Polka dot dresses have long been a fun and feminine dress style. Pair a black or navy polka dot dress with a pair of colorful shoes to amp up the style and add some zing! Colorful shoes can add spice to any type of outfit and give that little boost we all sometimes need.
The idea for this post was inspired by this photo of Nikki Sanderson in the outfit she wore to the Television and Radio Industries Club Awards in London. The actress wore a polka dot dress in a mixed size dot print and strappy turquoise heels.
Polka Dot Dress Styles
Polka dots have been a popular and feminine print for decades and we can add dresses in this print to our wardrobe that speak of classic style and innocence or chic sophistication. Included in this post are a variety of dress styles – casual and dressier – plus colorful shoe ideas to style your outfits.
Classic wrap dress in a polka dot print
You get a fresh look by combining this classic wrap-style Anne Klein dress in a polka dot print with sunny yellow heeled sandals by Kate Spade.
Polka Dot Maxi Dress
Unless you are as tall and lithe as a model, a maxi dress – especially one that is in a sheath silhouette – can “weigh down” your figure. These Kenneth Cole New York heeled platform sandals add some height. The maxi dress would look better with the hem a little elevated and not sweeping the ground.
This Adrianna Pappell maxi halter dress paired with a turquoise or vivid blue shoe like the Kenneth Cole New York platform sandals make for an elegant casual summer style.
Pretty in Blush and Pink
The colorful pink Sam Edelman shoes go well with this black and blush combo polka dot dress by London Times. Soft pink is also a good color option for shoes to wear with this dress.
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Classic and Chic
The scattered polka dot pattern on this Adrianna Papell dress is a different twist on the classic print. Add strappy red heels and you have a classic look with a chic, modern edge.
Mixed Print Polka Dot Dresses
The dress Nikki Sanderson wore not only serves as style inspo for its polka dot pattern but also as an inspiration for a mixed print or mixed pattern dress. One of the easiest ways to mix patterns and prints is to combine variations in the size of the print’s motif or pattern.
(Mixing patterns and prints was a spring 2020 trend seen at NY Fashion Week and also polka dot print was a trend seen on the runway for spring/summer 2020 so you may often see such prints when shopping.)
Turquoise and red shoes are among the options to wear with these ‘mixed print’ polka dot dresses. Super comfortable and stylishly casual choices like the VIA SPIGA Freya Pointed Toe Mule in Azure Suede and these Kenneth Cole New York heeled sandals in red make for easy spring and summer style.
More Colorful Shoes
No matter if the fabric in a piece of clothing is a solid color or print, shoes that add pizazz can amp up just about any outfit … so here are more colorful shoes to for you to peruse! (If you would like to see more polka dot dress styles, the dresses in this post plus a few more are here on one of the shop pages for this post. The ‘colorful shoes’ shop page is here.
VIA SPIGA Freya Pointed Toe Mule in Marigold Suede. Other Colors Available: Azure Suede, Rouge Suede, Black Suede (See the Product Page at Amazon)
CHARLES DAVID Denise Pump in Red Suede. Other Colors Available Purple and Back. (See the Product Page at Amazon)
SALVATORE FERRAGAMO Orange Suede Judy Mid-Heel Pumps (See at Amazon)
Linea Paolo Zadie Block Heel Mule in Red Kid Suede. (See the Product Page at Amazon for the shoe in more colors) Other Colors Available: Blush Suede, Black Suede, Caramel/Black Zebra Print, White/Black Leopard Print, Black Nappa
Calvin Klein Gayle Nappa Pumps in Scuba Pink. Other Colors Available: Scuba Yellow, Stone Blue, Stone Pink. ( See the Product Page at Amazon )
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