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11 timeless polka dot dresses to wear this season & beyond

Channel the royals in these playful polka dot dressses

The humble polka dot may be having something of a moment thanks to Princess Kate and her many Alessandra Rich dresses, but its history goes way back, first peaking in popularity in the 1920s.

The timeless style is elegant but playful, statement but effortless, sophisticated but fun, which could explain the royal's unwavering penchant for the print. It's also a favourite of Queen Letizia of Spain, who has worn several stunning polka dot dresses while out on engagements. 

If you're looking for a new season polka dot dress to wear this spring/summer and beyond, we've searched the high street to find the most stylish options from Rixo, ASOS, River Island & more.

Polka Dot Round Neck Midi Tiered Dress, £45, Marks & Spencer


Marks & Spencer’s tiered polka dot midi dress is the kind of piece you could wear now with boots or with sandals as move into spring - an all-seasons staple.

Black spot halterneck midi dress, £45, River Island


Did someone say summer? (Ok, spring). This halterneck polka dot dress from River Island is getting us seriously excited for the warmer weather.

Rio mono polka dot dress, £475, Rixo


For those more formal occasions, Rixo’s elegant ruffle-tiered silk gown is adorned with playful polka dots and features a low back.

Spot textured midi dress, £179, Whistles


We could see Princess Kate in Whistles’ royal-worthy polka dot midi dress. It features sheer sleeves and elegant buttoned cuffs.

Mango V-neck puff sleeve polka dot midi dress, £69.99, ASOS


For a polka dot dress in white, we love this spring-ready midi from Mango.

Ghost Lelia crepe midi dress, £84.50, John Lewis


Ghost’s shirt-style polka dot midi dress comes in the most flattering figure-skimming cut and is made from high-quality heavy crepe.

Mono spot satin midi dress, £79.20, Oasis


This versatile satin halterneck midi dress from Oasis could be worn everywhere from winter weddings to summer soirées.

Black spot mini smock dress, £12, New Look


New Look's polka dot mini dress would look amazing styled with chunky boots this spring.

Bryson dress, £255, Reformation


Go retro in Reformation's polka dot Bryson dress. It features a romantic sweetheart neckline, fitted bodice and flowing skirt.

Finery polka dot midi tea dress, £49, Marks & Spencer


Finery's sleek polka dot midi dress features a navy hue and flattering bias cut. Wear it everywhere from the boardroom to the bar.

ASOS DESIGN strappy mini skater dress, £28, ASOS


This summer-ready polka dot mini dress is so flattering. We love the tie-up back detail.


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