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The Spring Trend That's Hitting Sooner Than Expected

Nicole Akhtarzad Eshaghpour

Back in September, as our team watched the S/S 20 shows in New York, London, Milan, and Paris unfold both in person and online, we repeatedly noticed polka dots come down the runways of brand after brand that we admired. Later, as we did more of a deep dive into all the shows and looks, it was clear that the classic print would definitely be coming back as a major trend for the season that’s now fast approaching. After all, endorsements from Balmain, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Max Mara, and more are nothing to balk at.

Fast-forward to just a few weeks ago when this editor was elated to see a stunning Zoë Kravitz turn heads (as always) on the Golden Globes red carpet in a polka-dot dress by one of my favorite labels, none other than Saint Laurent. My interest in the trend was was suddenly reinvigorated, and even though we’re still fully in winter, I couldn’t help but notice that more than a handful of spotted pieces were already hitting retailers, in addition to the red carpets. Some from resort collections, others from fast-fashion retailers that clearly know what’s coming, and as always, a handful of in-between brands which we’ve come to expect will hit the mark. In short, spring has come early, and the polka-dot trend is here just waiting for you to shop (and wear) it. To see the runway inspiration for yourself as well as my edit of the best polka-dot pieces to buy at every price point, just keep scrolling.

This particular coupling of looks was just one of many viral moments from Balmain's show.

& Other Stories Sheer Puff Sleeve Polka Dot Blouse ($89)

Style this with jeans or trousers—either way, you can't go wrong.

Pinko Polka Dot High Waisted Trousers ($209)

Fun and flattering.

Alexandre Vauthier Gathered Polka-Dot Silk-Blend Mini Dress ($3385)

Yes, polka dots can be sexy.

I love it when a look combines inverted versions of the same print.

House of Holland Ruffled Polka-Dot Silk-Chiffon Mini Dress ($420)

I'm very inspired by this pop of pink.

H&M V-Beck Dress ($35)

This will come in handy so often.

This print fit right in with Michael Kors's American-themed S/S 20 collection.

Rodarte Draped Polka-Dot Crepe Dress ($2070)

The dream.

Ronny Kobo Callie Dress ($498)

It doesn't have to be all black-and-white.

Mango Puffed Sleeves Shirt ($80)

Love a sheer moment.

If I'm being honest, it was nearly impossible to choose my favorite look from this show

Ganni Printed Georgette Skirt ($190)

In case you were wondering how to style the skirt, this exact outfit is worth copying.

Milly Micro Dot Top ($295)

This classic neckline is just so flattering.

As you can see, Max Mara had a whole section of its show devoted to the print.

Reformation Rosaly Top ($148)

I always know I'm on to something when Reformation is aligned.

Rat & Boa Camille Dolka-Dot Georgette Dress ($254)

Add accessories to give the trend a festive touch.

Orseund Iris Le Club Cropped Polka-Dot Satin Top ($355)

Always a fashion-crowd favorite.

Violeta Polka-Dot Belt Dress ($46)

When you find an on-sale dress that looks this good with boots, you buy it.

Alice McCall Tokyo Skies Mini Dress ($450)

Someone invite me to a party, please.

Ending the runway inspo on a fun note, this Richard Quinn look is just begging for a major red carpet moment. 

Staud Petunia Dress ($325)

Be the star of the next wedding you go to.

English Factory Tiered Midi Skirt ($80)

Work- or weekend-ready.

Dolce & Gabbana Lace-Up Polka-Dot Stretch-Silk Chiffon Midi Dress ($3445)

Consider it an investment.

Up next: These are the best spring 2020 trends, period.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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