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    36 Summer Dresses For Anyone Who Only Wears Black

    There are lots of solid options here. But some printed ones too if you can bear to wear a teensy bit of color.

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    1. A breathable dress here to help you in the sultriest, sweatiest of weather (um, now) then indoors where your mom keeps it at meat-locker degrees Fahrenheit.

    reviewer wears short sleeve black maxi dress and puts hands in pockets

    Promising review: "This is a nice summer and fall dress. It's heavy enough to keep you from being cold indoors during the summer and outdoors during the fall, but breathes enough that you can wear it in the heat. The dress is a little shorter than I imagined it would be; I'm only 5-foot-5, but it was more a midi length than a maxi on me. It's still very cute on and I always get lots of compliments." —Sara

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in sizes XS–L and seven colors).

    2. A tie-dye maxi in case you sometimes allow another wardrobe into your lewk.

    plus size reviewer wearing the black V-neck maxi dress with side slits and knotted in the front so you can see some more leg

    Promising review: "This is the easy breezy simple dress I’ve been looking for! It’s super soft with some stretch, has pockets!!! And with the print of some tie-dye accent gives it some pizazz so it’s not so plain. You can throw this on for anything. Dress it up with some boots or heels, keep it casual with flip flops or slides. Accessorize with a jean jacket, jewelry or hats. Want more colors! I normally wear Large’s in most of my clothes and got the same here, fits loose and flowy as expected." —Anne D.

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and 25 colors).

    3. A magnificent tiered masterpiece that might just (no, def will) look like you paid an extra digit for it. But you and I know that's not the case. We shan't tell your nemesis.

    reviewer wearing a black multi-tier pleated dress with off the shoulder structure

    Promising review: "Loved this dress! I want it in every color, great outfit for a wedding I went to. I got a large, probably could’ve gotten a medium it was VERY stretchy across the shoulders." —

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in eight colors).

    4. Or a similar more minimalist looker in case you're into the off-the-shoulder silhouette without the extra pleats.

    plus-size model wearing a solid black off the shoulder maxi dress]

    Promising review: "I never leave reviews! Get yourself this dress! I cannot recommend it enough! I'm working through a lot of self-esteem issues, but this dress made me feel BEAUTIFUL, sexy, and confident. All things I haven't felt like in a while. Seriously, wearing it I felt like an ethereal wood nymph roaming the streets of Paris. It definitely gave me a much-needed confidence boost." —BRENDA RODRIGUEZ

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in sizes 0X–4X and in 35 styles).

    5. A scallop-detailed dress with a fit and flare shape and stretchy fabric that'll make for a lovely fit on most everyone. Don't believe me? Check out the reviewer pics!


    Promising review: "Love at first sight, fits like a glove. This dress is my all time favorite dress! I ordered a LARGE. And couldn't be happier. Goes above the knees. I’m large-chested and it fits amazing. I’m 190 lbs and 5 inches and it fits perfectly. Great material, nice and lightweight, soft and stretchy!! Very stretchy!" —Brittany

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and 12 colors).

    6. A lacey dress – it'll be a sheer winner when it comes to figuring out what to wear in the morn before you take breakfast on your loveseat.

    model wearing black semi sheer dress with macrame portions
    J. Bolin

    J. Bolin is a Black-owned business created by stylist J. Bolin.

    Get it from J. Bolin for $135 (available in sizes XL–3XL; also in white).

    7. A ~dramatic~ cotton gown that'll look just as stunning when you're not spinning around in a circle. Oh, and it's super breathable too!

    reviewer wearing the black full skirt maxi spinning to show how full the skirt it

    Promising review: "Dress is amazing, soft material and so pretty. Always get so many compliments every time I wear it. Large-chested women should be aware the that halter-style ties will hurt your neck after several hours of wear but besides that it fit amazing and was very flattering." —Emily Rowan

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in nine colors).

