Polka Dot

What’s not to love about dots? They’re playful, whimsical, and downright chic.


The word “polka” itself derives from the Polish for “Polish woman” — in Czech, it translates to “little woman or girl.” Which makes sense, given the polka dots inherently feminine image.


The love affair with polka dots began in 1926 when Miss America was photographed wearing a polka dot swimsuit. Shortly afterwards, Disney introduced its cartoon Minnie Mouse wearing a red polka dot dress and matching bow. In 1951, Monroe was famously photographed wearing a polka dot bikini and a few years later the release of a hit song, “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” topped the charts, putting polka dots firmly back in vogue.


Dior used polka dots in a collection, in what was reported to be a “direct, unblushing plan to make women extravagantly, romantically, eyelash-battingly female”. It worked, as the polka dot dress was Dior’s best-selling piece in the 1950’s and Hollywood stars such as Elizabeth Taylor, Lucille Ball and Marilyn Monroe loved the print. Who can forget Julia Roberts as Vivienne in 1990’s Pretty Woman, attending the races in a polka dot dress and matching hat? It may have been many years ago, but it feels as relevant today as it did then.


Today we can choose polka dot in a variety of colours and styles from black and white, delicate pastel colours, electric blue or red tones. Knowing which colours suit you will certainly help when choosing the RIGHT polka dot! Interested to learn more about discovering YOUR colours? See HERE


Polka dots are popping up everywhere, from skirts and dresses to tops and accessories. Why not try a polka dot scarf for a stylish touch? Many styles and colours available to purchase at the online Colour Shop HERE and they're available in silk too HERE


Sophistication

Polka dots are a great way to incorporate prints into your workwear, especially with a structured pencil skirt. Try pairing with something solid and simple, or for a more glamourous feel, pop on a floaty blouse. Tip: Keep the scale of the polka dots small when you’re wearing a print to work—this will keep it toned-down and appropriate.


Feminine

Polka dots are very girly, so take it one step further to the feminine side with charming details such as bows or ruffles. Tip: Want to balance your bold & girly sides? Try jeans in a looser fit with flat pumps.

Statement

If you decide to make a bold statement, such as a dot-printed dress, keep the rest of your look simple. Just pair with a simple jacket and easy accessories. Tip: If you prefer a retro-look, opt for flat pumps.

Swinging

Pay homage to polka dots’ retro roots by wearing them on a swing skirt silhouette. Take this as an opportunity to mix & match prints—just remember to stay in a similar colour palette, for example a classic white and navy. Tip: If your polka dots are big & bold, choose a top with smaller stripes.

Styling

Combine a polka dot skirt or dress with flat shoes during the day or opt for heels in the evening. For a more elegant look, wear a pair of tailored trousers with a polka dot shirt.

There are certain prints that come and go and prints that stand the test of time. Polka dots most certainly fall under the latter category. Indeed, most seasons you’ll find this darling dotty pattern at some point or another. Are you ready to rock this timeless print?