Polka Dots Trend
Sacai Fall 2023. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Despite being dubbed a trend, there are certain patterns that are cyclical. They have a true timeless appeal. Think animal prints, plaid and polka dots. The latter proved popular on Fall 2023 runways (Sacai, Marni, Balmain...), but has an impressive track record of reappearing every so often. So investing in dots now will most definitely pay off in the long run.

That doesn't mean, however, you can't favor fresh interpretations of the playful pattern. Go ahead and indulge in wider dots or colorful updates. Peekaboo panels and oversized silhouettes still have the potential to come around again. After all, you've also got to live in the moment.

Concerning styling, wear polka dots from head to toe if you dare. Usually, in the real world, sticking with one printed piece is a safer bet. Although if you decide to go matchy-matchy, break things up with contrasting accessories. No dotted handbags, headbands or footwear allowed.

Keep reading to see all the polka dot staples to work into your wardrobe.

Zara Ruffled Polka Dot Shirt
Zara

Zara Ruffled Polka Dot Shirt, $45.90 at Zara

Marni Polka-Dot Quilted Jacket
Marni

Marni Polka-Dot Quilted Jacket, $2,600 at Farfetch

Mango Semi-Transparent Polka-Dot Skirt
Mango

Mango Semi-Transparent Polka-Dot Skirt, $99.99 at Mango

MSGM Polka Dotted Cotton Cardigan
MSGM

MSGM Polka Dotted Cotton Cardigan, $755 at LuisaViaRoma

Alessandra Rich Embellished Polka-Dot Silk Crepe de Chine Maxi Dress
Alessandra Rich

Alessandra Rich Embellished Polka-Dot Silk Crepe de Chine Maxi Dress, $2,080 at Net-a-Porter

Balmain Polka Dot Wide-Leg Trousers
Balmain

Balmain Polka Dot Wide-Leg Trousers, $2,690 at Balmain

Simon Miller Black White Aku Long Sleeve T-Shirt
Simon Miller

Simon Miller Black & White Aku Long Sleeve T-Shirt, $215 at SSENSE

Vivienne Westwood Polka-Dot Wool Jacket
Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood Polka-Dot Wool Jacket, $1,038 at Mytheresa

Madewell Layton Midi Slip Skirt
Madewell

Madewell Layton Midi Slip Skirt in True Black, $88 at Madewell

Sacai Pussy-Bow Mesh-Trimmed Polka-Dot Flocked Satin Shirt
Sacai

Sacai Pussy-Bow Mesh-Trimmed Polka-Dot Flocked Satin Shirt, $775 at Net-a-Porter

Kate Spade New York Dot Tights
Kate Spade New York

Kate Spade New York Dot Tights, $30 at Kate Spade New York

Batsheva Saga Polka Dot Cashmere Turtleneck
Batsheva

Batsheva Saga Polka Dot Cashmere Turtleneck in Black, $750 at Batsheva

Balenciaga Pleated Polka-Dot Crepe Midi Dress
Balenciaga

Balenciaga Pleated Polka-Dot Crepe Midi Dress, $5,550 at Net-a-Porter

PINKO Ruched Polka Dot-Print Skirt
PINKO

PINKO Ruched Polka Dot-Print Skirt, $336 at Farfetch

Jacquemus La Chemise Lavoir Brode
Jacquemus

Jacquemus La Chemise Lavoir Brode, $1,050 at Shopbop

Reformation Lysander Dress
Reformation

Reformation Lysander Dress in Selene, $298 at Reformation

Zara Polka Dot Shirt
Zara

Zara Polka Dot Shirt, $39.90 at Zara

Zimmermann Pleated Polka Dot-Print Georgette Midi Skirt
Zimmermann

Zimmermann Pleated Polka Dot-Print Georgette Midi Skirt, $495 at Matches Fashion

Proenza Schouler Bold Polka Dot Print Shirt
Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler Bold Polka Dot Print Shirt, $312 at Farfetch

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