Are polka dots cool again?

Some of the most iconic outfits of all time have been covered in polka dots. Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman; Marilyn Monroe in the Seven Year Itch; and 1950s Audrey Hepburn, to name just a few. But it’s been a while since polka dots were actually in fashion. But are polka dots cool again?

According to a recent article on Refinery 29, they absolutely are.

Are polka dots cool again?

“Polka dots become a massive fashion trend every five years or so, given the push-and-pull nature of our relationship with femininity, writes Connie Wang on Refinery 29. “Sometimes, we embrace it — from the recent apex of the Pinterest aesthetic to that brown dress from Pretty Woman, it’s trendy for women to perform as females. Polka dots come in fit-and-flared dresses and low-cut swiss dot blouses, swiftly providing us that sweet Provence look that’s quirky enough to not be boring. Other times, we like to skewer the notion that women should dress like ladies. That’s when you’ll see polka dots worn with tattoos and combat boots, or on giant clown-pant culottes and muumuu-like tent dresses.

“Which brings us to now — when “acting like a woman” means something beyond just the personal,” adds Wang. “The people we elect, the work we seek, the freedoms we flex, and the protections we assume depend on us claiming and protecting the things that make us women. The reactions have been all over the place; polka dots have been too. Reformation’s reinventions of vintage classics feel sexy, but also commanding; Jacquemus’ deconstructed pastoral peasant blouses and dresses are sweet, but also sinister. Some polka dots are 100% ladylike. Others are decidedly not. But as far as spots and femininity go, all manifestations are fair game in 2017.”

So there you have it – this year’s polka dots are not only cool again, they’re an investment in future trends as well.