Retail Report: We’re Seeing Spots

From the catwalk to the racks, polka dots are having a major moment this fall.

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","id":"2171775","thumbnail_url":"","type":"image","focusedSlide":""},{"caption":"Who can resist polka dots? Favored by the likes of Minnie Mouse and Brigitte Bardot, polka dots have a colorful history in fashion that continues this fall with a smattering of playful bespeckled ready-to-wear and accessories. At J.Crew, a dotted cashmere pullover plays off a busy pair of blue tweed trousers.
Commes Des Garcons is known for its polka-dotted leather accessories, but we've never seen quite so many in stores as we have this season, with chic little add-ons like this leather receipt pouch (<a href="" target="_blank">$155 at Net-a-Porter</a>).
J.Crew rolled out a number of polka-dotted products this season, including a flirty navy silk skirt that hits just above the knee—the perfect sartorial solution for working girls scurrying for cocktails after work (<a href="" target="_blank">$148 at J.Crew</a>).
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Giambattista Valli juxtaposed a polka-dotted shell top against a splashy tie-dyed skirt for a dynamic look that's equal parts ladylike and globetrotter.
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A subtle metallic sheen makes this Marc by Marc Jacobs polka-dotted shell stand out from the pack.
Don't let bad weather put a damper on your style. Make a splash on a dreary rainy day with a graphic polka-dotted umbrella from Japanese designer Tsumori Chisato (<a href="" target="_blank">$49 at Bird</a>).
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Even your piggies can get in on the polka-dotted fun with a spotted pair of trouser socks by Etiquette Clothiers (<a href=",default,pd.html?dwvar_VEN__ALL__NA__VA-WPD11-06_color=PCECRU#prefn1=product-type&prefv1=variation|product&q=polka&start=0&hitcount=2" target="_blank">$20 at Steven Alan</a>).
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Ida Sjostedt's swishy polka-dot halter is just the thing for a sticky August day. Wear it with strappy flats and a straw sunhat, or warm it up for fall with opaque tights and your favorite ankle booties (<a href="" target="_blank">$265 at Pixie Market</a>).
If you're worried about looking, well, a little "spotty," check out Topshop's simple polka-dotted denim, which offers just enough sass-itude without overwhelming an everyday outfit (<a href="" target="_blank">$80 at Topshop</a>).
Forever 21
Forever21's sporty zip-front varsity jacket offers a frisky take on the traditional jock staple (<a href="" target="_blank">$29.80 at Forever21</a>).
Opening Ceremony
You could wear a plain black T-shirt and torn-up denim and still look totally fierce with Opening Ceremony's polka-dot booties strapped around your ankles (<a href="" target="_blank">$515 at Opening Ceremony</a>).
Maybe nobody will see it, but just knowing you're wearing a pink polka-dotted bralette will be enough to give your fashion confidence a major bump. <a href="" target="_blank">$148 at Madewell</a>.
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Moschino gave its splashy rhinestone cowgirls a girlish twist with polka-dotted bow blouses peeking out beneath tweedy jackets.
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For a more subtle take on the trend, try Burberry's cozy cashmere polka-dot scarf, which tones down the bold print with a warm chocolate hue (<a href=",default,pd.html?q=polka%20dot&index=0n" target="_blank">$450 at Barneys New York</a>).
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