How to Wear Black
Posted on August 03 2015
If your closet boasts bold colors of midnight skies, blacks, and deep navy blues then the thought of how to get through summer and spring months likely gives you chills and wardrobe worries. How to wear black in the summer when onset temperatures surpass 90 degrees Fahrenheit is a challenge for even the most innovative and bold style trendsetters.
Black is the leading color of preference for fashionista's worldwide. It's versatile, flattering to your feminine profile and skin tone, and have the ability to be worn with just about anything else you have in your closet. In short - black is a wardrobe staple, is multi-seasonal, and ideal for expanding your closet more affordably. If you learn how to wear black year around you take on the challenge of remaining fashionably cool without having to completely switch out your wardrobe but rather make it more seasonally versatile.
I've found that you can rock black in hot weather just as easily as you can rock it in cooler temperatures. Keep these simple rules and tips in mind as the weather heats up and discover how to wear black with style, panache, and comfort anytime of the year.
Opt for Breezy Fabrics
Fabrics make and break styles and looks. For example, mixing fabrics such as satin and leather give you an edgy and risky look while matching fabrics such as cotton and crochet provide a more complete and polished look. Choose breezy fabrics such as chiffon, crochet, mesh, tulle, and lace to show off your favorite black looks and styles without making you feel constrained by your wardrobe.
Simple and quick fixes that work well include sheer blouses, tank tops, short black dresses or rompers. Summer dresses in any translucent and sheer fabric are also ideal for warmer seasons. Our bodycon dresses offer a combination of style and breezy fabrics and are fully lined so you can also wear them in the cooler temperatures. See-through black tops or opaque yet light ones are breathable fabrics that naturally reduce sweat by offering airy circulation.
Show Skin (lots of it)
Exfoliate and moisturize your skin to achieve the glow you see on your favorite celebrities then slip into into a black spaghetti strap camisole, navy trendy jean vest, black cutoff denim shorts, or a black whimsical cotton dress. Showing skin puts you in sync with hot weather and keeps you cool all the same.
Here are the key reasons we show skin (lots of it):
- Short shorts and sexy black dresses give the illusion of legs that go on for miles
- Thin straps soften your shoulders
- Strapless or plunging necklines tempt onlookers into touching
- Peeks of midriff and breezy layers are simple ways to show skin without tiptoeing into being a hussy
Cutouts and cutoff styles never truly go out of style either. So if you have an old faded pair of black jeans consider repurposing them as a sexy pair of tiny cutoffs. Something about the "cut" styles give the illusion of more skin without necessarily showing more. These options are also very comfortable for days out or in.
As you tackle the ever challenge of showing skin without compromising your dignity remember that cutoff or skin revealing styles are an art. Show just enough to tease but hide just as much to play it safe. Learning how to be naked (showing tons of skin) without being a hussy is a challenge. Consider taking your style cues from celebrities like Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, Halle Berry, and Gwyneth Paltrow.
If showing skin is not on your fashion plate consider more modest approaches that achieve the same effect such as slits, plunging necklines, and low backs.
Mix Up Patterns and Textures
Black is bold and beautiful and should never be boring. Play with patterns and textures to bring out the best in your wardrobe. Mix cottons with silk and denim with satin. A bit of crochet or a lace panel is a sure fire way to show the world how to wear black in the summer with ease, femininity, and coolness.
Add animal prints, bright geometric lines, soft florals, and other patterns to your staple black shorts, skirts, and leggings to give them a unique summer texture that is breezy, a stylishly offbeat, and sassy.
Bikinis, Playsuits, and Rompers
We all call them something: rompers, playsuits, or jumpsuits. These unique and girly pieces are your best answers on how to wear black in the summer. They are designed to show off legs and usually feature a plunging neckline or tapered waist design that flatters most women. Putting on a black romper playsuit conveys an inherent coolness overflowing with flirty and youthful style.
Likewise, what would a summer be without spending some time frolicking on the beach or laying out by the pool? A strappy two-piece black bikini is exactly the kind of thing that makes wearing black in warmer seasons doable. Here are a few reasons why black bikinis are always going to make the list of how to wear black year around:
- Never be subject to "see-through" malfunctions when wet
- Black is a contouring color that flatters most feminine profiles
- Black is versatile and ideal for most complexions (often provides an illusion of a tan)
Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize (please)
Opt for sandals, wedges, or other open toe shoes as weather heats up. Open toe or heel shoe selections transform most outfits into breezy and fresh ensembles. Pair shoes with handbags or clutches that feature bold or subtle colors to finish the look. Sweeping updos held together by natural fibers such as wood, leather, and raffia are easy and affordable pieces of chic style that go a long way.
Wooden bangles, leather hair ties, oversized black sunglasses, and straw hats are all go-to accessories perfect for balancing your black wardrobe in the summer and spring. Accessories are also simple ways to add a splash of color including bright-hued beads, earrings, or long necklaces.
In short bright and vibrant colors tend to have summer written all over them but black is a universal shade that is a wardrobe staple throughout the year. Just remember to keep it short, breathable, light and uniquely you!