03/19/2015 01:19 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Go Spotty with Polka Dots

It seems every so often polka dots pop back into the fashion scene, and when designers like Marc by Marc Jacobs and Lela Rose go spotty like this season, it's time to spring up and take notice.

I'd love to say that I've always been a polka dot person, but it really wasn't until that brown halter dress with white dots worn by Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman that I actually ran out to the store in a mad dash and felt like I just had to have it.

Because lets admit it: polka dots, especially the bigger ones, make a bold statement. For me, they've fallen generally into two categories: either utterly sophisticated or kinda comic-book surreal. I've always felt like you had to have a certain verve or je ne sais quoi to pull it off.

What makes this turn slightly different is the sheer variety of its presentation. Yes of course you have the traditional, symmetrical and expected in shades like black, red and navy. But you also have some unique pattern plays, color options and the dots went to the derby and had one too many mint juleps.

It's a fun time to test-drive this pattern.

1. Variegated Dots


2. Figure-Flattering Ikat Dots


3. Dainty Dots


4. Mod Dots


5. Colorful Dots


6. Dots for Minis