Big or small, subtle or striking, polka dots and spots of all sizes are popping up on everything from dresses to swimsuits to throw pillows. Although the stripes trend is still going strong, spots have taken over in a big way as the must-have print of the summer. Maybe it's the fact that they play well with other patterns, or that they stand out when worn solo, but whatever it is, there's a versatility with spots that just can't be beat. 

Bigger, bold circles suggest a more playful look, while smaller or more irregularly shaped spots lend themselves well for more dressy occasions. 

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Deja Dot Dress, Anthropologie | Seeing Spots Top in Coral, Bohme | Backless Blouse, Zara | Polka Dot underwire swim top and retro brief, J.Crew | Marc by Marc Jacobs Paperbag Skirt, Bastille