Most of the time, polka dots are a phenomenon of spring and summer, so it's unusual for a designer to feature polka dots in a fall fashion collection, but that's exactly what Marc Jacobs has done for fall 2011.
Polka dots have many fashion associations. We think of polka dots as youthful, fun, and somewhat whimsical with a definite vintage vibe. Marc Jacobs has added his own modern twist on polka-dot style by showing black-and-white polka dots for the cooler fall season, even though black and white has traditionally been a spring or summer color combination.
The brown dress shown above features a polka-dot look although the multi-colored "dots" aren't exactly round, and he also mixes it up with head-to-toe polka dots in black and blue and black and white. Finally, we see plaid combined with polka dots in a dress with a 1940s-inspired silhouette.
Petite women may prefer fewer dots and shorter skirts, but polka dots definitely have a place in the fall wardrobe this year.