“You aren’t much for polka dots,” writes a reader named Susan, “but I love `em. When they are cool and interesting and maybe a tad sophisticated and unexpected. Sounds like a job for GOACA.” Glad to take up the challenge, Susan, even though you are correct: I am no big fan of the polka dot, which all too often comes off too cartoonish. But I found a handful I liked, starting with this cool black-on-black cardigan.
This blouse is a bit flouncier than what I typically go for, but there’s something really chic about that little black tie.
This dress is sold out in some sizes and is also a bit of a splurge, but it’s so damn pretty I had to include it.
I’m crazy for the embroidered dots on this plus-size option.
I know a lot of you will consider this slip dress too bare to even consider, but I’d wear it in a heartbeat with a cardigan.
I’m cheating a little with this square ikat dots—and also going against type, as I am not crazy for the suddenly ubiquitous off-the-shoulder trend—but this top strikes me as super-cute.
The simplicity of this silk shirt appeals.
This silk top is just so easy and gorgeous.
I like that the dots here are all irregular in shape.
And finally, here’s another plus size option, which I like because it’s a popover, and the dots are really eensy.