HOW TO WEAR BLACK IN SUMMER

How to wear black in summer without sweltering? It's easier than you think if you follow our style rules...

Black Frill Hem Leather Look Dress, £69.

 

Ok, so we know that summer is the season when you’re supposed to embrace bold colours and bright white with the same gusto you would a chilled Aperol Spritz, but what if you just really love wearing black? Well, that’s totally OK too. While it may not exactly scream summer, making black a regular fixture in your warm weather wardrobe actually makes perfect sense.

 

For further proof, just look to the street style set. From sleeveless dresses to off-the-shoulder tops and flowing midi skirts, summer black is practically regulation for some of the most stylish women around. Oh, and the best thing about summer black? You’ll wear it in winter too. Read on to find out how to stay true to your signature shade, even when it’s sweltering…

 

Black Lace Bardot Top, £35 and Black Lace Shift Dress, £69 Black Lace Bardot Top, £35 and Black Lace Shift Dress, £69.

 

Keep It Lightweight

Look for soft jersey, semi-sheer or looser fit cotton tops, skirts and dresses to avoid over-heating. An off-the-shoulder Bardot is the ultimate wear with anything piece.

 

Anna Wintour and a fellow street style star pair black tops with bold printed skirts  Anna Wintour and a fellow street style star pair black tops with bold printed skirts.

 

Pair Black With Bold Prints

Black separates are the perfect foil for more statement printed pieces. Channel Anna Wintour by pairing our ruffled one-shoulder top with our tropical printed skirt.

 

Our black tops look great paired with bold prints Our black tops look great paired with bold prints.

 

Fashionista Sarah Rutson nails summer black in a chic sleeveless dress Fashionista Sarah Rutson nails summer black in a chic sleeveless dress.

 

Make Dresses Sleeveless

Going sleeve free instantly makes the cult LBD summer-friendly. From the office to holiday and special occasions, we’ve got one to wear everywhere. Offset yours with luxe gold accessories.

 

Black Bandeau Dress, £59, Black Belted Dress, £69 Black Bandeau Dress, £59, Black Belted Dress, £69.

 

Supermodel Izabel Goulart and a street styler wear black printed dresses Supermodel Izabel Goulart and a street styler wear black printed dresses.

 

Throw In A Print

A black background tempers prints perfectly – think of it as the sophisticated way to do summer pattern. If in doubt, go monochrome. Extra points for Bardot necklines.

 

Monochrome Printed Maxi Dress, £59, Ditsy Floral Bardot Dress, £59 Monochrome Printed Maxi Dress, £59, Ditsy Floral Bardot Dress, £59.

 

 

One Shoulder Ruffle Trim Top, was £29, now £14.50.

 

 

Play With Statement Shapes

The key with summer black is to keep it interesting. Think double strap tops, Bardot necks, one-shoulders and on-trend ruffles. Unusual shapes create a stand-out silhouette.

 

Bardot Top, £49, Ruffle Hem Skirt, £39 Bardot Top, £49, Ruffle Hem Skirt, £39.

 

Fashion Editor Giovanna Battaglia and a street styler pair their black looks with bright accessories. Fashion Editor Giovanna Battaglia and a street styler pair their black looks with bright accessories.

 

Accessorise With Brights (And A Tan!)

Bright accessories will pop against black pieces, and you don’t need us to tell you that black looks bloody amazing with a tan. Go for bandeau dresses, midi skirts, and sleeveless tops to show yours off. Not jetting off? Just hit the (fake tan) bottle.