Feeling drab? Try on a polka dotted … anything, really. Shirt, tie, sunglasses – doesn’t matter, the pattern itself is the whole point. It identifies the wearer as someone who is probably the first to be invited to parties, and the last to leave. In short, polka dots signify fun. And though they may be considered feminine, a spotted-and-dotted accessory can enhance even the most masculine of ensembles. They defy boring norms and insist that irrepressible personalities are not to be confined by timid expectations. Experiment with polka dots to add a special pop to any wearable that needs to loosen up and just have a good time. – Chuck Zak
Women’s Alternative Apparel racer tank (AA1927P) from alphabroder (asi/34063; circle 91 on Free Info Card). Screen printed by Rowboat Creative (asi/83710; circle 92 on Free Info Card.
Patterned insulated cooler bag (CB6P) from Everest Trading (asi/52887; circle 99 on Free Info Card). Embroidered by Stitch Designers (asi/741145; circle 98 on Free Info Card).
Unisex cotton flannel pants (F20BWSWISS) from Boxercraft (asi/41325; circle 101 on Free Info Card).
Infant Rabbit Skins bodysuit (4400) from LAT Apparel (asi/65948; circle 93 on Free Info Card). Screen printed by Rowboat Creative (asi/83710; circle 92 on Free Info Card).
Printed tote bag (2301-27) from Leed’s (asi/66887; circle 103 on Free Info Card).
Fun sunglasses (GLS086) from Brighter Promotions (asi/42016; circle 90 on Free Info Card).
Spandex compression shorts with customizable patterns from B-Skinz (asi/37823; circle 102 on Free Info Card).
Stain-treated silk tie (NWPS-328-058) from Wolfmark (asi/98085; circle 94 on Free Info Card).
Cotton velour beach towel (C3060) from Bodek and Rhodes (asi/40788; circle 97 on Free Info Card). Embroidered by Stitch Designers (asi/741145; circle 98 on Free Info Card).
Toddler girls’ printed canvas boat shoes (1780899) from Dollar Days (asi/50287; circle 100 on Free Info Card).
Decoration Tip: With polka-dot patterns, consider a logo in a neutral shape instead of a line. “The biggest issue is making the logo appear straight on the garment – if the pattern is off, it could appear crooked,” says Tracey Tyree of Stitch Designers (asi/741145). She adds: “For the color, I would pick something that contrasts with both the garment color and the color of the polka dots. That way it’s visible, regardless how the pattern falls.”