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A Sophisticated Way To Wear Polka Dots This Spring and Summer

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Though you can wear polka dots whenever you want, spring and summer are the perfect times to break out this whimsical print. Playful and fun, polka dots look great in warmer weather paired with quintessentially summer pieces like straw bags and strappy sandals. Polka dots, though quaint, are not usually thought of as a sophisticated print and if you’re looking for a way to elevate this pattern in your wardrobe this season, check out my no-fail sophisticated way to wear polka dots!

1. Pair Polka Dots With a Professional Style Piece

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Polka dots and dress pants? It works! The contrast of a playful piece paired with something generally dressier and more “serious” works to not only make your polka dot blouse feel more elevated but also make your dress pants feel more casual for the warmer weather too.

This goes for all professional style clothing. If you have this print in a dress, top it off with a black linen blazer for summer. If a polka dot skirt currently hangs in your closet, pair it with a white button-down.

Mixing this playful print with a professional style piece is a surefire way to make it feel more sophisticated and less whimsical.

2. Keep the Other Colors in Your Outfit Neutral

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I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again: Neutrals are the best way to make your outfit look elevated. If you were to pair your polka dot top with a hot pink skirt, it could look cute, no doubt, but not necessarily sophisticated.

Let your polka dot piece be the statement item and keep everything else in your outfit subdued and subtle for a classy look.

3. Finish Off Your Look With a Classy Shoe

Though a casual polka dot dress and white sneakers sound like the perfect thing to wear on the weekend, there are better shoe options if your goal is to look sophisticated.

To complete your look, skip the sneakers and flip flops and instead, opt for a classier shoe such as an espadrille, low block heel, or polished strappy sandal.

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By pairing this print with a structured piece, keeping the rest of your outfit neutral, and finishing off your look with a classy shoe, you can easily dress up any polka dot print this season and make it look sophisticated and chic.

If you want not only a classy outfit but a classy swimsuit this season, then check out 5 Classic Swimsuits for The Chicest Beachwear!


Carolyn Arentson
Carolyn is the founder and creator behind My Chic Obsession. When she's not dreaming up new content, you can find her watching a funny tv show with her husband, raising her two boys, or planning her next trip to Paris.