Joining up the polka dots for Autumn? On and Off the runways at Fashion Week from New York to Paris, there has been a variety of style inspiration. But there was one trend which dominated the shows, celebrities and street style scenes alike - the polka dots. The famous graphic icon is back for Fall 17.

 

From Balenciaga to Schiaparelli, Fall’17 saw a lot of dots sashaying down the runways. Looks like you need to bring back the Minnie Mouse print and give it your own sartorial spin.

 

Polka dots were originally adorned by flamenco dancers, but became popular in the United States in the late 1920’s.

 

Off the runways, influencers have warmly embraced the cheery pattern that takes its name from the equally jovial Czech dance. It's a chic and timeless style that the A-list just can't get enough of. 

 

Black polka dots on a white background always stand out. Eyes naturally flick to the pop of color, even in garments like Zimmermann’s, while Balenciaga allows the polka dots to take center stage.

 

Polka dots aren’t just for black and white, but everything in between! Carolina Herrera’s gowns are perfect for parties that run late, playing piano for guests that encircle you. Maison Martin Margiela and Karen Walker go more casual with navy polka dots. 

 

While the pattern is normally associated with vintage-inspired clothes that can skew cheesy or twee, it doesn’t have to look that way if you choose wisely. Keep it current: a fun wrap dress or trendy off-the-shoulder top does the trick. Or look for simple shapes like an A-line skirt or well-cut pants to make a basic feel fresh again.

 

The beauty of investing in polka dots for your wardrobe is that they’re totally timeless, and won’t date from one season to the next. Just like stripes, the trend is bold enough to make a statement. 

 

Polka dots can be a chic twist on a modern look, such as this black and white Alessandra Rich silk dress chose by Charlotte Groeneveld. She teams with a red Valentino designer bag to elevate the look. 

 

When wearing polka dots, avoid any accessories with heavy prints or patterns – polka dots are one print which do not like to share the limelight!

 

Scroll ahead for ideas on how to get in on the trend at every price point: