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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Fall trend: Polka dots

For the past couple years, we've talked about the fall trends, and first up this year: Polka dots! They're everywhere these days and look so cute, especially when mixed with tomboyish pieces, like jeans and sneakers. (This cozy sweater is my favorite.) Here a few pretty things...
1. Black belted dress, $55.
2. Cashmere sweater, $268.
3. Honeydew bralette, $34, and boyshort, $16.
4. Classic ballet flats, $135. (Or fancy heels.)
5. Clutch, $45.
6. Black jeans, $189.
7. Silk blouse, $70. (I also love this and this.)

Thoughts? Will you be wearing polka-dots on crisp fall days? Do they fit your style?

(Top photo by Stockholm Street Style. Post by Joanna; graphic design by Rachel/Elephantine for Cup of Jo)

105 comments:

Tinacious Me said...

very cute & super classy!

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Hilary said...

I was surprised to see that spots are in for another fall season.. but I am not complaining. I just picked up a new shirt-dress for fall :).. and I still have several pieces from last fall. Have a great day, Joanna!

XX Hilary

Taylor Elise said...

Lately I've noticed how many stripes I have in my closet. I think these polka dots will balance them out nicely!

staceymcbride said...

Adorable! Love polka dots...especially in these muted tones!

Eleise Hinton said...

I absolutely LOVE polka-dots!

Joanna Goddard said...

TOTALLY, taylor. spots and stripes together are a great combo. look at this girl! http://www.thesartorialist.com/photos/on-the-scene-lots-of-dots-milan/

Morgan said...

Oh goodness! That sweater is perfect! I usually don't go for polka dots but I may have to change my mind. :) I can just see myself wearing that everyday!

Joanna Goddard said...

hilary, totally! second year in a row! but this year is bigger than ever, they're ever-y-where. :)

ElsaD said...

I bought a polka-dotted top in Madewell (navy/white) very recently and wore it the first time this Sunday (I believe you have the skirt) Love the versatily of the pattern: It goes well with denim cut offs, skinny jeans or wide pants...XOXO

Giulia said...

I love to see them. Was looking at photos (of mine) from the 80s...90s...early 2000s. They were a "trend" then, too:)

sarah e. said...

I've been rockin the polka dots since 1992. can't stop wont stop. :)

The Purse-a-holic said...

Love them, I am all about the dots ;-)

Confessions of a Purse-a-holic

Miss Texan said...

I have that clutch and love it. And it was on sale in-store for something crazy low like 12.99 last week, I believe!

Kiersten said...

I'm wearing polka dot pants right now! I strongly support them!

CP and KW said...

i so agree! but that photo of the woman in the beautiful dress and clutch is so absolutely pretty and lovely... i am blown away. polka dots are endlessly versatile and perfect.
kw, Ladies in Navy

Sips and Spoonfuls said...

LOVE it! I had a polka dot themed birthday for my 1 year old more than 3 years ago!! Good to know they're still trending :)

Søren Jepsen said...

Love dots, http://thelocals.dk/?s=dots

Jill GG (good life for less) said...

LOVE polka dots... they are so sweet, but also very classic! I just did a little polka dot round up on my blog recently as well. I can't wait to get my hands on some for fall!
http://goodlifeforless.blogspot.com/2012/07/pattern-trend-polka-dots.html

Jee said...

I want every single item you've picked! The top is gorgeous.

alinablogs said...

I got an adorable cream colored sweater with neon orange polka dots from madewell a few weeks ago. It's light weight so I've been sneakily wearing it during the summer but I can't wait until the fall to wear it for real!

Lauren @ Sassy Molassy said...

Love me some polka dots!!

Lenore said...

I have always - always - loved polka dots. I am so pumped that I can find them in stores so easily now. Seriously, I am usually pattern averse in an extreme sense, but I will almost always buy a cute polka dotted thing.

Anonymous said...

how funny! i'm wearing that silk polka dot blouse today!

Tish said...

