Ten black dresses for summer

Black dresses are a cornerstone of my summer wardrobe, but I do try to nod to the season by wearing them with bright accessories, like my red No. 6 huaraches or an Antonello bag. Here are a few I like a lot, starting with one that’s a little surprising for me, as I never much go for corset belts. But the one here is so subtle, and the lines of the rest of the dress are so clean, that it works.

sweet neckline on an inexpensive, throw-it-on-and-go option.

I like that this feels kind of Grecian and breezy and romantic.

Sexy but also rather sweet.

Just the simplest V-neck t shirt dress.

very feminine, flowy plus-size option (I’m sorry, I know you don’t always like it when I single out the plus-size options, but I feel like I need to when you can’t discern from the model that this is the case).

I’m pretty sure I posted this excellent black floral from the Kooples before, but now it’s on sale, and how great is that?

I just like how very comfortable this one looks.

An  office-friendly choice, from Violeta, which is Mango’s pretty good plus-size line.

The  asymmetrical hem looks so striking on this otherwise quite straightforward dress.

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Kim France

I was born in Houston, Texas in 1964 and have lived in New York City since 1988. I had a long career in magazines, working at Sassy, Elle, New York, and Spin, and in 2000, I founded Lucky magazine, which I edited for ten years.

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13 Thoughts on Ten black dresses for summer
    Erica
    26 Jun 2017
    7:24am

    I for one appreciate that you identify the plus-size options – that way I don’t have to click every link to find out which item is plus-size and which isn’t. I would prefer that all clothing companies choose to produce their designs in an inclusive range of sizes, but given that we aren’t there, yet,I love that you are including larger sizes in your choices. Thanks!

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    Priscilla Lynch
    26 Jun 2017
    9:11am

    All of these dress are attractive but so many have synthetic fabrics which are terrible in the heat.

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      Heather
      26 Jun 2017
      7:54pm

      I disagree – these are much more wicking than cotton, which gets wet and stays wet (hence “cotton kills” in hiker parlance).

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    Tamara WINAWER
    26 Jun 2017
    9:39am

    Of course the 2 dresses I click on are the priciest…true to form!

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    Dana D
    26 Jun 2017
    10:19am

    OMG Kim I thought of you when I saw that Rachel Comey black Flux dress at Totokaelo last week…

    It sold out in five seconds. Looks like they got one back in as a return. Lordy help me that dress in crazy wonderful.

    Some other online shop is selling it in pale blue…but the black, oh my.

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      KimFrance
      26 Jun 2017
      10:44am

      That’s a great dress!

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        Dana D
        26 Jun 2017
        11:23am

        Yes…

        and I meant IS crazy wonderful!

        It’s a Kim dress:)

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    Dana
    26 Jun 2017
    6:43pm

    I love that 3.1 number so so much.

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    marjorie
    26 Jun 2017
    8:59pm

    Count me in among the “thank you for telling us which are plus size” gang!

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    Trish
    26 Jun 2017
    9:46pm

    I know you can’t please everyone but I like you pointing out the plus-sizes. It saves time in clicking every one. Why would that offend people? Oh yeah, people get offended over everything. I vote to keep at it. Love your blog, by the way!

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      Dana D
      26 Jun 2017
      11:06pm

      I vote to name the plus-size options also.

      We should be one big happy family here, and if it helps, thats a good thing.

      I love that you are striving for inclusivity in that area…

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        Mamavalveeta03
        27 Jun 2017
        5:45pm

        Yup! It doesn’t bother me to have them pointed out as plus-size. If I said that it did, previously, just ignore me.

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    Nyatichi
    29 Jun 2017
    10:40am

    personally i prefer the fourth. simple yet elegant

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