What are Polka Dots?

Polka Dots are a pattern consisting of an array that is filled with colored circles.

Polka dots are a pattern, either regular or random, of circles, or dots, that may be of different sizes or uniform sizes. Polka dot patterns come in a wide variety of colors from black, blue, yellow, red and other unimaginable colors.

The love affair between the people and polka dots began in the year 1926, when Miss America was photographed in a polka dot swimsuit. Shortly after that, in 1928, Disney’s darling Minnie Mouse was introduced wearing a red polka dot dress and a matching bow. Like magic, then in the 1930s, polka dotted dresses appeared in stores, the fabric suddenly subversive, nipped in by ribbons and accentuated with bows, which where enhanced by the woozy melody of Frank Sinatra in the song ‘Polka Dots and Moonbeams’. All this, simply, brought the ‘polka dot mania’ upon the people.

In 1960, the polka dots reached a new height when the song ‘Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini’ became the most popular and number one song of that time. The song was performed by Brian Hyland and written by Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss. Fast forwarding from the 1950s to 2013, we could see famous actresses such as Marilyn Monroe, Gwen Stefani, Paris Hilton, Carmen Electra and Sarah Jessica Parker wearing and sporting the stylish polka dots.

And, this love affair largely continues till today, as polka dots are found on gift wraps, clothes, footwear and home decor items. Here, larger colorful polka dots are often considered whimsical and fun, and are associated with children décor, whereas smaller polka dots are considered as dressier and are found on clothes, ties, socks, etc. 

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