My best friend LOVES polka dots. They always remind me of her so this will be a lovely fall ♥

alissa b said...

i love those polka dot pants!

alissa b
http://alissab.us

a.levadas said...

I am loving all the dots this season. I have been planning my sister's baby shower, she's having a girl, and I'm doing a lot of pink and white polka dots. For myself, I just bought some cute dotted underwear form the gap and a navy polka dot baggu shopper. For fall, I'm looking at accessories, J Crew polka dot wool scarf/shawl and their socks! So cute!

http://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/accessories/scarvesglovesandhats/PRDOVR~17740/17740.jsp

http://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/accessories/sockstights/PRDOVR~19983/19983.jsp

Shanti Knight said...

One of my cousins told me once that someone had told her never to wear polka dots because people will never take you seriously. I can't deny that really had an effect on me, I'm not sure if I'll ever want to wear polka dots! I just don't think they really fit my style, either. "Cutesy" doesn't appeal to me.

All that said, I was browsing JCrew's fall offerings yesterday and this sweater (http://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/sweaters/crewnecks/PRDOVR~11808/11808.jsp) really caught my eye. I think the dots are large enough to not feel cute and their irregularity feels more stylish.

Lauren Ashley said...

Loove it! Especially that cute undies set. Such an easy trend to incorporate into what you already have.

Amy said...

I love them! They are popping up everyhwere and I think they add a little bit of fun to a more sophisticated look!

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Jhan said...

Polka dots are very cute and flattering on anyone, no matter the size. I also think that NAVY BLUE will also be a Fall trend. I've been seeing it a lot lately, especially on Pinterest.

Sarah Carlson said...

The jeans are adorable. I'm so glad, because stripes were everywhere for summer, and now polka dots are here for fall! My two favorite basic patterns. If we get really lucky, plaid and fair isle will be a huge hit for winter! fingers crossed.

suz and viv said...

I love polka dots! My sister and I are actually doing polka dot week over at our fashion blog Suz and Viv!

http://suzandviv.blogspot.com/search/label/polka%20dot%20week

mamalooks said...

I love anything with polka-dots!

Katherine Diane said...

I love this trend! Those flats are adorable.

Melissa Blake said...

It seems like polka dots are one of those cool fashion staples that will never go out of style. Love it! xoxo

So Simply Chic said...

I am so glad it's poka dots because I think it is such a fun trend! I was actually doing a post on this same fall trend today :)

Xoxo
http://sosimplychic.blogspot.com/

Smile, Emily said...

I saw this post and I thought ''ooh I love polka dots, yes! I wonder if I have any..'' and then I realized I was wearing a polka dot shirt (small white dots on coral red fitted button up) that I purchased in France (which sounds a whole lot fancier than it is..). I'm glad to see the trend is building!

Momographica said...

I am addicted to polka dots and those shoes are a must-have! Enough said :)

Alexa said...

cute jeans! i wear polka dots all of the time and really love mixing them with stripes. i feel like they are more of a staple than a trend..at least in my closet :)

Car said...

I love this post!! I'm obsessed with polka dots.. I'm going to do some major shopping now!

Marisol said...

I've been wearing lots of polka dots since early this year! I love them. I even found a great polka dots Kate Spade bag and was saddened when I sent it off to get repaired that they couldn't repair it. :(

emilyvannah said...

I really like the sweater!


Emily
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RosieB said...

Oh my I love polka dots so much! I would wear every single one of those beautiful spotty pieces! :) so glad spots are 'in' next season!

www.ciderwithrosiebee.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous!

VintageDanielle said...

I'm in love with polka dots my whole life and so glad more retailers will be carrying them which will make it easier for me to wear them.

Queen Bee of Beverly HIlls said...

I want that polka dot clutch!!

Brave Leather said...

Polka dots are a fresh change from the classic stripe we've seen for the last few years. We dig it!

renée [crossed and dotted] said...

polka dots are my favorite and my downfall because i simply cannot resist the temptation of a classic silhouette that is covered in dots - my blog even has a dotted reference in the title!

love your selections, and i also covet that sweater :)

Petya K. Grady said...

