Let’s Take a Ride: How To Wear Black For Spring

Let's Take a Ride: How To Wear Black For Spring

Let's Take a Ride: How To Wear Black For Spring

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?

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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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photos by Lauren Miles Photography


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    Jenn Hanft
    May 10, 2017 at 12:25 AM

    I love things that stand out in a background! This pop of red is so fun hehe. I think it also applies to life in general. We put so much effort in conforming and fitting in, but I’ve learned that it’s okay to be different, it makes you stand out! Love this all black ensemble and those colorful pompoms are the perfect spring touch!!!!

    With love, Jenn

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    May 10, 2017 at 12:56 AM

    Totally agree that just because theres warm weather doesn’t mean black is out of the question! Having some light black pieces will keep our wardrobes edgy but still breathable 🙂


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    Thomas Falkenstedt
    May 10, 2017 at 6:39 AM

    Yes Steph! This is how you wear black (and also show a lonely Vespa some love, haha). You got the Milan look pinned down and by adding some color in form of the pom-poms and the bubblegum shoes you make it a fun outfit despite being all black. Who said black can’t be fun and elegant at the same time? As always I love your sense of style!


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    May 10, 2017 at 7:15 AM

    How cute is that top!!! The perfect amount of pom detail without being gaudy. I love wearing black year-round too. So chic!

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    May 10, 2017 at 8:39 AM

    I love this all black outfit with a touch of the spring vibe. My closet is mainly filled with monochrome outfits, I love wearing black for all season. Thanks for your inspiration, i’m going to hunt for something fun for this spring 🙂

    xx, Jessie

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    Taylor Mobley
    May 10, 2017 at 8:58 AM

    I totally wrote a post exactly like this a few weeks ago. I LOVE that people are embracing black for spring. The Pom poms on that shirt are perfect and I love your top about choosing lightweight fabrics.

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    May 10, 2017 at 9:25 AM

    That is the cutest little top! I love the rainbow pom pom detailing. And those pink pumps that you put with it are just darling! Such a cute spring look 🙂


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    May 10, 2017 at 9:26 AM

    Give me all the pom poms! I love how colorful this top is without being over the top. Black is always so chic, but I always like a little pop of color. Great styling!


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    Samantha Mariko
    May 10, 2017 at 12:09 PM

    All of these styling tips for wearing black in the summer are so spot on! I like adding some color when I wear black during the warmer months, too 🙂 such a cute top from Forever 21!

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    Emily Lunstroth
    May 10, 2017 at 3:04 PM

    Legs for days lady! ❤❤ what a great location for this fun outfit too!

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    May 10, 2017 at 3:15 PM

    Since I get hot and sweat so easily, it’s tricky for me to wear black in spring or summer, but I think with your tips, I can pull it off easier! For one, I rock anything short and black because it isn’t as bad as wearing something like jeans. I would love to have a blouse like yours, with those cute poms 🙂


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    May 10, 2017 at 3:26 PM

    Those pom poms are just so cute and the pink heels are the perfect touch! Great look babe!

    xo, Sara

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    May 10, 2017 at 4:16 PM

    All black with pop of colors sure is perfect! I’m gonna have to try this myself! Thanks, girl!

    xoxo from Napa Valley!


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    May 10, 2017 at 5:13 PM

    I am loving these style tips that you have provided in this post. I am all about wearing black in the summer time with pops of bright colors. You styled this outfit so well!

    XO Morgan

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    May 10, 2017 at 5:18 PM

    So obsess with your pom pom top!!!! So cute and I really need it in my life!!!
    You look so beautiful as always babe


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    Christine Kong
    May 10, 2017 at 5:23 PM

    I totally feel most comfortable in black too and I love this post bc it is for people like me who need to lighten up for the summer. I love the tips you give and this black tee with the colorful pom details is perfect! The pop of pink in the heels also adds so much color to this look. The Vespa is too cute and I love the “Italian” vibe it gives. Such a sexy look and fabulous for summer! xoxo, Christine

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    May 10, 2017 at 11:04 PM

    What great tips. I love black for all seasons as long as you accessorize it with color either in a scarf, shoes, handbag, and on and on.. Black is a classic.



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    May 10, 2017 at 11:36 PM

    That top is so cute!!! And I love wearing black no matter what season it is!

    Xo, Steph | http://www.sassandsun.com

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    Summer Lee
    May 10, 2017 at 11:39 PM

    omg LOVE those pom poms- need!!!

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    Rachael Thomas
    May 10, 2017 at 11:50 PM

    This pom pom top is the cutest, and I’m loving this all black look! The pops of color are perfect, and these are such great tips!
    Rachael http://www.threadsforthomasblog.com

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    Nicholle Brainard
    May 11, 2017 at 12:00 AM

    So gorgeous friend! I love wearing black in the Summer. It is such a different look than what most people wear but so fun when you add pops of color!

