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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The Sweats Question

I have always been a firm believer that sweats belong in the gym.  I cringe every time I see a pair of sweatpants – baggy, fitted, cropped, bootcut – at the grocery store, the airport, the dentist, and let’s not forget the ubiquity of sweatpants on a college campus.  Bright colors, logos splayed across the rear, even our beloved school name emblazoned down the side of the leg, only make matters worse.  But this year, many designers are bringing back the grey sweatpants from fashion suicide to its forefront.

S10 RTW Alexander Wang

Image from style.com

JC - Stella McCartney for Gap

Image from gap.com

JC - Garance Doré sweats

Image from Garance Doré

Alexander Wang showed a decidedly athletic collection for Spring 2010, pairing sweatshirts with corsets and briefs. Stella McCartney’s collection for Gap Kids launched this morning and featured this silk cashmere hoodie (for $88!), but styled over a tutu and snow boots. Garance Doré photographed a woman wearing Isabel Marant sweatpants with a basic white tank and navy blazer. Perhaps the secret to wearing sweats is in the details: sexy, girly, or chic pairings keep these girls from looking sloppy. What do you think??