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How to Wear Polka Dots

    Dear Readers:  Your blog hostess is in need of a break.  This week, I will be republishing random posts from the last 5 years.  As always, your comments and suggestions are very welcome.  Thank you for being here!

    Polka dots - you probably either love 'em or hate 'em, but anyone can wear them. This perennial print has a tendency to look juvenile if not done right, though. Here are a few tips for wearing dots without looking too "dotty".

    - Mix it up. This dress works because it uses two different sizes of dots. With this mix, the print avoids becoming overwhelming.
    - Add solid color accessories. The solid black belt breaks up the dots and adds just the right touch. And guess where your eye is drawn? To your tiny waist.

    - Smaller dots work better for dressier styles. The bow blouse at left would look silly in larger dots.
    - Or break up polka dots with solids to tone it down. The green dotted dress would be far too much without the white vest worn over it.

    - Wear dots in spring and summer. Somehow, polka dots just work better in warmer weather. They're bright and cheery and they send off a more casual vibe.
    - Think color! Dots don't have to be white. Orange on purple works great for a casual summer shift. Pink on yellow makes a great swimsuit. Stick with two colors, though, to avoid looking clownish.

    All fashions made from McCall's patterns in 1964.