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    Helen Chik
    May 11, 2017 at 9:25 AM

    I rarely ever wear all black outfits but totally agree with you when it comes to accessorising with bold colours to make the black pop! That top with the pom poms are adorable and paired with those pumps is just perfection!

    Helen xx

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    May 11, 2017 at 10:25 AM

    love the pom pom details on this top!

    xo Emily

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    Laura Leigh
    May 11, 2017 at 10:26 AM

    Looks great! Love that top. So adorable and adds the right amount of color to this look.

    xo Laura Leigh

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    Makayla M.
    May 11, 2017 at 10:44 AM

    This is too cute on you. I love the poms!

    Xo Makayla

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    Ashley DTKAustin
    May 11, 2017 at 11:02 AM

    I’m loving this! Black is my favorite all year round!

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    Sandy a la mode
    May 11, 2017 at 11:05 AM

    You look so cute and comfy! That Pom Pom!!

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    May 11, 2017 at 11:11 AM

    I love you in black! Something so gorgeous about the contrast with your skintone. Those pom poms are the cutest touch for a little pop of color too!

    xx, Danielle | Pineapple & Prosecco

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    Deddeh Howard
    May 11, 2017 at 11:47 AM

    I love black on you and that top is so cute girl. You are amazing.

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    May 11, 2017 at 12:31 PM

    I definitely love black all year round! You can’t go wrong and you’ve styled it perfectly!


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    May 11, 2017 at 2:01 PM

    This reminds me of Milan! You nailed this look, you the Vespa added the perfect pop of color. I’m in love with the pom poms on your blouse. Super cute!

    Iliana | http://www.sophisticatedfashionista.com

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    Anna English
    May 11, 2017 at 6:25 PM

    I just scored two pairs of black denim shorts that I’m completely in love with! They will get a lot of use this spring!

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    May 11, 2017 at 8:26 PM

    that pom pom top is everything!!!!

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    May 11, 2017 at 9:16 PM

    I absolutely love this all black look!! That tee is SO fun and I love the pop of pink your heels add!

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    May 11, 2017 at 9:21 PM

    WOW!! This is one of my most favorite shoots!! These images are flawless and I love this look!! GORGEOUS!! XOXO

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    May 11, 2017 at 10:55 PM

    Omg, I love that you used that vespa for these photos! Brilliant!! I wish I was back in Italy…. And I LOVE all of your tips and this outfit! I’m a black girl too, but you’re so right it usually needs to be broken up by skin to accessories or something! Don’t want to look like you’re going to a funeral, haha! You styled all black perfectly here!

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    May 11, 2017 at 11:27 PM

    If you had said you were in Italy, I would’ve believed you:). Black is my comfort zone too, and your tips here could not be more spot on. I tend to gravitate toward dark florals, and fun accessories certainly help! Love the poms on that top!

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    May 11, 2017 at 11:41 PM

    I wear black all year around! I probably should be like you and have fun pops of color for the summer. I also need some lighter black pieces!

    Stephanie | http://www.dotsandhoney.com

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    May 12, 2017 at 2:01 AM

    i love the pairing with the pink pumps and those pom poms are too cute!

    cute & little

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    Morgan Klein
    May 12, 2017 at 6:31 AM

    This pom pom top is so amazing! I love black in any season!!

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    May 12, 2017 at 8:16 AM

    It’s definitely tough to make it look good!!

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    May 12, 2017 at 9:19 AM

    Such a fun look!!! I love the colors in this post and of course you look amazing!!

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    May 13, 2017 at 12:41 PM

    That pom pom top is so cute!! I love an all black look and where it for much of the same reasons as you. Wearing it when the weather starts heating up is tricky but you’ve pulled it off so expertly. Really great tips, babe!

    xo, Jo

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    Anna Baun
    May 13, 2017 at 1:16 PM

    Love these tips! I am in love with this adorable top! The details is so cute! XO

    Anna || A Lily Love Affair

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    May 13, 2017 at 2:53 PM

    Ha I live in NYC so thankfully black is a year long color here (because it’s my go-to as well). I’m loving those poms too.

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    Jordan Chapman
    May 13, 2017 at 4:15 PM

    Those pom poms are gorgeous!! Poms are a cute little alternative to wearing black, plus having that little rainbow pop of color looks great!
    Jordan xx

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    Audrey Stowe
    May 13, 2017 at 11:43 PM

    ommgggg the vespa!! So cute. I don’t typically reach for black in the spring/summer but I just adore this!! Makes me want a black pom pom shirt haha

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    Sharon Wu
    May 14, 2017 at 12:18 AM

    okay i am super obsessed with this black dress! the pom pom detailing is just too cute and perfect for spring/summer. black is a staple color for me so i was happy to see you wear this dress on instagram! 🙂 hope your weekend is going well! xo, sharon


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    May 14, 2017 at 5:10 PM

    This little black top is adorable! I love those pink pumps too!

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    May 15, 2017 at 4:23 PM

    I like this all black look on you! It’s a departure from your feminine and romantic style. And the pom poms are so fun!

    xx Yasmin

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