When the longer days and higher temperatures roll around, the tendency is to pull off the winter darks in exchange for bright whites and lighter hues. Sure, this lighter look is great, but it’s not totally crucial that you ditch the black. And since everyone else is busy stowing away their darker looks, opting for black and darker blues will actually help you stand out in the summer fashion pack. To keep your darker look from being too heavy, opt for light, breathable fabrics and easy-breezy silhouettes. Click through for 10 of our favorite black or almost-black looks for summer. Bonus: keep these pieces around for fall, because layering will help extend their life.
Alison Baitz is a freelance fashion and culture writer. When she's not busy chatting about online shopping or rooting out cool new designers, she's interviewing up-and-coming musicians or sampling food for articles and calling it research. She's proud to be a part of the DC-based food zine The Runcible Spoon. Yes, she is on Twitter: @itsmealison.