Playful, retro and packing plenty of pop, polka dots can be a youthful addition to anybody’s wardrobe. But without the right styling, the lively print can easily slip into too-twee territory. Thanks to sartorial celebs Elle Macpherson, Emma Stone and Kerry Washington, we’ve bookmarked three easy ways to wear polka dots without looking silly. Balancing accessories, working with pattern play and choosing directional shapes are the celeb secrets to making dots look dynamic. If you follow these star-approved rules, we know your polka dot ensemble will never look cartoonish. Take inspiration from these three winning outfits and feel confident rocking some spirited spots without going dotty.