Going in Circles

We are seeing spots this season! The Fall 2011 ready-to-wear collections showed that polka dot is definitely trending.

Polka dot is one of Diane von Furstenberg’s forte prints this year, presented on statement blazers, sequined gowns, and of course, wrap dresses. We also see dots implemented outside prints, such as lattice holes on a peekaboo dress.


Marc Jacobs is all about polka dots. They pop up in sizes big and small, adorning his ‘secretary look’ collections, from pencil skirts, hourglass-waist suits, dresses, vinyl berets, and hosieries. The applications are equally diverse; there are dots printed on fur, shiny discs embossed on bonded wool, and plastic coins sewn onto plastic skirts, mimicking fish scales.

Marni’s take on polka dots is subtler, more retro, and uniform. The identical circle pattern shows up on blouses, skirts, shift dresses and peacoats and often clashed with a recurring geometrical pattern.

Last yet a personal favorite, Stella McCartney shows us modern and feminine with polka dots embroidered onto tulles, whether on dresses or shirts, combined with loose trousers, or peeking behind blazers. She also insets sheer dotted fabric into sexy, figure-hugging black dresses. Plus, the dot clutch cannot go unnoticed—it’s the perfect finishing!

Can’t wait to update your wardrobe? Here are a few retail pieces to give you some ideas.

ASOS Spot Print Drop Waist Smock Top, £12.00 & Warehouse Graduated Spot Print Shift Dress, £30.00

Dorothy Perkins Yellow Spot Burnout Skirt, £17.00 & Dorothy Perkins Navy Polka Dot Smock Dress, £25.00

Dorothy Perkins Blue Spot Shift Dress, £15.00 & Topshop Navy Polka Dot Front Pocket Blouse, £38.50

Topshop Navy Polka Dot Crochet Collar Swing Top, £34.00 & Miss Selfridge White Polka Dot Burn Out Cape, £20.00

ZARA Green Polka Dot Top, IDR 600,000 & ZARA Red Polka Dot Shirt, IDR 800,000