Wearing Black in the Summer

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A long necklace for summer

Wearing Black in the Summer

Lesley is showcasing wearing black in the summer with a column of color and a lighter kimono vest. Charlotte showcased black capris with some brighter colors for her version. And I wore black shorts.

Quote of the day: “For every failure, there’s an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.” Mary Kay Ash

Black is one of those neutrals that seems to work year round for most women. And since it’s so popular, I decided we should showcase wearing black in the summer with three different versions of pants and styles.

I’ve read a couple of articles how wearing black in the summer is actually cooler. But if it’s anything like drinking hot liquids to cool you off, then I don’t believe it, LOL!! Sure, there is science and rationale behind anything. However, you also have to evaluate how things work and feel for you. And I know that drinking iced beverages is cooler for me in the 100 degree heat.

Staying cool with wearing black in the summer

Pants: Style & Co ~~ Kimono: Chicos-thrifted ~~ Top: Josephine Woman ~~ Shoes: Dakota Chase~~ Necklace: ~~ Purse: thrifted

Wearing black in the summer for women

Adding Lightness with a Kimono

Even with a column of black in this outfit, the lighter vest is the focal point. It’s due to the contrast between the light and dark along with the beautiful print.
Lesley recently purchased this at one of our local consignment stores. Do you know the difference between consignment and thrift? I’m discussing it below if you’re interested.

How the Accessories Play a Part

While the earrings and necklace could easily be worn both summer and winter, I feel like a straw purse is pure summer. While we see lots of straw totes and purses, you certainly don’t see as many clutch versions.

Tassel accessories have made a comeback almost 5 years ago, and all three of us showcased the detail then. I truly don’t see these going out of style too soon, since we seem to be revisiting the styles from the 60’s and 70’s. And I recently saw fringe as part of the 2020 Fall Fashion (be on the lookout for that blog post this month).

Insider tip: You can always make your own tassels and hang them on virtually anything. Just like I made and wore on a gold necklace in this post.

Ways of wearing black in the summer

Wearing Black Pants in the Summer

Black pants are the universal dress up pants for the women I see here in my retirement community. In fact, the three of us explored how to change up the uniform of black pants and a red sweater for the winter.
Of course, summer pants and winter pants can be vastly different when you live in the desert. Finding a pair that is lightweight is key.

Insider tip: It’s hard to discern the weight of an item when shopping online. My suggestions are to
1-Read the reviews. Many times a description from someone else will help.
2-Some sites have an “ask a question” feature usually found near the reviews.
3-Or most sites have a “contact us” or “live chat” option.
4– Most importantly know the return policy before you purchase an item.

Bright orange sandals for older women

Bright Colored Sandals

That fashion rule where you should match your shoes to your pants? That’s definitely one we should break often to add a modern vibe to our look. Trust me when I say that trying to look taller should not be your overall goal when getting dressed. The goal should be showing off your personality and having fun. And nobody’s personality includes the adjective “tall.”

Insider tip: The post I wrote where we should forget about looking any kind of “er” is still one of my most popular ones. I hope you reread it many times.

Therefore, incorporating any bright colored sandals is a fabulous way to lighten up any outfit. We recently showcased how yellow sandals tie into summer looks so easily. Yet orange, red, blue or green could be just as wonderful.

A kimono for wearing black in the summer

Thrift vs. Consignment

Most consignment stores accept items from people who will then get a percentage of the price when it sells. A thrift store is usually a non profit organization that takes donations only and keeps all of the proceeds.
This means that most consignment stores have a better quality of products to sell. (Although you can definitely find quality at thrift stores too. But sometimes, it is more of a hunt).

Insider tip: If you love to shop secondhand, finding other stores when you travel can be a treasure trove. Yelp can be a great app for this.

The shop where Lesley found this kimono vest has many racks of Chico’s items which is why she frequents it often. Another option if you enjoy a certain brand is to check out online thrifting where you can search for those brands. I recently wrote a post on tips for shopping Poshmark.

Insider tip: Even consignment stores are known to have sales and coupons. Make sure to ask if it’s someplace you go often.

Wearing black in the summer

Photo credit: Rob Filogomo

My Goal

Thank you for visiting my space on the internet. I like to showcase how it’s never too late to look great for women of any age, size or working with any budget.
I feel I’m here to help move beyond the fashion rules of yesterday and evolve. Style and clothes are made to give you joy. Not cause us stress because we are worried about what other’s think.

My hope is that you get ideas and inspirations from Charlotte, Lesley and myself. It’s not about copying what we wear, but about using what you already have and updating items along the way.
Most of all it’s getting us to think differently and dare I say, have fun?