Black dresses shouldn't have to conjure up images of wrapping up warm against the winter chill. They're a fashion staple for a reason: slimming, easy to wear and with a suits-all tone, they match perfectly with the entirety of your wardrobe. So why do we often ditch them for the summer months?
You may think of summer hues as being bright and colourful, and whilst this is true, that doesn't mean we need to shun darker styles entirely. From the occasion gown that will stand out amonst a sea of florals to the everyday dress you'll wear all year round, these are our pick of the top black dresses in shops now...
Lace hem dress, £58, Next (opens in new tab)
Get beach-ready with the help of this lace hem dress from Next. The floaty style is easy to wear, and suits all shapes. Style it with a long chain necklace and flat shoes.
Frill dress, £15.99, Zara (opens in new tab)
If you haven't made the most of the shoulder detail trend yet, now's the time. This cut-out shoulder style dress is fun and flirty, and gives change from £20. Add sandals and a fun summer hat for a breezy everday look.
Lace midi dress, £299, Ted Baker (opens in new tab)
Your wedding guest outfit doesn't have to be pastels and brights. In fact, we're all about an LBD paired with silver metallic accessories to really stand out from all the floral dresses and fascinators.
Belted dress, £64, Jaeger (opens in new tab)
Ditch the stuffy suit and opt for something slimming and altogether more breez. This long sleeved dress is easy to wear and oh-so comfy, but still smart enough to work into your office wardrobe. Add mules to finish the look.
Maxi dress, £65, & Other Stories (opens in new tab)
It doesn't get more summery than a maxi dress! This off-shoulder style from & Other Stories will see you through seasons to come. Just add sunnies and sandals.
Shirt dress, £99, Hobbs (opens in new tab)
The ultimate waist-whittler comes in the form of this feminine shirt dress from Hobbs. With a full skirt and button-down front, we'll be pairing it with espadrilles and wearing it for everything from work to picnics in the sunshine.
Embroidered maxi dress, £250, French Connection (opens in new tab)
Got an occasion coming up? Sheer and embroidered are two of the biggest trends right now, so this maxi dresses is worth its weight in gold! Add heels to lengthen legs further.
Asymmetric hem dress, £59, M&S (opens in new tab)
Slip dress styles look stunning for evening, or keep it casual and style with white trainers and an oversized shirt. Nightwear in the day never looked so good!
Tie neck dress, £190, Reiss (opens in new tab)
If you're looking to hide a tummy, opt for a shift style that skims any lumps and bumps. We love the neck detailing to draw the eye upwards.
Abigail Malbon is a journalist who has written for the likes of CN Traveller, Evening Standard, Red and Cosmopolitan. She likes pina coladas and exploring new places.
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