20 Totally Modern and Sophisticated Ways to Wear Polka Dots

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These days, it seems like everything has its own holiday—and fashion is no exception. Yesterday, January 23, was National Polka Dot Day, which inspired us to curate a list of some of our favorite polka-dot street style looks and shopping finds now.

The term polka dots reportedly came about in the 1800s, when an American women’s magazine described the circular repeating pattern on a scarf. It seems that ever since then, we’ve been enamored with them, as celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, designers such as Christian Dior, and even such beloved characters as Minnie Mouse adopted them as their signature pattern.

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And what’s not to love about dots? They’re playful, whimsical, and downright chic. Ahead, get all the ideas and inspiration you need to celebrate polka dots today and every day.

 

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For Love and Lemons Dotty strapless dress, $238 at Planet Blue

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TOBI Spotless Mind black mesh bodysuit, $58 at TOBI

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Compania Fantastica Spotty Reception polka-dot coat, $139 at Modcloth

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Swing in Our Direction polka-dot dress, $60 at Nasty Gal

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Genuine People silk polka-dot button-down blouse, $130 at Genuine People

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STYLECASTER | Polka Dots Street Style | Polka Dots Shopping | Lulus She's Dot It Going On gold and black polka dot dress

Lulus She's Dot It Going On gold and black polka-dot dress, $67 at Lulus

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Baby I'm for Real polka-dot jumpsuit, $60 at Nasty Gal

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Lulus Love Is Enough red polka-dot wrap top, $49 at Lulus

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STYLECASTER | Polka Dots Street Style | Polka Dots Shopping | Express original fit polka dot Portofino shirt

Express original fit polka-dot Portofino shirt, $60 at Express

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TOBI Miranda red front-tie printed romper, $94 at TOBI

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