I have those Madewell undies and the little bra. They are super soft and comfortable! Sometimes mesh can be a little scratchy but these are great! My husband loves them too ;)

StephV said...

ahhh love the jeans..and they're Paige Denim...my fav!

Wendy said...

Speaking of Polkadots- I was stalking Pinterest earlier today and found this beauty:
http://pinterest.com/pin/35677022018876367/

So pretty!

Aja Lake [the gold hat.] said...

i sport dots + spots all year long! great round-up, joanna:)

xx,
Aja Lake
the gold hat.

Liz said...

Just bought a polka-dotted shirt this weekend! Can't wait to wear it with layers in the fall :)

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shoegirl said...

Never been a huge polka dot fan, especially of the larger print variety. I'm more a stripes kind of girl (I have what some might call an addiction). I did really love the polka dot sweater at Old Navy, so perhaps I'll have to give it a try!

The Pantry Drawer said...

I've always loved polka dots, so I'm especially happy about the trend because now I could so many different pieces! I have a dress much like the one featured here, only white with black dots. love it!

www.ThePantryDrawer.com

Grace Lynne Fleming said...

love, love that polka dots are the trend this year. they're my favorite!

grace
http://herumbrella.com

Lady Grey said...

I love polka dots, especially small ones. I don't think I could pull off the polka dot jeans, but the rest are GORGEOUS!

Tisha Green said...

I love polka dots too! What great pics =)

e-orbin said...

as a full grown adult woman, my only response can be

YIPEE!!

oilandgarlic said...

Wasn't this a trend just 2 years ago? I have a cute black top with white polka dots from J. Crew that is similar to the one you spotlighted above. I guess this is good because I don't need to buy anything to stay "on trend"!

Alice said...

I am wearing a polka dot dress right now!!! I can't wait to buy more this autumn, polka dots are such a fun print and just make me feel extra happy on autumnal days.

Boardroom Belles said...

Polka dots on everything were a huge trend in 2002/2003 when I lived in Europe. With H&M everything, I thoroughly indulged in the trend then, so I think this time around I will pass. Though that sweater....hmmmm

Diana Mieczan said...

I LOVE dots so much and that sweater looks super cozy:) Happy Tuesday! xo

Anonymous said...

Big Yeh!
Love polka dots

Recent search for under garments, not much out there in dainty cute polka dots.

Ashley said...

What else, cardigans, denim, and stripes? florals for spring?
Lol.i don't see how this is a trend if its everywhere already and has been consistently in.
A real trend looking at designer collections: cranberry/maroon for fall.

Jessica said...

Cute cute cute! They don't always work but you've picked some great ones!

Sarah Jane said...

i'm so into polka dots right now, those pants are freaking adorable!

Raquel said...

love the blouse and dress! great finds!
(not so sure i'm quite bold enough for those jeans!)

kate said...

i love a good polka dot!

Stefania said...

I already have tons of dots and stripes, so I am set!

soniadeli said...

Love polka dots! They are cute and classic at the same time. I'm definitely wearing them. I've got a couple of tops, a dress and a pair of trousers all full of dots :)

La Maman Heureuse said...

I've always been more of a stripe kinda girl, but lately I've been falling for polka dots too. I spotted a Brahmin polka dot bag online and I just loved it, unfortunately they don't ship to where I live. Now I found myself an adorable polka dot clutch and I'm sure it won't be the last item with this print. Loving the sweater!

love from Belgium,

Cindy

L'armadio del delitto said...

Hi Joanna, what a surprise! I'm the girl on the photo (thank you!!!) My top and my skirt are vintage Gucci from my family: actually I rarely buy clothes because I prefer to use the vintage ones I find on abandoned closets.
Kisses! Cécile

Little Borrowed Dress said...

We are loving polka dots this summer! Such a fab round up!

Jessica W said...

