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Georgina and a couple of the other It Girls have received some flak lately for a couple controversial Instagram posts, but let’s forget about for the moment. Our focus for this post is Georgina and her love for prints. Lately, her social media has her parading in polka dots, so today we’re going to share how everyone can wear the print like she does.
It’s true that polka dots are easier to pull off than, let’s say, leopard or zebra print. Yet, there’s something about the pattern that makes us feel somewhat childish. Same goes with overalls. They’re reminders of what our mothers used to dress us up in, and while some people have fully embraced these youthful trends, others feel like polka dots aren’t really age appropriate. Plus, some polka-dotted clothing items bare a little too much resemblance to clown suits.
But I’m here to tell you that any of these ideas you have about the print, they’re all in your head. You’d be surprised how “grown up” you’d look with some polka dots. Let Georgina be your proof for that.
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However, don’t dive right into the print if you’re not totally confident with it yet. As with any other style or trend that you’re not familiar with, ease into it. Start off subtle, then work your way up to the colorful, bigger dots. And if you still can’t seem to find your groove with the print, here are a few tips to guide you:
Black-and-white is classic
Not feeling the purple polka dots on your favorite boutique’s display? Are the red or blue ones too clown-like for you? Or do the multi-colored dots on the white dress remind you too much of Twister? Always remember that the two colors you can never go wrong with are black and white. Just take note of black dots on white fabric. With the help of puffy sleeves and bigger dots, Georgina avoided the Dalmatian vibe and was just downright chic. From black and white, you can eventually graduate to colored items with black or white dots.
Opt for smaller dots
The size of the dots factors into the overall style of your outfit—the bigger the dots, the more daring the print. If you’re not after anything bold, smaller dots are perfect. They’re understated and still break up solid colors without overpowering the piece. A full-on maxi may sound like too many polka dots, but the ones on our V-Neck Dot Pattern Maxi Dress are small enough to add visual appeal to a plain black sheath.
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Pair polka dots with solid colors or wardrobe basics
Polka dots are eye catching and fun when you mix and match them with other prints, but it does take a bit of experience to understand which combos work and which don’t. A beginner should always start with the singular print and solid hued separates. Once you get the knack for polka dots, you can branch off from wardrobe basics to other prints or seasonal items.
Pick a mature silhouette
A dotted skater skirt might seem a little too juvenile for your taste, so be mindful of the silhouette. When it’s a form-fitting midi dress, polka dots keep your office wardrobe interesting while still maintaining the elegance of the item. Just take a look at our Dot Pattern Pencil Midi Dress. The white sets a beautiful contrast with the navy blue without being too distracting in the workplace.
Leave it on your accessories
Lastly, if you still can’t bare to wear that many polka dots, save the print for your accessories. A polka dot scarf, belt or earrings are a cute accent for any ensemble. Something else you can look into is look for clothes that have polka dot details rather than them taking over the entire piece. Collars, finishes, and little embellishments here and there add some femininity without making you feel silly in the print.
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This print might not mesh well into every person’s wardrobe, but trends and styles are worth trying at least once.
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Sheena is the lead fashion writer here at Pretty Me Philippines and has contributed articles for numerous lifestyle blogs and online publications. Other than keeping up with the latest trends, she loves baking and home DIY projects.