Polka dots have always been popular since the 20's. They have been consistently incorporated into designs through almost every decade of the last century, particularly with dresses. I'm a self-confessed polka dot addict and I have a dozen or so polka dot dresses of various styles, not to mention polka dot bags, accessories and home-ware. Whilst trawling the Vintage items on Etsy I found a selection of dresses from almost every decade.
1930s polka dot dress
I particularly love the large flower accessory and the lace collar.
ETSY seller: greendragonlady
1940s polka dot dress
This dress design is very flattering for the more curvaceous lady such as myself. The longer sleeves conceal the upper arms, the neckline and waistline show off my curves. Also, being a shorter lady, the length is great, not too short or too long.
ETSY Seller: SmallEarthVintage
1950s polka dot dress
If I had to choose clothing from one decade to wear I would definitely choose the 50s. Normally I go for the more Rockabilly inspired 50s polka dot dress with the petticoats and halter-neck, but Iadore this double layered dress, best shown off whilst spinning and jiving. I also love the red shoes and belt, all I would need to add is some red lipstick and a flower in my hair!
ETSY Seller: fabgabs
1960s polka dot dress
I love the colours of this dress the classic combination of black, white and red. This style of dress has recently been revived in the latest fashions and high street stores and has become very popular. I, like many women love this dress design... however I find it very difficult to find one that suits me, I usually have to avoid block colour teamed with high necklines, as I have a larger bust and this style lends itself to the more slender among us.
ETSY Seller: SecondWindVintage
1970s polka dot dress
Love, love, love the slouchy pockets, white trimming and oversized collar of this dress. It would also be a great day dress and worn out in the evening with some bold white accessories, perhaps some chunky beads, high heels, and a bow in the hair.
ETSY Seller: Reruns
1980s polka dot dress
Technically I suppose this is an oversized jumper, but I love the large polka dot print. This would look great with a large buckled belt and maybe even some brightly coloured tights to jazz it up.
ETSY Seller: heartcity
1990s polka dot dress
Polka dots, pure and simple. I would team this with a cute little brightly coloured cardigan.
ETSY Seller: VioletVariance
2000s polka dot dress
This is a polka dot dress currently for sale on ASOS. It is totally the kind of dress that appeals to me, and it encompasses some of my favourite things: polka dots and bows.
Overall, although I totally love the 1950s rockabilly style, I would have to choose to buy polka dot dresses in this decade; that way I would be able to pick and choose the best aspects of the designs from the decades gone by whilst skipping the low points of fashion from each era. If you are looking for something handmade or one-off vintage then Etsy is the place for you, and there will always be a dress (or any other item of clothing for that matter) that appeals to you and will compliment your style.