Black is a girl’s best friend; it’s dependable, it’s forgiving, and it’s forever. Just because the sun is coming out and the weather is warming doesn’t mean you have to forgo the dark shade—black is perennially chic, and chic is always in style. Here are some ways to bring the seductive shade into your summer wardrobe.

Maxi SkirtMaxi Skirt

Dress it up or dress it down—a maxi skirt is an easy, breezy way to incorporate black into summer dressing. Use a lightweight rayon like black challis to keep the long hemline from weighing you down.

Shift DressShift Dress

A black sleeveless shift works everywhere. You can throw it on with your favorite sneakers for a cool, urban-chic vibe, or dress it up with a vibrant set of heels and standout jewelry for a night out. For summer, used a black jersey knit in cotton to keep cool in the heat.

Floaty Mini SkirtFloaty Mini Skirt

A pair of strappy sandals and a tucked in chambray button up makes a sueded, black shantung skirt summer-right. A floaty, flirty silhouette, rather than a more streamlined style, works best for the warm weather season.

Rolled Denim ShortsRolled Denim Shorts

This summer, more polished, rolled denim shorts are being favored over last year’s frayed cut offs. This look is perfect for black denim, playing to the color’s more elevated nature, but they could also easily be dressed down with a slouchy T and a pair of flats.

Shrunken BlazerShrunken Blazer

Blazers are a year round work wear staple, and a black blazer works best in summer when it is in a tailored, shrunken style, removing a little fabric to get a more airy silhouette. Use a cotton stretch twill to keep it light and comfy. Toss it on over an cotton eyelet dress and bright pumps for a chic outfit to go from desk to drinks.

Lace TopLace Top

Lace is great for summer, its open weave pattern allows maximum breathability and looks great with peeks of sun kissed skin showing throw. To bring black lace into summer, pair a black lace top over a black camisole and tuck the two into a crisp A-line skirt in any color.

Wide-Leg TrousersWide-Leg Trousers

The season’s casual-luxe wide-leg trousers look incredibly chic in a crisp black poplin. The polyester fabric keeps the pleats and cuffed hems in place but still has a light and slinky feel that works so well for summer days.

May 29, 2015 — Shopify API