Bigger is not always better. Don’t be dotty and assume a myriad of mammoth circles on material makes a superb fashion statement. Even in nature, the leopard’s spots are understated. Gigantic polka dots is dated and matronly and should be avoided unless you want to give the impression you escaped from the circus and took the clown’s wardrobe with you. Curtains, bedspreads, and table cloths can’t even get away it. There are exceptions: you can pull off large polka dots if it’s one bold piece with minimal accessories. Polka dots clashing with, and competing for attention with even more polka dots or other prints is a disaster. Polka dots don’t take a backseat. Don’t make the mistake of combining polka dots with more polka dots. If they’re on the top of your outfit, resist any temptation to add them to the bottom. There’s only room in the spotlight for one polka dotted piece. It’s currently a trend to go crazy with prints and combine them, but let’s face it: apart from models in a still photograph on the pages of Vogue, stripes and dots, dots and flowers or whatever other atrocious mix your mind can conjure up doesn’t look remotely good or well thought out for most mere mortals.
The classic black and white polka dot is forever favored and in style. It looks pretty and polished and it’s a color combination that won’t steer you wrong on any occasion. The black and white polka dot is comfortably subtle, timeless and ultra chic and works hand in glove with your beloved basics like blue jeans, black pants, denim skirt, black skirt, dressing an outfit up, or down with ease. When it comes to evening wear, black and white is the safest option if you’re after elegant. While colorful polka dotted dresses are playful and vibrant, they are dangerously close to looking comical and tacky. A polka dot coat or cardigan is perfection and adds instant glamour to a basic black or denim outfit without the illusion of trying too hard to appear fashionable. A black and white polka dot also gives you freedom to have fun with bright colors; the classic dot on top and red or pink on the bottom, or vice verse is reminiscent of Rockabilly: a sexy, and glamorous era in girl’s fashion, and there’s no crime in bringing it back, whichever small way a woman can. You can opt to keep it safe with simple black, and add color in the way of accessories. Adding a hot red heel and a red lip is eternally sexy. Go retro with bright yellow if you really want to look like someone who has fun with their wardrobe and trust it’ll go a long way towards spicing up your image.
Whether it’s red polka dots on black fabric, black on red, red on white, or white on red, red is an adventurous alternative to classic black and white and it looks great. Black and red is risque and come hither while white and red is chic and cutesy. Lavender. peach, and champagne are very in vogue shades, and if you prefer to keep your look on the conservative side, they quiet down the loudness of polka dots. Wearing a polka dotted dress that incorporates ruffles is an instant slimmer for the figure, or you can belt it at the middle to give the illusion of a tinier waist. Go for fitted dresses and skirts and tailored pants when it comes to polka dots. You don’t want to look like you’re wearing a sack; especially not a sack in a loud pattern. Sheer fabrics are ideal for keeping the polka dot look dainty and elegant. If you don’t want to make polka dots the center of attention, opt for polka dotted scarves, handbags, and heels. They’re a fuss-free option for experimenting with polka dots without making a full commitment. Polka dotted tights have outlasted being a trend and therefore don’t qualify as a phase anymore if you’re willing to take a risk and swap them with your basic black and navy. Don’t shudder at the thought, they’re less outlandish than they sound, and they look awesome beneath dresses and skirts of a neutral color.
Love them or loathe them, prepare to be seeing spots this season. If you’re ready to play with polka dots, good luck in getting the look spot on!
Blair Adele - sometimes better known as Vanity Blair has had a love affair with the art of writing since she knew how to hold a pen properly. While girls studied Seventeen magazine, she studied the dictionary, infatuated with expanding her vocabulary. Since the tumultuous teenage years, she has viewed trends with disdain, preferring to embrace individuality when it comes to style. “The Blair Necessities” is where she combines her objective: expressing femininity through fashion, and encouraging what sets a woman apart from the rest, with her passion for the written word. Let she who is without fear of fashion, cast the first stilletto.