How to Wear Spring Summer 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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153 Comments

  1. Joy Winn
    April 15, 2018 / 11:20 pm
    I love the chance to wear florals & lighter colours.
  2. April 15, 2018 / 10:53 pm
    I love to wear short sleeves for the first time since winter. Coupled with a blazer or leather jacket - weather dependent.
  3. sharon martin
    April 15, 2018 / 10:43 pm
    i love wearing linen trousers, with a lovely blouse
  4. Marie Panes-everill
    April 15, 2018 / 10:19 pm
    Eyecatching beautiful summer pieces.
  5. Holly Thompson
    April 15, 2018 / 10:12 pm
    I love wearing those lingerie style leotards, especially lacy ones!
  6. Tee Simpson
    April 15, 2018 / 9:26 pm
    What a stunning bag
  7. Adrian Bold
    April 15, 2018 / 9:07 pm
    Shorts and T-Shirts are my go to in the Summer.
  8. Leeanne Clifford
    April 15, 2018 / 8:53 pm
    Floaty dresses, strappy tops with long kimono jackets.
  9. LOUISE HEATON
    April 15, 2018 / 8:53 pm
    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.
  10. Eve H Ogden
    April 15, 2018 / 7:18 pm
    Dresses and skirts love to get my legs out
  11. Cassandra D
    April 15, 2018 / 7:11 pm
    I like to wear bright florals in the summer and bright colors, as well. In the spring I mostly wear pastels. Polka dots anytime.
  12. CAROL PATRICK
    April 15, 2018 / 6:13 pm
    I love wearing polka dot blouses & tops with plain trousers and also bright florals to cheer myself up after winter
  13. Julie Waldron
    April 15, 2018 / 5:42 pm
    I like wearing lacy tops & flowery prints in the spring/summer.
  14. Georgina Booth-Purdy
    April 15, 2018 / 5:30 pm
    This is a fab article, I love so many of the items & the bag is so stylish & in my favourite colour!
  15. Emily Smith
    April 15, 2018 / 5:24 pm
    Love polka dots!
  16. Ruth Wollerton
    April 15, 2018 / 4:32 pm
    I love dots and stripes which I mix and match with denim to brighten my summer look beautifully.
  17. Deborah Clarke
    April 15, 2018 / 3:30 pm
    I love to wear bright and bold patterns in spring/ Summer. Polka dots/ Florals and stripes are perfect.
  18. Natalee Gosiewski
    April 15, 2018 / 2:58 pm
    dresses and flipflolps
  19. Karen Hughes
    April 15, 2018 / 2:34 pm
    I love wearing pastels in spring/summer. They look amazing with a tan but make me look washed out in winter
  20. Peggy rossiter
    April 15, 2018 / 2:12 pm
    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!
  21. laura stewart
    April 15, 2018 / 1:43 pm
    fingers crossed, lovely prize x
  22. Serena La Pietra
    April 15, 2018 / 1:14 pm
    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.
  23. Jennifer Toal
    April 15, 2018 / 1:07 pm
    I’m wearing a spotty t shirt now I like little dots
  24. Jane Gorton
    April 15, 2018 / 12:31 pm
    Polka dots never go out of fashion and are stylish. Fantastic prize, thank you x
  25. Julie Edwards
    April 15, 2018 / 12:04 pm
    It has to be floaty summer dresses and skirts. Cannot wait to get out of the blacks and greys and into colours!
  26. Matt Brasier
    April 15, 2018 / 10:37 am
    I like pastels.
  27. Jacqueline Roberts
    April 15, 2018 / 10:30 am
    Polka dot dresses are so pretty and summery
  28. catherine lett
    April 15, 2018 / 10:05 am
    I love playsuits! So comfy and look grear
  29. Donna W
    April 15, 2018 / 8:07 am
    Summer is definitely my favourite season. I love wearing floaty maxi dresses, linen trousers or playsuits.
  30. paula cheadle
    April 15, 2018 / 12:28 am
    I love to wear shorts and pretty tops
  31. Amy Briscoe
    April 14, 2018 / 8:36 pm
    I love polka dots. I love to wear them in a chic office attire to really perk up a dreary outfit
  32. Lauren Stebbings
    April 14, 2018 / 8:09 pm
    I like wearing my jeans or leggings with lovely cold shoulder tops or tops made from floaty lighter materials
  33. Fiona Johnstone
    April 14, 2018 / 8:06 pm
    I love polka dot dresses. Never thought I would till I tried one on and found I really suited it.
