How to Wear the 2018 Trends: Polka Dots

How to Wear the 2018 Trends: Polka Dots

2018 Trends: Polka Dots

Polka dots are one of the key prints on trend for Spring Summer 2018. They’re a really versatile basic and look amazing mixed with floral prints, checks and rainbow brights. I love all the different ways to wear polka dots and there really is something for everyone.

I’ll admit polka dots are not something I’ve bought or worn in longer than I’d care to think about, but I can now be regularly (ahem) spotted in one of the fabric trends for this spring summer 2018.  Yes, this trend has slowly reeled me in because although the look for 2018 has grown-up, it still reminds us to have a bit of fun with fashion. And I like it!

How it differs now is that it has been given a 2018 upgrade, mixing with contrasting sizes and colours and the way I am loving, updated to fit the mixed prints trend that was all over the catwalks. Caroline Herera gave us lots of polka dot inspiration, and I particularly loved the two-tone polka dot dress with a nod to that reemerging 80s trend of puffball sleeves. We’ll talk about the fact bum bags are back another time..!

So, it’s finally Spring (hurrah!) and, of course, florals and pastels will be in abundance. Ruffles are also everywhere and all of them can be made edgier when combined with polka dots.

The dress I’m wearing encompasses so many key Spring trends, but I don’t feel like I’ve rolled myself in a vat of trends and emerged looking like a children’s entertainer. It just works. The detailing is striking, but subtle and a really good design for a wedding, summer party or a day at the races.

I’ve got my legs out again. It’s contagious! I wrote about how one dress gave me the body confidence to dare to bare my least favourite part. And, here I am again!

But, I’m obsessed with over the knee boots at the moment and I love these peep toe grey ones which I got for £12! The colour and style goes so well. They’re my current alternative to my winter staple – the ever-reliable opaque holdy in tights!

 

Polka Dot Trends for 2018

Inverted Black and White Polka Dots

1. Polka Dot Puff Sleeve Top £16.50 2.Polka Dot Layered Sleeve Top £32 3.Polka Dot Two-Tone Jumpsuit £35 4. Polka Dot Sweater £19.99

Black and white Polka dots are a classic combination. Black and white in general. For 2018 try contrasting and inverting your top and bottom. Statement sleeves are a continuing hit from last season and so try layering up to create a multidimensional effect. Or, just buy one piece where the look is ready to go!

Polka Dots with mixed fabrics and patterns

  1. Polka Dot Mixed Print Dress £39.99. 2.White Ruffle with Navy Polka Dot and Floral Dress £22 3. Rose and Polka Dot Dress £45 4. White Polka Dot and Floral Dress £56

Mixed prints can be seen everywhere, so take things a step further by mixing your polka dots with stripes or with florals. The beauty of mixed prints is that you can pick out one colour and accessorise with it to your heart’s content!

Polka Dots with Colour

1.Red Polka Dot Top £25.99  2.Red Polka Dot Dress £55   3. Navy Blue Polka Dot Culottes £79 4. Red Long Polka Dot Dress £32

Colour is everywhere from bold rainbow brights to the monochromatic head to toe one colour. With a polka dot base, add a splash of solid colour or wear polka dots in navy and red for an elegant look that can easily take you from day to night.

How to accessorise with polka dots

Polka dots look great accessorised with a solid complementary or contrasting colour. With mixed prints, it’s easy to choose one of the colours and use that as your foundation palette.

Bloggers and fashionistas went crazy for the Cult Gaia bamboo bag last year and the style has been updated for 2018. This £35 boxy bamboo bag is my take on it for this year. Admittedly, I’m not sure how it will look with all my toddler mum accoutrements inside it! But at least it will encourage me to pack a little lighter and keep things tidy!

I have had so many compliments on this pink quilted bag. It has all the markings of a much more expensive designer bag, but for a tiny fraction of the price. It’s the perfect accessory for all things Spring and Summer fashion related and you can enter to win one below.

There you have it: Polka dots do not have to be scary and are actually a really wearable trend and that is the kind of trend I like! There are so many pieces that you can continue to wear beyond this season and that’s where we get that all important longevity and cost per wear!

