What is fashion without the Polka Dot print? Polka Dots have been in fashion as far back as the 1800′s and became very popular in the 50′s and 60′s with celebrities such as Lucille Ball, Elizabeth Taylor and of course the famous Minnie Mouse. The Polka Dot is a pattern consisting of an array of filled cirlces.
Early instances were generally equally sized and spaced relatively closely in relation to their diameters. However, many modern prints include randomly spaced in a wide array of context. No one really knows when Polka Dots first hit the fashion scene. The earliest recollection of Polka Dots that we found during our research was in 1857, the American Women’s Magazine “Godey’s Lady Book” was the first to print the term, in a description of a “scarf of muslin, for light summer wear, surrounded by a scalloped edge, embroidered in rows of round polka dots.” In 1865, a portrait of a woman in a polka-dot blouse and apron over a striped skirt. Fast forward, in 1928 Disney introduced Minnie Mouse with a red polka dots dress and bow.
Most people associate polka dots with the dance called the Polka. The dance crazed swept across the european continent around the same time the the print became popular. Many scholars feel that this is where the name of the print originated.
Polka dots are a playful look, so they are not usually worn in a formal or professional settings. Due to the playfulness of the print, its recommended to not wear polka dots for professional events such as Job interviews in the legal, medical or business field, however for more creative positions, wearing polka dots is okay because it shows your creative side. Polka Dots are perfect for date night, because it showcases your playful femininity and girly side.
Polka dots are a print that will never go out of style especially with the rise of vintage clothing. The blazer featured is from Torrid and I fell in love at first sight. Not only because of the print because of it’s versatility. Paired with jeans or an A-line skirt, this blazer will just pop! Don’t we love polka Dots?
How do you feel about Polka Dots? Do you wear them often?
Light Denim Skinnies – Avenue
Bicycle Necklace- Forever21
Navy Polka Dot Headband – Unknown
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