The 2020 Way to Style All Your Polka Dot Pieces

Last year saw the revival of many retro prints. First up, it was gingham, and then polka dots invaded all of our wardrobes and they are still going strong. The once old-fashioned spotty print has been given a makeover, thanks to Instagram brands like Ganni, Rejina Pyo and Zimmermann

A polka dot midi dress requires little-to-no styling, which is why it is summer after summer such a hero purchase. However, there are many more adventurous ways you can incorporate the print into your wardrobe in 2020. his year, many designers are splicing two or more spotty prints together, as both Rixo and Rejina Pyo have created prints using more than one polka. It might only be March, but already several polka dot pieces from the spring collections have become cult buys. Starting with Rejina Pyo's spotty satin bag, which the street style crowd has been wearing with other loud prints.

Scroll through our gallery of the best new ways to style polka dots, and shop our edit of the key pieces to get the look. 


Organza Polka Dot Blouse + Jeans
(Image credit: @eniswardrobe)

Style Notes: A dreamy polka-dot blouse is one of those pieces you can throw on, whilst also looking like you've made a huge effort. Sold.


White Spotty Midi Skirts + Cream Jumper
(Image credit: @katherine_ormerod)

Style Notes: Transitional dressing at its finest. We can't get enough of this all-white look. Switch the boots and roll-neck for a cami and sandals once it's warmer. 


Print Clashing Midi Dresses
(Image credit: @chloechill)

Style Notes: Proving that a print clash makes everything look way more expensive, Chloé opts for new season Rixo. Swoon.


Maxi Polka Dot Dress + Blazer
(Image credit: @wethepeoplestyle)

Style Notes: A midi dress layered with a belted blazer is basically our everyday uniform for the foreseeable. We're taking all the inspo from Jessie's mono number. 


Check Suit + Polka Dot Satin Bag
(Image credit: @handinfire)

Style Notes: Rejina Pyo bags have already reached cult status. Naturally, this is the next one on every street styler's arm (or hand, like @handinfire).


Polka Dot Bikini + Gold Jewellery
(Image credit: @ropesofholland)

Style Notes: Give polka-dot prints an instant spring/summer spin by updating your swimwear edit. This tie-shoulder bikini top Lindsay is wearing is effortless. 

Related: 12 Low-Key Spring Outfits I'll Live in for the Next Few Months


Polka Dot Slip + Sequin Pouch Bag
(Image credit: @lucywilliams02)

Style Notes: Slip dresses always get our nod of approval, as do polka dots. Add the two together and you get a winning combination. Note: cool-girl Lucy also approves.


Polka Dot Midi + Block Heels
(Image credit: @alicezielasko )

Style Notes: Summer is just around the corner, so it's time to think dresses. We'll start with pretty polkas—just like Alice Zielasko.


Polka Dot Slingbacks + Denim Mini Skirt
(Image credit: @camillecharriere)

Style Notes: Spice up a simple outfit with a polka-dot accessory or shoes such as Camille Charrière's pointed spotty slingbacks. So, so chic.


Polka Dot Top + Floral Midi Skirt
(Image credit: @emilisindlev)

Style Notes: Don't be afraid of clashing prints à la Emili Sindlev, who wore her black-and-white spotty top with florals and zebra print. Yes, yes and yes!


Spotty Blouse + Hair Clips
(Image credit: @asos_lotte)

Style Notes: Lotte is an ASOS insider who has inspired us to go for a high-neck vintage-look dress and pair it with a hair clip.


Spotty PJ Trousers + Trainers
(Image credit: @_jeneattefrismadsen_)

Style Notes: Jeanette's polka-dot pyjama-style Ganni pants are the perfect way to do this trend in a more dressed-down fashion. These have sold out, but luckily for you, we've found an iteration with Stine Goya's flared pair. 


Polka Blouse + Polka Dress
(Image credit: @emilisindlev)

Style Notes: We love how Emili Sindlev doubled up on polka dots, wearing her sleeveless Ganni maxi over a puff-sleeved top with a larger polka-dot print.

Related: Summer 2019 Fashion Trends: Looks You Need to Know


Polka Wrap Dress + Chunky Jumper
(Image credit: @lisaaiken)

Style Notes: Net-a-Porter's Lisa Aiken wears her Ganni spotty maxi dress with a grey mohair sweater looped over her shoulders. The navy print means this dress will work for all seasons.


Lilac + Brown Spotty Print
(Image credit: @trinekjaer_)

Style Notes: Pastel and brown hues plus polka dots equals spring perfection. We're very much into this Mulberry blouse Trine is wearing with chunky gold hoops. 


White Polka Dots + Croc Belt Bag

Style Notes: With white shoes back on the style menu, polka dots make for a great way to break up a head-to-toe look. See Camille Charrière for the proof.

Next up, 45 under £100 buys are fashion team really want right now. 

Freelance Fashion Editor

Harriet Davey is a freelance fashion editor who has been part of Who What Wear's extended team since 2017. She previously worked in print at Look magazine and has since worked across print, digital and social for many other titles, including British Vogue, Stylist, Grazia, Refinery29 and Marie Claire. Also a stylist, Harriet has had the pleasure of producing cover shoots and editorials along with commercial shoots for brands including Boux Avenue, Watches of Switzerland, Benefit Cosmetics and Revolution. To add to this, Harriet also works in live TV styling for ITV’s This Morning. Back to Who What Wear. With hundreds of published stories on site, Harriet knows what the WWW reader wants. Keeping up to date with the latest It buys and runway trends, she can guarantee to keep you one step ahead of the most stylish people. When not writing or styling, Harriet loves to go shopping (yes, more fashion). If she’s not in a local Hackney bar or restaurant, you can find her forever searching for her next holiday destination.