Have you been wearing polka dots or are you planning to? What are your favourite things to wear in Spring and Summer?

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  • Joy Winn
    6 months ago
    I love the chance to wear florals & lighter colours.
  • 6 months ago
    I love to wear short sleeves for the first time since winter. Coupled with a blazer or leather jacket - weather dependent.
  • sharon martin
    6 months ago
    i love wearing linen trousers, with a lovely blouse
  • Marie Panes-everill
    6 months ago
    Eyecatching beautiful summer pieces.
  • Holly Thompson
    6 months ago
    I love wearing those lingerie style leotards, especially lacy ones!
  • Tee Simpson
    6 months ago
    What a stunning bag
  • Adrian Bold
    6 months ago
    Shorts and T-Shirts are my go to in the Summer.
  • Leeanne Clifford
    6 months ago
    Floaty dresses, strappy tops with long kimono jackets.
  • LOUISE HEATON
    6 months ago
    Maxi dresses all the way, in fact, all year 'round, complete with strappy sandals, sometimes wedges, and cardigan. Nice and easy to wear! Polka or pretty flowers, love 'em.
  • Eve H Ogden
    6 months ago
    Dresses and skirts love to get my legs out
  • Cassandra D
    6 months ago
    I like to wear bright florals in the summer and bright colors, as well. In the spring I mostly wear pastels. Polka dots anytime.
  • CAROL PATRICK
    6 months ago
    I love wearing polka dot blouses & tops with plain trousers and also bright florals to cheer myself up after winter
  • Julie Waldron
    6 months ago
    I like wearing lacy tops & flowery prints in the spring/summer.
  • Georgina Booth-Purdy
    6 months ago
    This is a fab article, I love so many of the items & the bag is so stylish & in my favourite colour!
  • Emily Smith
    6 months ago
    Love polka dots!
  • 6 months ago
    I like wearing play suits and maxi dresses
  • Ruth Wollerton
    6 months ago
    I love dots and stripes which I mix and match with denim to brighten my summer look beautifully.
  • Deborah Clarke
    6 months ago
    I love to wear bright and bold patterns in spring/ Summer. Polka dots/ Florals and stripes are perfect.
  • Natalee Gosiewski
    6 months ago
    dresses and flipflolps
  • Karen Hughes
    6 months ago
    I love wearing pastels in spring/summer. They look amazing with a tan but make me look washed out in winter
  • Peggy rossiter
    6 months ago
    Cant wait to wear skirts and a top. Polka dots would be dun. My favourite skirt as a xhild was sky blue with white spots, i would like an adult version now!
  • laura stewart
    6 months ago
    fingers crossed, lovely prize x
  • Serena La Pietra
    6 months ago
    I like nothing better than to put on a nice frock and sandals. Sun hat and pashmina kind of cover up thingy and I'm good to go.
  • Jennifer Toal
    6 months ago
    I’m wearing a spotty t shirt now I like little dots
  • Jane Gorton
    6 months ago
    Polka dots never go out of fashion and are stylish. Fantastic prize, thank you x
  • Julie Edwards
    6 months ago
    It has to be floaty summer dresses and skirts. Cannot wait to get out of the blacks and greys and into colours!
  • Matt Brasier
    6 months ago
    I like pastels.
  • Jacqueline Roberts
    6 months ago
    Polka dot dresses are so pretty and summery
  • catherine lett
    6 months ago
    I love playsuits! So comfy and look grear
  • Donna W
    6 months ago
    Summer is definitely my favourite season. I love wearing floaty maxi dresses, linen trousers or playsuits.
  • paula cheadle
    6 months ago
    I love to wear shorts and pretty tops
  • Amy Briscoe
    6 months ago
    I love polka dots. I love to wear them in a chic office attire to really perk up a dreary outfit
  • Lauren Stebbings
    6 months ago
    I like wearing my jeans or leggings with lovely cold shoulder tops or tops made from floaty lighter materials
  • Fiona Johnstone
    6 months ago
    I love polka dot dresses. Never thought I would till I tried one on and found I really suited it.
  • Rebecca Powell
    6 months ago
    i love all of the dresses, they are gorgeous
  • Sharon Burroughs
    6 months ago
