As much as we like playing with summery colours, prints and patterns during the hottest and humid months of the year — ‘Quick, let’s buy a tropical-inspired maxi dress to wear to the office’, or ‘Get a little white dress like Pippa Middleton’s or anti-fit top like Kim K’ for the weekend mall hopping — it’s nearly impossible to resist black pieces. The darkest shade, or let’s say the absence of shade, has a reputation of not being hot weather-appropriate, but the trick to wearing black in these hot and humid days are all in the fabrics you choose.
Designer Aditi Somani says, “Essentially, it is all about wearing the right fabrics — leather is pretty much a no-go (you don’t want to end up in a leather pants situation a la Ross Geller). Anything too heavy or clingy is going to make you look uncomfortable, so instead opt for cotton, linen or broderie anglaise, and wear them with your favourite chunky black heels. Don’t be afraid to flash a bit of shoulder or leg either to really ensure that your outfit is summer-ready. A black maxi dress is a good option but keep it floaty and not too tight. And black denim works beautifully with lightweight tops and matching sandals. One can opt for lightweight velvet too. Also, make sure that your clothes aren’t too tight because you definitely want to be able to breathe. For the really scorching days, try a simple, loose tank top and enjoy the breeze, or if the plain black look isn’t for you, try out a crew neck, printed T-shirt. These can easily be layered up for summer night-outs and are versatile enough to go with pretty much any trousers or shorts. A pair of black ankle trousers, shorts, or a skirt paired with a silky black tee looks classic, minimalist and chic as well.”
Throughout history, in many cultures and societal structures, black has stood as the polar opposite of white. While white resonates positivity and peace, black has been symbolic of death and negativity. Hades, the God of the underworld, sat on a black ebony throne, while for Romans, death was the hora nigra — the black hour. Yet we can’t live without it. Designer Kavita Bhartia says, “Like our favourite blue jeans, the little black dress is one of the most fundamental fashion emblems. And black is surely the most flattering colour. In fashion, black is not a negative but a neutral mediator.” She further adds that the shade is practical, never fades and goes with everything.
Recommending different options to go with a black ensemble, designer Gautam Gupta shares, “Appropriate amount of coloured accessories to break up the black look like carrying a red, pink or white coloured handbag will add brightness to your overall appearances. Makeup also affects the way you carry a black ensemble. Go for bold lip colours like blood red to soften the look.” Lastly, Amit Vijaya and Richard Pandav of amrich share that a black leather jacket would look wildly out of place but a pair of black ankle trousers, shorts, or a skirt paired with a silky black tee looks classic, minimalist, and as chic as can be.”...