9 spotty dresses that rival the famous polka dot Zara dress

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The Zara polka dot mid-length dress is now so famous it has its own Instagram account — if you want to stand out from the crowd, Stylist’s fashion team have picked nine different styles to try out.

There’s no doubt about it, you’ve seen the dress. It’s the £39.99 white prairie style with black polka dots from Zara and it has basically broken the internet. We don’t mean that lightly, it’s so popular it now has its own Instagram account — hot4thespot, with over 13,000 followers!

The fashion team spotted it (quite literally) on four different people in one day. When the frock in question sold out online it even went up on eBay for double the price — the Zara effect continues. 

Now, we’re all for jumping onto a good thing but we’re also big fans of finding new ‘it’ buys in the making. Of course, the fashion team has already scoured the new season sections to find the best bits, here, and in our search we found even more amazing polka dot dresses.

So, if you’ve already tried out the Zara number and looking for your next frock fix, or you’re on the lookout for a similarly chic alternative then we have 10 dreamy styles to suit every style, and budget below. From Rixo and Rotate to Mango and Topshop — these are the best polka dot dresses for summer

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  • Rixo Marilyn polka dot dress

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    Best spotty dresses: Rixo

    Of course, we’ve seen the Zara dress more but this Rixo one but it’s a close second. From weddings to sunny BBQ days, this has to be one of summer’s most dreamiest dresses to date. 

    You’ll never regret investing in a Rixo dress, trust us. 

    £295, Rixo 

  • Mango polka dot ruffled dress

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    Best spotty dresses: Mango

    This one is all about the detail. Tie sleeves, covered buttons and a ruffle hem is what makes this Mango beauty look more premium. 

    Be prepared to have everyone asking where you got it from. 

    £59.99, Mango

  • Anine Bing Daisy tiered polka-dot chiffon maxi dress

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    Best spotty dresses: Anine Bing

    We’ve already told you about our love of black dresses for summer, and it continues. 

    A tiered smock style will be comfortable, chic and work for any occasion from park picnics to beach strolls. 

    £295, Anine Bing

  • H&M satin wrap dress

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    Best spotty dresses: H&M

    The wrap dress is the universally flattering style that’ll never fail in the outfit department. 

    Add fluted sleeves and you get an all round winner, under £40.

    £39.99, H&M

  • Rotate polka dot plissé midi dress

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    Best spotty dresses: Rotate

    It’s no secret that belted everything is very 2019. From swimsuits and shorts to tops and dresses; if it comes with a belt already attached then it instantly goes on the wish list. 

    Case in point: this Rotate white square belted beauty. 

    £258, Rotate

  • Kitri Siena polka dot tea dress

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    Best spotty dresses: Kitri

    Kitri has created many an ‘it’ dress and now there’s another one to eye up. The classic tea dress has moved away from frumpy and firmly into the cool-girl realm. 

    Everyone will be envious of this emerald number — style with raffia accessories to complete the look. 

    £125, Kitri

  • Rebecca Vallance polka dot holliday dress

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    Best spotty dresses: Rebecca Vallance

    The milkmaid style dress is one of spring/summer 19’s key styles, so naturally we want this one. 

    Puff sleeves, matching belt and dropped waist is what makes it a go-to this season. 

    £450, Rebecca Vallance

  • Topshop spot open button midi dress

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    Best spotty dresses: Topshop

    Topshop’s printed tea dresses sold out within hours of landing and we predict this one will do the same. 

    It’s more of a Dalmation spot than a polka but we approve of it all the same — pair with mules and a chunky headband. 

    £49, Topshop

  • Asceno polka dot tiered silk crepe midi dress

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    Best spotty dresses: Asceno

    The most comfortable dress award goes to *drum roll* Asceno. The midi length, smock over-sized style and the fact it ticks off both yellow and polka dots means it gets our vote.

    Wear by the beach with rope sandals and in the city with chunky black styles.

    £485, Asceno

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