    I love wearing little summer dresses and playsuits
  • Natasha R-M
    6 months ago
    I like Palazzo trousers in various colourful prints.
  • jamie banks
    6 months ago
    long maxi dresses are my fav!
  • Hayley Perry
    6 months ago
    Bright colours!
  • Sara Davis
    6 months ago
    Love wearing sundresses x
  • 6 months ago
    I love being able to break out the pretty vests :) Amie recently posted...March HighsMy Profile
  • Jayne Kelsall
    6 months ago
    I love wearing shorts and a tee shirt of a dress if I am going out .x
  • angela sandhu
    6 months ago
    some florals in spring are perfect
  • Debbie W
    6 months ago
    Love wearing strappy sandals or ballerinas and either jeans with spaghetti strap tops or summer dresses.
  • Gwendolyn Jordan
    6 months ago
    I love bright spring colors
  • Gwendolyn Jordan
    6 months ago
    Sundress
  • sheri Darby
    6 months ago
    I love wearing floaty floral dresses - with a jacket in Spring
  • Samj
    6 months ago
    I love summery dresses and need lots of for the up and coming summer
  • donna l jones
    6 months ago
    floral patterns for me
  • Mary H
    6 months ago
    I've loved polka dots for as long as I can remember. I'm weating them right now in fact.
  • Simone Griffin
    6 months ago
    I love wearing pastel colours
  • Joanna Ford
    6 months ago
    I just love being able to wear sandals!
  • Lisa Wilkinson
    6 months ago
    I love the mixture of polka dots and flowers
  • Rich Tyler
    6 months ago
    Amazing dress for summertime!
  • MichelleD
    6 months ago
    I also love polka dots, and in Spring I wear a lot of pastel colours too
  • Deborah Craig
    6 months ago
    Love the bag
  • Elizabeth Chew
    6 months ago
    So glad polkadots are back in fasion, my mum had one when I was just born and looking at it in the photos I just love it. I wonder if she still has it?!
  • Suzanne
    6 months ago
    A floral skirt with a plain top is lovely for Spring.
  • Kristy Brown
    6 months ago
    I'm very much a jeans and blazer girl until the weather hots up and then I'm all for floral floaty dresses
  • Margaret Clarkson
    6 months ago
    In summer I like to wear cropped trousers and t shirts or floaty floral dresses.
  • Sadiyya Maryam
    6 months ago
    I love polka dot prints and so glad they are in style this summer.
  • sandy ralph
    6 months ago
    i love wearing floral patterns or shades of pink
  • MANDY DOHERTY
    6 months ago
    I love floral tea dresses
  • Sheena Batey
    6 months ago
    I love to wear floaty tops and linen and yes polka dots are a good look for summer
  • LAURA MILTON
    6 months ago
    Wow i love this bag what a statement piece!
  • Sue Cook
    6 months ago
    Beautiful bag, would go with everything for Spring and Summer, I love pink, it makes me feel so girlie.
  • TANIA STANNARD
    6 months ago
    I like to wear lighter colours and fabrics in the spring.
  • Susan Smith
    6 months ago
    Love pastel colours for the Summer, being a bit on the chubby side, i dont wear alot of florals or stripes, never tried polka dots, but i like a skirt and tshirt or a nice short sleeved blouse
  • Russia Egmalis
    6 months ago
    Love pastel skirts, floral shirts, and fun patterns.
  • kerri copeland
    6 months ago
    i love stripes but polka dots are so cute to
  • Carole Nott
    6 months ago
    Love to wear light clothing in the summer months = the polka dots look like great fun
  • J Victory
    6 months ago
    Wow such a lovely dress - and great price!
  • Jen Oconnell
    6 months ago
    I love florals for spring, especially in pastel colours
  • Sabrina Baldock
    6 months ago
    I love polka dot dresses in summer
  • Isabel O
    6 months ago
    I have a stripy sun dress that I think probably makes me look a bit like a deck chair but it's so colourful and cheery I love getting it out when the sunshine comes around!
  • Eileen Sumner
    6 months ago
    There are some great ideas and I would love to try some in the warmer weathet
  • chloe brill
    6 months ago
    vintage dresses
  • sarah rees
    6 months ago
    i like high waisted shorts and cute tops
