Lea Michele’s Polka Dot Mini Dress Is The Year-Round Piece Your Closet Is Missing
Although playful prints and short, flowy hemlines are usually associated with summer weather, there's no reason why you can't work your favorite, whimsical pieces into fall and winter. The easiest way to style a short dress during cold-weather season rests entirely on layering. Lea Michele's polka dot dress proves just how versatile a mini dress can be, whether it's styled with a wool trench or a denim jacket.
Michele was photographed wearing the warm-weather look while out in Los Angeles on Mon. afternoon. The actor donned a silk mini by Sir the Label, which features a ruffled lower half, a high neck, and sheer, short sleeves. Because Los Angeles is sunny almost every day, Michele was able to go jacket-free and let the dress speak for itself. She added a comfortable pair of white slip-on sneakers that perfectly matched her mid-size white tote bag.
Michele completed the effortless outfit with a pair of oversized aviator sunglasses and a shiny, gold bangle bracelet. She wore her long brown hair down in a relaxed, straight style, subtly emphasizing her golden highlights. While this one-step outfit screams "summer time", it's also an optimal option for fall (even if you live somewhere that requires outerwear the very second the leaves change).
If you're desperately trying to keep warm but aren't quire ready to part with your summer silhouettes, Michele's dress is your calling card. Wear it with tights under an oversized trench coat and add knee-high boots for added insulation. Another interesting way to style a polka dot mini? Try pairing it with a leather moto jacket, chunky sneakers, and a blanket scarf. This provides a little edge, while still letting the girly component of the dress shine through.
Ahead, shop The Zoe Report's picks for fluttery, polka dot minis, along with Michele's exact look.
Shop The Look
Although it looks relatively simple upon first glance, get a little closer and you'll see the delicate details this dress has to offer. It's made of navy chiffon, features a jewel neckline and subtle ruffles on the lower half, as well as gathered sleeves with a thin drawstring.
Australian brand Zimmermann is known for its attention to detail, fun prints, contrasting fabrics, and unique silhouettes. Pair this dress with a leather trench coat in a fun color, patent leather ankle boots, and a matching top-handle bag.
Try wearing this dress on top of a form-fitting turtleneck for added coziness. Curl your hair before bed and sleep on it for undone, beachy waves, and add a swipe of deep red lipstick to complete the look.
Bold polka dots and ruffled sleeves pair perfectly with white cowboy boots and a matching bag. If you're looking for a whole new way to style the dress, wear it under a chunky pullover sweater for a skirt look.