the reverse combo of the same colors on the bottom. That way, you are breaking up the polka dot print to create a unique and stylish look.

STAPLE + ACCESSORY // My favorite way for mixing polka dot prints is to pick a staple piece and find a matchy-matchy accessory. If the rest of the outfit is solid, such pattern matching looks super stylish and cute.

Polka Dot Print Trend for Summer 2018

Polka Dot Accessories

If you feel that an entire polka dot look is a bit out of your comfort zone, try experimenting with accessories. These days, you can find an entire range of polka dot shoes, handbags, scarves, and even swimsuits that feature the polka dot print. Combined with your favorite investment pieces, these accessories will add “oomph” to your look while keeping your attire in your comfort zone.

Polka Dot Accessories

BLACK HEELS // RED SANDALS // CARD CASE // STRAW BAG // DENIM SLIDES // PINK KEDS

If you are uncertain where to start, try polka dot shoes. Whether you are picking a pair of comfortable polka dot sneakers or chic dotted stilettos, the print will speak for itself. Think about all the solid black and white dresses you have in your wardrobe. A pair of interesting print shoes will spice up your look without breaking the bank.

For more adventurous souls, a cute polka dot handbag could be a great solution. The thing is, it’s hard to find the right polka dot bag. For some reason, I was only able to locate a few clutches, so the options here are quite limited. Which makes it even more attractive to start the fashion hunt! Next time you are going to an event, you might be the only one rocking the obsession-worthy polka dot handbag!

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Depending on your style preferences and wardrobe needs, a cute polka dot piece for the season is not a need, it’s a MUST. Yes, it takes some courage to step out of your fashion cocoon and accept something new, but I encourage you to try it. Because experimentation is what fashion is all about!

Do you have any polka dot pieces in your wardrobe? How do you usually style them?

Polka Dot Print Trend for Summer 2018Polka Dot Print Trend for Summer 2018

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