What did Princess Diana and the Duchess Kate Middleton have in common on the day they brought out their first born son (other than looking ravishing)? If you said polka dots, then you guessed correctly! Both opted for a sweet refreshed new-mommy look and chose to wear polka dot dresses.
Polka dots have been around in the fashion world for a very long time, however as of late we’ve seen them fill out wardrobes of the rich and famous, as well as us regular folk’s. TV show characters are no exception to this and progressively the polka dot look has taken different forms and variations.
You may think that polka dots are pretty basic and you wouldn’t be wrong, but they have evolved greatly over the years and can be simple or funky all at once. They make a regular outfit take a different spin on something you’ve seen 1000 times over. It’s time to review how one can integrate an array of polka dot oufits into a wardrobe but still have them look very different from one another. Let the evolution of the polka dot begin!
The basic polka dot dress: Alex Kerkovich (from Happy Endings) and Mindy Kaling (from The Mindy Project) are both sporting what is perceived to be relatively common in many women’s wardrobe today: a simple, short polka dot dress. The style of the dress can vary greatly but the basic purpose is to take what looks like a regular dress, and make it slightly more feminine by adding polka dots.
The basic polka dot skirt: Karen Cartwright (from Smash) and Jessica Day (from New Girl) chose to wear basic tops with cute polka dot skirts. This adds a bit more personality into a look. Jessica Day’s skirt (to the right) is one of my favorites. I love when a skirt sinches at the waist look and bubbles out. It adds even more femininity to the outfit (and any combination with navy is great in my books).
The basic polka dot blouse: Zoe Hart (from Hart of Dixie) and Leslie Knope (from Parks and Recreation) are wearing what seems to be a relatively simple outfit but both decided to take their regular blouse and add the playful pattern to it. Makes what would have been a more serious look, a bit more fun. Zoe Hart’s blouse (on the left) has an even more special spin to it: some of her polka dots are floral looking, which adds some color with the navy and breaks the identical polka dot pattern.
The polka dot scarf: Who said scarves need to be boring? Adding a dotted scarf like Aria Marie Montgomery (from Pretty Little Liars) and Mindy did gives a whole new meaning to what a scarf represents. What once was something to keep you warm, now has become an accessory. Both girls took 2 very different approaches: Aria already wearing a busy outfit (plaid and stripes) added the polka dot scarf to create a medley of patterns, whereas Mindy wearing a beautiful yellow jacket added the green colorful polka dot scarf to add a pattern, and blend in the color of the jacket in with the scarf.
The polka dot bikini: As the song goes, Jessica Day decided to also wear a polka dot bikini in 2 different episodes of New Girl. Both adorable, both flattering. There’s something about a polka dot bikini that screams out old Hollywood. The cuts naturally gravitate to that era and they look extremely dainty.
As you’ve seen the polka dot can transform the simplest of outfits and accessories without looking over the top. Stay tuned for Wednesday’s post on the more elaborate adaptations of the polka dots and looks!