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How To Wear Black In Summer

There’s nothing quite as understated and elegant as an all-black ensemble, but it’s not always the obvious choice when it comes to summer dressing. Come the hotter months; we’re often quick to banish the winter tones from our wardrobes in favour of uplifting light pastels and neutrals. Yet, when executed correctly, black can lend a sultry, cool edge to any outfit across the seasons, and it won’t mean you’ll be sweltering either – here’s how to do it right.

The thought of wearing black clothes in the high heat of summer probably fills most with dread. And whilst black indeed absorbs heat from the sun, it is also known to wick heat away from the body. To ensure the utmost comfort when making moves in the city, lightweight textiles such as linen or cotton will instantly provide a cooler solution. Our zip-front linen dress is designed with an effortless silhouette and short sleeves to help keep your cool. Packed with a throw-on-and-go appeal, this relaxed style can be styled with chunky sandals, a nylon crossbody bag and oversized sunglasses for a statement all-black look.

Whether you’re dressing for a garden party or a late-night dinner date, a little black dress is an old faithful that will run and run. A mini wrap dress with pleat details is a one-and-done solution that is smart enough for those days in the office but just as suited for casual weekend plans. Embellish the look with layered gold necklaces and a pair of leather heeled mules if the occasion calls for it.

If you prefer incorporating other colours, black separates can be styled to strike the perfect balance between elegant and vibrant. Mid-length, straight skirts with inserted side slits are more cooling than you might think and pair beautifully with plain t-shirts or camisoles for a nonchalant look. Elsewhere, a wrap-style top makes the perfect accompaniment to white and blue denim for a weekend look that we can all rely on.

Prints set against a subdued backdrop are a great way of lessening the impact of an all-black ensemble; see our latest jumpsuit, emblazoned with a geometric motif, for a refreshing spin on one-and-done styling. If jumpsuits aren’t your thing, then turn your attention to romantic swathes of broderie anglaise. Perfect for milder climes, a cotton midi dress with intricate lace detailing is a surefire way to inject modern femininity and textural intrigue to your outfit, even when fashioned in a darker palette.

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