Prints can easily feel intimidating, especially if you’re mostly drawn to neutral tones like me. Yes, I do fancy myself the occasional color pop, but typically in the form of a solid or entry-level floral. Prints just have a way of feeling overly fussy for me with the rare exception of classic stripes (see my ode to the $45 striped dress I’ll be wearing all summer) or, when I’m feeling a bit bolder, polka dots.
OK, sure. Polka dots are pretty mild in the print world, but considering my comfort zone is a feminine bloom or Breton, I’d say “bold” is a fair descriptor.
While I’ve admired them from afar, I’ve struggled with styling polka-dot pieces in a way that feels elevated instead of childlike. And while they usually come in comfortable shades of black and white, I somehow lack the ability to wear them at work without feeling out of step. But this is all about to change.
I’m determined to become a polka dot professional. Why? After spotting a handful of dotted pieces in the POPSUGAR collection at Kohl’s, I’ve decided I must give the look a try. From darling dresses to cute camp shirts and floaty wide-leg pants, I feel as though it’s a look I can finally master. And who better to provide me with endless outfit inspiration than the always-stylish women of the street-style scene?
Ahead, 46 polka-dot outfits I’ll be attempting to re-create this summer. Plus, all the affordable polka-dot pieces from the POPSUGAR collection at Kohl’s if, like me, you’re all about buying into the trend for $51 or less.