11 polka dot dresses inspired by Gwyneth Paltrow’s timeless style

As if we needed any more reasons to love the eternally classic print that is the humble polka dot, Gwyneth Paltrow goes and gives us one anyway. In an Instagram post shared yesterday by the Goop founder, we were treated to a rare candid snap of GP with her daughter Apple and mother Blythe.

The trio oozed that enviable glow ‘from-within’ that can only come from a winning combination of perfect genes (that they all possess, naturally) and living in the sunshine-saturated state of California, but we were also particularly drawn to Gwyn and Apple’s near-matching outfits. The mother-daughter duo both sported polka dot styles from Goop’s G Label – Gwyneth wearing the Devin Crop Top and matching Danielson A-Line Polka-Dot Skirt, Apple showing off the Zera Strapless Tiered Dress – thus cementing the theory that polka dots really are for everyone at any age.

While polka dots have always been a failsafe classic to fall back on – they provide just the right amount of graphic print without going too ‘out there’ – the dotty print has gained even more momentum the last few seasons, helped largely by ‘that’ Zara dress.

Go big and bold with large circles or go pretty with ditsy dots; keep it classic with black or navy and white or go rogue with any colour under the rainbow. Hey, we told you they were versatile.

Want to emulate Gwyneth’s chic style? Here are 11 polka dot dresses to do just that.

11 Gwyneth Paltrow-inspired polka dot dresses

Oliver Bonas dress
Oliver Bonas

Polka Dot Black & White Midi Dress, £50 (was £75), Oliver Bonas

Kitri dress

Lotta Polka Dot Shirt Dress, £39 (was £95), KITRI

Chi Chi dress
John Lewis & Partners

Chi Chi London Faraah Dress, £50, John Lewis & Partners

Never Fully Dressed dress
Never Fully Dressed

White Polka Dot Monroe Dress, £49 (was £79), Never Fully Dressed

Style Cheat dress

Style Cheat halterneck pleated midaxi dress with belt in contrast pink polka, £62, ASOS

Finery dress
Finery London

Haldane Black and Ivory Polka Dot Dress, £39 (was £119), Finery London

M&S dress

Linen Polka Dot Mini Relaxed Dress, £35, M&S

Principles dress

Principles – Ivory Polka Dot Midi Tea Dress, £14.70 (was £49), Debenhams

Whistles dress

Lunar Spot Maxi Dress, £69 (was £249), Whistles


Lilian Scallop Satin Dress, £93 (was £310), ALEXACHUNG

ASOS dress

ASOS DESIGN ultimate midi tea dress in polka dot, £25, ASOS