There’s something so appealing about objects or places in your own city that just seem as though they don’t belong. While it might be quite ordinary to spy a vibrant red Vespa in any other place, in RVA they are few and far between. So when my photographer and I spied this beauty, looking so lonely, we decided to give it some love! Shooting here made me feel as though I’d been transported yet again to Italy, though not the free-spirited Tuscany I “traveled to” in this post, but rather, high-fashion Milan, where black is the new black, and everyone appears put together, even on their day off.
Black is my comfort zone. I wear it whenever I want to appear older, look more in control than I feel, and when I can’t think of anything else to wear. It’s appealing because it’s simple, and it’s flattering as all get-out. When spring and summer arrive, there’s an unsaid expectation to trade out your dark pieces for all the bright patterns and colors you can get your hands on. However, there are some days where those pieces just don’t cut it, and it’s back to black we go! But how do you make sure you’re wearing black properly and not looking like you got stuck in January’s wardrobe?
Find black pieces with summery touches. My blouse from Forever 21 has colorful pom-poms trailing across the chest, keeping it playful rather than somber. I am so excited that this top is still in stock, and for only $18! Get your hands on it before it’s gone!
Look for dark floral or tropical patterns. I wrote an entire post about this, which you can find right here. You can still incorporate those fun prints into your closet, without trading out the dark colors.
Wear lightweight pieces. Black attracts the sun, which in turn causes your body to heat up. Instead of body-hugging tops and skinny jeans, look for loose-fitting blouses and shorts that allow your skin to breathe.
Show a little skin. While I’m 100% in favor of an all-black maxi dress, I should hope that the neckline is a slight plunge, the back is open, or there’s a fun cold shoulder detail. You don’t need to bare it all, but showing a little somethin-somethin is never a bad idea when wearing a lot of the same color. It helps break up the outfit. I wore a pair of shorties (also only $18) from H&M that accentuate my legs, and it helped lengthen my entire body.
Accessorize! If you choose to wear an all-black ensemble, make sure to spice it up with a little bit of color. While the pom-poms on my top provided something eye-catching, the look needed something more, so I added my favorite bubblegum heels. The second I switched out my black block heels for these babies, I was sold on the outfit. It added the right summer vibes, without taking away from the slim, chicness of the black-on-black clothing.
These are the tips I use when piecing together a dark outfit during spring and summer. If you prefer sticking to monochromatic black, what are some of the rules you follow?
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