Ohlala that bralette set is adorable! Great picks :) x

http://thelovelorn.net

Cassidy Short said...

I love unexpected fall trends! I hope soft neutrals are in too :)

xoxo
Cassidy

http://norebeccaforayear.blogspot.com/

Cassidy Short said...

I love unexpected fall trends! I hope soft neutrals are in too :)

xoxo
Cassidy

http://norebeccaforayear.blogspot.com/

Cassidy Short said...

I love unexpected fall trends! I hope soft neutrals are in too :)

xoxo
Cassidy

http://norebeccaforayear.blogspot.com/

maki said...

I love dots! They are super sweet! My last post was with polka dost blouse which I looove! :)

Sera said...

i am in love with this polka dot trend! i will definitely be wearing them!

Sera said...

i am in love with this polka dot trend! i will definitely be wearing them!

Kate said...

There was a photo of a Team Europcar rider in the Tour de France in a polka dot jersey flanked by two girls in matching polka dot dresses. It's super cute!

Emily said...

Awh LOVE polka dots, I think I might try playing connect the dots on the polka dot panties too....perhaps with Channing Tatum:)

Justine @ Forever This Much said...

Oh! I was SO happy to see that polka dots are back in right now :) I really love pattern mixing them with florals...so sweet and unexpected. That dress is just adorable!

Kate said...

Joanna~

Hi! I love polka dots too, but prefer them in navy and white. Actually, I'm doing a lot with navy right now- so many cute styles in that shade!

Cheers~
Kate

anamanzana said...

i LOVE polka dots! i would like to say that i started the trend (heh heh) , but i think it was marc jacobs. i've got my eye on some lovely polka dotteds at j crew.

Anonymous said...

Apparently polka dots were in last fall too. I really wish Madewell would bring back that polk dot sweater it had last year (the one Jessica Alba can be seen wearing in paparazzi pics.) I love that one.

I'm a big fan of stripes and they seem to be "new" to some areas this year. But they were HUGE three years ago when I honeymooned in Australia.

I think of polka dots and stripes as classic prints and wear what I want whether it's in or not. (Of course, if it's not "in," it's harder to find new in stores.)

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Portland Sunshine said...

i am a polka dot girl! love the jeans. i have been rocking them all spring/summer and i'm so glad to see you confirm they'll be hot for fall. jcrew catalog just arrived which also helped confirm dots are hot.

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little t said...

I've been searching for polka dots jeans- I want white on navy though. Such a cute trend!

carrie said...

oh for the small perky breasts needed for the polkadot bra!

Shanti Knight said...

@ L'armadio del delitto, that's so cool! How exciting for you! You're darling. Thanks for sharing your fashion tip. I'm much the same. I had a work supervisor last year who jokingly complained that everything she liked that I wore she couldn't buy anywhere because I had mysteriously "found it in my closet." It's fun, huh? :)

Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet said...

I have been into polka dots for years. I'm going to take that as a sign that I'm a total trendsetter ;-)

Jenni P. said...

At the end of spring I bought a navy with white polka dots jacket at Target on clearance on a whim. Wasn't sure if it was "me", but so glad I kept it - I hope to be more trendy this fall!

beccainboston said...

I'm obsessed with polka dots this year! I have at least 3 tops with white and black dots.

diane said...
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diane said...

I've loved polka dots for a long time, but am so excited they're more readily available now! I just purchased my first chambray shirt...and it has tiny white polka dots on it. pefect!

http://www.twoboroughs.blogspot.com

holtkamp said...

i love this trend!!!

Kate {Modette} said...

I have always loved and always will love polka dots! So cute! x

Kate {Modette}
http://modetteblog.com

Hena Tayeb said...

Love polka dots. My mother was wearing polka dots the first time she met my dad and he still remembers and calls her the girls in the polka dots.

antique engagement rings said...

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Articles on History said...

Polka dots first started appearing on common clothes in the 1800s, mostly on swimming costumes but really became popular after being sported by Minnie Mouse in ‘Steamboat Willie’ in 1928 :)

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