From Quiet Luxury to French Style—7 All-Black Outfits You'll Want This Summer


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As fashion editors, we don't follow many rules when it comes to experimenting with our style. White after Labor Day is just a color. Yes, you can wear socks and sandals (when styled right!). Our biggest one? Black is a year-round color and not just reserved for fall and winter. Naturally, the fashion set loves to wear all black since it's so easy, but wearing the chic color at the height of summer can prove to be a challenge when it's so hot. Thankfully, there are plenty of heat stroke–free monochromatic outfits to take inspiration from hailing from all kinds of style aesthetics we're seeing take off this summer. From quintessential French-girl style to quiet-luxury looks, all-black outfits are proving to be the industry's go-to uniform once again. 

Below, browse seven foolproof all-black outfits you'll want to wear on repeat all throughout the rest of summer, including a few of our favorite shopping picks to help you get started.


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Is there anything chicer than a sleek '90s-inspired midi dress and kitten heels? Opt for this French girl–approved outfit combination next time you're deciding what to wear out on the town when meeting up with friends. 


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While bike unitards and exercise dresses are primarily used for heading to the gym, one thing is for sure: They surprisingly make a great base layer for an all-black outfit. Pair your workout gear of choice with an oversize bomber and retro sneakers for a 'fit Hailey Bieber would 100% wear out of her Pilates class. 


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If you're a big fan of maxi dresses in the summer, this one is for you. While the fashion set tends to only wear white maxis throughout the warm-weather season, we've been loving the way black maxis look during the daytime. Not only will you not have the same outfit as everyone else, but the muted color palette will also make you look and feel 10 times richer.


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Quiet luxury has been all anyone can talk about—and for good reason. Sometimes, the best outfits come from the rising stealth-wealth aesthetic. While logoless clothing and high-quality materials are what the movement is about, it's also important to pay attention to achieving the *vibe* through classic silhouettes and sharply tailored garments. Take this button-down-waistcoat-and-trouser moment. By utilizing a black color palette and a simple, neutral bag, this would no doubt be a Sophia Richie Grainge–approved look. 


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If you're looking to spice up your usual "little top, big pants" outfit combination, we've been loving the look of strappy statement tops in lieu of baby tees and racerback tank tops. Pair an eye-catching style with wide-leg, breezy pants for maximum impact.


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If we could only live in one thing year-round, we'd choose a matching set, hands down. Not only are they incredibly easy to style and pack, but they also feel polished and put-together. This two-piece linen set looks just as good with a pair of slim flip-flops and sunnies as it would styled with platforms and a cute cardigan.


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POV: You're on your way to your local coffee shop for an iced vanilla oat milk latte but still want to look chic. An oversize sweatshirt and shorts paired with minimal sunnies and an on-trend bag feel like a major model-off-duty moment.

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Ana Escalante is an award-winning journalist and Gen Z editor whose work ranges from dissecting size inclusivity at fashion week to discussing how American Girl Doll meme accounts are the the answer to society's collective spiral. She's covered it all: Queen Elizabeth II's corgis, Roe v. Wade frontline protests, and the emergence of jorts (or jean shorts for the uninitated). At Who What Wear, Ana is responsible for delivering smart, insightful, personality-driven shopping guides and trend features for a digital-first generation.Before joining Who What Wear, Ana was Glamour magazine's editorial assistant, where she focused on daily news and special packages, including leading the brand's 2022 Met Gala coverage. For more than half a decade, she has covered style, beauty, and digital culture for publications such as Paper magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue Japan, and Allure, among others. Ana has been called a rising star in media by publications such as Nylon and Teen Vogue. (Her mother, meanwhile, calls her "the coolest person" she knows.)