Month: June 2021

How to Wear Black in Warm Weather

black polo dress, espadrilles, and straw tote

Some say wearing black in summer makes you hotter, and some say it makes you cooler. When I told my mom that I was going to write a post on the topic, she said, “You’re going to roast them. Stick to the light colors.” She agreed that it’s ok to wear this shade when the sun goes down, but she wasn’t sold on the idea of wearing it when, as I’d phrased it, “it’s not too hot.” If I’d been more specific with the range in temperature to which I was referring, perhaps I could have made a better case for wearing it during the day.

In addition to wearing black when the sun goes down, I don’t see anything wrong with wearing a little black dress or other article of clothing made from breathable fabric if the high stays below 80° F. If you’re going to be stuck in the office for most of the day, wearing black seems like the least of your worries. If the temperature in your workplace is regulated and/or your desk is located away from a window, the issue is far less relevant. If you’re in Germany, you probably have access to a functioning window at work; lucky you! For those who can’t see the sky from their desks, the sun isn’t going to know or care what you wear to your workplace. If you’re in the cloudy UK, wearing black in summer is a nonissue.

Other black items that can be worn during warm weather include a swimsuit at the beach or by the pool, sandals, and accessories. A straw bag with black accents, like this one from Kayu, is aesthetically pleasing and a bit unexpected.

Works Sighted

Nautica polo dress // Castañer Carina 60mm wedge espadrille // Kayu mini Behati tassel straw tote (old)

Further Reading

How to Wear Black in Summer (Net-a-Porter)

Should You Wear White or Black on Hot Days? Here’s the Data (Wired)

Rent the Runway

Dresses from Rent the Runway

In my former social life, I used to consult Rent the Runway’s website in preparation for parties that warranted the purchase of a new dress. Founded in 2009, the company is in the business of renting out designer clothes (primarily dresses). RTR’s most admirable quality: a wide selection of dresses in a generous range of sizes. I’ve come close to placing an order plenty of times but still have yet to experience the service first-hand. I use the site primarily as a source of inspiration when it comes to social wear.

I can’t say that I have plans to become more social in the in-person sense of the word, but my return to the office may be more imminent than I’d previously thought. While commuting to work isn’t exactly a celebration, getting dressed in an outfit that brings me joy every day certainly is. I’m currently conducting an inventory of my closet. My goal is to determine which pieces to retire, what attire to buy, and which dresses, if any, I should rent. I see the joy putting on a designer dress could potentially bring me. If I’m going to take public transportation, I could at least do it in Armani—even if it’s only for a week.

Works Sighed

Derek Lam Collective // Slate & Willow (RTR private label) // Donna Morgan // Derek Lam Collective

Dress the Population // Emporio Armani // JS Collection // Milly