The Spring Trend That's Hitting Sooner Than Expected

Back in September, as our team watched the S/S 20 shows in New York, London, Milan, and Paris unfold both in person and online, we repeatedly noticed polka dots come down the runways of brand after brand that we admired. Later, as we did more of a deep dive into all the shows and looks, it was clear that the classic print would definitely be coming back as a major trend for the season that’s now fast approaching. After all, endorsements from Balmain, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Max Mara, and more are nothing to balk at.

Fast-forward to just a few weeks ago when this editor was elated to see a stunning Zoë Kravitz turn heads (as always) on the Golden Globes red carpet in a polka-dot dress by one of my favorite labels, none other than Saint Laurent. My interest in the trend was was suddenly reinvigorated, and even though we’re still fully in winter, I couldn’t help but notice that more than a handful of spotted pieces were already hitting retailers, in addition to the red carpets. Some from resort collections, others from fast-fashion retailers that clearly know what’s coming, and as always, a handful of in-between brands which we’ve come to expect will hit the mark. In short, spring has come early, and the polka-dot trend is here just waiting for you to shop (and wear) it. To see the runway inspiration for yourself as well as my edit of the best polka-dot pieces to buy at every price point, just keep scrolling.

Balmain S/S 20
Polka Dot Runway Trend SS20 Balmain

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This particular coupling of looks was just one of many viral moments from Balmain's show.

Style this with jeans or trousers—either way, you can't go wrong.

Carolina Herrera S/S 20
Polka Dot Runway Trend SS20 Carolina Herrera

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Courtesy of Carolina Herrera

I love it when a look combines inverted versions of the same print.

This will come in handy so often.

Michael Kors S/S 20
Polka Dot Runway Trend SS20 Michael Kors

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Courtesy of Michael Kors

This print fit right in with Michael Kors's American-themed S/S 20 collection.

It doesn't have to be all black-and-white.

Dries van Noten S/S 20
Polka Dot Runway Trend SS20 Dries van Noten

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Courtesy of Dries van Noten

If I'm being honest, it was nearly impossible to choose my favorite look from this show

In case you were wondering how to style the skirt, this exact outfit is worth copying.

This classic neckline is just so flattering.

Max Mara S/S 20
Polka Dot Runway Trend SS20 Max Mara

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Courtesy of Max Mara

As you can see, Max Mara had a whole section of its show devoted to the print.

I always know I'm on to something when Reformation is aligned.

Add accessories to give the trend a festive touch.

Altuzarra S/S 20
Polka Dot Runway Trend SS20 Altuzarra

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Courtesy of Altuzarra

When you find an on-sale dress that looks this good with boots, you buy it.

Richard Quinn S/S 20
Polka Dot Runway Trend SS20 Richard Quinn

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Courtesy of Richard Quinn

Ending the runway inspo on a fun note, this Richard Quinn look is just begging for a major red carpet moment. 

Be the star of the next wedding you go to.