Feeling dotty? Well polka dots are 2018's hottest trend

Chuck Taylor All Star Sneakers R849 at Spree
Chuck Taylor All Star Sneakers R849 at Spree

If you are a polka dot fan then we’ve got some good news for you: the spotted print has been resurrected.

From romantic blouses to sneakers and retro swimwear, the print is taking over from one season to the next.

As you’re about to transition your wardrobe from low to high temperatures, there’s a polka dot piece for every occasion.

Polka dots are a timeless classic. It’s a bold pattern that can be tricky to keep looking fresh, but, as American fashion designer Marc Jacobs once said: “There is never a wrong time for a polka dot.”

Black and white polka dots ruled the Spring 2018 runways from the oversized, 80s-inspired versions at Carolina Herrera to the blouses at Jacquemus and a smaller print on romantic dresses by Jason Wu.

Here are some tips on how you can transition this trend from one season to the other:


If polka dots feel too feminine, more suited for summer or too juvenile for your style, then pairing the print with a chunky knit will add a tougher and more weather-appropriate edge to the look. It’s basically all about balancing silhouettes and fabrics.


Denim should be the key focus of almost everyone’s wardrobe. But the only thing better than denim is a style that brings denim and polka dots together, an unlikely – yet perfect – pairing. Layer a midi or maxi-length dotted black dress over your favourite pair of jeans for a cooler, more casual look.


If a white shirt feels too formal, a polka dot blouse is a fun alternative and adds instant elegance and personality to your outfit. Tuck it into high-waisted jeans, plaid trousers, or paperbag waist khakis – it basically works with any and every pants’ silhouette.


If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to add more colour to your wardrobe, why not try polka dots in a more playful hue?

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