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A flair for fashion: How to wear black in the summer

Rhiannon Myee
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily

Once again it’s the time of year where we put away the skis, the snowshoes and the ever so flattering puffer jackets. We can now breathe a sigh of relief as we put away the beanies and consequently give up the gift of hat hair!

It’s summer and things are definitely starting to heat up in the Vail Valley.

However, it’s also the time most of us start cringing at the thought of changing the tried-and-true, everyday black ensemble to something, well, not black.

For years now, there has been a “rule,” if you will, that we should not wear black in the summer. Is it wrong? Absolutely not! Yes, it does attract more heat, but done the right way, black can keep its slot in your closet, and you won’t burn to a crisp. Everybody wins! There are just a few basic things to remember and a few new things to try, and you’ll be in business.

When wearing black in winter, the fabrics are heavy, oftentimes with high collars that do not expose a lot of skin, if any. When looking for an all-black summer outfit, look for fabric that is light and airy, such as silk, chiffon or lace incorporated pieces.

For the women who need some color, consider adding a brightly-colored statement necklace, cocktail ring or clutch, with matching colored shoes. For all the true black wearers out there, try adding natural tones such as a leather belt cinched at the waist, or relax the look with accessories like wooden bangles or cork wedges.

Who says we can’t take it even further by pulling a winter piece and taking it into summer? Take the basic, black blazer, for instance. For elegance, no matter the occasion, throw it over a plain white tank, add some denim shorts or khaki-style pants and throw on some animal print sandals just to keep ’em guessing! Check out the Sam Edelman “Gigi” Sandals shown here that you can score for $60 a pair! Swapping out your winter boots and solid color flats for geometric patterns, strappy sandals and jewel-toned flats are essential in welcoming your beloved black into the sun.

I know that selecting accessories can sometimes be overwhelming and nobody wants to feel like a Christmas tree. So when you want to keep the minimalist thing going, look for a piece that speaks for itself. The black Robert Rodriguez romper shown here is a perfect example. Made of a breezy soft fabric called lyocell, it has a halter tie, exposing the back, with the shorts cuffed making it cool, effortless and chic. Add some wedges (or some neutral sandals if you’re of model height) and rock it without having to pretend that you’re missing your sled.

With limited choices up here in the valley, online shopping is going to become your best friend when done correctly. Stay tuned for next week and I’ll break it down so that you can bring the big city fashion into our little town of Vail without having to leave your desk!

Rhiannon Myee is a performing artist, with 15 years of experience in singing, acting, dance and modeling. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she has worked globally. She will study image styling and fashion journalism at the University of the Arts London in England. Email comments about this column, or topics you’d like to see covered here, to cschnell@vaildaily.com.

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