When I think of summer fashion, I often visualize glowing, radiant colors, only to be enhanced by the sun. The Sartorialist recently spotlighted a woman who wore all white, using only her shoes to promote another color. This idea was very mesmerizing. The dramatic block of a single neutral color was not only powerful, but expressive. The color black is rarely worn nor incorporated into our summer wardrobe, almost in a forbidden sense. Today’s Fashionista proved that state of mind wrong, establishing the chicness of wearing all black in the summer time.
The Little Black Dress does not have to be restricted to elaborate occasions. This Fashionista slipped a turtleneck underneath to bring down the high-brow tone of her LBD. While the weather is often unbearably hot, J.Crew has a tissue thin turtleneck to help stave off the heat. If that’s still too extreme for your summer weather, this idea can be executed with a fitted tee or a tank of a different fabric such as chiffon or even lace. The contrast between the different fabric materials can give the outfit more depth below the vastness of black. The only other color this Fashionista chose to integrate was the white in her shoes. These spectator peep-toe pumps had a splash of white against a black instep. Her choice to add a hint of another color from her spectators certainly drew attention, heightening a tailored spirit to her already Victorian look. There are these tantalizing spectator peep-toe pumps from Charles David. The intrigue is in the wingtips, which are usually only showcased on men’s Oxfords, combined with the dainty ribbon of the lacing. This Fashionista demonstrated that the dramatization of a single color set against her pale, fair skin was one to turn heads.
As I knelt down to take a picture of this Fashonista’s shoes, she heartily confessed to her boyfriend her relief in recently getting a pedicure, evident through her peep-toes. I took this little innocent confession as a piece of advice. Along the same idea as adding a splash of color, if you want to continue the black out all the way to your shoes, why not let your toes be highlighted with a bright color? Essie always produces the hottest, freshest colors each season, packaged in whimsical names. Their newest Resort Collection features a magenta pink polish, Splash of Grenadine. While your attire can feature a taste of black, Victorian elegance, your toes can stay in the illumination of summer 2010.