As much as we like playing with bold summery colors, it’s near-impossible to avoid the urge to throw on basic black pieces—even during the hottest months of the year. The darkest shade in the book gets a bad reputation for not being summer-appropriate, but the trick to wearing black in the summer is all in the fabrics you choose.
For example, a black leather jacket and black tights would look wildly out of place (and, might we add, severely uncomfortable) during the summer, but a pair of black ankle trousers, shorts, or a skirt paired with a silky black tee looks classic, minimalist, and as chic as can be.
And while some heavier fabrics can work in the summer—leather shorts look great when paired with a simple tank top, and black denim works with lightweight tops and sandals—others like velvet and wool should be avoided at all costs until we’re really in the throes of fall.
To show you how to wear black in the summer, we’ve rounded up 50 of our favorite outfits styled around the neutral color!