There is one print that attracts me in the stores or online shops every time I shop. Polka dots. It is just so playful and eye-catching that I always end up buying it. If you search about it in internet they seam to be the seasons trend every year. Nevertheless, I decided to write about it not because it’s trendy but because I like it. So I digged a little bit into history to see where the name came from and how it got into fashion after all.
The term „polka dot“ is related to the end of the 19th century dance (polka). It was the most popular dance at the time and lots of other fashions and products adopted that name. In that time (1852) the transatlantic telegraph cable project was in progress and the Morse code, which is made of long and short signals called „dots“ and „dashes“, made the „dots“ extremely popular.
Later on polka dots were used in many different branches and were very successful in putting the person wearing them up in the stars. Flamenco dancers and performers wear the polka dots in their traditional clothes. Famous professional wrestler Dusty Rhodes wore a black outfit covered with yellow polka dots during his time in the WWF (World Wrestling Entertainment). Another athlete wore white stretch jersey with big red dots (French: maillot à pois rouge) in the Tour the France. A number of musicians like heavy metal guitar player Randy Rhoads or blues guitarist Buddy Guy were playing on the polka dots painted guitars. The attire of Walt Disney character, Minnie Mouse that was created accidentally when the ink from the Disney’s pen fell onto Minnie’s skirt, made the polka dots extremely popular.
How to wear polka dots pattern?
To incorporate it in your wardrobe, I would bear few things in mind: size of the dots, piece of the clothing or accessories that you are wearing, combination with some timeless and monochrome elements. Opt for a sheer small polka dot patterned blouse. If wearing a dress or skirt or pant fully done in this spotted pattern, the suggestion would be to stick with a smaller polka dot print. A skirt option, with for example its soft pastel color palette and small dotted pattern, it'll flatter any figure and go with a variety of tops and shoes for mixed styles. The big and bold polka dots should be saved for fun accessories like bangles, hats and scarves and even bags!
Extravagant Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama uses polka dots throughout much of her work. She is inspired with the sun and this is what she says in one of her quotes:
"...a polka-dot has the form of the sun, which is a symbol of the energy of the whole world and our living life, and also the form of the moon, which is calm. Round, soft, colorful, senseless and unknowing. Polka-dots become movement... Polka dots are a way to infinity."
Polka dots are special way of expressing yourself and showing the world around you that boredom, quietness and timidity are not part of your life while creativity, expression and boldness to tell and do more, most certainly are. Which one are you?