Fashion & Beauty

Updating a Summer Uniform

Accessorize with Loewe’s puffy sunglasses, a convertible clutch from M. Gemi and Bibi Lou slide sandals from Anthropologie.

A WHILE back—okay, six years ago— we asked you to tell us about your go-to, warm-weather outfit. At the time, some of you said you went for all black; others preferred combinations of black and white —T-shirts and button-ups paired with white and black jeans/capris/bermudas/skirts.

You’re all in good company. Longtime Vogue stylist Tonne Goodman dresses in a black turtleneck, white Levi’s 501s and black loafers. The late Karl Lagerfeld stayed true to his uniform of a blazer, skinny jeans and suede ankle boots, while Vogue creative director at-large Grace Coddington’s regulars are black trousers and classic white sneakers. Albert Einstein reportedly bought several variations of the same gray suit so he wouldn’t have to waste time deciding what to wear each morning.

But, we were curious about a couple of things: Has your uniform changed—how? If you’re sticking with black or black and white, how are you making it look fresh? Neon may be trending this summer, but we’re not fond of the fad unless your job involves emergency road work—at night. Rosie Assoulin‘s Crayola-colored stack bracelets would work well with black or white. And a shot of bright orange like on those Bibi Lou slide sandals (above) promise zhuzh along with comfort. How cute is M. Gemi’s convertible clutch—so cute it’s sold out in green but comes in a bright yellow, too—as do Loewe’s hot sunnies, which are, er, eye-catching. Don’t underestimate the power of a Lisa Corti pocket square or Lizzie Fortunato’s flamingo hoops to add color around your face. Thoughts?

We’d love to hear from you and will publish your responses in a post next week. Talk to us–either in the comments box or to me (Janet) directly via e-mail:



4 thoughts on “Updating a Summer Uniform

  1. I pretty much take the easy way— black in fall and winter, white all summer. Especially like white linen, pants and shirts. Not much jewelry. My version of “coastal grandma.”!

  2. Nancy G says:

    I like to switch to a predominantly white wardrobe, at least on the bottom, by late spring. It’s just a mood brightener, although I have a pair of black jeans on the boat as a staple. And I find myself drawn to citrus shades for shoes, whether sandals or inexpensive sneakers, belts, tee shirts, tote bags. This year though, I keep looking at white dresses. There’s gonna be the perfect one for me soon on my feed. I just know it. I already have a great white denim skirt that I’ve had a few seasons, and love. I can wear it with absolutely anything.

  3. cynthia tilson says:

    I just bought a cute, inexpensive bucket shoulder bag in an irresistible lime green color. No matter what I’m wearing, people comment on that happy-colored purse!

  4. Carol says:

    Interesting. The only black clothes I have for warm weather is a light cotton pair of black capris with pockets! Why would anyone wear a black turtleneck in warm weather?!? Well, I do have a couple of black sleeveless tops, too. When I went to an office daily, I would wear black pants and a black top with a colorful lightweight sweater since my office was cold or a colorful top with a black lightweight sweater. I like white pants during the hot days of July and August (and hopefully June) with various colorful tops. Also I have light blue linen pants and a shirt that are nice and light that I wear a lot. Guess that’s my go-to for summer.

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