Suspenders with dots and dotsNobody knows exactly why it is called polka dots in English. Whether the folk dance of the same name is involved - that too remains a mystery. What is certain is that the beautiful, evenly distributed dots were first seen on the clothes of fiery Flamenco dancing Spanish women in the 19th century. Then, in 1926, Miss America wore a polka dot bathing suit (followed by Minnie Mouse) - and the triumph of the happy dots was unstoppable. Printed on silk in the form of ties, bows and scarves, the trendsetters of the time in men's fashion made the dots socially acceptable: the Duke of Windsor, Adolphe Menjou, Gary Cooper - to name just a few. Today these items, regardless of their size, are considered classics and an integral part of the men's wardrobe.