“Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn” – Gore Vidal
You know those Pinterest memes saying “I’ll stop wearing black when they invent a darker colour”? Well, I’d add: and maybe not even then. Black is my all-time go-to wardrobe staple. Black is where I go for comfort and security. Black is my refuge, my fail-safe option. And my love for its safe embrace doesn’t end when the snows melt.
Wearing black in the summer is just One of Those Things. It’s not something you do. Summer is meant to be that magical time when we shed our dark layers and shimmy into something floral, lightweight, colourful. Which is obviously lovely. But it’s not the only way to do a summer look. Proof below – vegan fashion bloggers FashionVeggie and Love and Blossoms.
…both looking flawless in black. On a summer’s day, no less. They know that rules are made to be broken. They know that they look stunning. But most important of all, they know that they can go colour-blocked tomorrow – because fashion is limitless.
What to wear, and how to wear it
Frankly, few things are as fabulous in the summer months as a dark, short-sleeved shirtdress. Like this one from Cleobella at Unicorn Goods. Or a relaxed jumpsuit like this one from Reformation. It’s sleek, it’s easy, it’s perfect. Worried about warmth? Fear not, black doesn’t have to mean sweat-fest – opt for a lighter-than-air, breathable fabric, short sleeves and floaty textures, and you’re saved. Dare to reach for the black bag, or toss a black bomber jacket over your printed dress. Choose shoes as devastatingly dark as your sunglasses. You might be faced with questions of the “but how can you? In this weather?!” variety – but you can knowingly smile, resting in the safety of being the best-dressed person in the room. Come rain or shine.