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Mix and match colors and dot patterns for a bold look this fall.

ON THE SPOTS

Fashionistas making a point of adding polka dots to fall wardrobe

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This Yoana Baraschi silk, retro-inspired asymmetrical hemline dress with bow detail is a demure way to get dots into your wardrobe.
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Red polka dot sparkle skirt from Team Sparkle
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Kick up your feet in polka-dot style with these Kate Spade kitten heels.
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At top, invitation clutch in dot from JCrew.com; at right, Chan Luu cashmere- and modal-blend scarf
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If you’re going bold with a polka-dot bottom, keep the rest of the look simple such as with this Kardashian Kollection High-Waisted Polka Dot Skirt.
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Lululemon Perfect Layer Tee

Blame it on Minnie Mouse’s skirt or Comme des Garcons’ dot-heavy collections, but circle prints have popped back into the, er, spotlight this fall.

Britney Spears is on the cover the December issue of Lucky magazine wearing a sophisticated black top with sheer detail and polka dots. The ever fashionable former Kate Middleton was photographed wearing a white-and-blue polka dot dress paired with a red blazer.

“They’re chic,” says stylist Lauren Rothman of Styleauteur.com. “They’re understated but still serve as a pop with basics.” Wear the pattern head-to-toe for a dizzying effect, at the end of your arm by way of a clutch or on your feet via flats or pumps. Whatever your choice, you’ll look spot-on.

Tops

Spotted blouses and sweaters offer a demure version of the trend, allowing fashionistas to channel their inner Middleton.

•Merona long sleeve tie neck blouse ($24.99, Target)

•Alice and Olivia sequin-accented, long-sleeved sweater, white with big black dots ($297, at www.aliceandolivia.com).

•Yoana Baraschi silk, retro-inspired asymmetrical hemline dress with bow detail ($330, from the Proper Topper boutique in Washington; 202-842-3055).

Bottom

A polka-dot bottom is a bold look but it can be pulled off by keeping the rest of the look simple. Try a simple jacket on top or going for a monochromatic look.

•Kardashian Kollection Women’s High-Waisted Polka Dot Skirt ($68, Sears.com)

•Marisa Dot Print Straight Leg Pants ($54.99, Loft.com)

Shoes

•Rocket Dog Monica Polka Dot Flat ($34.95, DSW.com)

•Kate Spade kitten heels ($298, SimplySoles.com).

Accessories

Accessories are a great way to incorporate polka dots without making a bold statement, according to WhoWhatWear.com.

•Apt. 9 Sheer Polka-Dot Control-Top Tights ($12, Kohls.com)

•Invitation clutch in dot ($158, JCrew.com).

•Chan Luu cashmere- and modal-blend scarf ($149, at www.chanluu.com).

Workout wear

Fashion doesn’t have to stop when you enter the gym doors. Activewear companies are falling in line with the polka dot trend, offering chic tops and fun skirts.

•Lululemon Perfect Layer Tee ($68, Lululemon.com)

•Red polka dot sparkle skirt ($35, Team-Sparkle.com)

•Nike Cyclone Vapor Jacket ($99.99, LadyFootLocker.com)

•JB Bloomers Polka Dot Sport Bra ($23.99, EpicSports.com)

– Kimberly Dupps Truesdell of The Journal Gazette contributed to this story

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