March 27, 2019

5 Dos and 5 Don'ts for Wearing Polka Dots

Trending for spring: polka dots.

Pretty in Polka Dots

There are 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. And this season it continues to be especially popular.

So, in order for you to rock this timeless print this season, check out our dos and don’ts, along with some runway to red carpet to reality inspiration!

The 5 Dos and 5Don’ts of Polka Dots


… wear them with other size polka dots.

… pair them with stripes, plaid, or florals.

… rock them on not only your apparel, but also your shoes, bags, or accessories.

dress them up with heels or down with sneakers.

… pull them out for work or a weekend brunch with friends.


… wear too many polka dots at once – i.e. no more than three different pieces of your outfit. And only try mixing three different polka dots if you’re a style maven like Blair Eadie!

… opt for more deconstructed silhouettes when wearing red, white, and black polka dots together, as to avoid looking like Minnie Mouse – not that we are opposed to a little #MinnieStyle when you’re planning a trip to Disney Land!

… be afraid to pair polka dots with another print.

… stick to just neutral polka dots; colors are so fun in this print!

… worry too much because there aren’t really any rules when wearing polka dots.

From the Runway

Polka dots were seen all over the Spring 2018 runways last year in various ways. Designers embraced this fun print in skirts, polka dot dresses, tops, and accessories. Plus Lisa Perry’s recent Fall 2018 collection was inspired by polka dots! So many fun fresh perspectives on this timeless print. Now, below are a few of our stand out favorites from the Spring runways…

To the Red Carpet

And it didn’t stop there. Polka dots have also been seen aplenty on the red carpets at various events. Take a look below.

To Reality

And now our favorite part…let’s see how our fellow fashion gals rock their polka dots out and about.

How Carrie Wears Polka Dots

And, as you might have seen, our very own Carrie loves her polka dots, too, and don’t you love how she’s styled them? Take a look!

How You Can Wear Polka Dots

And, as always, we’ve rounded up our favorite polka dot pieces you can buy right here!

Your Thoughts

What are your thoughts on polka dots? Is it a favorite print of yours or not so much? Let us know in the comments below!

Have a great day!


  1. Mila says:

    I such a huge fan of the polka dot trend so I’m loving this post. I’ve been wanting to pair with stripes so I was so please to see this tip as one of your five do’s!

    1. Oh I’m so glad you liked it! Thanks so much for chiming in.

  2. Elena says:

    What a great post on polka dots, which I love to wear! I’m slowly dipping in to pattern mixing and started wearing my polka dots with accents of leopard (skinny belt, shoes, earrings) ❤️❤️❤️

    1. Great ideas, Elena! I’m so glad you appreciated the tips. I’d love to see how you’re wearing polka dots and leopard!

  3. Sandra says:

    I have a navy blue blouse with medium size polka dots that I absolutely love. Can I still wear it in the Fall. I live in Michigan.

    1. Absolutely! Especially this fall. Polka dots are all the rage. And navy is a lovely hue for fall.

  4. Kelly Rymer says:

    Looking to wear a brown polka dot dress for a wedding, yes the one like in pretty woman
    😁 not sure though whether to wear nude heels or not as thinking it may look to summery?

    1. Good question, Kelly!

      I’d probably opt for something a bit darker than nude… maybe something caramel? Or even bring in some navy accents.

      Let me know if I can help further!

  5. Stephany Thompson says:

    I have a great pair of calf hair polka dot pumps (black with white large dots)…can I wear them for an evening?

    1. Oh absolutely! I would do so in a heartbeat.

  6. Siobhan says:

    I have just bought wide leg polka dot black and white (small dots) trousers to wear to a christening. Could I pair it with a light green and white (larger dot) polka dot blouse? Or should I pair with something plain or any other suggestions

  7. Loretta says:

    I have a black dress with white polka dots to wear to a June wedding . Could I wear orange shoes with a small orange clutch bag?

    1. Oh I think orange would look fabulous!

  8. Nic says:

    I have a blush pink dress with medium size navy polka dots that I will be wearing to a wedding later this spring but wondered what colour jacket or cover up would go with it, other than navy? Any ideas?

    1. White would be fresh! But if you’re hesitant to wear white to a wedding, I’d go with a light blue.

  9. Janie says:

    What color shoes would go with a navy blue with white polka dot long sleeve blouse. Wearing white cropped pants.

    1. I would do a pop of color like red, orange, yellow, or hot pink!

  10. Rose says:

    I have a yellow tiny striped shirt and a black skirt with tiny, tiny white polka dots on it. Should I wear them together? And, if so, what shoe color should I wear with it that would be more on the neutral side.(I’m going to a wedding).

  11. Pat says:

    I purchased a three quarter length sweater, cream color background with med size black polka dots. Will this be appropriate wear with black dress slacks for a funeral visitation

    1. I believe it would be fine.

  12. Melissa says:

    For my son’s baptism I’m wearing a navy blue and white polka dot dress with nude strappy heels. I’m wearing silver earrings with hanging white pearls or should I do a gold hoop? and what color nail polish???????

  13. I love polka dots. They are timeless piece of outfit. I will style it up and down as stated in your article. Thank you for throwing more insight on how to rock this outfit to get more use for it. xoxo

  14. Birungi Stella says:

    I have blue and white polka dress can i wear it with red shoe and red bag for dinner

    1. Yes, that’d be great!

  15. Birungi Stella says:

    Thanks a lot its quite interesting but please send me images on how to do navy blue doted while polka dress for a date

  16. Kim says:

    I have an October wedding in Arizona…I have 2 dresses…one is orange with white polka dots and one is navy blue with white polka dots…which one should I wear? Or neither??

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