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It might not be the obvious choice for warmer weather, but wearing black top-to-toe is an impactful and elevated way to dress during the summer months

Choose a black summer dress

If you thought that once summer arrived it’s time to wear brights or pastels until September rolls around, think again. Wearing black during the warmer months is now firmly on the style map as a chic way to navigate tricky summer dressing. You’ll ooze sophistication rather than potentially feeling underdressed (if you’ve ever arrived at the office and realised your attire is more suited to a day at the beach, you’ll know exactly what we mean).

The trick to successfully wearing black clothing in summer is to choose pieces with added drama that elevate them above the everyday: think exaggerated sleeve shapes or this summer’s one-shoulder trend. We love the simple-but-sophisticated lines of this asymmetric dress which will take you effortlessly from day to night. Just pair with sleek black or metallic accessories and you’re good to go.

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Black one-shouldered dress. Shop now
This summer’s must-have silhouette
Black embroidered dress. Shop now
Available in three lengths
Black one-shouldered dress. Shop now
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Black linen-rich embroidered dress. Shop now
Made in a linen-rich fabric

Discover contrasting textures

An easy way to add depth to head-to-toe black is to play with contrasting textures: try lace, satin and anything pleated. Team this nineties-inspired satin slip skirt with a lace-trimmed camisole top for golden hour drinks or wear to work with a pretty broderie blouse.

For something a little more effortless, try the instant gratification of a jumpsuit. We love this jumpsuit by Monsoon that’s made from textured fabric that drapes beautifully. Or try this cotton jersey V-neck iteration that has a contrasting trim for added impact. Both will work for every occasion in your diary this summer, simply dial the glam factor up or down by changing accessories.

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Black lace-trimmed camisole. Shop now
Elevated with a delicate lace trim
Black satin slip skirt. Shop now
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Black broderie blouse. Shop now
Also available in white
Black crochet cardigan. Shop now
Perfect for layering on chillier evenings

Wearing black to summer events

If you're heading to an event this summer, whether a wedding, christening or party, black will instantly make an impact amongst the myriads of floral prints and pastels. Choose something strappy for a summery vibe, such this gorgeously detailed dress by Ro&Zo, which is adorned with appliquéd flowers. If you’d rather keep your arms covered, LK Bennett’s black broderie dress has capped sleeves and a flattering V-neck. Just add classic ballet pumps, Mary Janes or strappy sandals as the perfect finishing touch.

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Sleeveless jumpsuit by Ro & Zo. Shop now
Has flattering ruching on the bodice
Black broderie dress by LK Benett. Shop now
Perfect for grown-up summer parties
Black linen and silk waistcoat. Shop now
Team with tailored black trousers
Black column dress by Ro & Zo. Shop now
Has a subtle floral print

Editor: Sarah Lafarge

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