  34. Rebecca Powell
    April 14, 2018 / 7:13 pm
    i love all of the dresses, they are gorgeous
  35. Sharon Burroughs
    April 14, 2018 / 6:52 pm
    I love wearing little summer dresses and playsuits
  36. Natasha R-M
    April 14, 2018 / 3:02 pm
    I like Palazzo trousers in various colourful prints.
  37. jamie banks
    April 14, 2018 / 1:15 pm
    long maxi dresses are my fav!
  38. Hayley Perry
    April 14, 2018 / 8:11 am
    Bright colours!
  39. Sara Davis
    April 13, 2018 / 11:19 pm
    Love wearing sundresses x
  40. April 13, 2018 / 10:45 pm
    I love being able to break out the pretty vests :) Amie recently posted...March HighsMy Profile
  41. Jayne Kelsall
    April 13, 2018 / 8:00 pm
    I love wearing shorts and a tee shirt of a dress if I am going out .x
  42. angela sandhu
    April 13, 2018 / 5:56 pm
    some florals in spring are perfect
  43. Debbie W
    April 13, 2018 / 4:21 pm
    Love wearing strappy sandals or ballerinas and either jeans with spaghetti strap tops or summer dresses.
  44. Gwendolyn Jordan
    April 12, 2018 / 9:45 pm
    I love bright spring colors
  45. Gwendolyn Jordan
    April 12, 2018 / 9:40 pm
    Sundress
  46. sheri Darby
    April 12, 2018 / 8:51 pm
    I love wearing floaty floral dresses - with a jacket in Spring
  47. Samj
    April 12, 2018 / 3:29 pm
    I love summery dresses and need lots of for the up and coming summer
  48. donna l jones
    April 12, 2018 / 2:13 pm
    floral patterns for me
  49. Mary H
    April 12, 2018 / 1:51 pm
    I've loved polka dots for as long as I can remember. I'm weating them right now in fact.
  50. Simone Griffin
    April 11, 2018 / 4:43 pm
    I love wearing pastel colours
  51. Joanna Ford
    April 11, 2018 / 4:24 pm
    I just love being able to wear sandals!
  52. Lisa Wilkinson
    April 11, 2018 / 10:29 am
    I love the mixture of polka dots and flowers
  53. Rich Tyler
    April 11, 2018 / 12:08 am
    Amazing dress for summertime!
  54. MichelleD
    April 10, 2018 / 10:02 pm
    I also love polka dots, and in Spring I wear a lot of pastel colours too
  55. Deborah Craig
    April 10, 2018 / 9:55 pm
    Love the bag
  56. Elizabeth Chew
    April 10, 2018 / 7:05 pm
    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?!
  57. Suzanne
    April 10, 2018 / 10:58 am
    A floral skirt with a plain top is lovely for Spring.
  58. Kristy Brown
    April 10, 2018 / 9:59 am
    I'm very much a jeans and blazer girl until the weather hots up and then I'm all for floral floaty dresses
  59. Margaret Clarkson
    April 10, 2018 / 7:02 am
    In summer I like to wear cropped trousers and t shirts or floaty floral dresses.
  60. Sadiyya Maryam
    April 9, 2018 / 8:51 pm
    I love polka dot prints and so glad they are in style this summer.
  61. sandy ralph
    April 9, 2018 / 8:21 pm
    i love wearing floral patterns or shades of pink
  62. MANDY DOHERTY
    April 9, 2018 / 7:00 pm
    I love floral tea dresses
  63. Sheena Batey
    April 9, 2018 / 4:49 pm
    I love to wear floaty tops and linen and yes polka dots are a good look for summer
  64. LAURA MILTON
    April 9, 2018 / 3:43 pm
    Wow i love this bag what a statement piece!
  65. Sue Cook
    April 9, 2018 / 1:21 pm
    Beautiful bag, would go with everything for Spring and Summer, I love pink, it makes me feel so girlie.
  66. TANIA STANNARD
    April 9, 2018 / 8:34 am
    I like to wear lighter colours and fabrics in the spring.
  67. Susan Smith
    April 9, 2018 / 8:33 am
    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
  68. Russia Egmalis
    April 9, 2018 / 1:57 am
    Love pastel skirts, floral shirts, and fun patterns.
