This Classic Print is Making a Stylish Comeback in 2023

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Last Updated on February 7, 2023

If you were ever going to wear polka dots, summer is the perfect time to do it. Dotty sun dresses and blouses are available pretty much everywhere, and it’s pretty much risk-free – but are they actually stylish in 2023?

Firstly, let’s talk about trends. While we love discovering trends at Wear Next, we never want to discourage you from wearing what you love. As long as you love something, you should wear it – regardless of what’s in fashion.

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The Polka Dot pattern was first created until the mid-19th century, when machines were able to produce evenly-spaced spots. In the 20th century, Minnie Mouse was first pictured wearing spots, and stars like Marilyn Monroe followed suit.

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Today, it’s one of the most commonly-worn prints on the planet. Whether you’re looking for spotty shirts, skirts, dresses or even coats, you’re bound to find them anywhere on the high street.

But are they trending in 2023? Here’s everything you need to know.

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Are polka dots in style in 2023?

Polka dots are one of 2023’s biggest prints, having been given a sophisticated and elegant update for the season ahead. Saint Laurent, Halpern and Chanel are just some of the designers making a strong case for polka dots this year.

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Which prints are in style for 2023?

Get ready to see bold prints everywhere.

Colourful stripes, artistic florals and heart-prints are adding a hint of fun to our wardrobes this year.

In 2023, plaid is also set to be big thanks to Kate Moss’ moment at Bottega Veneta’s SS23 show, when she wore loose-fitting jeans and a flannel shirt down the runway.

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model wearing black oversized dress with rose prints and polka dots
Eeva Rinne, British Fashion Council

What are the trends for spring summer 2023?

Spring summer 2023 is all about pushing boundaries.

This season is marked by an emphasis on exaggerated silhouettes in the form of three-dimensional designs, summer sequins, tassels and lingerie-inspired designs.

For more details, read our SS23 trend report.

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