A few folks have mentioned that they’d rather learn how to summer-ize black clothing than omit it entirely from the repertoire. So, here are my tips!
Every woman has her own comfort level with skin exposure, so I’m not gonna manufacture some dumb rule about how bare to get. BUT! Imagine if this dress hit at mid-calf and the sleeves weren’t scrunched. Even in lightweight materials, that much coverage might seem too heavy and dark for summer wear. Balance with your own preferences, but remember that black works best in summer when balanced by a hint of skin.
Show the Toes
I generally prefer to keep my feet covered, even in summer, but there’s no denying that black clothes look far less wintry when worn with open-toed shoes and sandals. If you’re going for coverage elsewhere in your outfit, try to make sure you’ve got some summery footwear going on.
Drapey Does It
Stiff, thick, heavy materials should be avoided in summer regardless of color … but stiff, thick, heavy black clothing may look downright weird. Fluid materials with tons of gorgeous drape – silk, rayon, jersey knit – will still look marvelously summery even in ebony.
I love pairing brights with black year-round, but during the summer they seem even cheerier. Throwing vibrantly colored accessories into the mix with a primarily black outfit makes it warm weather-friendly in an instant
Make Black an Accent
Putting black center-stage during the summer can feel strange, but utilizing it for accents is a breeze. Make the central pieces of your outfit bright, pale, or patterned, and go for a lightweight black wrap, a skinny black belt, or a cropped black jacket for your accent pieces.
Originally posted 2010-07-12 05:02:00.