Art of Style

How To Wear Black In Summer

Black is prized for its understated elegance and endless wearability, but it’s not always the most obvious choice when it comes to summer dressing. Here, discover how to maximize its year-round appeal when styled the right way…

A black summer wardrobe can have unexpected versatility, offering an ultra-contemporary approach to warm-weather dressing that delivers a dramatic style statement

The summer months might set the tone for bright, joyful style, but is proving that fashion’s favorite shade isn’t suited for the winter months or after-dark looks only. While fashion goths might nod to the sartorial impact of Netflix’s hit series Wednesday (based on The Addams Family’s eldest offspring), the enduring appeal of black comes from its ability to highlight the silhouette and craftsmanship of a singular design. The key to styling the inky shade is to pair contrasting textures and choose pieces with dynamic shapes, so that head-to-toe black looks elevated and considered.

Whether you’re getting dressed for a summer day in the city or packing for a weekend away, you can’t go wrong with versatile silk-twill camisole. Dress it up for a balmy, coastal date night with the matching crinkled midi skirt, which exudes understated elegance. Then complete the look with minimal leather sandals and a chic shoulder bag by

For an office-to-off-duty look with enough polish for the theater or evening drinks, consider ‘Flavie’ tailored pants – available only at NET-A-PORTER – styled with romantic bustier top to keep the aesthetic cool, not corporate. When it comes to finishing touches, slip on slick kitten-heel pumps (a NET-A-PORTER exclusive) and a capacious leather tote by that’s roomy enough to fit all your daily essentials – as well as a laptop, makeup pouch and change of shoes, if required.

‘Paseo’ satchel, on the other hand, is a sleek alternative to the essential everyday crossbody. Wear yours with + NET SUSTAIN’s ruffled mini dress. Consciously crafted from airy linen certified by Oeko-Tex and European Flax, it’s ideal for a garden party or alfresco lunch. Finish with minimal ballet flats and oversized sunglasses by – this look is all about relaxed refinement.


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