I've lost track of how many articles of clothing I own with polkadots printed on them. I've taken to using the hashtag #polkadots when I snap my lift doors picture for my friends over at Polkadot Boutique to see.
I've even joked about being slightly obsessed with polkadots. I mean, I've long professed my love of novelty prints, whimsical in nature. Especially bird prints of all kinds. I'd have to say, though, probably the most whimsical print of all is the polkadot.
A quick search on Wikipedia supports this idea because it states that polkadots are most frequently found on kids clothing, toys and furniture. Polkadots are undeniably cute.
It also states that traditionally, polkadots have been used to adorn the costumes of flamenco dancers and other performers. Polkadots do make a statement.
No exact etymology is mentioned except to suggest that it got its name because the pattern became fashionable at around the same time the polka dance became popular.
More often than not, polka dots are confined to playful attire like swimmers, playsuits or even lingerie. Polka dots absolutely make me feel silly.
What does this all mean? Why do I love polka dots so much? How have I ended up writing a whole post about this?
Oh, I don't know. But whatever it means, I think what I love most about polka dots is that with vintage clothing, there are so many polka dot prints to choose from. And while I've mostly chosen pictures with either black and white or blue and white polka dots, believe me, I've got many more that haven't made it to an outfit post yet.
Forget Etsy Addicts anonymous, how about polkadot-aholics anonymous?