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6 Chic ways to wear basic black this summer

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

Back in black

Black isn’t just for colder months. We think it’s a great year-round staple shade, perfect for even the hottest days. Check out some of our top picks for summer-ready ways to wear black this season.

Sexy sundress

Sexy sundress

While we love our bright and bold sundresses, we were equally smitten with this elegant yet summer-ready sundress in basic black (topshop.com, $72). The flattering frock features eye-catching ball and ring detailing at the waist, a V-neck and open back. Pair this fun alternative to the standard LBD with a pair of vibrant platform sandals and a statement cuff.

Zipper wedge

Zipper wedge

Add some serious height to your summer look with this pair of black patent leather wedge sandals with an ankle strap and exposed back zip (pixiemarket.com, $179). Not only will they add to the wow-factor of any outfit, they pair perfectly with both casual looks (tees and cut-offs) and more polished outfits.

Beaded bathing suit

Beaded bathing suit

Make an ultra-sexy splash at your next pool party in this glamorous black one-piece with twisted knot detailing at the waist and patterned black and white beading on the straps (bonadrag.com, $230). We especially love the plunging neckline and adjustable cross straps for added comfort. Just add a wide-brimmed hat and oversized shades and you’re ready for your close-up.

Crochet tank

Crochet tank

Tank tops are a versatile summer must-have because they go with just about anything and can easily be dressed up or down. We’re currently coveting this delicate crochet tank with slim straps and diaphanous fit (anthropologie.com, $88). Pair this pretty piece with anything from skinny jeans and strappy sandals to your favorite pair of linen trousers.

High rise shorts

High rise shorts

Show a little extra leg in a pair of these retro-cool high waist black shorts (urbanoutfitters.com, $49). Not only are they ultra-adorable, the fit is flattering and comfortable. We’ll be pairing ours with a tucked in fitted tee (or sleeveless blouse), T-strap heels and a brightly-hued clutch.

Multi-strand necklace

Multi-strand necklace

Add interest to any outfit with this black, beaded multi-strand statement necklace (Nordstrom.com, $117). We love the simplicity of the design and how gorgeous this piece will look layered over a plain white tank or on bare skin when you wear it with a deep-v or wide neck shirt.

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