I have today’s forecast for you: HOT!!!

If you’re alive and in New York City right now, then you know we are in the midst of a rather grueling heatwave. If you’re alive and you follow any New Yorkers on Twitter or Facebook, then you also know about the heatwave, because complaining about the weather to anyone who will listen is really what we do best. Temperatures have been hovering around 100°F for the past couple of weeks, and it’s just insanely humid. We walk a lot (and fast) here in NYC — most of us don’t get around in cars, so we’re walking several miles a day on the hot pavement, plus up and down the stairs into subway stations (which are not air conditioned, by the way). AND IT’S ALL UPHILL, BOO HOO. I know, I know, I’ll give it a rest, but seriously, we’re melting here right now. For those of us who wear black on the outside ‘cos black is how we feel on the inside, these are trying times. To take my mind off the fact that my hair is plastered to my head with sweat, I put together a couple of outfits that resemble what I’ve been wearing during the heatwave.

“The color for today is BLACK. That’s right, black! So you can absorb some of these rays and save that heat for winter. So you want to get on out there, wear that black and be involved!” That’s the truth, Ruth.


1. Boycott shirt, Kowtow
2. Mosaic scarf in marigold + black, Blockshop Textiles
3. Chock A Block necklace in black/brass, Maslo Jewelry
4. Licorice nail polish, Essie
5. Lace-up espadrille wedges, Gap
6. Sexy Skinny Jeans in dark indigo, ASOS (also in plus size!)
7. Paperback bag in black waxed canvas, Moop

I know it might seem silly to include a scarf, but it’s something I always keep in my bag, even on the hottest days. You just never know when you’re going to wind up in a store or office or apartment with the AC on full-blast, and you can go from sweltering to shivering in minutes. I do realize that skinny jeans probably also seem insane in hot weather, but that’s just how I roll. I at least make sure I’m wearing sandals with them to let some of the steam out! By the way, those espadrille wedges look amazing on, but I can’t walk five miles in them. One mile, sure. Then my feet hurt. They’re great for days when you don’t have to walk a million blocks, though!!

These ASOS jeans are great for my fellow high-hip-to-waist-ratio girls. Since I’ve been losing some weight I’ve needed to buy a couple of inexpensive pairs of “transition size” jeans, and I love the deep, even color of these and the way they fit. Very comfortable! (They come in plus size, too.)


1. Short sleeve black dress, Target
2. Super Duper Strength sunglasses, Karen Walker
3. Herringbone scarf in papaya, Blockshop Textiles
4. Tempus necklace, Stone & Honey
5. Geranium nail polish, Essie
6. Endless Bummer tote bag, Fieldguided
7. Leslie Zip Booties, Frye

YES, I have been wearing dresses! Well, one dress. I bought this guy on impulse for $25 at Target last month, and I’ve actually worn it a bunch of times since then. I wish it wasn’t polyester, but it gets the job done. The fit/length of the sleeves is flattering, and who doesn’t love an elastic waist? I have to admit it is nice to have bare legs in summer, but I’ll only do it if I’m wearing boots. I wrote about my intense love for these side-zip Frye booties back in December, and my feelings remain just as strong. They go with EVERYTHING. True four-season footwear. I even wore them to a wedding. They are so beautifully-made, too, and incredibly comfortable. I can walk in them for hours on end. I think they might be the smartest shoe purchase I’ve ever made.


  1. Cori MageeJul 19, 20131:48 pm

    I just pinned that entire top outfit.


  2. AnnMarieJul 19, 20132:14 pm

    Those scarves are gorgeous, but I could never afford them on a starving student’s budget. ~covets unattainable pretty things~


    Anna @ D16 /

    I’ve seen several very cute scarves at Target lately, and on clearance at the Gap!

    Not that this makes the Blockshop scarves any more affordable for your budget, but the cost is due in large part to the ethical standards of the designers — I really admire the Stockman sisters for how they run their business: http://www.blockshoptextiles.com/pages/about (Check out the process and gallery pages, too. So inspiring!!)

  3. KellyJul 19, 20132:28 pm

    So many good ideas here!


  4. ChristineJul 19, 20132:37 pm

    YES to that last outfit. I walked by a woman wearing something super similar this morning – black slouchy dress with black booties – and made a mental note to myself because she looked amazing. Even if the idea of wearing a boot makes me want to pass out from heat exhaustion right now.

    We’re melting here too in Montreal, but… New York is hotter. All that asphalt. I sympathize. Sending cooling vibes.


  5. KellyJul 19, 20132:49 pm

    Also, thanks for including options that are available for larger sizes. Seriously.