    8. A button-down dress with fabric on the thinner side to help keep the air flowing because you are smokin'. Also because it's like 100 degrees out there.,

    Promising review: "This dress is love! I was a little concerned about how it was going to fit but it's absolutely perfect. The stretch is just enough to enhance my figure and it's so soft. Only downside I saw was having to button every single one of those devil buttons, but it was easy enough, just tedious. I want every color now." —Colleen K

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and 40 colors/prints).

    9. Or a button-down looking dress in case you'd rather not bother with actual buttons. You know what it does have though? POCKETS.,

    Promising review: "I bought this when it was on sale but I love it. I’m 5-foot-5, 140lbs and got a medium and it fit perfectly. I love that it’s cotton and has pockets and is stretchy. The buttons are just for decoration which isn’t a con in my opinion. I like the criss cross back straps that are adjustable too. Exceeded expectations and I look forward to wearing it again!" —Nicole

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and a variety of colors/prints).

    Also check out what is more or less the same dress with sleeves.

    10. A comfy short sleeve dress that shows a lil' leg that you can dress up enough for a wedding but will get *so* much more wear out of it.,

    Promising review: "Best dress I've ever owned (besides my wedding dress). It's beautiful, flattering, and now I have to buy more colors. I did size down and it fits so perfectly. Plus, it's super soft and comfortable." —Barby Hays

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and in 15 colors).

    11. A floral wrap dress for when you're into taking an ever so slightly lighter look. It's almost like a color. Almost.

    model wearing black dress with dainty white floral print on it in a wrap dress that hits just below the knee and with fluttery short sleeves

    Promising review: "This is a SHOWSTOPPER. This is a true wrap dress so it can be tightened or loosened to your liking. It is such a nice style for so many body types. I LOVE it!" —Lucy Yarrow

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes S–2XL and 17 styles).

    12. A mini dress built for summer with its lightweight material and skirt that's perfect for twirling., Amazon

    Reviewers note that it's a little sheer on the bottom, so keep that in mind when picking out your undies (or not, you do you)!

    Promising review: "Amazon COP! This dress is super cute, reminds me of something you would get at urban outfitters for triple the price! Got this dress for a trip to a desert and I felt so cute and confident in it! For reference I ordered a size small. I would consider this dress true to size. I am 5-foot-6, 34A, 135lbs. The waist is super adjustable." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and 17 colors).

    13. A strappy casual dress to help you stick with your favorite hue without sweating buckets. (Hopefully!)


    Promising review: "I’m obsessed with this dress! It's so light and so comfortable! I’m 5-foot-2 and 138 lbs and I ordered a medium. I had a little room but it fit perfectly! I bought the sapphire blue and I'm going to buy the black and potentially the green as well!" —Morgan Tecchio

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 10 colors).

    14. An LBD basically made for those heart-melting gazes over your shoulder.


    Get it from Asos for $12 (available in sizes 12-24).

    15. A simple jersey midi for anyone who's into basics, or just anyone who just could use another versatile dress in their rotation.

    model wearing sleeveless V-neck black dress with curved hem that hits at the knee

    Promising review: "I love that this dress is comfy, inexpensive, and perfect for a casual outfit. As a mom of two, I am always looking for cute things to wear without much thought. This fits the bill! For reference, I’m 5-foot-5 inches, 125 lbs. and purchased the small." —AMCase

    Get it from Amazon for $12.93+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 11 colors).

    16. A ruffled delight that'll see your LBD and significantly raise the stakes. Some reviewers even went back for more colors after trying on one. So maybe this'll be your gateway to non-black frocks!,

    Promising review: "I wore this dress for a cruise. It was great and a head-turner. It was a bit shorter than I liked but that’s OK. I’m 5-foot7. Just didn’t bend over too much. 😊. Loved the dress overall." —HuniBuni

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and eight colors).

    Check out a similar dress that keeps the ruffles to the sleeves for $28.99.

    17. A swing dress to let you move as you like while looking the CUTEST., Amazon

    Promising review: "I honestly felt super confident in this dress. It’d even be good for an earlier maternity dress. I’m 5-foot-5, 142 lbs., and I felt comfortable, cute, and the sleeves are adorable." —LR8ER

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and nine colors).

