Somewhere along the way, it became taboo to wear black in the summer. Or at least we started to avoid it for fear of getting too hot throughout the day. A part of me totally understands this reasoning, plus with all the fun, vibrant colors spring and summer bring, why would you want to wear black?
Well, for starters, it’s chic, slimming, and pairs well with basically everything.
When I really started to dive into fashion and finding my personal style, I found myself still wearing black in the summer – it just felt right to my neutral-loving self. Plus, as I mentioned above, it pairs with basically everything and I didn’t want to forget about favorite closet staples that make me feel good just because someone somewhere said I couldn’t wear black when it’s hot out.
With all that said though, I do recommend never overlooking 5 things when wearing black in the summer and spring. While you can – and should – wear whatever your heart desires, there are a few guidelines that help me navigate the thin line between looking stylish and just plain confused about what season it is.
what I’m wearing
5 Things to Never Overlook When Wearing Black in the Summer
Type of clothing
You can get away with wearing black in the summer if you choose types of clothing normally worn during hotter months. Take the dress I’m wearing. The core color is black but because it’s a flowy dress with side slits it still feels right to wear during spring and summer. Off-the-shoulder blouses, midi skirts, tank tops, ruffles, wrap dresses, etc. all work in black because they already have that summer vibe.
Light linen is an obvious summer fabric but also keep in mind chiffon and seersucker options. I wouldn’t recommend wearing your fave black leather pants in the middle of July but black linen shorts or trousers? Not a bad idea.
What’s on the agenda?
When wearing black in the summer take into account where you’re going and what you’ll be doing. This is relevant whether you’re wearing black or not but it really makes a difference when you’re considering the deeper tone during hot weather. If your plans are to be outside all day, wear the color in smaller pieces of clothing. Going to a party or evening event? You’ll be just fine wearing all black without feeling toasty.
If you must wear your favorite black denim, pair it with a lightweight breezy top, maybe in a pastel shade or neon – both are really on trend right now. The way you put together your black staple pieces will help keep your overall look in season. If you opt for a solid black midi dress, pair it with sneakers and help the outfit feel easy yet fun.
Skip darker shoes
If your aim is to keep things fresh when wearing black, go for a lighter pair of shoes. Darker heels, sneakers, even espadrilles can feel heavy and a bit out of place. This is the time to bring out your go-to white pumps or sneakers because they will balance out the look.
More Black Dresses for the Summer
So there you have it! My top 5 things to consider when wearing black in the summer and springtime! Keep these tips in mind and you’ll be able to wear the dark shade year-round without fail.
I’d love to hear your thoughts below and if you wear black no matter the season?