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Hot Days Call for a White Dress and Sneakers

Is there a print more summery than polka dots? Though you might associate it with outdated retro-inspired dresses, the pattern has emerged as a sleek runway trend in the past few years. Street style–friendly brands like Jacquemus, Loewe and Balenciaga have updated the design by putting the dots on everything from pointy-toed mules to cinched dresses and billowy blouses. But you don’t need to spend a ton of money to get in on the look — it’s trickled down to more affordable retailers as well.

Take this breezy ASOS polka-dot dress — the playful print and thigh-exposing cut were made for a hot, sunny day. Wearing it with heels comes off as too fussy when all you want to do is stroll through the park. Instead, why not try a pair of sneakers? If you’re hesitant to go into full ugly sneaker mode, swap in a less chunky pair of Air Force 1s for contrast. To really ramp up the styling, try an equally as graphic pair of black-and-white hoop earrings and break up the monochromatic vibe with a tiny, colorful bag.

Photo: Heather Hazzan

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ASOS Curve Polka Dot Dress
ASOS Polka Dot Midi Dress
ASOS Midi Polka Dot Dress
Nike Air Force Sneakers

Photography by Heather Hazzan
Styled by Lindsay Peoples Wagner
Produced by Liane Radel
Makeup: Angela Davis Deacon @ De facto using Paula’s Choice
Hair by Junya Nakashima
Model: Diane at Muse, NYC
Thanks to Quixote, NYC.

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Hot Days Call for a White Dress and Sneakers