Hop On The Polka Dot Dress Trend Kickstarted By Zara's Viral Printed Dress | Clozette

Some clothing pieces are just meant to take the world by storm. A year ago, our feeds were filled with everyone sporting that leopard midi skirt, or variations thereof. This year, it seems that we already have a nominee for the “it” dress of the year: Zara’s polka dot dress. Currently, the piece is taking over Europe, and surely, it's only a matter of time until it takes over the world. It’s become so popular that it led to the birth of an Instagram account, @hot4thespot, dedicated to posting sightings of the dress. 

Faye Oakenfull, the stylist who runs the account with 4.5k followers, said it all started with an IG story of an awkward fashion moment. “Back in April, I was working on a shoot and both the Art Director and make-up artist turned up on set wearing The Dress,” she told the Stylist. It’s been quite a while since the account’s creation last May, but people have been actively submitting snaps of the dress since. 

It’s not the first time a piece from the Spanish brand has received this sort of cult following. Way back in 2016, comedian Lulu Krause created a Tumblr blog just to post sightings of Zara’s blue off-shoulder dress. Most of these viral pieces seem unassuming at first, so why the popularity? Their charm lies in their versatility. This polka dot dress, for one, can be mixed and matched with any type of shoes, accessories, or even other clothing pieces, as what their sightings show. No matter your style or silhouette, The Dress is a perfect fit. Plus, with it appearing almost everywhere, we don’t really want to miss out.

A woman wearing the viral Zara polka dot dress

Zara Printed Dress, SGD99.90 (zara.com/sg)

Still, if this black and white polka dot dress with a tiered skirt isn’t the one for you, many other options that have the same chic appeal are available. Looking for the same print in another silhouette? Check these out.

The shorter the better

Missguided Ruched Polka Dot Dress

Missguided Ruched Polka Dot Dress, SGD24.90 (zalora.sg)

If you liked Zara printed dress’ overall silhouette but not so much its length, then try this number from Missguided. This polka mini dress still has that elegant long sleeves but is more forgiving towards petite body types. 

Vintage chic

Glamorous High Neck Cut Out Polka Dot Dress

Glamorous High Neck Cut Out Polka Dot Dress, SGD76 (zalora.sg)

For those looking for something a bit sexier, then perhaps this '70s-inspired polka dot dress is for you. Show off some skin with its cut-out details and slit skirt. 

Feminine charm

Eyescream Polka Dot Below Knee Sleeveless Dress,

Eyescream Polka Dot Below Knee Sleeveless Dress, SGD44.90 (zalora.sg)

Show off your charming femininity with this buttoned midi. It’s not summer anymore, but who’s to say you’re not allowed to dress in the whimsical pieces of last season?

Straightforward elegance

Pomelo Polka Dot Belted Jumpsuit

Pomelo Polka Dot Belted Jumpsuit, SGD49 (zalora.sg)

Not into dresses and skirts? No worries! There’s a polka jumpsuit like this for you. Freely go about your day with this belted one piece that loosely fits and enhances your figure. 

For a night out

Topshop Austin Polka Dot Print Angel Sleeve Dress

Topshop Austin Polka Dot Print Angel Sleeve Dress, SGD89.90 (zalora.sg)

Feel that the black print on white is too much of a day outfit? Try out a reversed version with white dots on black with this Topshop piece for an ensemble that’s also great for evening affairs.

Colour me happy

Mango Polka-Dot Ruffled Dress

Mango Polka-Dot Ruffled Dress, SGD99.90 (zalora.sg)

Not into monochromatic pieces? Add colour to your day with this rose polka dot ensemble. With its ruffled skirt, you can inject a bit of girly sophistication to your weekend dates.

(Cover photo from: zara.com/sg)

Next, wear your polka dot dress with the French chic hair trend.



Poppin' colours and trendy prints come and go, but when it comes to grace, femininity, and just the perfect hint of playfulness, we always find our way back to blush. This sweet shade hits all the right spots when it comes to timelessness and versatile style. Our Clozette Community's preference for blush outfits is more than enough proof for its chic elegance. 

Darling days

FAVE 5: Back To Blush - juleneang

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Summer daydream

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Now that summer is over, it's time to do a style recap and revel in the fun trends we've seen and enjoyed. Summer is one of the seasons when we witness our favourite stars setting new trends or giving classics a comeback. Ahead, our favourite trends sported by some of our favourite celebrities from the region. Who knows? You might find a way to wear these even after hot, sunny days. 

Rose of Blackpink’s half-up hairstyle

We just can’t get enough of Rose of the K-Pop group Blackpink and her half-up hairstyle spotted in their recent concert tour and meet-and-greets. She’s done it by dividing the section of her hair into halves with a few bangs on the side. The upper half is gathered and tied while the other half falls down with soft, romantic waves. Effortlessly stunning! Steal this look and do it your way by throwing the half-section of your hair into a bun or arrange a braid then finish it with a dainty ribbon.

Chalita Suansane’s shimmering skirt

Thai model and beauty queen Chalita Suansane is Barbie-like in this style. She paired a tee with a pink sheer skirt designed with shimmering glitters from iCONiC’s latest summer collection. Want to rock this look, too? Look for that sheer skirt you’ve had for months inside your closet and pair it with your favourite t-shirt and sneakers to balance the bling with a bit of casualness.

Liu Wen and her oversized garments

Chinese supermodel Liu Wen goes big by wearing oversized garments, evoking a laid-back vibe that isn’t too baggy and awkward. Like Liu, it’s best to choose neutral colours when sporting the ‘oversized’ trend. Plus, perk up your look with sassy accessories like a belt or a bag.

Julia Barretto’s matching scarlet two-piece outfit

Aside from giving fans serious travel inspiration from her last summer trip to South America, Filipina actress Julia Barretto shows us how to travel in style. She wore a scarlet-coloured two-piece outfit matched with gold dainty necklaces and wide-rimmed sunnies. Copy the look by wearing a cropped top and a skirt in a popping colour of orange or pink. Plus, don’t forget to add your favourite neckpieces to achieve that Julia-inspired outfit.

Kiko Mizuhara

American-Japanese actress/model Kiko Mizuhara redefines the purpose of monokinis in one of her latest outfits for a fashion event. She draped a polka dot sheer gown over a striped one-piece suit while carrying a petite glittery bag. It’s also hard to ignore those patches. You can also make a statement like Kiko in this style. This outfit is perfect for evening events where it’s okay to reveal skin and exude a sultry vibe like a beach party at night. 

Want to really make a statement? Try out these sunnies styles.