Posted by: nichemarketplace | January 22, 2009

Are you seeing spots, yet? Polka Dots are one of the hottest trends for Spring!



Am I the only person who is fantasizing about spring? I know it is only mid-January, but visions of spring fashions keep dancing in my head.

Polka Dots are one of the hottest looks for Spring 2009. From Michael Kors to Marc Jacobs, DKNY to Dolce and Gabbana, there are spots on the fashion horizon. Fashion experts have varying explantions for the “dots-on” trend including the popularity of the Mad Men television series, a retro throwback reminiscent of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and even a form of escapism prompted by the current economic crisis.

There are big, bold, graphic-inspired polka dot prints — black dots on white (or the reverse). Michael Kors favors high impact colors — white, black, blue, red, and yellow — and often mixes his polka dot prints with stripes or other prints. Other designers are more classic in their approach and emphasize a neutral palette — black, white, cream, khaki, and navy. You can find polka dots in all the hottest colors for spring: palace blue, dusty rose, papaya, mango, salmon pink, zesty lemon, citron green, lavender, and slate gray.

Immersing yourself in a trend can make you a style icon or a fashion victim. So how do you incorporate polka dots into your wardrobe without going too over-the-top? In an article entitled Cool Polka Dots for Spring 2009, Janine Wilson, Fashion Blogger for Sparkle* makes the following recommendations:

  • Avoid polka dot patterns that look too cutesy
  • Black or white polka dots on a colored background are more chic and less overpowering than colored polka dots on a white or black background
  • Choosing sophisticated background colors will help to keep the pattern from looking overly juvenile
  • A nautical-inspired color palette look sophisticated and classic
  • Polka Dotted accessories — scarves, sunglasses, or ballerina flats — are a great way to stretch your budget and add the flair of a hot trend to your existing
    wardrobe (this is an especially valuable suggestion for plus-size ladies who might feel a little conspicuous in a big, bold polka dot print dress or separates)

Fun prints are synonomous with spring and summer fashion and what could be more light-hearted, optimistic, and whimsical than polka dots? So while you are curled up on the couch, huddling in your winter afghan, and dreaming of spring … don’t forget to add a dash of polka dots to your wardrobe, just thinking about your latest purchase will bring a sunshine-like smile to your face.


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