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How To Dress Elegantly In Polka Dots

Dressing in dots will always be in vogue, but achieving a look that is understated and elegant can be difficult as polka dots can quickly become a retro aesthetic. 

Now as someone obsessed with 1950’s vintage fashion there is nothing wrong with this style if that is the look that best represents you. In fact, during my early twenties my wardrobe was full of 1950’s inspired and vintage clothing. However, as our personal style naturally evolves over time I have embraced a modern minimal, refined aesthetic and subsequently my approach to dressing in dots has changed.

That’s the beauty of polka dots, they compliment everyone and they are versatile enough that can compliment different style aesthetics. For those looking to embrace this pattern but from a minimal or subtle perspective here are my top tips for living your best life in polka dots. 

Polka dots are a pattern which make a statement, let the garment in question shine by pairing with block colours and accessories so as not to overwhelm the eye 

With Polka dots being considered quintessentially feminine don’t be afraid to juxtapose their delicateness with an edgy leather jacket

For the professional realm keep your polka dots understated

Keep jewellery to a minimum to compliment the pattern rather than compete against it

To avoid a retro aesthetic pay attention to the silhouette your garment creates, opt for something sleek and refined 

Dress your dots up with an array of shoes from heels, boots to sneakers

We’re all about embracing neutrals here so keep your dots timeless by adhering to this colour palette


Skirt Lee Mathews, Knit Bec & Bridge, Shoes The Iconic, Bag YSL via Style Secret