    18. A mini dress that maxes out on cute details like a floral pattern and ruffled sleeves that'll appeal to folks who are like "Ruffles? Me? Never!" Welp, I have some stylish news for you.

    reviewer pic of person wearing the dress with a hand in one of the pockets

    Promising review: "This dress is easy and breezy. It's the perfect warm-weather piece. The fabric is lightweight and has no stretch. There's a functional drawstring waistband for cinching. The ruffle sleeves are feminine and flattering on the arm. The hem hit me just above the knee. Bonus: POCKETS!! For fit reference, I'm 5-foot-6, 153 lbs and a 34G bra size. I'm wearing the large." —Antoinette

    Get it from Amazon for $35+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and six colors).

    19. An adorable party dress ready to make you feel like you're on vacation, whether you actually are or not.

    reviewer pic on boat wearing the dress in black

    Promising review: "I ordered the size I normally wear and it fits great! Got it for vacation and ended up using it as a swimsuit cover up as well; the elastic in the waist and shoulders makes it easy to get on and off." —Kira T.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in sizes 0X-4X and 13 colors).

    20. An elegant cocktail dress that can get you through summery special events, and also (if styled the right way!) other seasons. Just be aware that if you're on the taller side, it'll be a mini!


    Promising review: "Loved this dress — we wedding-crashed as surprise bridesmaids (well-received BTW!). Fit, material, and quality were awesome! Length was a bit different. I’m 5 feet even and it was a great length. My friend is 5-foot-10 and it was too short—like hilariously inappropriately short. 😳 But, all in all, grateful for our purchase! Would buy — and wear — again!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and four colors).

    21. A boho mini with a cute lil' design on it, keyhole at the neckline, and a body-hugging shape for those days when you wanna wear not a lot of clothes but still look put-together.


    Promising review: "I'm 190 lbs and XL fits great. Loved the look and loved feel of fabric. Perfect for Florida weather on vacation!" —Rhonda

    Get it from Amazon for $11.95+ (available in sizes S-XL and seven colors).

    22. A chiffon dress with fluttery sleeves for the folks who prefer to have something on their arms but don't want sweaty arms either. I see you!,

    Promising review: "Absolutely love this dress. I ordered this dress for a work conference. It’s very flattering. I am 5-foot-3 and 200 lbs. I ordered a XXL just so it wouldn’t be tight on the breast area. I will be using it on my upcoming cruise as well for formal night." —Leanne Crooks

    Get it from Amazon for $7.96+ (available in sizes S-3XL and 22 colors/styles).

    23. A comfy midi dress with elastic at the waist to give you a bit of shape without being the least bit of constricting.

    reviewer wearing the dress showing that the gathered waist creates a little definition to the silhouette

    Promising review: "This dress is so comfortable! I’m usually a size 4-6 with dresses- or medium. Reading the reviews, I ordered the size small. I think an extra small would’ve been a perfect fit, but this fits well and comfortable. The elastic in the middle doesn’t bother me and it is placed at the waist. A cute waist belt will add the perfect touch! Also, I’m 5-foot-4 and it hits just right at my feet (it’s not at the ankles like the picture shows). It doesn’t drag, which is always a problem I usually have ordering dresses." —Ariana

    Get it from Amazon for $13.79+ (available in sizes XXS-XXL and 10 colors/prints).

    24. A tunic dress with gorgeous detailed sleeves that'll catch the breeze to help cool you off (not that you need any help looking cool).,

    Promising review: "I love this dress! It's the perfect summer dress. I threw this on for a day full of errands and the lightweight material and open sleeves kept me cool in this hot LA weather!" —TiaAleseWong

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and 17 colors).

    25. A smock dress with polka dots, ruffles, a super easy to wear shape... really could it get any better? (It's a rhetorical question and the answer is no.)

    model wearing smock dress in black with white polka dots with a contrasting polka dot pattern on the ruffles on the sleeves and skirt

    Get it from Asos for $46 (available in sizes 12-20).