    Anna @ D16 /

    You’re welcome! Be forewarned, though, that ASOS’s Curve line tends to run very large — I’d go down at least a size (or two) on the jeans if you order them. Their regular line runs fairly true-to-size, though.

    Also, the large size on the Target dress will probably fit 12-14, and XL 16-18.

  6. MelissaJul 19, 20133:04 pm

    I need all of the things. Your style is impeccable.

    And I’m melting in Chicago as well. I now know what it feels like to be an ingredient cooking in a pot of soup.


  7. MJ @ One-Parade.comJul 19, 20133:35 pm

    I never thought black in summer could look so good. I’m all the way on the other side of the coast, CA, and it’s just as brutally hot here…


  8. L. ProvidenceJul 19, 20133:48 pm

    Cayute outfits. I tend to wear navy blue instead of black, but I noticed despite the dark colors I’m still somewhat cool. These last few days though I don’t think I would survive in either jeans or booties, as my legs and feet are begging to be free — but I definitely love how you’ve put them together!



  9. The Belvedere-AlyssaJul 19, 20134:03 pm

    You look amazing! I can never seem to feel right in black for the summer- all winter long, count me in. Summer is just another story, I love red for summer.


  10. JeannetteJul 19, 20134:27 pm

    I love so many of these pieces! Target just opened up in Canada, so I’ll check to see if they have that dress – it looks like an easy, comfortable thing to throw on & look put together.


  11. Heather OJul 19, 20134:41 pm

    I love this post! I sometimes tend to gloss over style posts, but I love everything about the outfits you pulled together. Thanks for sharing!


  12. JayJul 19, 20134:53 pm

    That top outfit is everything I have ever wanted in an outfit and more! Perfect, lady!


  13. NicoleJul 19, 20134:56 pm

    Dress ordered. And I’m eying those wedges too now.


  14. KatrinaJul 19, 20134:56 pm

    We are melting in Toronto as well! We have a thing here made up by the weather people called Humidex… It measures how much humidity is in the air and gives you a reading based on what a “dry” heat would be. So a typical weather report now would be 34c with Humidex 42c. I think that means we are running at about 108f. The point is I am a pants girl too, so I feel your pain!


  15. Efri@GalbieJul 19, 20135:11 pm

    I’m a melting new yorker who feels a little more pinkish on the inside right about now, thanx for that! I love both necklaces and I’m with you on the wedges(me, half a mile, perhaps)+ the side-zip booties, yup, we’re pretty much in sync you and I :)


  16. gracieJul 19, 20136:17 pm

    You look lovely in the dress!! It’s hot in Ireland too, well 28 degrees celsius is hot for us! We have no humidity worth mentioning though, yay. I only like open toes with skinny jeans, I like to have my toes covered in a dress too. Don’t know why!


  17. Jacqui BeeJul 19, 20136:46 pm

    I love that dress, why? because i had almost exactly that dress in 1987. I found a vintage heavy silk slip (too worn to wear even in my gothness) and I copied it in really heavy black silk, fantastic. If you like that style then any seamstress would be able to whip you up one. Oh yes I’m inspired, though it will have to wait till the Southern summer comes. Burrrrr here in Christchurch New Zealand.


  18. kelly wJul 19, 20136:54 pm

    Hey, don’t you dare feel like you should ‘give it a rest’! HOT WEATHER IS MISERABLE. Moan about at as much as you need to. I am so sorry you are sweltering.

    It should come as no surprise that summer is my least favorite season, so I reeeeeeally like that tote.

    And I learned something here today! Had never heard the term ‘high-hip-to-waist-ratio’. Initially I thought you meant the (vertical) height of the waist in relation to (the vertical height of) hips. Then I Googled. (PS, I am one of your ‘fellows’. :) )


  19. Tiffanie TurnerJul 19, 20137:54 pm

    Black, loose, and maybe too fancy is how I’m rolling on vacation in Santa Fe right now (we drove from San Francisco through high desert heat, at least it was dry). I have a hard time dressing casual unless it’s total frump, so hot weather = loose, flowy disco style for me.

    The bottom left shot of you is so pretty. You’re looking good! I hope the heat is helping with your weight stuff, it helps me a bit!


  20. AnabelaJul 19, 20139:27 pm

    Aw, thanks for including the tote! Cute dress!


  21. AoifeJul 19, 201310:11 pm

    I admire your dedication to the denim cause Anna! I live in jeans usually but can’t even contemplate putting them on at the moment. It is my first New York summer though so maybe next year!
    Also love everything about what Blockshop are doing! Am currently saving up for one of their scarves, and now going to have to add those Frye boots to the wishlist.


  22. JuliaJul 19, 201310:31 pm

    Love, love, love. Target just made another sale. ;)

    You girl have a clever style sense.


