Thursday, July 9, 2009

On the Street……Summer Black, Paris

It is so tough to make an all black outfit not look oppressive in the summer heat.

I think the subtle fact that Darcy has a very open neckline really makes her look feel more open and easy.

“Makes her look feel,” that’s a funny phrase. I think a lot of times we decide how much we like a “look” based on how it must “feel” to wear it.


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  1. Queen of Mayhem

    July 9, 2009 at 11:01 am


  2. stylethread

    July 9, 2009 at 11:06 am

    I agree, a the feel of an ensemble contributes to the look. the restricted proportions and lighter fabrics lend to the summer feel.

  3. Ladybird

    July 9, 2009 at 11:09 am

    All black is always a good choice. :)

  4. Little Red

    July 9, 2009 at 11:55 am

    Beautiful lady! She looks so chic in all black!

    I agree that the neckline makes this look more open and easy. If the neckline wasn't so open, it wouldn't look as good. And it definitely wouldn't look comfortable for summer heat.

  5. Anonymous

    July 9, 2009 at 11:58 am

    she looks fantastic. each piece looks quality. simplicity of accessories make it look uncluttered. little makeup and hair back also allows the simplicity to work during the heat.

  6. Anonymous

    July 9, 2009 at 11:59 am

    she looks beautiful!

  7. Connie

    July 9, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Just gorgeous! Love the all black look.

  8. Anonymous

    July 9, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    love the jacket

  9. Jeannie

    July 9, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    I absolutely agree with your "look" and "feel" idea. I think fashion is a market of the emotions, but you out of all people would know that best :)

  10. Carson Bacon

    July 9, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    A general comment: I love when you write a comment under your posts. It is so nice to hear what you're thinking when you take these photos. That little extra personality makes the post more special.

  11. Tristan

    July 9, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    It is about feeling isn't it? Sometimes i want to project what i am feeling inside to the world and fashion is a way of doing it. I work in the city so overall the look is, you know, blue, gray, black etc. They're great colours and make good bases but i like throwing in the yellows, greens and whites to project a little of personality without breaking the rules entirely.

  12. Emma Howard

    July 9, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    She would look good in this beautiful outfit posing on black lava rocks next to crashing blue ocean

  13. Elaine

    July 9, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    I agree! That is funny you mentioned black in the summer. I plan on wearing black all year round….

  14. Anonymous

    July 9, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    we need to know what type of jacket that is! anyone know?

  15. Kimberley

    July 9, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    You can never go wrong with black, it's a staple in my wardrobe

  16. Hanna Persson

    July 9, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    I really like Looking at this!

  17. Alice Olive

    July 9, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    I never consider how ensembles must "feel" to wear in your shots, I am purely judging on aesthetic!

    I love this because all black here is simple and the individual items are unfussy. The sunnies are a perfect touch. I don't think she looks especially 'cool' (as in the opposite of warm) but she is casually elegant.

  18. dkzody

    July 9, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    San Francisco in the summer, or anytime, for that matter, you will find all black like this. I think it is de riguer for any big city.

  19. Anonymous

    July 9, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Amazingly good-looking! I feel the look.

  20. Sophie, the Barton Girl

    July 9, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    So true.

  21. LAFriendly

    July 9, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Beautiful girl ^^

  22. Brigadeiro

    July 9, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Love that coat, such a gorgeous outfit, love the way it drapes…

  23. claire

    July 9, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    I love black clothes in summertime. I never feel comfortable in pretty summer dresses so all my summer dresses are black.

  24. Anonymous

    July 9, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    This is interesting to me. I can NEVER understand how people can wear jeans or tight pants in the heat of summer! I see them and wonder…why??? I enjoyed your comments about look vs. feel. Interesting

  25. Anonymous

    July 9, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    I would wear this in a heartbeat. Casual, understated, effortless and elegant.

  26. Nouvelle Vue

    July 9, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    This is so chic and simple! Looks wonderful on her.

  27. Anonymous

    July 10, 2009 at 4:28 am

    Wow, such style!! I'd love to see her shoes too…. Sandals? Heels?? Ballet flats???

  28. AnonymousJK

    July 10, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    As long as I live, I will always love head-to-toe black; you just can't beat it!

  29. Rael

    July 10, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    i love the belt loop detail. i hope there is jet pocket hidden under the belt loop. im not sure if its the lighting or what, but the subtle difference of the shade of black of her coat breaks up the monotony of the all black ensemble. im sure the textures are lost in the photograph. but one cant ask for the world and get it all, right?

  30. Anonymous

    July 12, 2009 at 1:23 am

    Yeah I heard about Paris going black even in Summer(!) Sniff!..Ok,I lost my battle..Or maybe not! Watch out for a terrible backlash! Because in the end it's "contre nature" and defies common sense. Black absorbs heat when white reflects it and rejects it…It only makes sense if Summer is getting cold…but it's not, is it?


  31. StylePicks

    July 12, 2009 at 8:39 am

    I love this outfit.

  32. Bombshell Kitten

    July 13, 2009 at 2:16 am

    Problem is she's going to attract a lot of heat, but the outfit is stunning.

  33. Bratique Helene

    July 13, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    The cardi/jacket also helps the casual vibe with the rolled up sleeves and long length. Nice.

  34. Z

    July 14, 2009 at 1:24 am

    effortlessly chic

  35. ama

    July 14, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    love the sunglasses!

  36. trina's reality

    July 16, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    She looks so effortless as for wearing black during the summer. ;]

  37. Le 21ème

    July 18, 2009 at 3:11 am

    Black is the new Black


  38. rue

    July 19, 2009 at 5:46 am

    Very Angelina Jolie-esque…

  39. Shadan Saber

    July 21, 2009 at 9:39 am

    black and basic…

    always chic!

  40. marisa

    August 14, 2009 at 12:57 am

    <3 I love wearing all black or black with denim and this showed me a new outfit to try. I also want basic sunglasses i didn't know ray ban made the all black aviator..I'm a Fan!

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    August 24, 2009 at 12:03 pm


  42. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    on point

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