Monday, April 26, 2010

Reader Question: How to Wear Black for Spring?

I fiiinally had a chance to check my blog email and was delighted to find an interesting question from Shoptometrist reader, Becca.

"I'm addicted to wearing black and never know what to wear in the Spring. Pastels and floral prints make me want to vom. Is there any way to get away with black in the warmer months without looking all wrong?"

Worry not, dear Becca, because contrary to what the store windows tell you, your wardrobe does not have to turn candy-colored come Spring. With strategic styling, you can still get away with a mostly black wardrobe. The key is to lighten up the look with a clever mix of warm-weather staples. Three ideas to inspire:

1) Layering a sheer top in a contrasting hue over black allows you to lighten up your look without straying too far from your comfort zone. See-through burnout tees and mesh tops abound this season, so take your favorite black tank shopping (Oak and American Apparel come to mind) and see what you can come up with. I love Kelly Birgen's sheer, grey tank over lacy black camisole. Charcoal Laced Crop Tank, $118 @ Oak.

2) Take winter's black pencil skirt and tuck in a loose, breezy white tank in a graphic print. It lets you wear your black and play with prints, without going floral. Or you could buy the look as a whole, as shown. Motel Graphic Print 2-in-1 Dress, $59.18 @ ASOS.

3) Nothing says it's summer like tie-dye. Done in black, it looks more edgy than Dead-head. Wear it on its own as a dress with strappy gladiators or tuck it loosely into denim cutoffs.  Add a couple of layered necklaces + aviators and you've got yourself the perfect outfit for a summer music festival. Tie-dye racerback dress, in what is actually a dark, almost-black purple. Tie-dye Racerback Dress, $48 @ Nasty Gal Vintage.

Readers, feel free to share your own tips!

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