Who ever knew that small, medium or large circles on fabric could add so much pizzazz to clothing? Everyone who adores the polka dot! A pattern of polka dots hits the fashion spot!

Polka dot is a pattern consisting of an array of filled in, various sized circles. Polka dots differentiate from the spot pattern, as polka dots are perfectly even and sized. Many modern polka dot prints include more randomly spaced, sized and colored dots.

Polka dots aren’t only for children’s clothing. Adults wear the fun, partying dots well!

Polka Dot Fun Fact: Polka dots became common on clothing in the late nineteenth century in the United Kingdom. The pattern shares its name with the dance form, making one suspect there is a connection linking the pattern to the dance. However, the name polka dot was likely settled upon merely because of the dance’s popularity at the time the circled pattern became fashionable.

Spot on in style while dressed in the pleasant, playful polka dot!

For those fashion divas that want to look like a scrumptious dessert in great, whimsical, summery clothes that give off a vintage vibe or a throwback to the Hollywood glamour era, stepping out in a polka dot outfit literally can stop traffic!

Polka dot patterns look festive and fun on everyone!

Polka Dot Fun Fact: Traditionally, polka dots are used in the clothing of flamenco dancers and performers. In 1965, Bob Dylan wore a large print green polka dot shirt in the photo on the cover of his single Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues. Professional wrestler Dusty Rhodes was given a black outfit covered in yellow polka dots during his time in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). His outfit went on to become a successful and memorable gimmick.

Do you want to be noticed? Then notice the next time you see someone dressed in the priceless, playful polka dot. You  can’t help but notice them.

Do you find the eye catching polka dot pattern a bit too much for you? Then merely carry a polka dot purse or have the catchy circles on your shoes!

Some people associate polka dots with Venezuelan fashion designer Carolina Herrera, who used polka dots on most of her dresses during the 1980s and 1990s, as well as on the boxes of perfume Carolina Herrera, Herrera for Men, Aquaflore and Flore. In the Tour de France, the leader in the mountains competition wears a distinctive polka dot jersey (French: maillot a pois rouge).

Make the knock-out, stand out polka dot your own fashion signature trademark garment!

Polka Dot Fun Fact: In addition to clothing, the polka dot is so popular that the fun dots have found a place in music. How about Paul Vance’s and Lee Pockriss’ song lyrics “She wore an itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow polka dot bikini…”  The hit song was first released in June 1960 by Brian Hyland and tells the story of a shy girl dressed in a revealing bathing suit who stays immersed in the ocean water to hide from view.

Hide from view? Not a fahion diva like you! Show off that itsy bitsy teenie weenie polka dot bikini. You’ve earned the right!

In the year 2006, polka dot skirts, dresses, scarves and tops spiked in popularity and became a fad in the United Kingdom. However, the always alluring pattern remained at the fashion forefront, never completely disappearing from catwalk and runway shows.

Walk, no run, to the nearest store to purchase pleasing, beautiful, precious polka dot prints!

Hot for the ever popular polka dot!

Other popular polka dot items include polka-hats and polka- jackets. Most disappeared with the fad of the actual polka dance. Only the profound polka dot fabric pattern remained at the forefront, worn by many. The polka dot has truly found its place in modern fashion!

The polka dot will never run away…the fancy, fun wardrobe dots are here to stay!


If you’re not one who generally wears polka dots, give the fierce fabric a whirl! The zany dots wear well on any boy or girl!

“Don’t you look lovely all speckled with spots!”

“This pattern is the popular, stylish polka dot.”

“One can clearly see you coming a mile away.”

“Yes. Once your eyes land on polka dots that’s where they’ll stay.”

“I think I need to go buy me a skirt with circles of color.”

“Marvelous. Because that plain beige skirt of yours has never looked duller!”

For a more full, haute couture fashion look, trot the streets in fabulous polka dots!


Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website, Twitter @, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano






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Nancy Mangano resides in Orange County, CA. She has blended her love of detective work and style in her novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy.
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