Olive + Black Outfit for Summer

Olive and black is a color combination I’ve always adored, I guess because it appeals to my classic style with a bit of an edge. While olive is not necessarily a neutral, it plays like one, so pairing it with black is a refreshingly chic way to create a neutral look.

This is the CALIA by Carrie Underwood Anywhere Woven Skirt that I featured in last week’s Try-On Haul.

I really like the details in this simple skirt… right down to the coppery tips on the waist tie. It also has pockets!

Plus, the material is thin and moisture-wicking so it’s comfortable on the hottest of days.

On top, I’m wearing the Everlane The Air Cami.

It’s also super lightweight and breathable. It has a relaxed fit with a rounded v-neckline and a curved hem — definitely a versatile closet essential because it can be worn alone or layered under a denim jacket or cardigan.

I rarely tuck my shirt in all the way around, but it seemed to work for this outfit. When I just did a front-tuck, it looked awkward from behind due to the rounded hemline.

With a full-tuck, I was able to blouse it out just enough to make the proportions work, and the elastic waist of the skirt allows me to set it exactly where I want it on my hips.

Both pieces run true to size; I’m wearing smalls.

I kept the look casual with my Cole Haan Anica sandals. These have a comfortable padded footbed and flexible ZeroGrand sole, and the leather straps are soft and supple. I highly recommend them to anyone who struggles with finicky feet.

While they don’t have a great amount of support, they’re flexible and well-padded, and you can adjust them to fit your feet so they’re very easy to walk in.

For accessories, I added my favorite Maui Jim sunnies and a few pieces of silver jewelry. Next time, I’d probably add one of my smaller pendant necklaces as well.

I’d wear this outfit anywhere I typically wear shorts or jeans and a tee. I like how it takes casual and comfortable up a notch.

Outfit Details:

black tank // olive skirt // sandals // earrings // bracelet // sunnies

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13 Responses

  1. I pinned the picture from this post so that I’ll remember to wear black with my olive pants since that is a combination I would not think about on my own.  I hope that PT went well today.  Boy you are getting it all in today.  Has David heard whether or not his college campus will open back up?  Our granddaughter returns to her college on Aug. 11, and has said that masks will be required on campus, especially in the classrooms.  Most of her classes are small, so they will be able to stay 6 ft apart.  Knowing her, she is biting at the bit to get back in her on campus apartment with her girlfriends.  Enjoy the rest of your day!

  2. Bought this skirt in black and then turned around and bought the olive color. It is a very comfortable summer skirt.

  3. Your summer posts have been great! This outfit is very versatile and practical. I really love your link bracelet! It’s beyond my price point right now. Have you seen anything similar at a lower price point?

  4. I love this outfit. It looks wonderful on you and so comfy. I may need to purchase this. It’s hotter than heck here in Oklahoma and will only get hotter.

  5. You inspired me to wear my olive bermudas today, and I was going to wear the black Everlane tee that is form fitting, since I will be home the rest of the day, but I saw my Loft cheetah print tee, which I also like with olive, and am wearing that instead. Maybe this weekend I will wear my olive crop pant with a black top. Thank you for reminding us that black and olive look great together. 

  6. Think I will order in black.  Hope the XS will fit for my 5’3” height and 120 something weight?????   

  7. Just ordered skirt in black.  Thanks for giving ideas other than shorts this season. I love the Lou and Grey drawstring dress you posted. It came the other day and perfect fit from your recommendation of your size.  🙂  

  8. I love this alternative to shorts and a tee.  Her new collection is very cute and practical.
    Have a great weekend.

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