Black is the quintessential uniform of women everywhere, and New York City girls have been known to compose wardrobes entirely of black. Black is easy to wear when the weather is cool, but a little more sartorially challenging when the temperatures soar. After seeing this gorgeous dress from Skaist Taylor (top left), however, I’ve now got my summer black uniform down pat. All you need is a great, floaty back dress and a killer pair of comfy heels or flats. You can also mix it up a bit with an architecturally interesting skirt and a simple top as below — and if you live in L.A. where the weather turns cool at night, you can add a sweater when the sun falls.
Other key summer black essentials? Jewelry, all in gold, and a leopard, snake or ivory clutch, on its own or tucked inside a roomy tote. When the weather turns cool in early fall, don your summer black dress with a pair of leather, vegan or cotton tights and a floaty coat or cape, like the woman above right at bottom, and you’ll be good to go.