Trend Watch: Grown-Up Polka Dots

A classic pattern that's no longer merely cute, dots are cropping up on everything from pencil skirts to sheer tights.

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A classic pattern that's no longer merely cute, polka dots are cropping up on everything from pencil skirts to sheer tights, as in this Marc Jacobs look.
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A classic pattern that's no longer merely cute, dots are cropping up on everything from pencil skirts to sheer tights. Marc Jacobs led the charge, lightening up his rigidly snug silhouettes with graphic black spots.
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Jacobs also set his dots against shadowy patterns for a mesmerizing effect.
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Along with Jacobs, Stella McCartney was one of the most prominent designers to show polka dots. The designer's dots ranged from large to small to appliques cascading down the front of a dress.
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The dress that stars in McCartney's fall ad campaign stars sweeps of sheer fabric, covered in dots with an utterly original brand of glamour.
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Lanvin put a supremely sophisticated twist on the '80s prom cocktail frock, pairing playful polka dots with a trim asymmetrical silhouette.
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Jason Wu opted for a much more understated take on the dot motif -- his patterned hosiery proved the perfect complement to an already over-the-top marabou mini.
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Diane von Furstenberg's contrasting polka dots paired with a strip of scarlet created a thoroughly avant-garde look.
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Furstenberg punched up her dots elsewhere in the collection, using metallic paillettes sprinkled like confetti on a cobalt gown.
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Rebecca Taylor showed a softer, more casual polka-dot motif on a sheer shirt, set against opposing florals.
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Gucci's sexy, '70s-inspired gown gets a girly spin with tiny dots on sheer fabric.
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