Polka dots seem to be everywhere these days — both the traditional version and some more modern, eclectic interpretations. Although dots definitely offer a more playful style, these eye-catching products prove that dots can also be a sophisticated option. If you're hoping to try the trend in your own space, then take a look at these must-have dotted pieces for every room!
It's time to let prints pop with polka-dot separates fromTarget. This collection of shirts, pants, accessories, and shoes makes just the right statement. Mix and match to create fun office attire, or select statement pieces to take any outfit into evening. There's nothing cuter than a touch of polka dots, which is classically sweet mixed with a bit of sass.
We're absolutely in love with this little denim polka-dot dress that is so versatile. From wearing with cute flats or dressing up with classic wedges, this Spring frock is just one of the several polka-dot separates to choose from. Here are a few other ways to rock some polka dots:
- Popping accessories: These cute gold and white polka-dot earrings are an easy way to include a bit of this Spring trend with any look. Stacked studded bracelets or cutout flats are both chic and simple ways to show some polka-dot love this season.
- Mixed prints: Don't be afraid of mixing prints, pairing one of these polka-dot separates with a favorite print from your wardrobe. Even if the prints seem like an unlikely couple, if the separates are the same shade, they'll look great together.
Polka dots have been around for ages, but some of our most-loved chic celebs have (literally) been spotted in the supercute print — and make such a great case for polka dots that you'll be feeling the itch to buy them before this story is even finished. Kristen Bell and Emma Roberts showed how just one polka-dot piece can turn a look from humdrum to high fashion in a snap, and Gwen Stefani, Jessica Alba, and Diane Kruger proved that cutesy polka dots can easily go from day to night (and look quite sophisticated, too). For more dotted inspiration, just click through to see how the stars style their spots, then shop our editors' picks for yourself.
Polka dots are popular in home decor right now, and the trend lends itself perfectly to little ones' rooms. From rugs and bed linens to room accents and more, there's a perfect polka-dot find for every style of room. Add a spot of fun to your tot's nursery or playroom with any one (or more!) of these fun finds.
Polka dots are practically seasonless, especially in a classic black-and-white color palette. While we usually see the print in retro silhouettes, these aren't your grandma's polka dots (well, maybe they are — we don't know your grandma). Winter's iteration is slightly more graphic than usual, and they're in a fresh new league of their own, perfect for slowly but surely transitioning to Spring. We've rounded up 15 polka-dot pieces, from tops to shoes to lingerie, to satisfy your craving for black-and-white spots. Click through to see and shop them all now.
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If washing the dishes is kind of a drag, then this Craft of the Day may brighten the experience a bit. (OK so, it won't do the dishes for you or anything, just to get that out of the way. We wish!) But, this confetti dish towel will look festive in your kitchen and is the perfect towel to put out when having company. And if you're feeling daring, then try this technique on a plain bath or beach towel to add some color! Ready to turn an ordinary cloth into a party-ready towel? Keep reading for the how-to.
Keep reading for the directions for this polka dot tea towel!
Ashlee Simpson was among the stylish stars to attend last night's Samsung Galaxy S III party in LA, but she made sure to stand out from the crowd in her colorful ensemble: this Haute Hippie polka-dot batwing top ($200, originally $285) and Haute Hippie colorful zigzag drawstring shorts ($225). We're all for mixing opposite prints, and Ashlee did a stellar job by matching polka dots with zigzags. Her accessories of choice were gold hoop earrings, a gold vintage clutch, a white ring, and neutral ankle-strap platform sandals. Get Ashlee's exact top and shorts to wear together like she did, or pair her top with jeans for a more relaxed feel and her bright shorts with a neon-yellow tank at the beach.
Polka-dots are one of the most playful patterns in existence, so it makes sense that they're often associated with children's clothing and decor. That doesn't mean that these delightful dots don't have a place in a sophisticated home — or wardrobe. We were recently enamored with Michelle Williams's polka-dotted dress from her new movie Take This Waltz. In the world of home decor, many designers, from DwellStudio to Diane von Furstenberg, have been riffing on the polka-dot pattern in their current collections. Keep clicking to see 15 of our current favorites, gracing everything from bed frames to chairs.
Take This Waltz photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures
Over the weekend Elizabeth Banks popped up in Hawaii for the 2012 Maui Film Festival wearing a polka-dot jumpsuit with a white jacket and nude sandals. She reminded us that you can look playful and chic at the same time and the easiest way to do that is via a polka-dot jumpsuit. The pattern is sweet, while the jumpsuit silhouette is chic. And you can take things to an even more luxe level via the right accessories. To get Elizabeth's look for an upcoming Summer soiree, buy this polka-dot jumpsuit by Mango ($75) or this Love Ady polka-dot jumpsuit ($78) to pair with your crisp white jackets and neutral sandals. Or to kick things up a few notches, pair your polka-dot jumpsuit with a colored blazer and/or bright heels.
Jessica Alba stepped out in Santa Monica, CA, fusing prints, pastels, and neons to perfection, then she balanced her colorful look with a white Gerard Darel crossbody bag — here it is in grey and tan ($315). The actress donned a grey polka-dot blouse by Splendid with cuffed boyfriend jeans and hot pink and yellow neon wedges, then layered on a striped green blazer for extra pizzazz. She finished off her bold style with Lindsay Vallan wrap necklaces, double-finger ring, and orange shades. Re-create Jessica's trendsetting look with a light blazer, polka-dot blouse, boyfriend jeans, and neon wedges for your next daytime adventure.