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How to Rock the Polka Dots Trend This Winter


How to wear polka dots in winter (Source: | Jaeger London, House of Holland, Dolce & Gabbana, Marni)

Listen up, all you Minnie Mouses and vintage vixens- polka dots are back! And they’re going to be hot well into spring, so stock up on this pretty print now. Not sure if polka dots are right for you? Or unsure of how to wear them? Well stop your worrying friends, I’m here to straighten you out and show you the bauble-paved way.

While we’ve featured tips on wearing polka dots before, today I’m gonna show you how to wear them for the cold months ahead! Whether we’re talking teeny tiny spots or gigantinc orbs, read on to figure out how you can wear polka dots during the day, night, or in between this winter.

How to Rock Polka Dots on Campus

How to rock polka dots on campus
(Blouse, Shoes, Cardigan, Jeans, Scarf, Coat, Hat)

Your on-campus wardrobe should be three things: layerable, fashionable, and most importantly comfortable. And that is exactly what comes to mind when I look at this outfit.

To start off the look, I found the greatest polka dot cardigan in the world – in two equally gorgeous shades. Since gray and black are neutrals, you can match either cardigan with practically anything! Blues, browns, greens, reds- whatever color you want, pair them with polka dots and you can’t go wrong.

To add said color, I picked out a beautiful green blouse and paired it with some seriously comfortable jean-leggings (aka jeggings -I love these!). For your feet, I found a great pair of brown oxfords, and finally for your neck, I found an autumnal orange scarf to keep you warm. Lastly, I picked out a cute puff ball beanie and toggle coat to wear on top for extra protection from the winter winds.

How to Rock Polka Dots on a Date

How to wear polka dots on a date
(Headband, Cardigan, Shoes, Tank, Skirt, Green Cardigan, Coat)

In my humble opinion, polka dots are the perfect date night pattern. They exude a certain classy-yet-flirty girlyness that’s never over-the-top. Anywho, to get this look, I first picked out a soft yellow tank top and paired it with a super cute polka dot skirt. Depending on the weather and time of day, it may be cold, so I also found a sheer dandelion yellow cardigan to wear over your shoulders indoors.

Still cold? Pop on a faux fur trimmed cardigan, and for even more warmth, throw on a white coat like the one I chose. To up the cuteness factor, I also added some adorable tassled saddle shoes. Finally, to complete the look, I found this wonderfully dreamy floral headband that you can wear traditionally or hippie-esque around your forehead – your choice!

Overall, this look is flawless, and a surefire way to show your suitor that you’re the perfect blend of sugar and sass.

How to Rock Polka Dots for Nights Out

How to wear polka dots for a night out
(Dress, Jacket, Heels, Tights, Scarf)

If you thought polka dots were too cutesy for a night out, you have another think coming! Despite their flirty demeanor, these pearly white dots can be just as sexy as lace.

A great example of a sexy way to wear polka dots is this navy blue cutout dress. It hugs your curves in all the right ways, and shows off your back! The cut of the dress gives off an edgy fashion-forward look to offset the classic pattern. I added even more edge by pairing it with two classic pieces: a rocker-chic leather jacket and a pair of black round toe pumps. If you’re facing colder weather, I suggest pairing this outfit with one or two layers of tights as well as some sweaters or cardigans under a leather jacket – but for my example I tried to keep it simple.

Strut your stuff with the jacket on or just casually thrown over your shoulders; either way, you’ll be sure to turn heads.


Do you guys like the polka dot trend? Or is it too old school for you? Will you be wearing it this season, or  are you going to pass? How do you like the outfits I put together? Which one was your favorite? Whatever your thoughts let me know in the comments!

Posted on on November 29, 2010 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , ,

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14 Responses to “How to Rock the Polka Dots Trend This Winter”

  1. 1
    November 29th, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Hmm back already? I think I’m gonna save polka dots for spring. Just because. Cute outfit ideas.

  2. 2
    November 29th, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    You’re right, those cardigans are fantastic! And I actually really like the “going out” look too.

  3. 3
    November 29th, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    I love polkadots more than any thing ! haha. Those outfits are really cute :)

  4. 4
    November 29th, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    Wow. I am not usually the biggest fan of polka dots, but this article instantly made me want to buy a whole polka dotted wardrobe. I love everything about all of these outfits. Each article and accessory fits incredibly together. Great job Kim!

  5. 5
    November 30th, 2010 at 12:52 am

    I love love love polka dots and they are always in style for me. You skipped my favorite way to wear them -mini polka dots under a solid, neutral cardigan. This is cute yet subtle enough for the office. And I used to live in my polka dot flats, but now they are so old and faded. I’m sad to have to replace them.

  6. 6
    November 30th, 2010 at 1:20 am

    I LOVE this post. The graphic at the beginning of it is way too cute.

  7. 7
    November 30th, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Like Karissa said, I’m also not that a big a fan of polka dots dress design but the ones shown has a sassy element to it that makes it very pretty. XOXO!

  8. 8
    November 30th, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    I love the Date Night outfit! It’s ingenious–the polka dots balance out the bright yellow and vice versa. Totally fresh, I never would have thought of it myself. Now I have some ideas for how to wear yellow/mustard, even if that wasn’t necessarily the point of the article.

  9. 9
    December 1st, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    The polka dots cardigans are fun and cute and I find them perfect to cheer up these dark fall days. I’m not too crazy about the skirt and the dress though.

  10. 10
    December 2nd, 2010 at 9:51 am

    the link to the white/black cardigans sends me to the main page of a huge site. i tried to search for them, but no such luck. could you possibly point me toward the actual link to the cardigan, or give me a price? i really like those.

  11. 11
    December 4th, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Hey Joanna, sorry it took me so long to get back to you! Here is the link to the cardigans! Enjoy :)

  12. 12
    December 5th, 2010 at 11:00 am

    redirects to :

    no such luck! just brings me back to the main page. i searched through VS’s cardigans and couldnt find it that way either. do you think its just not available anymore?

  13. 13
    December 13th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    I have a polka dot (black and white) cropped jacket that I really want to wear for sorority rush this winter. Could you give me any suggestions? I would prefer to wear a dress underneath, but a skirt and blouse is okay. :) Thanks!!!

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