Through the decades, fashion has interpreted—and reinterpreted!—polka dots in countless ways. But at least one aspect of this classic pattern has always stayed the same: an impressive versatility that can take you from fun and flirty to sharp and sophisticated.
How to do dots depends as much on your age as your personal style. But no matter how old you are, there is a right way to be spotted!
1. GET THE LOOK: La La Vazquez
In Your 20s
La La Vazquez bares a whole lot of shoulder and some serious leg in this super-cute dotted mini.
If you want to Get The Look, pick something short and strapless that flaunts a little skin. Just remember: when wearing polka dots, accessories should be kept minimal so as not to clash or compete. There should only be one focal point.
2. GET THE LOOK: Susie Castillo
In Your 30s
Susie Castillo’s demure dots are more appropriate for a grown-up girl. The traditional black and white color combo looks fresh when placed on a well-constructed, strapless sweetheart dress.
If you want to Get The Look, try a classic silhouette that is knee-length (or an inch or two above) with a subtle neckline. Balance femininity with fabulosity by pairing the dress with a sexy sandal (like Susie’s bold pink pair), or else add a splash of color with a bold belt, bag or bracelet.
3. GET THE LOOK: Valery Ortiz
In Your 40s
Valery Ortiz’ take on polka dots is smart and sophisticated, using a mix of patterns—big dots on top and bottom, smaller ones on the waistline—to create the illusion of an hour-glass shape.
If you want to Get the Look, seek out well-tailored, knee-length dresses that enhance the female form. Look for strategically-placed patterns or, for a comparable visual effect, try on dresses that are belted or color-blocked at the waist to showcase curves.
Go ahead – get spotted!