If you come to think of a few dependable wardrobe staples, little black dress might top the list. From an occasionally worn cocktail piece, the dress has graduated to become a versatile, no-brainer outfit; for all body types. Black dresses for summers are in.

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Fashion history is replete with sophisticated renditions of black dresses created by likes of Chanel, Dior, and Givenchy. With the ever-evolving fashionscape, these pieces have inched towards acquiring a more democratic status. Standing at an intersection of bohemian and power dressing, little black dresses today speak of a retrained sense of luxury. So be it those exquisite pieces made in Chanderi silk, floor-sweeping kimono-inspired dresses with striking floral prints, or the evergreen shirt dresses to help you transition from a formal to a more casual look – LBDs today have become a Gen-Z approved icon.

Here are a few stylish black dresses for summers that you should invest in.

Dependable dresses in cotton 

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Image: Courtesy The Summer House Instagram

With summers in full swing (even though in lockdown) a bit of inspiration won’t harm. We say it is important to have a versatile black dress in your wardrobe. Simple slip dresses can be cinched at the waist (invest in statement dresses) and can be paired with a blazer for a formal look.

Wrap dresses 

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Image: Courtesy Mapcha Studio Instagram

A wrap dress is a no-brainer when it comes to summer fashion. Ensure you have one in your daily wardrobe. This sleek, chic silhouette makes for a perfect investment. Also, it is a hero piece just in case you are hunting for a perfect, soiree worthy number.

In silks, organzas, and linens 

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It’s not that you can’t be decadent with simple black dresses. Even though you might opt for a minimal one, that suits your body type, the fabric/material is something you can always have fun with. Linen and several other silk blends are perfect for those posh summer evenings.

Striped perfection 

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Image: Courtesy Love Birds Studio Instagram

Just in case you think a simple, solid black dress is too much, you can always opt for chic versions of stripes. They are seasonless and available in a variety of versions; jail stripes or pin, you can hardly go wrong with them.

Evergreen denim 

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Yes, denim might not conjure up a very favourable image for summers, but one can’t do without a classic denim dress. This upgraded rendition (which is also a shirt dress) is the type you should invest in. Just in case you are going for denim dresses do not pair it with accessories, let the piece do the talking.

Evergreen florals 

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Image: Courtesy Jodi Instagram

Summers are synonymous with florals. How about picking up a black dress with white floral print or pattern; you can even go for hand-drawn art. This floor-length maxi dress is an inspiration for a perfect summer evening by the beach. Once in awhile picking up full length, lightweight dresses can do no harm.

Pleated and flared 

The right kind of pleats and flare can lend your simple black dress a certain character. For those who want to keep it simple yet dramatic, pleated and flared black dresses are a winning choice.

Flirty see-through/opaque pieces

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You can have limitless fun with black dresses, case in point is a variety of textures and materials they are available in. Exquisite handwoven pieces in cotton, a variety of silks, and other handloom textiles serve as a great inspiration for summer.