How To Wear Black In The Summer (And 16 Pieces To Keep You Cool)

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Calling all fellow color-phobes….all wearers of faded black jeans, snugglers of black turtleneck sweaters, and hoarders of black jackets….it’s SUMMER.  Now what?

While I do tend to lighten up in the summer (white tees all day every day), there are a few black pieces I turn to, even when the temps rise.  I mean…thank god for linen, that’s all I’m saying.

I do, however, like to ditch my black leather accessories (bags, shoes) when wearing black in the summertime. Instead, I find that black pieces accessorized with tan or straw accessories is the perfect, summery pairing. Like Corona and lime, baby.

Outfit Details

dress: Paige Perrine Maxi Dress (xs for reference) – this isn’t linen, but it’s nice and cool, and I’ve found myself throwing it on over bikinis and flip flops at the pool, as well as dressing it up for a night out. This thing is SO easy. The knot is a genius add, and the neckline is low enough to be flattering.

What We’re Wearing



Pants & Shorts


Jumpsuits & Rompers


Tan Sandals

Straw Bags





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Shana founded The Mom Edit in 2008. She lives with the love of her life (his name's Mike) and their two crazy boys in downtown Philadelphia. She loves a good styling challenge (her engineering side shows eventually), appreciates kindness, and usually picks scotch over wine, sneakers over stilettos, and denim-underwear, always.

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  1. I would definitely add the Athleta Roaming Romper to the list of lightweight black summer options. It travels really well and looks cute with tan Eileen Fisher sport sandals.

  2. Elizabeth Rafter on

    I love that Paige dress. It’s so so good. And that UO romper is adorable! Love it. Also, I’m totally on board with tan sandals. I currently have three pairs that I go between these days and I realized over the weekend that I don’t have any black sandals/shoes for summer at all!

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