8 Ways To Wear Polka Dots Without Looking Like a Clown

8 Ways To Wear Polka Dots
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* Polka dots are everywhere this season
* They can be very versatile if worn the right way
* Make a chic style statement with the below options

Polka dots have emerged as the IT print of 2018 and show no signs of going away anytime soon. This staple print that once seemed too juvenile, too busy or simply made you think of Minnie Mouse, has now gone mainstream and it will be impossible to go into a store this season without seeing this print reimagined in every way possible.

Below are some great, affordable and wearable examples of this print that will let you keep up with the latest trend in a subtle yet modern way.

1. Cotton T-shirt

When polka dots are new to your wardrobe, a great way to ease into this print is to start with an easy cotton T-shirt. Everyone owns a trusty cotton tee and this cotton H&M one is no different except for the white polka dot print. Treat this as you would treat any of your T-shirts and pair with skinny jeans or even a pair of trousers and a blazer for a not-so-casual Friday look.

T Shirt H&M Image Courtesy H&M


2. Short Sleeve Polo Shirt

Another great option to ease you into the Polka Dot trend is the classic polo shirt. The Coofandy Dot Short-Sleeved Polo Point Shirt is lightweight, has a buttoned front, basic collar and small polka dots all over which make the print even easier to wear. This is an all-season and almost all-occasion shirt that can be worn casually to work or golf or dressed up for a night on the town.

Shirt Coofandy


3. Board Shorts

One piece of clothing where you should be able to experiment and have the most fun are swim trunks and/or board shorts. As these will only be worn when on a beach vacation, going to a pool party or in the privacy of your own backyard, there is no need to stay conservative. These SAFS Board Shorts are made from 100% cotton with an expandable, adjustable draw string waist band all around. The best part is the extensive choice of fun prints, especially the the two-tone polka dot ones we have featured below.

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4. Slim Fit Dotted Shirt

The Slim Fit Dotted Shirt by H&M is another smaller printed dot option. The shirt has a turn-down collar, smooth button placket and long sleeves with adjustable buttoning at the cuffs. The slim fit of the shirt gives it an ultra-modern feel making it easy to pair with most items in your wardrobe.

Dot Shirt H&M Image Courtesy H&M


5. Chino Shorts

With the upcoming warmer weather, shorts will be on full rotation in your wardrobe. Why not jazz these structured H&M Chino Shorts up a bit by choosing the polka dot printed ones? These preppy-type shorts are made from a thick woven cotton fabric and have an extended waist tab with hook and eye fastener. These shorts have a flattering length and can be paired with many types of tees, blouses and tanks. Do not be afraid to mix and match prints as well as shown in the picture.

Short Chino Shorts H&M Image Courtesy H&M


6. Collar Dress

This super cute dotted dress with stand up collar looks quite conservative in the front but when you turn around, you have a demure open back with buttons at the top of the neck. This H&M dress is made from a woven creped fabric and flirty length that will keep you cool in the summer and the mini dotted print will keep you looking cool and up-to-the minute as well.

Collar Dress H&M Image Courtesy H&M


7. Chiffon Maxi Dress

This Chiffon Maxi Dress by Love, Fire pairs an allover, lively polka dotted pattern with a flowy, easy to wear dress that can take you from daytime music festival with some cute Converse to a night out on the town with a simple change of the shoe.

Chiffon Maxi Dress Love, Fire Image Courtesy Nordstrom


8. Spot Shirt

Topshop is always on the cusp and reinterpreting runway trends into more accessible and affordable styles. Their take on the polka dot print comes in this airy, button-down blouse styled with ruffled elbow sleeves and cropped to hit just at the top of the waistline. The top looks great and flattering paired any high-waist denim (as shown) or high-waisted shorts and will be the perfect polka dot top for the hot summer days.

Spot Shirt Topshop Image Courtesy Nordstrom

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