It’s amazing how a fashion style went from being one of the most dreaded styles some centuries ago to being a trending one this season. What style are we referring to? It’s the Polka Dots Style! Polka Dots are certainly making a huge comeback in the fashion scene and we’re totally loving it.
Polka Dot is a pattern consisting of an array of large filled circles of the same size. They are commonly seen on clothings, toys, furniture, ceramics and even on Eastern European folk art. Polka dots have been in existence since around the 15th century in Europe, although wearing them then was considered a taboo.
Back in those days, the machines used to create uniformly spaced polka dots were not yet in existence, as a result the dots produced on fabric were random and unevenly spaced. Unfortunately, in that era too, contagious diseases that leave unpleasant rashes on the body, such as small pox and leprosy were very rampant, so, seeing fabrics with those patterns reminded people of the diseases that had claimed many lIves. It was therefore considered an abomination to be seen wearing them.
Luck turned around for the Polka Dot style in the 18th century, when a polka dance swept through Europe. Many manufacturing companies started taking advantage of the trending polka dance to produce polka dots outfits and products. Entertainers and celebrities also patronised the Polka dot style at the time, resulting in an increase in it’s popularity.
How do people rock polka dots in modern fashion?
The bows, the polka dots, the colour, the playfulness – you don’t have to over do it. You just have to be able to style it in the right way – Christian Siriano.
Polka dot outfits are retro-inspired giving them this feminine, vintage and elegant look. Skirts, dresses, tops and two-pieces can be made entirely with polka dot fabrics. The outfits are simple to wear and versatile. Pairing them with proper accessories can switch up your look from casual to formal.
Many celebrities have been spotted rocking the Polka Dot trend, including Funke Akindele Bello, Ini Edo and Yutee Rone, which is causing the heightened popularity of the trend.
In mordern times, matching too many polka dots outfits at once is not recommended because it produces a shabby look, so experts have advised pairing them with striped, floral or plain patterned outfits. Men have not been left out of this trend as they have been seen rocking polka dot ties, and we must say, it is fabulous!
Infusing polka dots into a fashion collections would be a fantastic decision to make for fashion brands, as trends matter a lot to fashion customers.