Summer style is all about comfort. While fall and winter call for cute layers and cozy accessories, scorching summer temps and sticky humidity means the breezier, more sweat-reducing the clothing, the better.
Which is why we intend on copping Jennifer Lawrence's latest look, ASAP. According to The Daily Mail, Lawrence was spotted looking cool and casual running errands in Santa Monica wearing a flowy white babydoll dress and comfy white Nike sneakers. It was a rare sighting for the Hunger Games star who reportedly has been laying low since having her first child with husband, Cooke Maroney, four months ago. Our closets are glad she made an appearance, though, because we're making her airy white dress and white sneaker combo our new, go-to summer uniform.
Fun thing about babydoll dresses—they can go from effortless to "baby's first baptism" really fast. Lawrence's look proved otherwise, swapping scrunchy smocks and oversized ruffles for a breezy silhouette akin to the iconic Hill House Home Nap Dress elevated with just a smidge of detailing in the neckline and sleeves. An otherwise delicate look got an edgy upgrade from the pair of Nikes she laced up on her feet, completing the outfit with a butter yellow gym bag and—arguably a timeless accessory—an iced coffee.
When it comes to summer style, this outfit ticks off all our boxes. For one, it's white, a heat-friendly color that won't leave us in a sweaty mess like black or navy. But, it's also breezy and unrestrictive while still being casual (and comfortable) enough for running our own errands, thanks to the sneakers.
Copy Jennifer Lawrence's look with our top 10 nap dresses and sneakers
Summer-ready white sneakers
It’s hard to tell exactly what white sneakers JLaw is rocking on her afternoon stroll, but if I were a betting woman, I’d guess they’re some iteration of the Air Force Ones. The iconic basketball shoe looks even better off the court and pairs with almost everything. They’re crisp, they’re versatile, and they’re only $100—talk about pumped up kicks.
Surely by now you’ve seen some celebrity rocking a pair of Cariuma shoes—they’re everywhere, and for good reason. The Brazilian brand is driven by sustainability, designing footwear meant to last without destroying the planet. These simple sneaks feature ethically sourced leather and natural rubber that’s been tapped to preserve tree health. Best part is, they’re like walking on clouds, cushioning your feet with every step.
Looking for a show with more support? Opt for the high-top sneaker opposed to the low-cut, like these pretty shoes from Madewell. They’re a taller riff off the brand’s signature court sneakers, swapping that low profile for a higher ankle and backtab. The fit is just as comfortable, but we’re in love with the simple beige suede features that pop out against the white. Also available in two summery colorblocks: pale pink and beige, and bright pink and orange.
Few things in the world of fashion are as timeless as a classic pair of Keds. For $60, the canvas shoes tick off all of the boxes for a super, summery shoe. They’re affordable, they’re durable, they’re easy to clean, and they go with just about everything.
If your top priority is comfort, get a pair of Flux. They’re dubbed the “barefoot athleisure” shoe, thanks to their unique sole technology that makes you feel like you’re not wearing anything at all (in the best way possible.) The best part? They’re washable. So if you dirty them up on a hike or they get stinky from sweat, pop them in the washing machine and watch them get clean in a spin cycle.
Easy, breezy white dresses
The internet’s favorite nap dress got a mini makeover, just in time for summer. It’s got all the makings of the original gown—puffy sleeves, delicate details, a look that rivals something out of Bridgerton—only its hem hits mid-thigh. Its sheer cotton is perfect for staying cool on sweaty, summer days when pants are a no-go.
For the days that are really hot, opt for this tank top smock from Everlane. It’s sleeveless, so armpits can catch a breeze, and it’s made from 100 percent cotton for all-over breathability. Look closely and you’ll see eyelet cutouts, giving just the amount of detail to an overall minimalist style.
Looking for A-list style on a budget? Love, Bonito, the AAPI-founded fashion brand, has got you covered. This adorable smock features puffy sleeves and a square neckline. Combined with its flow-y, ruffle-y tiers, and the delicate tie-back, and you’ll never want to take it off. Also available in yellow, orchid, and blue.
The first word I can think of to describe this dress is “flirty.” Is it the plunging v-neck? Or is it the feminine ruffles tiered down to the hem? Perhaps it’s the lacey material that you just know will keep you cool when the temps start to climb. Pair it with some sneakers and you’re good to go.
Lake’s little diddy has all the makings of your new favorite summer dress, thanks to its smocked neckline, flowy cotton material, and scalloped hems lined with a colorful piping. It’s a little bit longer, styled to hit right above the knee, so if you’re planning on going for a breezy bike ride, walk, or anywhere else where you need the extra coverage, it’s a solid option. Piping available in white, pink, blue, and green.
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