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is your closet ready for polka dot pants?

by liza darwin

You could say it all started with Minnie Mouse. This unlikely muse first rocked polka dots back in the '40s, but the print has made recent pit stops at Lanvin, Commes Des Garcon, Stella McCartney, and on pretty much every other major runway since. Marc Jacobs really upped the ante for Fall 2011, where he showed layered spots with printed dresses, tights, hats, and some seriously statement trousers.

Now a year later, the trend marches on- into your closet. Mass retailers like Madewell, Topshop and Forever 21 have all put their own spin on the dotty pants with everything from skinny jeans to '70s flares. We think they'd look awesome paired with a old band tee or blouse, but you can also channel Marc with a matching patterned top.

Check our favorites below, and let us know which pair of these printed pants hits the spot.

Marc Jacobs Fall 2011 collection.

Polka Dot trousers, $19.80 at Forever 21.


Boutique by Jaege

Giulietta polka dot flared pants, $725 at Net-a-Porter.

Something Else by Natalie Wood pants, $152 at Madewell.

Slim ankle trousers, $405 at Paul Smith.