Posted: Jul 24, 2014 8:00 AM
Not into wearing white all summer long (hello, grass-stained toddlers)? Add these black wardrobe pieces to your summer collection for a chic, effortless summer style.
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Black tops

Rebecca Minkoff Lizzy Top (Piperlime, $188)
Asymmetric Tank Top (H&M, $18)
Wilfred Capucine T-Shirt (Aritzia, $55)
Twin-Pocket Pique Ponte Tee (Madewell, $72)


Black bottoms

Drapey Tencel Pants (GAP, $60)
Long Fine Pleat Skirt (ZARA, $60)
Scalloped Sailor Shorts (Anthropologie, $62)
Playa Maxi Knit Skirt (Garnet Hill, $78)


Black dresses

Women's Cross-Front Maxi Dress (Old Navy, $37) 
Mossimo Women's Knit Maxi (Target, $30)
Black Shirtdress (Banana Republic, $110)
Silk Tie Neck Sleeveless Shift Dress (C. Wonder, $168)

Tips on how to wear black during the summer

  • Not interested in wearing black from head to toe? Pair it with pops of color, like melon or neon yellow, that will add some fun and interest to your outfit.
  • Wearing black in skyrocketing summer temperatures seems counter-intuitive. Be sure to stick to fabrics and cuts that are lightweight and breezy to stay cool.
  • Don't be afraid to invest in black for your wardrobe — the more you spend, the longer it will last and you can easily integrate even the most summery pieces into your outfits in other seasons.

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