Proof Black and Navy Are the Unsung Heroes of Summer
Now that the longer days and higher temperatures are here, the tendency is to ditch dark colors. That way you have room for all those bright whites and lighter hues you’ve been waiting to wear. Sure, these lighter looks are great, but it’s not totally crucial that you put away the blacks and (darker) blues. And since everyone else is busy stowing away their darker looks, opting for black and navy, aka summer darks, will actually help you stand out from the summer fashion pack.
To keep your darker looks from being too heavy, opt for light, breathable fabrics and easy-breezy silhouettes. This is where a few well-placed cut-outs come in handy. Don’t be afraid of playing peekaboo, either. Embrace both mesh and crochet to stay and look cool. Hey, you can always use them as swimsuit cover-ups.
The variety is actually pretty impressive. From playful playsuits to satin skirts to sleek slip dresses and even fancy pairs of shorts, there’s certainly plenty to choose from. All at a range of affordable price points.
Scroll down to see our favorite black and navy pieces for summer. Keep these summer darks around for fall because layering will help extend their life and justify their prices.
Zara Mesh Dress in Black, $29.99 at Zara
Ganni Smocked Satin Bead Fringes O-Neck Smock Top, $262 at Ganni
COS Wrap-Effect Playsuit in Black, $135 at COS
Reformation Mason Pant in Navy, $178 at Reformation
Mango Satin Wrap Skirt, $79.99 at Mango
Anthropologie Emily Halter Mini Dress in Black, $140 at Anthropologie
& Other Stories Frilled Linen Shorts in Black, $69 at & Other Stories
Marine Serre Asymmetrical Recycled Nylon-Blend Mini Skirt, $507 at Matches Fashion
Pixie Market Button Strapless Bustier Linen Top, $142 at Pixie Market
Staud Epona Dress, $245 at Shopbop
Faithfull The Brand Parcia Cotton-Voile Top, $99 at Net-a-Porter
Zara Satin Effect Pleated Shorts in Black, $35.90 at Zara
& Other Stories Strappy Floral-Trimmed Top in Dark Blue, $39 at & Other Stories
Mango Side Slit Dress in Black, $79.99 at Mango
Reformation Jodie Open Knit Tank in Black, $128 at Reformation
Universal Standard Bias Cut Midi Skirt in Navy, $59.95 at Anthropologie
Pixie Market Black Crochet Scalloped Top, $98 at Pixie Market
& Other Stories Fitted O-Ring Mini Dress, $99 at & Other Stories
Maeve Smocked-Back Cami, $69.95 at Anthropologie
Mango Knitted Cropped Top in Black, $39.99 at Mango
Intimately Angelica Midi Slip in Navy, $60 at Free People
& Other Stories Shell Button Shirt in Black, $69 at & Other Stories