9 Black Dresses To Wear This Summer

Wearing black in the summer probably seems ludicrous to most, filling us with horror thinking about the sweaty commute and unairconditioned offices. In fact it’s black that is the best colour to stay cool in as it absorbs the heat from the sun as well as our bodies (a little bit of science for you!). For those that know me well, my wardrobe is 75% black so this news was music to my ears! As I live and work in London I thought i’d put together a post that would work for city dressing. The key for me is to stay away from heavy woven fabrics and stick to lightweight pieces that you can wear with strappy sandals or your favourite chunky heels. I’ve pulled out 9 black dresses that you can wear out and about in the day, at work and for dinner in the evening.

Day

River Island Daisy Print Dress

Smock dresses are perfect for the summer season. They’re floaty, girly and come in an array of cuts and prints. This dress from River Island is great for being out and about in the city. The v-neckline is feminine so you can wear your favourite pendant necklace and the mid-length sleeves mean that you can cover your arms so there’s no need for a light jacket in the evening. I’ve styled this dress with my favourite Chloe Susanna boots. All outfit details are at the bottom of this post.

River Island Black Dress

River Island Black Dress

River Island Black Dress

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River Island Black Dress

Free People Fleur Du Jour Dress

Embroidery and off-the-shoulder pieces are bang on trend right now and this Free People dress ticks both boxes. The puffy sleeves and intricate detailing make this a fun and flirty dress for hot weekends. Style it with a pair of simple sliders and a choker necklace to complete the look.

Free People Fleur Du Jour Dress

Free People Fleur Du Jour Dress

Whistles Josie Dress

Whistles produce gorgeous dresses season after season. The Josie dress is relaxed and lightweight meaning it’s ideal for summer in the city and the clever cut flatters the figure perfectly. Pair with a pointy pumps and stacking bangles.
Whistles Josie Dress

Whistles Josie Dress

Work

Reiss Misty Dress

Reiss is my go to brand for workwear and occasion dressing. This little black dress is easy-to-wear for those days when you can’t make a decision about what to wear. The sleek silhouette features a side tie detail that’ll accentuate the waist for a flattering finish. Style it with a pair of black court shoes for the workplace and add a touch of red lippy before you head out to dinner.

Reiss Misty Dress

Reiss Misty Dress

ASOS Front Wrap Midi Dress

This sleek wrap style is an elegant dress for the office. The sleeveless cut will keep you cool during stuffy commutes and the knee length hem line will ensure you look effortlessly chic throughout meetings.

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PS by Paul Smith Dress

Crafted from breathable cotton jersey, this mid-length dress features a pretty flared skirt. A round neckline adds a touch of femininity and the elongated sleeves will cover arms at after work drinks so you won’t need to carry a jacket round with you. Add a statement necklace and stacking rings to take the look to evening cocktails.

Paul Smith Dress

Paul Smith Dress

Evening

French Connection Beau Dress

This super-flattering midi dress with it’s gorgeous lace panel detail is the perfect LBD for evening that strikes the balance between sleek and sultry. Tousle long length hair and add a pop of colour to the lip to finish off the look.

French Connection Beau Dress

French Connection Beau Dress

 

Self Portrait Midi Dress

Yes, another Self Portrait dress, I just can’t get enough! The cutwork detailing of this black maxi dress is the focal point along with the cute ruffle details around the neck and sleeves. Accessories should be kept simple, with small stud earrings and plain pumps so not to detract from such a GORGEOUS dress.

Self Portrait Midi Dress

 

Adelyn Skater Dress

If you fancy something a little more daring this Adelyn Skater Dress with its sheer panel is cool and comfortable for summer evenings. The sleeveless cut and the deep v neckline add a lovely feminine twist. Team it with strappy heels and gold accessories.

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If you don’t wear black at this time of year I hope that this post has inspired you with a few options to consider.

Becca x


OUTFIT DETAILS

Dress: River Island

Bag: Saint Laurent

Boots: Chloe

Earrings & Rings: Davina Combe

Necklace: Berrymead Studio

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