New York at this moment is having a major heat wave. The Fashionistas on campus, however, never let that affect their style. Patterns have always been a major trend; they can add a new dimension to the look as well as create interest. The key to wearing a pattern is to always be sure that you incorporate neutral colors into the look. This ensures that the pattern stands out on its own and isn’t competing for attention.

This Fashionista rocked a polka-dot dress with a sweetheart neckline. The dress was fun and flirty and really embodied the essence of the summertime. She was sure to pair her look with a neutral, which balanced the look and really made the white polka-dots in the dress pop out. The jean jacket wasn’t your typical jean jacket—she went outside of the box and purchased one in white as opposed to the usual basic blue of denim.

The Fashionista paired her look with a super cute pair of black sandals which tied the look all together. My favorite detail in the Fashionista’s look aside from the cute pattern was her stylish hair-do. She created a headband of braids with her own hair. This style was a cool twist on braids which are so on-trend right now. Don’t be afraid to try some patterns in your looks this summer—they’re really on-trend and super fun.

How To: Purchase a bold pattern dress from your favorite store, pair it with a basic jean jacket, or your favorite cardigan, throw on your favorite pair of sandals and your look is set for the summer.