Polka dots have been in style forever, especially since that itsy bitsy yellow bikini. The playful print hits so many trends at once: graphic, ladylike and youthful, we can imagine it on everyone from silver screen stars like Marilyn Monroe to little girls in smocked dresses.
Now that spring is here, polka dots can be found on all manner of warm weather items, from bikinis to shorts to sunglasses. Not only is the pretty pattern a shout-out to days of yore, it is also flattering: the small pattern elongates and slims by creating an optical illusion that detracts from problem areas. A spotted sundress can be sophisticated with a trim belt, or, if you're not ready to go whole-hog, just add a sweet accessory (oooh, a headscarf!), or try polka dot nail art. Check out our favorite polka dot items, all for under $100 as well as 26 celebrities who have nailed the trend.