Would you consider doing an article on spring and summer looks for high value contrasts? I can’t wrap my head around how to get a summery look with dark colors. Especially if I don’t want to wear navy all the time. I’d love some photos to help me see how to make it work. I love the warm seasons best and I want to look light and breezy. Is there a way?
Yes we don’t naturally associate dark colours with summer and hot weather as dark colours absorb heat. But if darker colours suit you and you have a high value contrast, there are ways of putting outfits together that will help you achieve a summery look and still flatter your complexion and natural contrast level.
Choose a light weight fabric, floaty fabric, thinner, finer fabric which naturally say summer not winter.
Even for trousers, pick lighter colours and lighter weights. Just pair them back with a darker colour for high contrast balance.
choose patterns rather than solids in your dark colours. Large blocks of solid dark colours is very wintery. If you find a pattern you like in a dark colour with a high value contrast, it will lift the outfit from feeling heavy and hot, to lighter and cooler.
Here in this example above I’ve chosen patterns to lift the depth out of the fabric which speaks to warmer weather.
Choose the cool overtone colours of your palette – your teals, greens and blues which remind you of water and beaches and holidays.
Or choose a ‘fiesta’ colour like orange (if you’re warm) or yellow paired with a dark neutral to add that fun summer feel.
Remember that you can use a bright colour with a dark colour to give the illusion of high value contrast.
Use your accessories to create interest and a summer feel. Add a turquoise necklace (turquoise reminds me of tropical beach holidays!). Floral pieces are also more reminiscent of summer months (as flowers are more prevalent in warmer weather).
And then there are the kinds of clothes you choose. Dresses are the easiest way to create a summer feel. Pick a fun print in a high value contrast (or high value and colour contrast if that’s right for you), and away you go!
Your skin, if it’s fair, will naturally create a high value contrast in summer as you will have more of it exposed near your face – your arms provide that much needed element of value contrast to your darker tops if they are solid in colour.
Want more tips on summer outfits?