The Best Polka Dot Pieces to Wear Now.

Dotted Faux Wrap Midi Dress BARDOT
dress // shoes // bag // sunglasses // earrings

Polka dots are my favorite pattern after stripes. They’re always in style, they’re never too much, but they’re still kind of fun! Adding a few polka dotted pieces to your wardrobe for Fall will lend a playful kick without being too trendy or over the top.

I bought this dress during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and it’s one of my favorite things I bought. The pattern + style are both timeless, and it was under $100! It sold out immediately but it keeps coming back in stock (right now it’s back in several sizes!) This brand is one of my favorites for affordable but well-made, cute dresses (The dress in this blog post is also by this brand, it’s another favorite.) And while I have you, this dress is also a part of the sale and I think it’s very cute too!

Outfit Details: Bardot Dress (wearing a size small) // Palmgrens Bag (similar) // Nordstrom Sunglasses (similar) // Steve Madden Sandals // BaubleBar Earrings.

The Best Polka Dot Pieces to Wear Now

In the spirit of more polka dot fun, here are some more polka dot pieces I’m loving.

Clockwise from top left:  Chiffon Wrap Blouse // Earrings // Ruched Dress (cuter in person) // Flats (only $29!) // Maxi Skirt // Pouch // Maje Dress (on sale!) // Scarf // Long Sleeve Dress (under $100!)

My Favorite Ways to Wear Polka Dots:

  • For a more simple look, I’d wear jeans and a tee with either the pouch or the flats.
  • One polka dot a piece at a time… unless you’re mixing the scale or colors intentionally (a larger polka dot pattern top could look really cute with the skirt, for example)
  • I love polka dots with red. I’d wear red shoes with any of the dresses, or the wrap blouse + denim. I’m of course partial to my low red Manolo pumps but any red shoes will do nicely.
  • For a fancy (but unexpected look) tuck a silk camisole (in white or a jewel tone hue) into the maxi skirt and pair with a simple pair of gold sandals like these or these.
  • To keep things from looking too saccharine sweet or over the top girly, I don’t typically wear a polka dot piece with anything that has ruffles, bows, or pale pink.

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Photography by Trent Bailey.


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  1. I’m not on the edge about the polka dot trend – it’s just not growing on me! The only time I’d see myself wearing polka dots is if I were dressing up as Minnie Mouse, haha. That said, the black dress looks SO cute on you, Grace! I wish I could pull it off myself. 🙂

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  2. Polka dots are my favorite! Great tips for making them look chic. Love this dress on you too!


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