A fierce black ensemble is the adult equivalent of “we’re the cool kids and you can’t sit with us.” Maybe that’s why New Yorkers are obsessed with wearing black and why we can’t let it go, especially when we move away from NYC. But living in a city that adopts Southern preppy and colorful contemporary year-round, my idea of how to wear black in the summer, as a New Yorker in DC, has transformed over the years.Summer sees an influx of a lot of things that are not otherwise suited year round – like botanical photo shoots and “beach” hair (for those of us who can control that sort of thing anyway.)
Wardrobes become overrun with running colors like the rest of the world believes summer is a season long holi. But letting seasons dress you, rather than dressing for the seasons, is not what it’s about.
If color is your true expression then wear as you were. But if that’s not who you are, then you are not being true to your aesthetic. And if you are not true to your aesthetic, then what are you doing with yourself? After all, “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” (Rachel Zoe)
Wearing my summer black as an accent color is my silent expression of feeling like the cool kid on the block, all because my heels are rooted in New York City.
This monochrome floral crop top and high waisted pencil skirt pairing are my favorite pieces from this summer – D.C. doable but jet-set-ready. The dark art of black and navy flowers on a white apparel canvas are chic, feminine and just a little intimidating.
And while most confuse black’s effortless chic with style sanctioned laziness, wearing black in the summer is truly about curated designs and rebel instincts.
Photographer: The very talented Callum. || Coming Soon: Day to Night: Custom YSL Blouse + Black/White Floral Print Skirt
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