If you look through my wardrobe, you’ll find most of my clothes are in hues of blue and black. I like neutrals with some splash of color. As most people would be adorning themselves with colorful clothing for the summer, I generally keep to my basics. I have no problem wearing black in the summer. I embrace it!

Since the weather here in the Bay Area is still fairly warm, I thought I’ll highlight some of my summer outfits in my favorite colors – blue and black – and some summer time apparel tips. (For others outside the Bay Area where autumn is in full gear, you can save this for next spring/summer.) Enjoy!navy dress

A simple navy shirt dress with a cross-body purse and gold sandals highlighting the gold buttons on my dress. Casual but still dressy.

chambray dress

I saw this chambray dress at H&M and had to have it. A simple and classic daytime look. I wore it with a pair of tan penny loafers. I love these loafers because they have a laid back summer look.

blue lace dressblue lace dress detail
I like this baby blue lace dress because you can dress it up or down like I did here. Also, it’s a stretchy material = great brunch dress.

chambray shirtEveryone must have a chambray shirt in their closet. A MUST! I decided to pair it with a navy skirt instead of a pair of jeans like most people do. Mix it up!

(I wore this in Seattle as you can tell. It was chilly when I was there but just imagine this outfit without the tights and cardigan. Haha.)

light sweater with shorts marc jacob terrier shoes
In SF, summer can be warm then chilly really quick. I always bring layers – sweater, cardigans, knee-highs, stockings, leggings, tights, etc. – with me to add on throughout my day.

Here I have a very light and airy sweater that has a sheer top giving it a summery look paired with shorts, knee-highs, and a pair of fun shoes.

black dress black dress 2

A black cotton skater dress is a staple. You can’t see it here, but this dress is 3/4 sleeve – great for summer. Like I said, in SF you have to be prepare for the breeze to roll in. I wore a cardigan with fun mismatch prints.

black shirt and jeans

I love, love my black cotton tee. It is important to wear cotton in the summer because it’s breathable material. I offset the all black look with a pair of white sandals. If I had cuffed my jeans, this outfit would had looked perfect.

polkadot black dress

A simple cotton polka-dot shift dress and kept it casual with a pair of quilted slip-ons. Shift dresses are ideal for summer because they allow airflow.

I wore this outfit during one of those blazin’ hot summer weeks we had in the Bay. I kept my legs bared all day in SF, so you know it was WARM!

And I Leave You With…
Since the weekend is here, I wanted to end this post with a song by The Weeknd who I’m currently obsessed with. His voice is so beautiful and the man got style!