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 Though you might associate it with outdated retro-inspired dresses, the pattern has emerged as a sleek runway trend in the past few years.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.
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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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