  • Joanne Darnell
    6 months ago
    I'm always loving polka dots
  • kate tibbs
    6 months ago
    love to wear a breton and white skinnies with bright wedges or tea dresses
  • 6 months ago
    This website certainly has all of the information and facts I wanted about this subject and didn't know who to ask.
  • claire glace
    6 months ago
    I love wearing dots finished off with silk scarf and crisp white blazer, then maybe dots on summer wedges.....
  • Sarah Fielding
    6 months ago
    This bag is gorgeous! I am not usually a fan of pink but i really love this! I love wearing blue and thrills during summer!
  • Lorna Ledger
    6 months ago
    I love pretty floral tops, bright colours and pastels, and then comfy bottoms, leggings, shorts, with flats, at 40, I keep it comfy, cool, yet pretty
  • 6 months ago
    I love bringing the dresses out
  • Annabel Greaves
    6 months ago
    I love wearing a nice maxi dress
  • Emma Davenport
    6 months ago
    I love wearing pretty feminine tea dresses in summer
  • Emma Davenport
    6 months ago
    I love wearing feminine tea dresses in summer
  • 6 months ago
    I love cute polka dot dresses Kathy cakebread recently posted...Mua Light Luxe Lustre highlighter duo Lavish reviewMy Profile
  • ALISON MELVILLE
    6 months ago
    A retro polka dotted dress with matching dotty hairband
  • Michelle Ferguson
    6 months ago
    I am just so happy to get my sparkly flip flops back out
  • CHRISTINE SUTHERLAND
    6 months ago
    I love cropped white trousers with bold coloured tops
  • laura stewart
    6 months ago
    love wearing dresses in the summer x
  • Adrienne McGroder
    6 months ago
    Bright colours, tops and t shirts, and summer dresses (when the weather eventually warms up!)
  • DAWN WINSKILL
    6 months ago
    I always love black and white polka dots.
  • ElizM
    6 months ago
    I'm usually T shirt and jeans - nothing frilly or floral
  • Hannah Irish
    6 months ago
    I love a pretty top with some high waisted trousers
  • romi
    6 months ago
    Short shorts and babydoll dresses. I'm petite so it's hard to find dresses that don't make me look like I'm drowning. Babydolls always work and put me in a summer mood though!
  • leanne weir
    6 months ago
    I love little dressses
  • Marycarol
    6 months ago
    Love nice pastel colours and light sandals x
  • Jane
    6 months ago
    I love wearing floating skirts and dresses always reminds me of my summer holidays, and the beach
  • Denise
    6 months ago
    Loving the florals this year, so many gorgeous pastels
  • amy bondoc
    6 months ago
    i love wearing clothes with florals patterns, i also love light pastel colours for the spring and vibrant ones for summer
  • Maureen Findley
    6 months ago
    a blue floral dress that is so summery and pretty
  • ADEINNE TONNER
    6 months ago
    In Spring and Summer i love wearing my dresses and bright colours.
  • kim d
    6 months ago
    I just look forward to getting some colour into my wardrobe. Black and grey seems to have gone on forever.
  • Susan Hoggett
    6 months ago
    I love that I can wear my summer dresses with colourful prints again!
  • Lynda Jones
    6 months ago
    Love wearing pastels as I am very pale these suit my colouring and are quite flattering. Love wearing my skinny jeans and any little T (as long as its a pastel colour :D )
  • Katy Malkin
    6 months ago
    I love loose patterned trousers, sheen tops, sandals
  • Lynne Manton
    6 months ago
    Cool floaty dresses
  • Krzysia
    6 months ago
    I generally wear maxi dresses throughout the year and of course in the Spring/Summer they are somewhat lighter. Florals will always be my favourite and I love to team them with pretty cardigans and wedge sandals. Also a wide brimmed hat is great for when the sun is too strong.
  • Jackie Howell
    6 months ago
    all of the fabulous summer clothes
  • bilqees bano
    6 months ago
    maxi dresses
  • Ashley
    6 months ago
    I love wearing tank tops and high waisted shorts!
  • 6 months ago
