69 Black Dresses You CAN Wear This Summer

Embrace your inner goth with our epic black dress edit with prices from only £12.99

Here at The Style Life HQ, we often finish each other’s sentences but when it comes to summer style, our wardrobes couldn’t be more different. While Rivkie prefers to spend the summer months adorned in colourful frocks, Antonia’s inner goth doesn’t take a holiday when she does – she usually just wears bigger sunglasses and sandals alongside an array of dark outfits.

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While there’s truth in the fact that black perhaps isn’t the first colour most of us would turn to when it comes hotter days, there’s no denying that the no-colour colour is timelessly chic (and also hides sweat patches best). Black also absorbs both atmospheric and body heat plus it doesn’t reflect it back onto your body (unlike white) so when worn in a sensible way it can actually be cooling.

By sensible, of course, we mean fabric and cut. Trying to style out black skinny PVC jeans on a baking hot day will see most of us reduced to a wet look puddle but replace them with a pair of high waisted wide leg trousers in a natural fibre fabric and even a scorching day will be a breeze.

The same applies to dresses – a barely-there bodycon dress might seem like a great idea for a summer brunch outfit but without room for air to circulate you’ll soon be feeling claustrophobic in that LBD. Instead, a trapeze-shaped dress or anything looser that sits off the body will mean you’re less likely to melt.

If you’re not confident of your upper arms (who is after a certain age except Michelle Obama?) then the trend for puff sleeve styles is perfect for offering coverage without adding the discomfort of a fitted sleeve on hot days. Styles with butterfly or fluted sleeves are also comfortable without compromising on style.

And of course, fabrics will make a world of difference. Man-made fibres such as polyester and rayon won’t allow skin to breathe so it’s important to check those tags – look for pieces in cotton, silk, linen or even a lightweight wool to lower your body temperature.

Worried about looking washed out? Try adding gold jewellery, a bright lip and a colourful statement accessory or summer jacket to give  your outfit a summery spin.

We’ve literally trawled the internet so you don’t have to to bring you the ultimate edit of natural fibre black dresses from the high street. We’ve taken every care to make sure that all of the dresses are a minimum of 75% natural fibre to keep you cool in the heat.

From New Look and Topshop to COS and All Saints, there’s something to suit all budgets in our big black summer dress edit.

Happy shopping!

Tell us which styles you love in the comments below – are you a classic linen lover or a broderie babe?

Feature image: Lipsy

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