31 Chic Black Basics Nearly Every Fashion Person Will Be Wearing This Summer


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I may be in the fashion minority here, but I actually get quite tired of bright colors and white dresses in the summer. I'm more than happy to unironically wear an all-black outfit in the middle of July. I'm also more likely to pair colorful pieces with black basics than I am with white ones. I was thrilled to see lots of warm-weather black looks on the spring/summer 2023 runways, and it's putting me in the mood to refresh my summer basics even more so.

If you're someone who also likes to wear black in the summer, you're probably aware that wearing it in full sun when it's over 90° isn't optimal. That's why it's important to shop for basics that are made of cotton poplin, linen, silk, and lightweight knit. There are plenty of options to choose from right now, so I narrowed them down to only the chicest.

Keep scrolling to shop my picks for the best black basics to prepare your wardrobe for summer.

Next up, 29 Cheap Basics That Are the Key to a Quiet-Luxury Summer Wardrobe

Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.