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May 18, 2011  | by: LaDawn Penigar-Mitchell

ASOS Summer Maxi Dress

Along with the arrival of summer comes an explosion of color on the fashion scene that is difficult to resist. Everyone wants to avoid the darker colors of the fall and winter seasons, and black is usually the first to go. Since most fashion-conscious girls are unsure of what to do with their classic black pieces, they eventually pack their blacks away until the wintertime for fear of looking unfashionable or wearing clothes not in season. However, it is not essential to only wear white, pastels or colorful clothes. One can still opt to wear black during the summer months and look trendy and appealing at the same time.

Jason Wu Neck Blouse and Khaki Shorts

Black is truly a universal color that can be worn all year round. The key is to have your black clothing feel lighter and cooler during the warmer months. Choose airy, thinner fabrics and avoid wearing anything with long sleeves. Ultimately, this prevents sweating and the creation of excess body heat that would be undesirable for any fashionista. A stylish girl should shop around for cute black baby doll or maxi dresses and khaki, white or bright shorts or capris to be coupled with loose black tops.  A breezy shift dress or sundress is a good choice as well.

Kimberly Taylor Strapless Dress

Of course, summer brings the delights of color to every trendsetter looking to extend her wardrobe with bright, fun clothes, and black should be added to the mix to give a nice contrast. Take advantage of the summer season’s new and brightest designs and apply them to black. Look for clothing items that are rich with color but use black as well in the design or as a background or accent color.

Bold color blocking is a great example of a way to spice up black during the summer.

You’ll still be wearing classic black, but the mixture of brights will make it a summer friendly outfit.

Jay Godfrey Two-Tone Dress

If crazy colors are not your style, stick with the classic choice of black and white. This graphic combination is chic and sophisticated and always a winner when worn correctly. Take a crisp white shirt and pair it with black shorts or capris or do the opposite and wear a black top with white shorts or denim. Don’t forget that khaki and black are fabulous duos as well and could not be a better fashion choice for summer.

Further relax your look with neutral or bright accessories. This could easily be the most convenient way to pull of black during the summer without looking severe or dull. Take your bold and beautiful accessories and style them with your closet’s favorite black pieces to enhance your look. Add pops of color such as yellow, orange, pink and coral through stylish scarves, handbags and jewelry or wear fabulous bright sandals.  Another option is to use nude tone accessories or wear light, neutral shoes. A girl is still able to wear her favorite black dress or ensemble but adds a summer feel with the simple additions of bright or neutral accessories.

Free People Printed Romper

Don’t be afraid of black during the summer and instead learn to embrace all the fashionable opportunities that come along with it. Black is multi-seasonal and has the added bonus of looking good on almost everyone. Just be confident and creative when it comes to wearing black this summer; never be reluctant to experiment with your style choices and different colors.  Simply have fun with black this summer and know that it can be as fresh and innovating as the summer brights.

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