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8 Tricks to Make Wearing Black in Summer Chic and Comfortable

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When creating outfits for the summer months, many fashion lovers look to bright and cheerful hues. And though there’s nothing wrong with that, there are just some women that love wearing black all year round. And you’re one of them, aren’t you? Because I am too! And though pops of colors are great for summer, don’t be afraid to break summer fashion rules. Go ahead and wear black in summer if you love it. After all, black clothing can look equally as fun and stylish as bright clothes. Read on to discover our best tips on how you can wear black clothes in the summertime without looking (or feeling) out of place!

1. Choose Sleeveless Black Dresses

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Black is great to wear because it embodies a chic and elegant vibe. However, a black maxi dress with long sleeves would look a little out of place in summer – not to mention the heat exhaustion!

Balance out the dark color by choosing a black summer dress that shows some skin. Revealing your arms, shoulders, and/or back creates balance and makes the outfit look chic instead of stuffy.

2. Opt for Lightweight Fabrics

Want to stay comfortable in the heat while wearing a dark color? Totally possible. The secret is in your fabric. Whether it’s black shorts, a black dress, or a black top, opt for materials such as linen, chiffon, silk, and cotton to beat the heat effortlessly.

Not only will these picks keep you cool in the heat, but natural fibers will make your outfit look more expensive too!

3. Add an Accent Color

I don’t know about you, but when people say “Add a pop of color”, I always think of something bright like red or pink. And though that’s not wrong, other neutrals are colors too!

A head-to-toe black outfit may be a little much in the summer, but when you add in a brighter color, whether it’s white, pink, or beige, you give your outfit a fresh summer vibe and add instant interest to a monochromatic look. You can easily add a new color to your look through your shoes, handbag, jewelry, or hat.

4. Mix and Match Textures

One of the best ways to wear black during the summer is to mix textures. The easiest way to get started doing this is by adding a straw bag to your outfit. Straw bags are the anthem of summer! My go-to for mixing textures? Leather sandals, a linen dress, a straw hat, and a straw bag. *chef’s kiss* These different textures offer the perfect amount of contrast.

Whatever you choose, mixing different textures will add depth to an all-black outfit and make your outfit look more summer appropriate.

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5. Choose Breezy Silhouettes

There’s no talking you out of wearing black in summer. And why should you stop? Black is one of the best colors after all! Breezy silhouettes are a great way to give your favorite color a summer-friendly update.

Look for clothing items with a relaxed and flowy fit. Such as light linen pieces, trapeze dresses, swingy skirts, tunics, flowy maxi dresses, and wide-leg trousers. These pieces will allow air to circulate and keep you feeling cool. To go a step further, pair your breezy silhouette pieces with lightweight fabrics like cotton or chambray for a look that’s comfortable and perfect for hot summer days.

6. Don’t be Afraid of Prints

Just because you’re wearing black doesn’t mean that your outfit has to look dull. Adding a print is a great way to keep your black outfit light and summery! Just look for your favorite summer prints in this dark hue, such as dark florals for a moody yet warm weather look.

You can also incorporate stripes or polka dots into your outfit to bring some life to the black color. Just be careful not to overdo it by wearing too many different prints together! For a chic finish and pulled-together look, pick one print and pair it with neutral pieces.

7. Embrace Sheer Fabrics

Sheer fabrics are a great way to wear black in the summer. These light fabrics can be used to create beautiful, ethereal looks that keep you looking fashionable and cool during the summer months. Sheer materials can also be layered with other fabrics to create a dramatic look that won’t weigh you down on a hot day.

Try pairing a sheer fabric with more opaque pieces for an interesting contrast. For an evening look, consider pairing a sheer top with a slip skirt and strappy-heeled sandals. Finish the look with some eye-catching jewelry for added drama. With sheer fabrics, you can easily go from day to night without having to change your outfit!

8. Consider Layering

Layering? In the summer? Isn’t that a terrible idea? Hear me out…Layering can be a great way to stay cool in the summer heat while making your black outfits look more interesting. The key is do to it lightly.

Layer a white tank top under a dress or jumpsuit, pair a black cardigan with a printed maxi skirt, or wear an open linen button-down over a dress. Adding a light layer adds interest to your black look. You can also play with different lengths, such as pairing a cropped top with high-waisted trousers for a flattering and stylish look.

Rocking black in summer might seem strange and even daunting, but this hue can create some elegant and fun looks for every summer occasion! Use these tips and tricks to stay cool, comfortable, and fashionable during the hottest months of the year.

Do you want an outfit cheat sheet to know how to mix casual and elegant style? I’ve got one for you here!

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Founder and editor of My Chic Obsession, Carolyn is your trusted fashion maven. Carolyn's drive to help others achieve a classic and timeless wardrobe fuels her posts, making a go-to resource for style seekers worldwide. Beyond the wardrobe, she resides in the heartland of the Midwest, dreaming up new ideas and raising her two lively boys - her biggest fashion critics.