A little black dress is timeless regardless of season. However, in the summer months many opt for a little white dress as a fresh alternative. Although I am all for LWDs, an LBD can be just as current during the warm seasons. All you need are some colorful accessories to take your favorite black dress from winter chic to summer ready!
Layer bright pastel hues on your wrist for a fun mix of summer colors.
Bold statement earrings (especially pink ones) add an elegant splash of femininity without overpowering the look.
Don't forget to dress head to toe! Wildly bright shoes are perfect for summertime and make a statement when paired with a simple black dress.
When dressing summer fresh, think colors that all belong in the same category (either brights, pastels, or bolds). I stuck with mostly pastels for this look - including my nails, which are a light lavender color.
The black dress grounds the entire look and brings all these different hues together seamlessly so as to not overwhelm the outfit or the wearer.
Another reason to wear a black dress in summer instead of a white one is that a black dress works for any time of day. With bright accessories, an LBD is daytime appropriate, but because the dress is black, the entire ensemble easily transitions to a fancy dinner out on the town.
Photos by Dan Harper (thanks Dad)!
[dress: TopShop, wedges: Blow Fish, earrings: Ann Taylor, blue bracelet: Banana Republic, pink bangle: Ann Taylor, yellow bracelet: J Crew, gold bracelet: Stella & Dot]
I talk about LBDs a lot but that's because they're incredibly versatile and will always be a classic. I own numerous styles of black dresses and I'm always finding new ways to dress them up or down depending on the occasion. You can't go wrong in an LBD - even in summertime. It's all in the accessories!
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