Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Guest Post: How to rock polka dots

Many fashionistas steer clear of polka dots, thinking that this print is best reserved for young children or Minnie Mouse. However, polka dots can make a serious style statement if worn correctly. Paying careful attention to your overall look and following some straightforward style tips ensures that your polka dots remain on-trend...

Polka dots: Basic information
Although the basic idea behind polka dots is simple -- a regular, repeated pattern of circles on a solid colored background -- the reality is anything but. Polka dots can be large or small, colorful or neutral and printed onto many types of fabrics. A silk blouse with a tiny black-and-white polka dot pattern looks very different than a fitted jersey dress with a larger, boldly colored pattern. No matter what your personal style, there is a polka dot piece to incorporate into your wardrobe.

How to wear polka dots: Less is more
As with many prints, pulling off the polka dot trend requires an editor's eye. If you have a bold print, such as large polka dots or brightly colored fabric, keep the rest of your look a bit more understated. For example, pair a fun polka-dotted top with skinny dark pants and ballet flats. Or buy that fabulous, flowy polka dot skirt and wear it with a plain black top. If you choose a head-to-toe polka dot look, such as a sexy fitted dress, pair it with sleek pumps to keep your look streamlined.

What size polka dot should I get?
Polka dots of all sizes are on-trend for this season. In general, smaller polka dots are less dramatic, so they may be more appropriate for work. Many prints with smaller dots use relatively neutral colors, which typically looks more professional. If you’re going out with friends, grab a polka dot skirt with large, colorful dots to keep things flirty and fun.

What about accessories?
Accessories are key to any outfit, ensuring that you look polished and put together. If you’re not quite ready to take the polka dot plunge, experiment with the look by adding a simple headband to your outfit. For a slightly more daring choice, put on a polka dot headband as a statement piece that’s sure to turn heads. However, pairing these polka dotted accessories with other polka dots can be tricky. It’s best to avoid mixing prints, which can look too costumey. Once you’ve found a killer outfit that incorporates polka dots, keep the rest of your look simple. Plain gold or silver jewelry are a great way to look put together without adding too many clashing elements. Grab a great, structured leather bag to complement your look.

When finding a trendy look for this season, remember not to leave your personal aesthetic behind. If you gravitate toward soft, feminine looks, find a gorgeous blouse or flirty dress. If your fashion choices are a bit bolder, look for fitted polka dotted pants for an instantly cool look. No matter what your preferred look, polka dots will add a fashionable touch to your wardrobe.

--By Brooke Samsonite from Belts and Bangles

P.S. Read more of Brooke's fashion advice, including how to wear accessories at any age and style essentials for fall.

[Top photo via My Fashion Tricks]

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