    I’m in love with this bag! It’s so pretty, the dress is super cute, can wait till the weather improves a bit. The Smart Mummy recently posted...Smart Mummy Rant #1My Profile
  • Lubka K.
    6 months ago
    My new blue polka dot and black flower dresses, and new never worn shoes I have bought this winter. Thanks!
  • 6 months ago
    Oh this is such a lovely dress and great price too. The bag is such a pretty pink and I love it!
  • 6 months ago
    Love that Polka dot dress and you have styled it awesomely - Looks classy and chic hun x
  • jakki burton
    6 months ago
    I love wearing pastel colours and floaty casual dresses
  • 6 months ago
    I tend to go for darker polka dots but I have quite a few dresses I have bought recently with them on. Love your bag! x
  • 6 months ago
    Love the look of the black and white polka dot jumpsuit. I don’t own anything with polka dots. I better get something ASAP Kerry Norris recently posted...Coping When Your Partner Is UnwellMy Profile
  • 6 months ago
    I can't wait for it to warm up.....I am dying to get my cropped trousers and pretty tops out.
  • Leila Benhamida
    6 months ago
    Love wearing dresses in spring and aummer.
  • 6 months ago
    I love polkadots! Them and stripes are the best, I prefer monochrome. Absolutely love the black and white options here and the pink bag would go so well, just like with your dress :) You look stunning!
    • 6 months ago
      Thanks so much, Jennie! Can’t go wrong with stripes, either. I have to say, the black and white options are my favourites, too! 😘
  • 6 months ago
    So much inspiration, thank you! I love polka dots, as they're so easy to wear and effortless to style :) Helen recently posted...PARTY: Ice-Cream Theme InspirationMy Profile
  • 6 months ago
    You have such lovely photos and I love your style. I am very much a jeans and T shirt kind of person in the spring. I'm getting more into graphic Ts.
  • Tee Simpson
    6 months ago
    I like floral patterns matched with plain such as floral shirts with plain vest tops
  • Natalie Crossan
    6 months ago
    short, skirts and pretty floaty dresses :)
  • Susan B
    7 months ago
    What a fab selection of polka dot garments and accessories. I like to wear tunics and leggings, usually plain, but sometimes with stripes, checks or dots.
  • Rachael
    7 months ago
    I love wearing simple summery dresses :)
  • Amanda tanner
    7 months ago
    I love to try mix a bright colour clothing item with black to brighten up my wardrobe. Might have to try polka dots this summer
  • Georgina Prince was davies
    7 months ago
    i love summery dresses cant wait for it to warm up x
  • Lauren H
    7 months ago
    Dresses
  • cheryl hadfield
    7 months ago
    I love polka dots so vibrant and different
  • Kim Styles
    7 months ago
    I love pink and polka dots and also gingham both I think are great patterns for the spring.
  • sarah carter
    7 months ago
    I love pastels x
  • sarah carter
    7 months ago
    I love wearing cute dresses and off the shoulder tops x
  • Margaret Gallagher
    7 months ago
    Im more FOR comfort - flat sandles linen pants and comfy tees - accessories make all the difference
  • Solange
    7 months ago
    I like pastels.
  • Michelle Newman
    7 months ago
    I like bright colours and florals in spring
  • Andrea Upton
    7 months ago
    There are some lovely outfits in this post, I really like the navy one, I stick mainly with things that don't have a pattern or a very small pattern
  • Tracy Nixon
    7 months ago
    I love to wear shorts and tees or little dresses!
  • Bobbie S
    7 months ago
    my boyfriend got me a beige floral skirt I can't wait to wear this spring.
    • 6 months ago
      What a nice boyfriend! Yes, florals and Spring go together perfectly! x
  • nickie
    7 months ago
    I like wearing floral dresses during the spring months.
    • 6 months ago
      I love Blue floral dress that makes me more gorgeous to the front of my family.
    • 6 months ago
      Can’t go wrong with florals x
  • Calvin
    7 months ago
    Polka dots are stylish dazzling and classy!
  • bn100
    7 months ago
    blouses and skirts
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