16 Black Dresses You’ll Live In This Summer

Designed by Serena Brown
The black dress is a frock that knows no boundaries. Walking the dog? Throw your jersey tent dress over your pyjamas and you’re presentable enough for the five-minute stroll. Meeting your friends for that much-needed Friday happy hour? Your long, slinky new shirtdress will go from the office to the bar with aplomb. Going to your fourth wedding of the summer? Throw on your gauzy black go-to and and you’ll turn heads like always.
We set about finding the best staple black dresses from our favourite shops, sampling every style echelon from beach-friendly boho to regal, formal and glitzy. No matter where you’re headed this summer — whether it’s down the street, on a night out, or abroad, we’ve got your head-to-toe black look in one of the slides ahead. Click through to find your black dress of the summer.
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