Love dresses? Looking for something new? Then you’ve come to the right place. It seems there’s a new contender for best summer frock, and it’s not of the floral variety. According to Instagram—and the majority of our office right now—the print set to knock flowery dresses off the top spot is polka dot. Whether they’re in black and white or more adventurous colours (see River Island’s pink version below), we can’t stop buying and wearing them.
Below you’ll see a few members of our team with their chosen spotty styles (ranging from a layered shirtdress through to a full-on wedding guest gown), and then you can shop some of our additional favourites too (because there’s no rulebook on owning just one).
Who What Wear’s associate social media editor Isabel Mundigo-Moore wearing a polka-dot minidress from Rixo.
Our Insta-pal Ellie of Slip Into Style wearing the Topshop dress that has now sold out.
Clique Brands UK’s marketing and partnerships manager Luisa wearing Mango’s button-up dress as a layering piece.
Who What Wear editorial director Hannah wearing a flamenco-style gown from De La Vali.
Be warned: The polka-dot dress has already reached cult status. We reported only last week that Topshop’s silky monochromatic midi flew off the virtual rails almost as soon as it landed, which means you won’t want to hang around once you’ve finally found that all-important frock.
Lucky for us, there are still plenty of covetable styles that are every bit as chic as Topshop’s sellout number, thanks to the likes of New Look, ASOS and Warehouse. Whether that’s a navy midi for work, a silky slip for layering under tees when the weather cools, a swishy statement number or something a little more formal, there’s no shortage of options. Scroll to see and shop our favourite picks.
Topshop has your summer slip.
We love the A-line shape of this pretty sundress.
We're still investing in one-shoulder dresses.
Not into monochrome? Try something green from Ganni.
You can never have too many tea dresses.
Swap your classic LBD for a spotty slip.
Or why not try a cutout waist?
Just add black slides and super-sized sunnies.
Super-chic on sunny summer days with trainers and a woven bag.
A vintage piece made into a 2018 winner.
This is your "wear with everything" option.
Just add trainers and tortoiseshell earrings.
Looking for something subtle? Try this tie-sleeve tea dress.
Swap your LBD for something red.
Style this with heels and a red lip.
Dress down this slip dress with trainers and a denim jacket.
For your holiday wardrobe.
Style his cheery frock with espadrille wedges and a basket bag.
Just add flat tan slides and sunnies.
You’ll be the best-dressed wedding guest in this asymmetric iteration.
Dress this up or down—the wrap style and ruffle sleeves make this so fun to wear.
For elegant evening occasions.
Looking for a showstopper? Head straight for this peplum Rosie Assoulin midi dress.
So there you have it—all the chicest polka-dot dresses your spring wardrobe needs in one easy-to-shop edit. You can thank us later.
This story was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated.