Over the years, polka dots have ingrained themselves into the fashion consciousness. Who can forget Lucille Ball's polka-dot dresses on I Love Lucy, or the lyrics to Brian Hyland's catchy 1960 hit "Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini"? The famous spotted pattern, equal parts classic and girly, can be intimidating to wear, but for our solid-wearing readers, we've found a loophole that we're happy to share in today's Get The Look. The retro motif takes on a modern tomboy twist when it's covering a cropped, tailored trouser. Styled with sharp menswear pieces like jackets and oxford shirts, this trend really hits the spot!The Inspiration
If you want to know how to pull off polka-dot pants in a sophisticated way, just take a look at Poppy Delevingne. At London Fashion Week in February, the model-slash-socialite was clad head-to-toe in Topshop, balancing out blue dotted trousers with a solid-hued button-down and scallop-edge jacket. The look works thanks to Delevingne's mix of polished separates and playful polka dots.
Want to nab Delevingne's spot-on style? Check out our three polka-dot picks and the pieces to complete your look!
Tory Burch Owen Jacquard Dot Pants ($118)
Tory Burch's take on polka-dot pants comes in a slim, flattering cut and cropped silhouette, perfect for showcasing a feminine pair of heels. The print isn't overwhelming, so you can wear these pants to the office with a tucked-in blouse and blazer.
J.Crew Café Capri Pants ($118) in Pop Art Polka Dot
Feeling bold? Look no further than J.Crew's graphic rendition. Giant polka dots lend this capri pair a retro feel. Cut the cuteness in half by teaming these pants with menswear-inspired oxfords.
AG The Legging Ankle Pants ($178) in Pin Dot Black
If you prefer a subtle, casual interpretation on the trend, we suggest AG's ankle-length skinny jeans with micro-sized polka dots. Roll up the cuffs on this stretchy, comfortable pair and pair with a laid-back t-shirt for a cool off-duty outfit.
Style It With/A Blazer & Shirt
A sharp, fitted jacket offers the ideal counterpoint to quirky polka-dot pants, so we suggest Topshop's Ponte Rolled Sleeve Blazer ($70) in Navy Blue. It's chic and, most importantly, low-maintenance! Next, look for a minimalist button-down to layer underneath. Whether neatly tucked in or left untucked (a la Delevingne), Gap's The Perfect Oxford Shirt ($50) in Optic White is a versatile blouse that's serves as suitable work or weekend attire.
Style It With/Accessories
The cropped silhouette of these polka-dot pants means they're great for showing off fabulous footwear. Try Zara's Heeled Strappy Sandals ($80); their beige, goes-with-anything hue won't compete with the polka-dot pattern. To add some textural intrigue to your look, go for Vince Camuto's boxy Kristin Shoulder Bag ($198) in Snake. The purse's snakeskin-embossed material and gold hardware gives your polka-dot ensemble a glam, grown-up edge!--Tiffany Tse
Photo of Poppy Delevingne, courtesy of Getty Images.