Trend Alert: Polka Dot Prints

Circle circle dot dot.

Graphic prints are back for fall, and the most striking of them all are dots — big ones, specifically, in bold contrasting colours. Unlike the delicate retro polka-dots of seasons past, the new dots are clean, dramatic, and paired with ultra-modern shapes: think slouchy sweaters (Tom Scott), origami-pleated day dresses (Marni), or boxy shopping totes (Marimekko). The result? Graphic charm that adds the perfect punch to any city outfit, work or play.

Think huge circles are overwhelming? Try adding them below the hemline: don a pair of sphere-infested shoes with jeans (like the Pierre Hardy sandals, below) or pair a solid-hued work outfit with dotted tights. Linked-circle earrings (see: Van der Straeten) add sophistication to almost any ensemble. The only “don’t”? Avoid combining bold circle pieces with too many other busy prints, lest you look, well, dotty.

Our picks for this trend below!

Pierre Hardy Crystal-Encrusted Suede Sandals, $2395, Net-a-Porter

Acne “Romantic Dot” Silk Skirt, Browns, $835

Tom Scott Polka Dot Sweater, $287, La Garconne

Dot Your Tights, $20, Modcloth

Marimekko Plenet Kivet Opaall Red and White Bag, $99, Crate and Barrel

Marni Contrasting Silk Polka-Dot Dress, $813, Browns

Van der Straeten Three-Circle Earrings, $158, Bergdorf Goodman

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