Miu Miu has catapulted this pattern into the spotlight this fall. What’s the etymology of these popular spots?
I’m interested, but not dedicated enough to delve any further than Wikipedia…here’s what they say: “the name (polka dot) was likely settled upon because of the dance’s popularity at the time the pattern became fashionable, just as many other products and fashions of the era also adopted the polka name.” The time-period we’re talking about here is around the 1850s.
Though we’re talking about popularity in the 1800s the designs here by Moschino and Chloe are anything but dated.
Moschino Cheap & Chic Polka-Dot Pump, farfetch.com, $576.09
The fascinator (below) and the flirty skirt (below) both combine playful polka dots with the most whimsical fabric: tulle!
Polka Pillbox Hat by Benoit Missolin, valerydemure.com, £225.00
Tulle Overlay Skirt by Valentino R.E.D, stylebop.com, $550.00
Looks that translate into everyday work and play:
Deja Dot Dress, anthropologie.com, $118.00
The Winter Audrey Dress from Boden is a stunner:
The Winter Audrey Dress, bodenusa.com, $128.00
Metallic Yarn and Polka Dot Jacquard Make for Another Stunner from Boden:
Tulip Party Dress, bodenusa.com, $152.60
Miranda Sequin Cap Sleeve Bow Blouse, aliceandolivia.com, $368.00
Wool Dress Moschino, stylebop.com, $1140.00
Printed Polka Dot Dress with Belt, zara.com, $49.90
Rosamosario, Polka Dots Loca silk-satin twill dress, net-a-porter.com, $585.00
Bistro Crop Pant in Gold, bodenusa.com, $57.20-$138.00
Wikipedia also goes as far as to say, “The pattern (polka dots) rarely appears in formal contexts and is generally confined to more playful attire such as bathing suits and lingerie.”
The 2013 Fall Runway turned that statement on its head….
Chloe Sheer Polka Dot Bib Blouse, neimanmarcus.com, $2295.00 (available on pre-order)
Sophia Webster Felice Open-Toe Polka Dot Shoe Boots, matchesfashion.com, $704.00
Super Cute for Kids Starting School:
Banderole Pencil Set, anthropologie.com, $12.00
Fanfare Skater Skirt, garnethill.com, $49.50-$54.00
Jnr Fliss Velvet Dress in Red Spot, joules.com, $66.00
For the Home:
Garnet Hill Metal Storage Collection in Polka Dot, garnethill.com, $78.00