Yes, Polka Dots Can Actually Be Chic

Here’s how to bring this fashion trend home.

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What do you think of when you think of polka dots? Minnie Mouse? 101 Dalmatians? Your bedroom when you ere six years old? Fictional rodents aside, the answer is probably not high-end fashion. However, that’s changing: The print saturated the SS18 runways, from the bold black and white at Carolina Herrera to the deconstructed mishmash of size and color at Jason Wu. Now, the pattern set to take over summer is making its way into the home decor realm—and luckily, you don’t have to spend a fortune to bring this fashion trend home.

Here, our favorite affordable picks (all under $50!) from big box retailers. Let the countdown to summer officially begin.


Printed Bowl, Zara Home, $9.90

Tiny red dots look almost hand painted onto each little bowl, which is incidentally the perfect size for the refreshing smoothie bowl you’ll be craving come warmer weather. Pick up a set to add a subtle pop of color to your next tablescape.


Tufted Dot Sham Set, Urban Outfitters, $39

Not ready to dive headfirst into the polka dot trend? The spots on this crisp cotton sham set are almost invisible, but add a bit of texture to an otherwise nondescript design. If you’re a fan of the all-white look, try layering textured bedding items with in slightly

different shades of white

to make your bed more three-dimensional.


Stoneware Mini Vase, H&M, $6.99

Ideal for holding one smaller flower for a minimalist look, this stylish vase looks equally as good sans florals. Add it to your bookshelf or to an empty mantel for a cute decorative touch.


Polka Dot Hanging Basket, Etsy, $26

It may not hold a ton, but it’ll do in a pinch for organizing a desk area or even nursery. This little basket even comes with a sleek black leather strap for easy hanging, too.


Dotted Juice Glass, Anthropologie, $8

Avoid scurvy in style by drinking your morning glass of orange juice in one of these simple glasses. The subtle gold detailing adds just a hint of elegance without going overboard on the metallics.


Ceramic Trinket Dish, West Elm, $22

It may be tiny, but as anyone who has ever spent the better part of their morning trying to locate that one stud earring or tiny midi ring will tell you, having all your smaller jewelry in one easily accessible spot is a game-changer. Add to your vanity or dresser to bring in a pop of pattern and organize all at once.


Indigo Block Print Runner, CB2, $29.95

Eschew the heavy tablecloth during warmer weather in favor of something more casual. This graphic table runner was hand-printed by Indian artisans, and after a pretty extensive printing process is now available to purchase for the low low price of $30. We love the natural, imperfect look of the dots as opposed to something more rigid.

Blue Painted Ceramic Vase, Zara Home, $22.90

Blue and white is a fail-proof summer color combo that’s refreshing and light, and now you can give your favorite seasonal blooms the summer treatment in style. The asymmetrical design and dual-sized spots make for quite the chic piece.


Deco Dot Shower Curtain, Bed Bath & Beyond, $49.99

Shower curtains are not a particularly sexy thing to shop for, but everyone needs ‘em (unless you are blessed with a free-standing bathtub), so why not go for something a bit more fun? This print is just playful enough, but the monochrome design and smaller spots won’t clash with your existing bathroom decor.

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Elly Leavitt

Writer and Editor

Elly enjoys covering anything from travel to funky design (tubular furniture, anyone?) to the latest cultural trend. Her dream apartment would exist on the Upper West Side and include a plethora of mismatched antique chairs, ceramic vessels, and floor-to-ceiling bookcases—essential to her goal of becoming a poor man’s Nora Ephron. You can probably find her in line at Trader Joe’s. You will never find her at SoulCycle.