  69. kerri copeland
    April 8, 2018 / 11:53 pm
    i love stripes but polka dots are so cute to
  70. Carole Nott
    April 8, 2018 / 9:41 pm
    Love to wear light clothing in the summer months = the polka dots look like great fun
  71. J Victory
    April 8, 2018 / 9:32 pm
    Wow such a lovely dress - and great price!
  72. Jen Oconnell
    April 8, 2018 / 9:25 pm
    I love florals for spring, especially in pastel colours
  73. Sabrina Baldock
    April 8, 2018 / 8:55 pm
    I love polka dot dresses in summer
  74. Isabel O
    April 8, 2018 / 7:57 pm
    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!
  75. Eileen Sumner
    April 8, 2018 / 7:47 pm
    There are some great ideas and I would love to try some in the warmer weathet
  76. chloe brill
    April 8, 2018 / 7:39 pm
    vintage dresses
  77. sarah rees
    April 8, 2018 / 5:54 pm
    i like high waisted shorts and cute tops
  78. Joanne Darnell
    April 8, 2018 / 5:54 pm
    I'm always loving polka dots
  79. kate tibbs
    April 8, 2018 / 5:50 pm
    love to wear a breton and white skinnies with bright wedges or tea dresses
  80. April 8, 2018 / 5:45 pm
    This website certainly has all of the information and facts I wanted about this subject and didn't know who to ask.
  81. claire glace
    April 8, 2018 / 5:18 pm
    I love wearing dots finished off with silk scarf and crisp white blazer, then maybe dots on summer wedges.....
  82. Sarah Fielding
    April 8, 2018 / 4:49 pm
    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!
  83. Lorna Ledger
    April 8, 2018 / 4:34 pm
    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
  84. Annabel Greaves
    April 8, 2018 / 3:45 pm
    I love wearing a nice maxi dress
  85. Emma Davenport
    April 8, 2018 / 2:19 pm
    I love wearing pretty feminine tea dresses in summer
  86. Emma Davenport
    April 8, 2018 / 2:18 pm
    I love wearing feminine tea dresses in summer
  87. ALISON MELVILLE
    April 8, 2018 / 1:24 pm
    A retro polka dotted dress with matching dotty hairband
  88. Michelle Ferguson
    April 8, 2018 / 11:19 am
    I am just so happy to get my sparkly flip flops back out
  89. CHRISTINE SUTHERLAND
    April 8, 2018 / 10:40 am
    I love cropped white trousers with bold coloured tops
  90. laura stewart
    April 8, 2018 / 10:37 am
    love wearing dresses in the summer x
  91. Adrienne McGroder
    April 8, 2018 / 10:35 am
    Bright colours, tops and t shirts, and summer dresses (when the weather eventually warms up!)
  92. DAWN WINSKILL
    April 8, 2018 / 10:22 am
    I always love black and white polka dots.
  93. ElizM
    April 8, 2018 / 10:21 am
    I'm usually T shirt and jeans - nothing frilly or floral
  94. Hannah Irish
    April 8, 2018 / 6:56 am
    I love a pretty top with some high waisted trousers
  95. romi
    April 8, 2018 / 2:11 am
    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!
  96. leanne weir
    April 7, 2018 / 9:29 pm
    I love little dressses
  97. Marycarol
    April 7, 2018 / 9:08 pm
    Love nice pastel colours and light sandals x
  98. Jane
    April 7, 2018 / 8:56 pm
    I love wearing floating skirts and dresses always reminds me of my summer holidays, and the beach
  99. Denise
    April 7, 2018 / 8:44 pm
    Loving the florals this year, so many gorgeous pastels
  100. amy bondoc
    April 7, 2018 / 7:21 pm
    i love wearing clothes with florals patterns, i also love light pastel colours for the spring and vibrant ones for summer
  101. Maureen Findley
    April 7, 2018 / 6:02 pm
    a blue floral dress that is so summery and pretty
  102. ADEINNE TONNER
    April 7, 2018 / 5:13 pm
    In Spring and Summer i love wearing my dresses and bright colours.
  103. kim d
    April 7, 2018 / 4:47 pm
    I just look forward to getting some colour into my wardrobe. Black and grey seems to have gone on forever.
  104. Susan Hoggett
    April 7, 2018 / 4:26 pm
    I love that I can wear my summer dresses with colourful prints again!
  105. Lynda Jones
    April 7, 2018 / 4:03 pm
    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 )
  106. Katy Malkin
    April 7, 2018 / 3:19 pm
    I love loose patterned trousers, sheen tops, sandals
  107. Lynne Manton
    April 7, 2018 / 3:15 pm
    Cool floaty dresses
  108. Krzysia
    April 7, 2018 / 3:10 pm
    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.
