Dots are whimsical things on print: the larger, rounder, and more uniform dots are, the more juvenile (Minnie Mouse) and dated (50s housewives) the print looks.

With age, my tolerance for dot size has been eroded. These days, the largest spots I am willing to consider are about the size of a nickel, and I prefer that they be reasonably spaced apart.

My favorite kinds of dots are small, like the ones on the Banana Republic blouse that I am wearing in this post. And I blame Marc Jacobs. His Resort 2011 collection convinced me that small dots are superior and eternal, and 7 years later I am still smitten.

Banana Republic Heritage Dot Silk Vented Tie-Cuff Top in Light Taupe (size XXS; from last season) || Marc Jacobs Scalloped Organza Skirt (past season) || Burberry Westland Sateen Trench (size 2; past season) || c/o Aerosoles Goldfish Suede OTK Boots (past season)

For those of you who love small dots as much as I do, here are a few more options that I currently have my eyes on: