4 Tips to Lighten It Up!
Happy day, Reader Dear!
I fixed the typo. Sometimes the fingers get ahead of the brain. The first time I typed eader Drear, which I am hoping most fervently that you are not!
Although… Eader drear sounds like something from an Edward Gorey book, and I do so love Edward Gorey. He appeals to my dark side. (I’m happy to let mine out to play.) I often think of my personality as Cheerful Subversive, which feels rather Gorey.
Oddly, for the dark of heart, I prefer to live my life in color rather than in black and more black. Some people do. (I know, I used to be one of them.) Just because I don’t wear much black (Any more, doesn’t mean that others don’t! I need to spend some more time with black. Then, back in March, Gail asked ” I only wonder how to lighten the look of black in the summer (a new topic for you perhaps)!” Her comment led me to realize that I really haven’t been giving black the love it deserves.
I had been thinking I had already done that topic somewhere… But I hadn’t! It was only a throwaway comment about black for summer.
Yes, some of these tips are related to my 5 Tips for Wearing Black post from ages ago!
Tip #1 Show Some Skin
Make there be less of the black… Show some skin. Choose shorts or skirts rather than trousers. Sleeveless tops create a lighter look than long sleeves. Sheer and eyelet (broderie) can work the same lightening magic!
Tip #2 Add Light Neutrals
Add some lighter neutrals to your mix. More than one, in fact! I love the textures and variations of color here…
Want neutral but a little trendier and flirtier? Try these…
Tip #3 Add Pattern (I’ll Choose Gingham!)
You can choose any pattern you like, but I’ll add gingham! In color or black and white. Yes, you can go for other patterns too, but gingham just shouts SUMMER! And it’s everywhere this year. Can’t you see these with a little black shift dress?
Tip #4 Add Color
Summer brights can feel “shouty” when juxtaposed with black. Or maybe summer brights feel too hot to you? Try a subtle color for less shout and heat… I’d love to see black with a watery aqua, too! Or a eucalyptus green…
If this post inspires you to try and step out of your little black box, read this for more way to kick the black habit!
How About You?
Right now we are in the middle of a ridiculous heat wave. I don’t even want to wear my skin! How is it where you are? Are you a lover of black? All year long? How best do you like to wear it? What is your favorite Black + combination? Do tell! I love to hear from you!
And try to stay cool…