If you think summer style is all about bright colours, you are absolutely wrong. Instead, here’s how you can work the ubiquitous black and white to look chic and comfortable even with the scourging heat of the sun this season.
While white items remain a staple in our summer style, black will always be a true minimalist favourite. To incorporate black in your beach-friendly wardrobe, follow these key tips.
TIP # 1: PICK LIGHT FABRICS
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As a dark colour like black attracts more heat, it definitely helps when you pick light fabrics like chiffon and cotton.
TIP # 2: SMALL DETAILS MAKE A HUGE IMPACT
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Small details bring a lot of drama to your summer style. Since you cannot go all out on your fabric of choice to combat the dry wind and extreme heat, choose clothing pieces that have small and interesting details. Take this maxi for instance that comes with a high low hem and two contrasting fabrics – cotton and chiffon. The subtle details definitely make all the difference.
TIP # 3: PICK DAY AND NIGHT LOOKS
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Packing for a weekend trip need not be tedious since you will just be spending two days away. It helps when you choose clothing pieces that can work for both day and night. Summer style should work both ways.
TIP # 4: BARE THAT SKIN
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A summer beach getaway is a good excuse to bare a little more skin than the usual. When wearing an all-black outfit, you have the reason to skimp on some fabric. Wear a black crop top with a full midi skirt or a black bikini top with black wide legged breezy culottes. The saying “less is more” totally makes sense, especially when dressing for the beach.
TIP # 5: MAKE SHEER YOUR BEST FRIEND
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Sheer clothing items – especially in the colour black – are the chic go-to pieces this summer. To wear them at the beach, simply put on statement-making accessories like a wide-brimmed hat or thick bangles to further elevate your look.
Contributor: Anne Reyes
Anne is a Manila-based fashion blogger who loves minimalism, Instagram and bikinis. She works full-time in real estate marketing, recently launched her fashion blog Curated Style, and now contributes fashion and lifestyle articles to Vanilla Luxury. Check her out on Facebook and Instagram at @curated_style.