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Crazy for Polka Dots! 11 Chic Ways to Own This Trend

This retro print got a modern upgrade. 

By Chantel Morel

Growing up, Minnie Mouse was one of my all-time favorite characters, and not just because she’s a Disney legend. You see, Minnie had a style all her own, and she managed to master one of the hardest prints to wear in fashion: Polka dots. And clearly Minnie was well ahead of her time when it comes to fashion.

A print that was once avoided by many has easily become one of the most popular trends we've seen in recent months. Thankfully, polka dots have come a long way from the retro poodle skirt styles of the '60s—and the unflattering, goofy look from the '80s. But let's not forget to give credit where credit is due—Julia Roberts pretty much schooled us all in how effortlessly classic the pattern can be when she donned the brown-and-white dot dress in Pretty Woman.

Today, polka dots can be found in a variety of shapes and colors on dresses, blouses, shorts, pants, and jumpsuits in sizes and materials that are super chic and flattering. It’s no wonder stylish stars like Priyanka Chopra, Emma Stone, Nina Dobrev and Olivia Culpo have been all over this trend—today's options look great on everyone. Below are 11 ways to wear it, so you, too, can get in on the dot action.

Polka Dot Sun Top

BUY FROM: Nordstrom, SALE $22.99 (Regularly $45, 45% Off!)

Cooperative Blanche Polka Dot Short

BUY FROM: Urban Outfitters, $49

City Chic Polka Dot Dress

BUY FROM: Bloomingdale's, $89

Lilly White Polka Dot Tank

BUY FROM: Nordstrom Rack, SALE $14.97 (Regularly $24, 38% Off!)

Flounced Wrap Dress

BUY FROM: H&M, $24.99

Kensie Polkd Dot Off-the-Shoulder Blouse

BUY FROM: Nordstrom Rack, SALE $32.97 (Regularly $69, 52% Off!)

Keyhole Mesh Polka Dot Ruffle Bodysuit

BUY FROM: Make Me Chic, $18

X Revlove Gwen Culotte

BUY FROM: Revolve, $128

Polka Dot Pocket Side Midi Skirt

BUY FROM: Boohoo, $40

Polka Dot Off-the-Shoulder Dress

BUY FROM: Forever 21, $35

V-Neck Jumpsuit

BUY FROM: H&M, $29.99

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