Spring Fashion: Girly Glam Polka Dots

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

--By Kim Moshtaghi

Ella Moss Dita Dot Dress
Ella Moss "Dita" Dot Dress

Available at: nordstrom.com

Inspired by an unbelievably adorable 4-year-old, I feel an urgent need to write about polka dots. Seeing this 4- year-old opened my eyes to the fun, bold trend of polka dots. Her outfit was a perfect polka dotted cardigan paired with dark jeans and stylish sneakers. When I see a 4-year-old dressing this impressive, I think us ladies should take notes.

The trend that started ages ago is still circulating and can be worn at all ages. I found some great polka dot attire at Nordstrom.com. I picked some good finds that can be worn year round (well, except one), which fits my fashion picking motto. Although I was motivated to write about polka dots by observing a 4-year-old, I don’t think it’s a style that is only little girl appropriate.

This first dress by Ella Moss is a flirty, glamorous red and white polka dot dress that leaves nothing else to be desired. The frilly ruffles around the low v-neckline give the Ella Moss 'Dita' Dot Dress sexiness, without being too provocative. The color combination is beautiful and charming-- fitting for the warmer months coming up-- and the empire waist gives it an easy-going look that will be very comfortable and easy to maneuver in. If red isn’t your cup of tea, there is also a darker color combination in this style.

Tahari by Arthur S. Levine Chiffon & Stretch Satin Dress
Tahari Chiffon & Satin Dress

$63.90 (was $128-- save 50%!)
Available at: nordstrom.com

This Tahari Chiffon & Stretch Satin Dress is similar to a couple ‘50s inspired dresses I have highlighted in the past, but the polka dots differentiate it. The chiffon top part of the dress almost makes it look like its two separate pieces, top and bottom. The dress is high-waisted, and extremely flattering. The pencil skirt attached to the chiffon is work appropriate and easy to transition from work to happy hour.

Although some of you may feel dipping in the water is far from near, think again. My next stand out item is a cute Juicy Couture Polka Dot Bikini Bottom. The black and white polka dot combination is always a classic look, and the ruffles on the waist give it extra chic look. The beaded front helps give it an extra unique detail, but still keeps it simple. With its classic colors, these bottoms will go well with your bikini top collection.

I think the polka dot and the ruffle trend are chic, yet playful and wearable-- reminding us that we were all little girls at one point. Some fashion styles give a memorable glimpse of those worry-less, fun loving days.
Kim Moshtaghi
Kim Moshtaghi is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Born in Germany, Kim is currently based in sunny Del Mar, California, where she also serves as Stiletto Jungle's Director of Sales and Promotions. Kim has a communications degree, a third degree black belt, and a totally covetable Gucci handbag collection.