7 Summer Looks for the Girl Who Only Wears Black

It doesn’t matter what season it is—for some of us, there’s nothing we’d rather wear than head-to-toe black. But before you jump straight into calling us boring, consider the fact that wearing the shade from head to toe just looks so cool. Unfortunately, looking cool and feeling it are two totally different things. The heat-absorbing qualities of the color are a sad side effect, but with the right pieces, there’s no need to sweat how to wear black in the summer.

We’re breaking things down into seven simple formulas, each consisting of essentials you can count on in your quest to stick to one hue and one hue only. Feel free to mix and match these pieces as you see fit, but know you can’t go wrong with these coordinated staples. You just might convince those around you to go back to black too when they check out these simple formulas.

If you’re ready to commit to the dark side this summer, read on for our favorite outfit ideas and to shop each style.

Leather Jacket + Detailed Top


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To pull the ultimate fashion-girl move, rock a statement-making top, and throw a leather jacket over your shoulders to keep from getting too hot.

A good leather jacket is a closet staple. 

Available in sizes P to XL. 

The details are so intricate. 

Available in sizes 34 to 40. 

Off-the-Shoulder Top + Heels 

How to wear black during summer


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A feminine off-the-shoulder top is the ultimate night-out piece, especially when paired with a pair of heeled sandals.

These ruffles are so pretty. 

Available in sizes 0 to 8. 

You can’t go wrong with black patent leather. 

Available in sizes IT 34 to IT 42.

Mini Dress + Sneakers

How to wear black during summer: mini dress


A Love Is Blind

Choose a favorite midi dress and add a pair of sneakers, and you’ll be able to run around all day blister- (and sweat-) free.

A wrap dress provides all-day comfort and style. 

Available in sizes XS to XL. 

Bella Hadid can’t stop wearing this sneaker style. 

Available in sizes 5 to 12. 

Leather Skirt + Basic Tee

how to wear black during summer: leather skirt


Collage Vintage

While a leather skirt may seem toasty, the right style won’t cling to your skin. Pair it with a simple, lightweight black tee and finish off with polished accessories.

Everyone needs at least one of these. 

Available in sizes XXS to XL. 

The A-line structure makes this skirt so flattering. 

Available in sizes XS to XL.

Printed Top + Cropped Pants

how to wear black during summer


Collage Vintage

If you’re planning on stepping out in a pair of trousers or black jeans, make sure to choose a style that’s cropped above the ankle. Pair with a semi-sheer printed button-down for a day at the office.

This blouse is great for the office.

Available in sizes X to 4X. 

Dress up this look with platform heels. 

Available in sizes 24 to 32. 

Maxi Dress + Sandals

how to wear black during summer: maxi dress


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For a weekend look you can easily take from day to night, style a maxi dress with a pair of flat (yet statement-making) sandals.

This dress is simply perfect. 

Available in sizes AUS6 to AUS12. 

We love these boho sandals. 

Available in sizes 35 to 40. 

Button-Down + Skinny Jeans

black denim and button down outfit.

It’s the classic combo with a monochrome spin. Details like rough hems, a skinny belt, and chic shoes make this outfit feel extra polished.

Not-your-average collared shirt. 

Available XXS to XL. 

Everyone needs a pair of great black skinny jeans. 

Available in sizes 23 to 31. 

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