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Polka Dots are Back! Move Over Leopard Print

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Everyone loves a good leopard print. It’s ferocious, feisty, fierce and fun. You can’t go wrong, really, mostly because it’s achieved classic status at this point. But right now there’s another patterned player vying for attention: the humble polka dot.

As timeless as the famed animal print, polka dots add a little levity to any ensemble — and they were spotted all over Couture Week for the fall 2019 shows.

What makes the polka dot such a versatile choice? It’s all about playfulness. This isn’t a look that takes itself seriously, and it’s an easy way to break up the monotony of solid colors. There are polka dots on everything from t-shirts to skirts to shoes, so finding the right piece is simple. Here are a few picks worth a glance.

6 Ways to Wear Polka Dots This Fall

The Maxi Dress

Cute, comfortable, easy to wear: what’s not to love about an effortless maxi that makes summer dressing a breeze? We’re in love with this spotted options that makes life a little more colorful.

Try Missguided Cami Maxi Dress with a pair of comfortable flip flops or slides for an easy everyday look.

The Jumpsuit

If you’re feeling the jumpsuit love this summer, it makes sense to embrace one in a print that’s bright and fun and completely in line with the best that the season offers.

This BP. Polka Dot Jumpsuit is a sleek and chic addition to any closet — and it looks great with anything from thick-soled sneakers to strappy heels.

The Sneakers

Why not? There’s something so sweet and playful about a pair of sneakers adorned with bold white dots.

The navy backdrop on these Superga Polka Dot Sneakers helps the pattern stand out. Wear them with a denim skirt and a colorful tee for a fresh look, or try them with cropped pants and a tunic.

The Skirt

Red skirt with white polka dots
Polka Dot Wrap Skirt, $69.50, LOFT

Offering a touch of Parisian chic, this attractive LOFT Polka Dot Wrap Skirt is the stuff of polka dot dreams. The lightweight fabric makes it a great choice for these balmy days, and the wider placement of the dots lends it a more polished, refined appearance. It’s perfect for date night or a casual lunch with friends.

The Blouse

Here’s proof that there’s a polka dot for every occasion. A striking blouse in a bright hue is great for brightening up your workplace separates, from simple pencil skirts to tailored pants.

Or you could slip this Vince Camuto Cap Sleeve Polka Dot Blouse beneath a blazer to add a pop of color to your ensemble.

The Jacket

Woman wearing black polka dot flowing jacket

If you needed an excuse to plan for the cooler months ahead, we’re getting you started with this eye-catching Zara Metallic Thread Polka Dot Jacket. It’s everything an end-of-year garment requires: sparkle, drama and playfulness wrapped up in one comfortable package. Use it to elevate a simple LBD or throw it on over a pair of jeans.