I looooveeeee polka dots. No really. I probably wear them at least once a week. Whenever I think of polka dots, I think of one of my favorite actresses, Zooey Deschanel. On her show, New Girl, Zooey plays a teacher and I find her character Jess super relatable. Whether it’s cardigans, dresses, shirts or shorts, Zooey wears polka dots pretty frequently on the show.
Image by New Girl, FOX
Zooey finds a way to make polka dots super cute and less “chicken pox” -esque. How did the polka dot become popular? The polka dot has been around for a while now:
“America’s love affair with the polka dot began, perhaps, in 1926, when Miss America was photographed in a polka dot swimsuit. Shortly after, in 1928, Disney introduced its cartoon darling Minnie Mouse wearing a red polka dot dress and matching bow. Throughout the 1930s, polka dot dresses appeared in stores, the fabric suddenly subversive, nipped in by ribbons and accentuated with bows. In 1940, the woozy melody of Frank Sinatra’s ballad “Polka Dots and Moonbeams” captured the height of America’s polka dot mania—that spring, the Los Angeles Times assured its readers, “You can sign your fashion life away on the polka-dotted line, and you’ll never regret it.” –thehairpin.com
Want to add this pattern to your wardrobe? Here are my picks for some cool polka dot fashion:
1. Minnie Mouse Collection Top Kohl’s $33.00 (on sale!)
2. Minnie Mouse Collection Bow Shorts Kohl’s $36.00 (on sale!)
3. Polka Dot Dress Forever 21 $17.90
4. Bow Polka Dot Dress Modcloth $59.99
What is your favorite pattern to wear?