10 Polka Dot Dresses That Prove The Spotted Print Is Back In A Big Way


Some may call it the “Jacquemus effect,” but there’s no denying that French designer and fashion sensation Simon Porte Jacquemus is responsible for ushering in the renaissance of the polka dot. This season, polka dots are shaping up to be a print of the moment (alongside leopard, of course), and polka dot dresses have become a key piece in every trendsetter's winter wardrobe. But, what makes the latest takes on polka dots feel fresh? Cool brands like Lee Matthews, and RIXO London have reimagined the eternally classic print by introducing a new league of styles that feature fresh color-mixing, ruffled detailing, and modernized silhouettes.

“Rather than focusing just on a classic monochrome polka dot palette, this season [dresses] have been reworked in a lot of new colorways," says Orlagh McCloskey, Co-Founder and Creative Director at RIXO London. McCloskey has modernized her vintage-inspired aesthetic one step further this season, by renewing the timeless print, and masterfully mixing it with other patterns. “We find that polka dots can be reworked [for] mixing and matching with [other] multi-faceted prints,” says McCloskey. For another modern take on this print, Australian-based designer Lee Matthews has focused her efforts on emphasizing the simplicity and more graphic elements of the print. “For us it is about playing with scale and focusing on textiles,” says Matthews.


Now, with proof that polka dots have once again made their valiant return — marked by it’s radical makeover — it’s time to embrace the enduring appeal of fall’s boldest spotted print. Below, find 10 distinctly unique polka dot dresses, along with key style tips to help guide you along the way, and decode the reworked staple for right now.

Mixed Leopard Dress


RIXO London

“Mixing the print with other opposing ones is a great way to hit refresh,” says McCloskey. Statement puffed sleeves, and clashing leopard print, and polka dots is a nostalgic nod to '80s drama.

Midi Dress



"A polka dot [dress] is both classic and versatile. It's feminine without being overly saccharine, and not overtly elaborate," says Matthews, who advises to make a graphic impact when selecting the right dress. A rich mustard yellow midi-dress will take you from fall to winter, and day to night.

Polka Dot Dress



Play off the fuss-free sensibility of a chiffon spotted maxi-dress by adding sneakers for jaunting around or statement boots as the seasons change. "It’s easy to wear and is the most accessible and versatile print for someone who tends to favor a more neutral palette," says McCloskey.

Minnie Spot Cotton Dress


Lee Matthews

"I always return to the classic polka dot. [It] often [appears] in my collections, in different colorways, scales and on varying fabrics," says Matthews. Oversized dots and voluminous sleeves are the winning combo for nailing the revamped print, just add a pair of slick tall cowboy boots, and you're set.

Maxi Dress



A silk maxi dress in a rich chocolate brown shade is the everyday staple you've been looking for. Pile on the layers with a turtleneck underneath and top it off with an oversized shearling coat.

Lyna Dress


Ulla Johnson

Dial up your '80s style in a polka dot mini dress. The unexpected use of denim, short hemline, and dramatic sleeves make it a standout choice for a night out, especially when worn with pointy kitten-heels.

Eliana Wrap Dress



Meet your next go-to staple: a timeless polka dot wrap dress. The kicker here is its delicately ruffled sleeves, handkerchief hemline, and figure-flattering silhouette. Throw on a classic wool coat as you head into work, and a pair of statement hoop earrings.

Black Polka Shift Dress



The traditional polka dot dress has never looked better, and this iteration features a revved up cherry-red pattern. Pair the patterned shift dress with a cozy cardigan in a bright hue, and slip on a pair of chunky heels.

Polka Dot Dress



For a fresh alternative, opt for an abstract take on the classic polka dot, like a midi wrap dress. Complete the look with a pair of sculptural earrings and a pint-size mini bag.

Polka Dot Mini Dress


Dodo Bar Or

If you're looking to make an entrance or crashing the party, this is the dress to do it in. A polka dot print in clashing colors, fixed with a jewel-encrusted brooch makes this '80s-inspired dress a standout option for any occasion.