Playful Polka Dots

  • 12th August 2013

Miu Miu has catapulted this pattern into the spotlight this fall.  What’s the etymology of these popular spots?

 

Miu Miu Polka Dots

Miu Miu. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue

 

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.

 

 

Marc Jacobs in Polka Dot Suit

Marc Jacobs in a Polka Dot Suit. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Japan

 

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

 

 

Moschino Cheap & Chic Polka-Dot Pump, farfetch.com, $576.09

 

 

Miu Miu Polka Dot Eyewear

Miu Miu Polka Dot Eyewear

 

 

The fascinator (below) and the flirty skirt (below) both combine playful polka dots with the most whimsical fabric: tulle!

 

Ms. Carter in British Vogue, wears a Benoit Missolin Straw and Tulle Hat

Ms. Carter in British Vogue, wears a Benoit Missolin Straw and Tulle Hat

Benoit Polka Pillbox Hat

 

 

 

 

 

Polka Pillbox Hat by Benoit Missolin, valerydemure.com, £225.00

 

 

Red Valentino Tulle Overlay Polka Dot Skirt

 

 

Tulle Overlay Skirt by Valentino R.E.D, stylebop.com, $550.00

 

 

Looks that translate into everyday work and play:

 

 

Deja Dot Dress Anthropologie

 

 

Deja Dot Dress, anthropologie.com, $118.00

 

Stunning Michael Kors shirtdress paired with leather belt.

Stunning Michael Kors shirtdress paired with leather belt.

 

 

The Winter Audrey Dress from Boden is a stunner:

 

The Winter Audrey Dress Boden

 

 

 

The Winter Audrey Dress, bodenusa.com, $128.00

 

Metallic Yarn and Polka Dot Jacquard Make for Another Stunner from Boden:

 

Tulip Party Dress Boden
Tulip Party Dress Boden

 

 

 

 

 

Tulip Party Dress, bodenusa.com, $152.60

 

Miranda Sequin Cap Sleeve Bow Blouse
Miranda Sequin Cap Sleeve Bow Blouse

 

 

Miu Miu Taffeta Polka Dot Dress and Neckerchief.  Photo Courtesy of: Tatler

Miu Miu Taffeta Polka Dot Dress and Neckerchief. Photo Courtesy of: Tatler

 

Miranda Sequin Cap Sleeve Bow Blouse, aliceandolivia.com, $368.00

 

 

Moschino Cheap & Chic Polka Dot Wool Dress
Moschino Cheap & Chic Polka Dot Wool Dress

 

 

Wool Dress Moschino, stylebop.com, $1140.00

 

 

Polka Dot Dress with Belt Zara

 

Printed Polka Dot Dress with Belt, zara.com, $49.90

 

 

Rosamosario, Polka Dots Loca silk-satin twill dress

 

 

Rosamosario, Polka Dots Loca silk-satin twill dress, net-a-porter.com, $585.00

 

 

Boden Bistro Crop Pant in Gold

 

Bistro Crop Pant in Gold, bodenusa.com, $57.20-$138.00

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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 Top

Chloe

Chloe Sheer Polka Dot Skirt

Chloe

 

 

 

Chloe Sheer Polka Dot Bib Blouse

 

 

Chloe Sheer Polka Dot Bib Blouse, neimanmarcus.com, $2295.00 (available on pre-order)

 

 

Sophia Webster Felice Polka Dot Shoe

 

 

Sophia Webster Felice Open-Toe Polka Dot Shoe Boots, matchesfashion.com, $704.00

 

Super Cute for Kids Starting School:

 

 

 

Anthropologie Banderole Pencil Set

 

 

 

Banderole Pencil Set, anthropologie.com, $12.00

 

 

 

Fanfare Skater Skirt Garnet Hill

 

 

 

Fanfare Skater Skirt, garnethill.com, $49.50-$54.00

 

 

Joules Jnr Fliss Velvet Dress in Red Spot

 

 

 

Jnr Fliss Velvet Dress in Red Spot, joules.com, $66.00

 

Miu Miu Polka Dot Dress and Rollers.

Miu Miu Polka Dot Dress and Rollers. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Italia

 

 

Vintage Inspiration:

 

Betty Grable wears pom pom polka dots.

Betty Grable wears pom pom polka dots. Photo Courtesy of: Vanity Fair

 

For the Home:

 

 

Garnet Hill Metal Storage Collection in Polka Dots

Garnet Hill Metal Storage Collection in Polka Dots

 

Garnet Hill Metal Storage Collection in Polka Dot, garnethill.com, $78.00

 

 

 

Spots on parade in Vogue Germany

Spots on parade in Vogue Germany

 

 

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