As long as the fabrics are Summer weight, and the silhouettes are breezy, wearing black in the Summer can work well. I have a range of clients who enjoy doing just that. Wear dressy and casual black Summer outfits. Wear patterns with black backgrounds. Add black components to outfits. Or stick to black shoes, bags, and accessories.
Here are some outfit ideas to get you started.
1. Patterned Dress and Black Blazer
Combine a patterned dress with a lightweight and loose black blazer in cotton, rayon, silk or linen. Make sure that there is black in the pattern so that the items relate to one another. The blazer will feel more Summery and casual if it’s unlined. Wear it open, and scrunch the sleeves. Here, the mustard shoes match the yellow in the dress. The black bag matches the rest, and the model’s hair.
2. Dress Over Black Pants
Combine a black patterned dress over black wide leg trousers. Black in the pattern of the dress will help it match the bottoms. A tailored top portion of the dress adds structure to the outfit. The flared bottom portion of the dress allows it to move with the swoosh of the pants. If the dress buttons in front, unbutton the skirt portion so that the pants peek through. Add black shoes that work with the outfit, and a bag to match. A pink bag could work well here.
3. Summer Dresses, Skirts, and Jumpsuits
A summery dress or jumpsuit can work well in black, especially when it shows some skin. A two-piece dress or jumpsuit is another way to go. So is a subtle black pattern, crochet, and lace. Footwear can range from booties, sneakers and loafers, to sandals and slides. Most of it is black as a nod to ‘90s trends. Feel free to wear white, metallic, pastel, or bright shoes instead.
4. Black Top and Cargo Pants
Combine a pair of earthy cargo or parachute pants with a black top and black shoes. Finish off the look with a bag to match. Here, a black puffy, voluminous and ruffled blouse adds a pretty and dramatic touch to toffee cargo pants. Dressier black toe-loop sandals are the choice of shoe. I see a black or earth-toned bag.
5. White Pants and Black Support Act
Last, combine white pants or jeans with a black top, or black and white patterned top. Finish off the look with black sandals and a fun tote. Here, a pair of white pants is paired with a black and white tunic. Lug-soled sandals add a trendy edge. The colour-blocked tote adds a geometric touch and spot of colour. Love how the white in the outfit complements the silver grey hair of the model. Add jewellery, eyewear, and watch as desired.