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Back in Style? Celeb Takes on the Classic Print

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Pictured (L-R): Kaia Gerber, Zendaya, Margot Robbie. Photo Credits: Getty Images.

Move over, stripes and florals, there’s a new contender for the title of fashion’s favorite print: polka dots. For the past six months, celebrities have been embracing this playful pattern, proving that polka dots are anything but dated. But is this a full-fledged comeback, or just a fleeting trend?

A Dotted History: From Humble Beginnings to Haute Couture

Polka dots have a surprisingly long history, dating back to the 18th century. Prior to the Industrial Revolution, creating polka-dot fabrics was challenging, limiting their widespread use. In the mid-19th century, with advancements in textile production, polka dots became more accessible and gained mainstream popularity. Fashion icons like Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent incorporated polka dots into their designs throughout the 20th century, solidifying their place in fashion history.

Polka Dots Take Center Stage: A Celebrity Revival

The past few decades have seen polka dots ebb and flow in popularity. While always a dependable choice, they haven’t necessarily been considered cutting-edge. However, recent red carpet appearances suggest a resurgence. Kaia Gerber channeled a sophisticated mod vibe in a custom black-and-white strapless Céline gown at the Academy Museum Gala in December 2023. Similarly, in January, Margot Robbie stunned at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in a Barbie-inspired pink polka-dot minidress by Balmain.

Beyond gowns, polka dots are adorning a variety of clothing items. Zendaya showcased a playful polka-dot pocket square paired with a vintage Spring 1992 Ralph Lauren blazer styled as a minidress for her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live in April.

So, Are Polka Dots “Fetch” Again?

So, are polka dots officially “fetch” again? The jury is still out. While their prevalence on celebrities suggests a growing fondness for the pattern, it’s too early to say if this is a long-term return. One thing is certain though: polka dots offer a timeless and adaptable option for adding personality to any outfit.

Whether you prefer a bold statement piece or a more subtle touch, polka dots have the power to make you feel both playful and sophisticated. So next time you’re putting together an outfit, don’t be afraid to embrace the power of the dot.

Keep scrolling to see the best polka dot looks this year, worn by some of our fav trend-setters!

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LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 23: Lila Moss attends British Vogue’s 2023 “Forces For Change” Party at The MAINE Mayfair on November 23, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 03: Kaia Gerber attends the 2023 Academy Museum Gala at Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on December 03, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage)
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PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 04: Margot Robbie attends the 2024 Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Awards at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 04, 2024 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
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LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 18: Zendaya is seen at “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on April 18, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 08: Busy Philipps attends the “Mean Girls” New York premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on January 08, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
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LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 02: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO PUBLICATIONS DEVOTED EXCLUSIVELY TO THE ARTIST) Isla Fisher attends The BRIT Awards 2024 at The O2 Arena on March 2, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Jed Cullen/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 24: Chrissy Teigen attends Netflix’s special screening of “A Man In Full” at Netflix Tudum Theater on April 24, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for Netflix)
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HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 10: Leslie Bibb attends the 96th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 10, 2024 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
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LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 05: Lily James is seen leaving her 35th Birthday Party at Apollo’s Muse private members club on April 05, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Ricky Vigil M / Justin E Palmer/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 2: Jessica Wang is seen on May 2, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Patricia Schlein/Star Max/GC Images) *** Local Caption ***Jessica Wang
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 28: <> on April 28, 2024 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Monica Schipper/WireImage)
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AUSTIN, TEXAS – APRIL 07: Lainey Wilson attends the 2024 CMT Music Awards at Moody Center on April 07, 2024 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Chris Saucedo/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 07: Phoebe Waller-Bridge attends the UK premiere of “IF” at the Cineworld Leicester Square on May 07, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 08: Lucy Boynton visits SiriusXM studios on April 08, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Mendez/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 09: Nikki Reed attends the FASHION TRUST U.S. Awards 2024 on April 09, 2024 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

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