Courtesy Summer Somewhere
Fashion 07 Jun 2024 4 MIN

The dress of the summer is…black

It’s also the colour of my heart

There’s a mythic ideal of the summer dress that returns to haunt us every time the temperature goes up. It’s usually got a scooped neckline, some sort of ruffle detail, a full, A-line skirt, and most importantly, it comes in a pristine, sun-reflecting white. But when we scrolled through this season’s collections from our favourite homegrown labels, what stood out was the number of stellar black dresses on offer. Even on the international runways, brands such as Isabel Marant, Tom Ford, and Prada offered up versions of a black dress that are, surprisingly, perfect for hot weather. They’re elegant and understated, and the inky shade won’t reveal any sweat or spilt iced-latte stains. Choose one in the right breathable fabric and you’re guaranteed to stay fresh as a (black) daisy this summer. Ahead, our favourites for you to browse. 


Turnblack Dahlia Flared Dress

In a rush on Monday morning? Choose a breathable cotton-linen wrap dress that’s the one-and-done solution to all your workwear woes. Plus, it comes in a wide range of sizes and can be made to order.

Black dress by Turnblack
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Itr by Khyati Pande Freckle Date Dress

The sweetheart neckline, scalloped hem, and dainty hand-block motifs make this one perfect for a day out or for your holiday wardrobe.

The day date dress from Itr by Khyati Pande
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Three Clothing Collared Side Elastic Waist Dress

This poplin shirt dress travels well from office hours to evenings at the newest gallery opening. Complete the look with a pair of fisherman sandals and a snug shoulder bag.

A Three Clothing shirt dress
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Moonray Cressida Mini Dress

If you believe in a no-pants summer then this sweet A-line swing dress is for you. The beaded emerald-green border elevates the look, making it ideal for a special occasion.

Moonray Mini Dress
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Saphed Kohl Linen Gathered Kaftan Dress

That full summer social calendar stressing you out? All you need to up the ante at your next soirée is this versatile linen kaftan. Pile on the jewellery and pair it with this season’s other favourite—the strappy gladiator sandal. 

Saphed linen kaftan
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Summer Somewhere Gaia Dress

Who says black means minimalist? Details like a ruched bodice, adjustable ties, and open back work together to make for the dreamiest sunshine-ready frock.


Summer Somewhere black dress
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Jodi Kokum Handloom Dress

The hand-embroidered, appliqué flower and the contrasting white piping manage to make this dress both extroverted and elegant at the same time. The panelled bodice gives a snug fit that accentuates the waist just right.

Jodi handloom dress with applique flower
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The Summer House Abeer Dress

Flaunt a freshly tanned shoulder and collar bone with this halter-neck maxi.

Summer House maxi dress
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