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Polka dots for the grown up girl

Brianna Martinez is a graduate from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. She received her bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with an emphasis in digital media. After graduating, she jo...

Circle your style

A polka dot pattern can look adorable on little girls yet sophisticated on grown up gals. If you're stuck somewhere in the middle on how to balance the sophistication out with a little playful side, we're here to help. Check out our favorite polka dot picks for the sophisticated, classic and fabulous girl.

polka dot skirt from Lulus

Reverse dots

We're so used to seeing classic polka dots as white dots surrounded by black color. Try mixing it up by wearing a white solid color with black polka dots. It amps up your style and adds a uniqueness to it. This polka dot skirt from Lulus is playful yet classic. Pair it with little black heels and a solid colored top for a fresh, fun and professional look.

coral polka dot button down by Free People

Add color

Polka dots with different colors are a fresh twist on the classic style. Have some fun and try orange, pink, yellow, etc. polka dots. While you're at it, try color blocking with a pair of solid colored green pants. This coral polka dot button down by Free People is the perfect way to get out of your classic polka dot box. Try wearing this cute number with boyfriend jeans or a pencil skirt.

Cynthia Steffe polka dot silk chiffon dress

Work appropriate

Because polka dots are so festive, it's hard to find a fun way to wear them while still being professional. This Cynthia Steffe polka dot silk chiffon dress is the ultimate work-appropriate way to wear polka dots. It's feminine, girly and sophisticated. You'll be covered up while still keeping cool during summer, and in the colder months, you can pair it with tights and Mary Janes for another polka dot-chic outfit.

polka dot pants from J. Crew

Ultimate sophistication

One of the most beneficial parts to wearing polka dots is the fact that they can give off a sophisticated and elegant air without making you work too hard. They are chic to death and the ultimate pattern for the classic and classy girl. They are preppy without being stuffy. They are playful without giving too much away. They are a girl's best pattern to style heaven.

Wear these polka dot pants from J. Crew with a bright top and some platforms for a Parisian-chic look.

Just a touch

If you're not polka dot-obsessed like us, then try just a touch of polka dots with an accessory. Try wearing a polka dot headband or hat. Wearing the pattern in an unexpected way will help streamline and personalize your own style. Try wearing this polka dot scarf from Mango with a pair of jeans and a black top. You'll be surprised at how much style just one accessory will add.

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