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There's something undeniably feminine and flirty about clothing with a polka dot pattern. Whether you have a black and white polka dot dress, blouse, skirt or pants, there's bound to be other clothing pieces and accessories already in your closet that will work with the dots. That's because black and white polka dots work with just about any color, so there's plenty of options when you want to make a fashion statement.

Keep It Simple

When you want a sleek, modern look, don’t look any further than your black and white polka dot clothing for color inspiration. Keep your outfit’s color palette limited to black and white for a twist on the monochromatic look. If you’re wearing a black and white polka dot blouse, pair it with a black pencil skirt and heels for a simple, polished look that’s ideal for the office. If the star of your outfit is a black and white polka dot skirt, wear it with a white T-shirt or tank for a casual look. You can also mix the two shades – wear a white camisole under a black blazer with your black and white polka dot pants.

Try Neutrals

When in doubt, you can’t go wrong if you pair a bold pattern with neutral shades – that’s why they are ideal choices when you’re rocking black and white polka dot clothing. Black and white are neutral shades themselves, so with an outfit composed entirely of neutrals, you don’t have to worry about any piece clashing with another. Pair a black and white polka dot top with taupe jeans or corduroys for a relaxed, informal look. At the office, wear your black and white polka button-down blouse with a gray skirt or charcoal trousers.

Go Bright

Since black and white are neutrals, feel free to pair your polka dot clothing with solid bold colors, too. When you’re wearing a black and white polka dot dress, bright red accessories like heels or a purse can give your outfit some personality. A black and white T-shirt can look great with a pair of cobalt blue jeans or a kelly green skirt. But you can go even brighter if you want – pair your black and white polka dot skirt with a hot pink top or wear your black and white polka dot blazer over a turquoise tank and jeans. Tangerine, lime and lemon yellow can all work with black and white dots, too.

Go Soft

If you’re not a fan of bold colors, you can still inject some personality into your black and white polka dot clothing by pairing them with softer shades. Pastels work really well with stark black and white dots and are often a little easier to wear than bright colors. Wear a black and white dotted tank with mint green shorts or pair your black and white blouse with a baby pink A-line skirt. Sky blue, lavender, peach and buttery yellow also pair well with black and white dots.

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Jennifer Blair

Based in New York City, Jennifer Blair has been covering all things home and garden since 2001. Her writing has appeared on, World Lifestyle, and House Logic. Blair holds a Bachelor of Arts in Writing Seminars from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.