Seeing Spots: The Fall Print We’re Dotty About

Confession: when I was a little girl, I was obsessed with polka dots.  I had dotty dresses, shoes, shirts, umbrellas—I was probably a little too into that trend, actually.  So you can imagine my excitement when I spotted polka dots all over the Fall 2011 runways.  Designers such as Marc Jacobs, Lanvin, Diane von Furstenberg, Stella McCartney and Marni used this adorable print in their fall collections.  Polka dots are the perfect way to add a little whimsy to a dark fall or winter wardrobe, and they make for a great standout piece—not to mention they’re just plain adorable.  Here are some of my favorite spotted pieces this season:

Dot You Worry Dress, ModCloth, $54.99

This fluttery dress comes in a perfect fall color and would look great paired with solid tights.  Leather ankle boots would add a little edge to this girly look, but it would also work well with black flats.

Flared chiffon blouse, H&M, $24.95

I just bought a similar blouse from H&M and I’m absolutely in love with it.  It’s flowy and comfortable but still chic.  You can wear it loose like in the picture above, or tuck it into pants or a pencil skirt.  Pair it with a tighter bottom piece to balance out the look and give it more shape.

‘Scattered dot’ tights, kate spade new york, $32.00

Pencil skirt a little too drab?  Dotty tights will fix that.  Perhaps one of the subtlest ways to include the polka dot trend in your ensemble is by wearing spotted tights.  It’s an easy way to add a little personality to a more serious outfit.

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