These stylish looks prove it, we’re in for a polka dot girl summer

Dot it like it’s hot

Polka dot stylish Summer looks
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When it comes to prints, there are few more iconic than the classic polka dot. Yes, the graphic spots may drift in and out of our wardrobes over the years however I’ll argue the polka dot trend is never far from fashion favour, and even in its down time, it’s always only a few seasons before we’re all going dotty for it once again.

Right now, the polka dot trend is most definitely on the up and I couldn’t be happier. While the bold print is usually reserved for more autumnal or transeasonal dressing, it’s currently having a summer resurgence with a whole host of stylish women incorporating the print into their warm weather wardrobe.

So, why is polka dot print so how right now? One thing all these looks have in common, is rather than oversized 1950’s inspired dots, they’ve all opted for a smaller polka dot pattern which gives their outfits a touch of whimsy perfect for warm, sunny days.

There’s also the common addition of frills and lace detailing, which moves the print away from its more formal roots and instead gives it a sense of playfulness. The result? Summer looks that feel fun yet elevated and will work for everyone from the fashion minimalist who likes to keep things classic as well as those who like to push the fashion boundaries.

@georgwhite wearing polka dot maxi dress

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If you’re ready to pop on some polka dot pieces yourself, I’ve compiled an edit of the best dotty styles online right now. From summer dresses and co-ords to spotty accessories, nothing is safe from the polka-dot this season so now is the perfect time to embrace the look. Keep scrolling to see for yourself...

Shop the polka dot trend

This polka dot co-ord is oh-so-cute and perfect for mixing and matching all summer long. Wear with flip flops and a claw clip for a full 90's inspired look.

Jazzria Harris
Freelance Fashion & Beauty Writer

Jazzria Harris is a freelance fashion and beauty journalist with over 8 years experience working in the industry. At just 4ft 11, she’s an expert in petite dressing and previously wrote the column Jazz’s Short Stories giving tips and advice on dressing for petite proportions. Her wardrobe staples are a great black blazer, a hardworking slip skirt and of course a great pair of heels (for the extra inches, of course). Jazz has written for publications including ELLE UK, heat magazine, Eliza, Women & Home and more.