Polka Dots look cute on Minnie Mouse and 8-year-olds, but how do you wrap your head around wearing them after 40? It’s actually pretty easy when you realize that this fall there are some very sophisticated, modern polka dot pieces to work with. Here’s how to wear Polka Dots without looking like a little kid.
Choose a Grown Up Silhouette
If polka dots seem juvenile, it may be because the last time you wore them was when you were a little girl. Your dress was probably very sweet looking with girly A-line shape and maybe even had ruffles. Fast forward to grown-up fashionista who is wanting to wear polka dots this season.
The key to looking chic in dots is to choose a grown-up silhouette. Avoid anything too fussy or busy or shapeless. Instead, go for something mature and figure enhancing like this classy polka dot wrap dress. This gorgeous style gracefully drapes across your body enhancing your waist and highlighting your bust. Pretty peasant sleeves are perfect for gals who like to cover arm giggle, and a high low hem gives this dress a modern twist.
Select Sophisticated Colors and Fabrics
The right color or fabric can make all the difference when it comes to looking spot on in polka dots. For example, this combo of small white dots on this deep port colored background is a rich color combo. The satiny fabric elevates polka dots to a more mature level than cotton ever would.
Pair a luxe polka dot blouse, like this one, with sleek black pants and some pointy heeled pumps. Then get ready for the compliments roll in. A structured black bag keeps the look business-like and not babyish.
Keep Sweet to a Minimum
Polka dots are sweet and feminine – that’s just part of their charm, and if you want to play that up but not go overboard, then this top is a good way to do it. With its delicate wrist ties and black lace collar, this white polka dot blouse strikes the right balance between girly and grown up.
Pair the white polka dot blouse with black suede booties, your favorite dark denim and a trendy black bucket bag. Black is serious and urban which helps to anchor this soft looking blouse and give it a little more authority.
Do Large Scale Dots
Oversize dots are daring and dramatic and can help you create a mature and fashion-forward polka dot look. The secret is to combine big dots with something very clean and classic. See how this crisp white shirt allows this playful skirt to shine and prevents the outfit from looking like a costume.
Elegant structured accessories such as this top handle bag and these bow tie pointy pumps add elegance and worldliness to a fun skirt.
Do you like polka dots, or think they make women over a certain age look dotty?