How to Wear Black All Summer Long
White jeans be damned
Too often, black gets a bad rap in the summer, blamed for absorbing heat and looking too, well, dark. Not the case, people. It's easy to wear, it's flattering and it matches everything. Here, all the convincing you need to channel your inner Morticia as temps rise.
how to wear it: cut it out
Strategically-placed cutouts allow for ventilation while looking sleek and just a little bit scandalous.
Not all cutouts have to reveal midriff. Instead, go for some subtle, flattering shoulder action.
how to wear it: go with the flow
We've already told you about the wonders of palazzo pants, but how about palazzo pants in the form of an easy, breezy jumpsuit?
Banana Republic ($100)
Minus the whole bathroom situation, a wide-legged jumpsuit is an incredibly easy and put-together look for summer.
how to wear it: cast a wide net
Topped off with a pair of classic Stan Smiths, the cropped look couldn't be cooler. (In both senses of the word.)
Eileen Fisher ($168)
Swap your skinnies for wide-legged pants in an on-trend cropped length.
how to wear it: skirt the issue
How to stay cool while staying covered? Try a midi with a sheer or lace overlay that gives the illusion of coverage without the weight of a ton of fabric.
The best of both worlds, this midi-mini hybrid is perfect for twirling--or for work.
how to wear it: keep it short
If you're not concerned about coverage, a leather mini is a great option. Balance the risqué factor of the bottom with a relaxed black tank, untucked for maximum effortlessness.
& Other Stories ($60)
But for those not as confident in said leather mini, a pair of high-waisted shorts also works.
how to wear it: loosen up
There's a time and place for structured clothes. A 100-degree summer day is not that time. Avoid looking too relaxed by pairing a half-tucked top with lightly tapered (but still loose) pants.
The super-versatile, breeze-encouraging top of your dreams.
how to wear it: swing into action
Meet your summer dressing go-to, the swing dress. Basically the easiest thing in the world to wear, it provides a much-needed breeze on the most sweltering of days.
American Apparel ($82)
See? Light, swingy perfection.