Polka-dot pretty

Poka dots are back in for summer fun. This dress from Zara.com is $59.50.
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Story by Jenn Harris
(Los Angeles Times/MCT)
Thu, May 26, 2011
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For “Fringe” fans, it’s hard to picture Australian actress Anna Torv in anything but a pantsuit, a starched-collar shirt and black boots, gun at the ready, as FBI agent Olivia Dunham on Fox’s sci-fi show. The 32-year-old is great at playing a tomboy on television, but her real-life wardrobe is far from it.

Last week, Torv attended the Fox upfront in New York City, where the network presented its upcoming prime-time schedule to advertisers. Fans of the series were delighted to hear that Torv will be back for another season, with more — you guessed it — gray and black pantsuits and ponytails. “Fringe” is slated to air Fridays at 9 p.m. this fall.

Torv hit the blue carpet at the upfront party in a refreshingly girlie navy dress with teeny-tiny yellow polka dots and a bow accent at the waist, and a pair of peep-toe black patent leather heels.

The ensemble is a testament to Torv’s signature understated elegance. The dress is subtle but party-ready, the patent leather heels add just a hint of glam, and the barely-there makeup and no-fuss hair are two of Torv’s best looks.

A polka-dot dress like Torv’s would look great with heels at a summer party under the stars or accessorized with strappy sandals on a lunch date. If a fancy summer soiree is more your style, check out the Dalia heart print chiffon dress from Asos for $114.48. For lunch with the girls, try the polka-dot dress from Zara with bow-tie waist for $59.50 or the Retro polka-dot dress from Forever 21 for $24.80.

A polka-dot dress can easily slip from pretty party frock to house dress without the right accessories. Torv’s patent leather heels are the perfect addition. Any plain black pair of heels would work for this outfit, and a go-to pair of heels is always a good investment. For a patent leather shine, try the Via Spiga “Malibu” d’Orsay pump from Nordstrom Rack for $86.90, BCBGeneration women’s Ariel open-toe pump from Endless.com for $59.99 or the Nine West Escher pump with gray heel for $79 on Zappos.com.

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