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How To Wear Polka Dots, According To Leighton Meester (Spoiler: It’s Easier Than You Think)


Thanks to inspiration-filled fashion weeks and handfuls of new collections, early fall is always a time to experiment with trends (no matter how unexpected). 2018 has been no different — so far, we've seen the resurgence of cowboy boots, hair clips of all shapes and sizes have made their way back, and bright-colored suiting has seemed inescapable. On Tues., Leighton Meester showed the public how to wear polka dots — a print that's more polished than you'd assume.

While polka dots are often associated with pop stars of the '80s, today's version is a little different than decades past. Meester was photographed outside of Good Morning America in New York City on Tues. morning wearing a multi-print, polka dot midi dress by Semsem. Her unique getup featured not one, but two different types of polka dot fabric, diagonally criss-crossed up and down the long-sleeve dress.

The Gossip Girl actor paired the statement piece with pointed, black mules and a structured bag. Meester, who's been a bit of a hair chameleon in recent months, opted for a rich, golden-brown tone with the perfect amount of wave. She completed her black-and-white ensemble with an unexpected (and appreciated) pop of color: bright-red lipstick.

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Meester appeared on the popular talk show to promote her new television series, Single Parents, which premieres Sept. 26 on ABC. As a real-life mom to a three-year-old, Meester is familiar with the concept of a one-and-done look. While her outfit may give off the impression of impeccable style, it's actually relatively easy to achieve.

Think about it: The base of the look is an asymmetrical, polka dot dress, and the rest is just a few polished accessories. Anyone looking to recreate Meester's look can keep it simple for a night out or a cocktail party by wearing a polka dot dress with a pair of patent-leather heels and a small, beaded bag. If you're ready to take your love of prints to new heights — or throw in some neon à la fashion week — pair your polka dots with a leopard-print faux-fur coat, cowboy boots, and a colorful bag.

Ahead, shop The Zoe Report's favorite polka dot dresses to begin putting together your easiest style statement yet.

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Polka Dot Block Dress



Pair Meester's exact polka dot pick with black ankle boots, gold jewelry, and accented red lips.

Spot Maxi Dress



The red-and-white polka dots are beautifully emphasized by the ruffled, one shoulder silhouette in this ankle-grazing dress. Pair it with white boots, lucite hoops, and a slightly messy updo to let the dress shine.

Ailen Polka Dot Frill Dress



This dress by London-based Kitri is easy, breezy, and machine washable.

Sleeveless Mxi Dress In Polka Dot



Wear this classic, polka dot dress with a leather jacket and heeled mules for an evening look, or dress it down for the day by adding a denim jacket, ankle socks, and chunky sneakers.

Cara Polka Dot Slip Dress


Creatures Of Comfort

The best part about slip dresses are their ability to be layered in all sorts of ways. Wear the dress on top of your favorite white t-shirt or turtleneck, or even wear it underneath a trench coat or open cardigan.