26 July 2016

3 Ways To Style Black For Summer

Ladies: Raise your hands if you have a soft spot for anything black! Thought so!

Although I am a self-confessed walking rainbow, as I get older, black is becoming more and more appealing to me. But, living in a constant tropical paradise, black seems about as fitting to my climate as an Eskimo in a bikini.

As Summer is here for most of the world, and hopefully not too far away for my fellow ladies down under, I thought I'd share 3 vibrant ways to style black for Summer.

All it takes it takes is one black playsuit (with an oh-so-lush choker neckline...)
1. Add Some Brown & Neutrals

how to wear black and brown together 

choker neck playsuit
safari style playsuit look
shell embellished clutchblack playsuit with brown accessories

 Choker Neck Playsuit: Sammy Dress*
Belt: Vintage (Similar here)
Clutch: Kass & Ko (Similar here)
Boots: Rubi Shoes
Hat: Choies (Similar here)

I always let out a little giggle to myself when I talk about styling brown **tehehe**. Why? Cos I'm stupidly immature and brown equals what you're likely to find floating in the....I'll leave it there! Brown itself brings to mind some sort of disgusting tone you wouldn't be seen dead in (I lie, I styled an all brown outfit here), BUT tan accessories are always a great thing! As are neutral toned accessories in general.

Adding tan/brown goodies to an all black look will dress it down and make it super Summer appropriate. The belt and boots combo add a bit of cowboy to the look. To ensure I didn't look like I was about to scream 'yeehah' and break down in Cotton Eye Joe, I opted for a sophisticated fedora rather than a floppy hat. 

In short, the of the story is that brown in small quantities is great, unless it's chocolate, then the more the merrier!

2. Over-Accessorize With Bright Boho Pieces
bright jewellery with black
how to layer jewellery

bright coloured boho jewellery

how to wear jewellery with a choker neck

layered boho jewellery

 Choker Neck Playsuit: Sammy Dress*
Sunglasses: Firmoo*
Feather Necklace: Sportsgirl
Coloured Necklace & Earrings: Lovisa
Bag: Local Market

Although adding jewellery pieces is commonly known to dress up an outfit, it can dress down a look too! It's all about the pieces you choose! Opt for lashings of brighter-than-life boho jewellery and that becomes a casual, Summer look.

Using unusual, bohemian handbags will immediately move your black look into casual Summer territory. I bought this horse printed, ethnic extravaganza at a local market and it's perfect for when I want something that little bit quirky!

3. Go For Simple & Sporty
black for Summer

street style Adidas superstars
fold over mon purse clutch
the choker neck trendpolkadot sunglassesblack playsuit for summerChoker Neck Playsuit: Sammy Dress*
Sneakers: Adidas Originals
Clutch: Mon Purse
Sunglasses: Vintage (Similar here)

My new life mantra: if you don't know what to wear with it, just throw on some Adidas Superstars! And if you want to tone down a formal black look, they will do just that! I kept it pretty minimal with a fold over leather clutch and did my best attempt at that Scandinavian minimalist thing. But, me being me, I couldn't totally commit and had to add some boomshakalaka with these vintage polka dot shades. Styling black for Summer, with a touch of Hepburn!

Todays wander-luxe was brought to you from the Cairns Botanical Gardens and the Cairns Wharf Terminal. Yep: I live in paradise!


  1. Love this look!
    Xoxo, Maggie

  2. Beautiful three ways to combine the black! My favorite is the second, I love the boho mood!

  3. Loving all the three looks babe! You look stunning as always! <3

  4. I definitely have a soft spot for black! Love these summer styling ideas :)

  5. Great outfits!

  6. Great fashion tips, thanks!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

  7. Love all of these tips, black and sporty is so chic! Love the boho style too, love the statement necklace! Xx

  8. who says black is not for summer! I'm all for brightening your wardrobe when the sun comes out but its so easy to make black work for the warmer days and i love your styling! perfect xx

  9. It's nice to see someone who truly appreciates the beauty of where they live, you truly do live in paradise, Rachel. I wear black a lot but never thought of pairing it with brown, I usually go with white. And LMAO at floating in the.... You're a kid at heart and I love it!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  10. Ohhh!
    You look gorgeous in all three!


  11. the 2ned look is perfection, but i love it all

  12. I need to get myself some Adidas Superstars! I think I would get so much wear out of them but just can't bear to part with the money. I love that jumpsuit and completely agree that it's all about the accessories you add to an outfit :) Fab post with some great ideas x

  13. Great ideas! My favorite is sporty style!

  14. Black is my favourite colour, I know some will argue that black is not considered as a colour but yeah! I don't mind wearing all black in summer, with a few colourful additions it actually looks good. Also black&brown (not much) is a nice combination too. Brow shoes and belt can make the outfit look so appealing. As always you rock all these three outfit combinations!

    Living in paradise is my dream... One day... hopefully one day I will :) xx

    Ela BellaWorld

  15. These are all such great styles!

  16. Love all outfits, especially the last one, so chic. I adore black clothes. They always make me feel smart.

    Jasmien x
    Jas Claire

  17. I'm obsessed of this color! For me it's the best for every single season. It is absolutely elegant and on point! You look stunning and those outfits are adorable! The idea to put something colorful like bag accessory or shoes is perfect! Love this post!

  18. I love wearing black in the summer too. Love how you styled all three looks, the first one is my fave!

  19. Your signature is super cute by the way! Also, I like black more and more as I get older too. There is so much you can do with it. Dress it up or down and you'll always look the part!


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  20. Love that playsuit! It looks good all three ways. My favorite is definitely the first one, though. That belt is so pretty!

    xo, mikéla /

  21. That first ensemble is my favorite. So cute!

    XO, Jessi

  22. I love the second look! I would totally add bright pieces because black alone isn't my favorite (love colors way too much). Perfect ideas/tips Rachel!

  23. Love your tips! I am actually a girl of black clothes :)) the third one was my favorite <3

    Capturing Life Memoirs |

  24. TBH, you nail every look! I wouldn't mind wearing with sneakers or boots. Very pretty babe :)

  25. These are fabulous tips babe! And love your photos! :)

    xo Soo |

  26. Simple and sporty is such a great look with black, love it!

  27. Agree black all year around every day xx

  28. I usually avoid black in summer but these are great ideas how to style a black outfit! I love the over-sized accessories!


  29. Some great looks here! You can certainly style up a black outfit with colourful accessories.

    You look very elegant in these looks and especially like the first Sammy Dress outfit.

    Laura xo

  30. Fab post, Love all outfits, you look fab )))

  31. In love with three of the looks! I love the idea of accessorizing black outfit with bright boho accessories..... I also love the idea of accessorizing it with sporty details!
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