    From Humidex Plateau in Montreal.


  23. Christina W.Jul 19, 201311:31 pm

    If you like that dress, there’s a sleeveless shirt dress at Old Navy right now that’s pretty rad. Make sure and order a tall though, or it’ll be way too short after a wash (I ordered the olive and black and learned the hard way haha). http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=91340&vid=1&pid=525408032#close

    Question: when one wears booties without tights or socks, how does one keep said booties from getting, er, squelchy? With, you know, The Sweats? I guess a sprinkle of foot powder stuff in them would go a long way, but wondering if it’s enough. Asking because I’d love to wear that entire outfit to work, and I’m never sure what to do with boots outside of jeans/leggings territory!


    Anna @ D16 /

    I wear thin black cotton socks with them! They’re a little taller than the boots…that’s what’s scrunched up around my ankles in the picture.

  24. mommyJul 20, 20138:39 am

    You are definitely one of my cutest daughters!


    Anna @ D16 /

    HAHAHA. Thank you, Mommy. <3

  25. TeresaJul 20, 201310:18 am

    I live in Houston, Texas. My style during summer is “Hibernate-in-the-AC.” I admire anyone who tries to look chic in heat/humidity.


  26. PaisleyJul 20, 201310:34 am

    Luv it! Way back in the beginning of the year I randomly decided that this would be “The Summer of Black Dresses,” and so it has been. SO IT HAS BEEN! {she yelled it like a zealot} Black cotton Mexican “wedding” dresses (because it’s a nice day for a black wedding) circa the seventies, black cotton paper-thin eyelet dresses from the fifties with my pale skin peeking through. May add some of these to the wardrobe, too.


  27. Myles HenryJul 20, 201312:53 pm

    waaaaake up, up your wake up your wake up your wake

    it is no joke, do the right thing hot out there. stay safe

    one of the best movies to take place in brooklyn


    Anna @ D16 /

    One of the best movies to take place anywhere!!

  28. JudiJul 20, 20132:03 pm

    I had to laugh when I read this one, because we’re having our own (no doubt sympathetic) heat wave here in VT, and I was in Burlington yesterday for a meeting in, of course, a long black dress. And black glasses. And nearly black nail polish (Butter London Royal Navy). OK, admittedly not with my Fryes, with silver sandals, but still. I don’t care what damage humans and climate change do to the temps outside…I will never give up my black. NEVER.

    Also, that top! That’s exactly what I’ve been looking for! And it comes in charcoal! Thank you, Anna!

    Wow, that was a lot of exclamation points. Sorry. Work fried my brain.


  29. NoorJul 20, 20132:13 pm

    I live in the middle of the desert in Saudi Arabia NYC weather is like winter in Iceland for me LOL. I LOVE all of these pieces you have the exact same taste as me =good :p


  30. DanielleJul 20, 20134:32 pm

    Bonus points for the Smiths reference. That’s why we heart you.


    Anna @ D16 /


  31. MoopJul 20, 20136:12 pm

    oh my…i’ll take one of everything…especially that tunic from Kowtow (going to shop their site now…)
    thanks for including our Paperback in this mix!!



  32. YelleJul 21, 20133:29 pm

    i joke that im goth at heart because even in the dead heat of summer of i still wear black. i guess it’s the former hairstylist in me. i love the first look.


  33. HelenJul 24, 20139:02 am

    Absolutely love both of these outfits, especially the second one.

    I have a question about the Frye boots. Did you take your usual size? Frye doesn’t seem to have any stockists in Australia, I’m in need of some new black boots and these look just about perfect.



    Anna @ D16 /

    Yes, in my experience, Frye boots run true to size!

    Helen /

    Thanks Anna!

  34. Tina/@teenbugJul 25, 20134:08 pm

    Love it all!


  35. theladyJul 29, 201312:26 pm

    I’ve been wearing these elastic waist dresses from Boden. A bit colorful for your taste but maybe one of your readers will like them on clearance


  36. TAug 1, 201310:47 am


    Thank you so, so much for posting about the Target dress. After reading your post, I went and tracked one down, and it’s perfect. Incredibly flattering, actually. And I never would have even looked at it if not for you.


  37. jjaAug 6, 20133:31 pm

    I like your outfits! That being said, as soon as the temperature goes above 15 degrees no boots for me. And as soon as the temperature goes above 25 no jeans for me, at least not for the day, evening can get under 20 in Germany during the warm period od the year.


  38. Hillda25May 5, 201510:29 pm

    I LOVE THE FIRST ONE, it all just is so cute!!!!!! I am not the one to wear something like this but i just want to wear it every day!!


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