Though not always the most obvious choice when it comes to summer dressing, black shouldn’t be reserved for winter and after-dark looks only. After all, there’s nothing more classic than an LBD, and, when styled right, it’s a piece that looks good year-round.

Truth be told: some of the best dresses I’ve seen this season are black. Need proof? Look no further than Matteau’s cotton poplin midi. It’s a dream of a dress that easily transitions from day to night. (Hot tip: it runs a little small. Size up!) Also at the tip-top of my list is this Staud dress. It’s so flattering and really works for all occasions. Equally as flattering and oh-so perfect for date night is this linen number from Reformation. It’s truly one of my most-worn dresses (I have it in white, too). If you’re looking for a little more polish, Rosetta Getty’s knit polo dress is such a worthy investment. It fits like a dream and truly never goes out of style.  On that same note, Toteme’s cotton mini is one that will take you straight from the office to off duty. Lastly, for those looking for a great bang-for-your-buck option, it doesn’t get much better than this $129 one from Arket.   

Want more? Below, a hit list of my favorite black dresses for the season. 

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