  109. Jackie Howell
    April 7, 2018 / 2:47 pm
    all of the fabulous summer clothes
  110. bilqees bano
    April 7, 2018 / 6:28 am
    maxi dresses
  111. Ashley
    April 7, 2018 / 5:52 am
    I love wearing tank tops and high waisted shorts!
  112. April 7, 2018 / 1:56 am
    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
  113. Lubka K.
    April 6, 2018 / 9:34 am
    My new blue polka dot and black flower dresses, and new never worn shoes I have bought this winter. Thanks!
  114. April 5, 2018 / 10:26 pm
    Oh this is such a lovely dress and great price too. The bag is such a pretty pink and I love it!
  115. April 5, 2018 / 3:35 pm
    Love that Polka dot dress and you have styled it awesomely - Looks classy and chic hun x
  116. jakki burton
    April 5, 2018 / 3:05 pm
    I love wearing pastel colours and floaty casual dresses
  117. April 5, 2018 / 8:02 am
    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
  118. April 4, 2018 / 8:31 pm
    I can't wait for it to warm up.....I am dying to get my cropped trousers and pretty tops out.
  119. Leila Benhamida
    April 4, 2018 / 3:50 pm
    Love wearing dresses in spring and aummer.
  120. April 4, 2018 / 9:22 am
    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!
    • kittyandb
      Author
      April 4, 2018 / 11:03 pm
      Thanks so much, Jennie! Can’t go wrong with stripes, either. I have to say, the black and white options are my favourites, too! 😘
  121. April 4, 2018 / 8:45 am
    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.
  122. Tee Simpson
    April 3, 2018 / 11:13 pm
    I like floral patterns matched with plain such as floral shirts with plain vest tops
  123. Natalie Crossan
    April 3, 2018 / 10:14 pm
    short, skirts and pretty floaty dresses :)
  124. Susan B
    April 3, 2018 / 5:22 pm
    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.
  125. Rachael
    April 3, 2018 / 2:24 pm
    I love wearing simple summery dresses :)
  126. Amanda tanner
    April 3, 2018 / 12:06 am
    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
  127. Georgina Prince was davies
    April 2, 2018 / 11:31 pm
    i love summery dresses cant wait for it to warm up x
  128. Lauren H
    April 2, 2018 / 10:38 pm
    Dresses
  129. cheryl hadfield
    April 2, 2018 / 4:46 pm
    I love polka dots so vibrant and different
  130. Kim Styles
    April 2, 2018 / 3:05 pm
    I love pink and polka dots and also gingham both I think are great patterns for the spring.
  131. sarah carter
    April 2, 2018 / 11:40 am
    I love pastels x
  132. sarah carter
    April 2, 2018 / 11:36 am
    I love wearing cute dresses and off the shoulder tops x
  133. Margaret Gallagher
    April 1, 2018 / 10:47 pm
    Im more FOR comfort - flat sandles linen pants and comfy tees - accessories make all the difference
  134. Solange
    April 1, 2018 / 10:27 pm
    I like pastels.
  135. Michelle Newman
    April 1, 2018 / 10:03 pm
    I like bright colours and florals in spring
  136. Andrea Upton
    April 1, 2018 / 8:54 pm
    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
  137. Tracy Nixon
    April 1, 2018 / 8:28 pm
    I love to wear shorts and tees or little dresses!
  138. Bobbie S
    April 1, 2018 / 12:57 pm
    my boyfriend got me a beige floral skirt I can't wait to wear this spring.
    • kittyandb
      Author
      April 9, 2018 / 9:44 am
      What a nice boyfriend! Yes, florals and Spring go together perfectly! x
  139. nickie
    April 1, 2018 / 5:33 am
    I like wearing floral dresses during the spring months.
    • April 6, 2018 / 10:02 pm
      I love Blue floral dress that makes me more gorgeous to the front of my family.
    • kittyandb
      Author
      April 9, 2018 / 9:43 am
      Can’t go wrong with florals x
  140. Calvin
    April 1, 2018 / 5:12 am
    Polka dots are stylish dazzling and classy!
    • kittyandb
      Author
      April 9, 2018 / 9:43 am
      Dazzling! Love that! x
  141. bn100
    April 1, 2018 / 3:29 am
    blouses and skirts

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