    26. A T-shirt dress as a breath of fresh air on those days with humidity so thick you can basically see it in the air.

    model wearing short sleeve scoop neck T-shirt dress that hits above the knee

    Promising review: "Just received my dress and I LOVE IT! I'm 5-foot-3, 230 lbs and normally wear an XL so I ordered an XL. It fits perfectly. It's light but not thin and nice and cool for summer wearing." —Melissa

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in sizes XS-3XL and ).

    27. A flowy boho style you'll get a ton of use out of in other seasons. Reviewers have paired it with cowboy boots and tights for a fall-friendly look that'll make you fend off the compliments., Amazon

    FYI, reviewers say it runs a tad big because that's the style.

    Promising review: "Bought this to wear to a concert and it was perfect! It does run a little big but not so big that you need to exchange. Super comfortable! Love it!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.92+ (available in sizes S-1X and six colors).

    28. A striped beaut (OK, it's also in solid black) in case you like to keep things as comfy as possible. Turns out, we're kindred spirits!


    Promising review: "I am 5-foot-7 and 160 lbs. and the medium fit perfectly. The dress is the perfect length for work and isn't see through at all. I love black and white stripes and this dress, also, pockets!" —Brinna Kerrick

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and 15 colors/prints).

    29. An eyelet midi that'll wow 'em, even if 'em is just the other people at the DMV.


    Promising review: "This dress is so cute! I really had doubts when I ordered it. But it fit so well. I ordered a small. I had a tad bit of room in the waist, but it fit perfectly in the chest. The material was softer than I expected especially after steaming it. I liked it so much that I ordered it in baby blue!" —Gayla M.

    Get it from Amazon for $38.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and three colors).

    30. A sundress with cute lil' cap sleeves you can wear off the shoulder or not, up to you!

    model wearing knee length black dress with buttons down the front and pockets on front with small cap sleeves

    Promising review: "This dress is so cute and it fit perfect. it's very casual and perfect for the hot weather as it is very lightweight." —Rubi Lopez

    Get it from Amazon for $26.98+ (available in sizes S-XL and eight colors).

    31. A wrap polka dot dress as a dressy lil' option for when you wanna up your stylish ante. Also, everyone looks amazing in a wrap dress.,

    Promising review: "I am in love with this dress!! So flattering and so many compliments!!! I wish I could wear it every day haha! Seriously. If you’re on the fence... just order it. I am usually a medium but I ordered a large bc short dresses can be challenging for me bc I have a larger behind. It’s great bc it fit perfectly for my behind but was a little loose everywhere else however, it’s an adjustable dress so I was able to put it tight so it fit everywhere perfectly." —Caroline Shores

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and 10 colors/prints).

    32. A swing dress reviewers have styled in about a million ways but first things first, it's *great* for summer as a beach dress.,

    Promising review: "Let me just say that this dress is worth every penny! I love having versatile pieces in my closet and this is one of them. You can style this dress so many different ways. You can dress it up or down, the possibilities are endless! I love the way it looks with a cardigan thrown over it!

    This dress is lightweight and very soft. The length is perfect, it hits right above my knee. I do think it runs a little big, you can safely size down one if not two sizes. I will be wearing this dress on repeat!" —Kymberlee Fisher

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in sizes S-XXL and 22 colors/prints).

    33. A stretchy bodycon number set to help you overcome all sorts of would-be wardrobe disasters because it's so dang versatile.

    model wearing the black T-shirt dress with a tulip designed skirt that has a similar look to a wrap skirt at that part

    Promising review: "I bought it as a daily deal. A simple black dress that you can dress up or down for less than 20 bucks, sold. This dress is ah-mazing, very comfortable. It’s double lined. I couldn’t see any of my undergarments showing, I feel like it even helped smooth out that little back fat I get with my bra." —Alicia

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99 (available in sizes S-XL and 12 colors).

    Also check out a sleeveless version of this dress.

    34. A V-neck dress with some stretch in case your current LBD lineup isn't cutting it in the comfort department.,

    Promising review: "It fits me perfectly and falls exactly to my knees. It's a yummy little black dress and I am happy that I can wear a normal bra with it." —Pikake

    Get it from Amazon for $18.98+ (available in sizes S-XXL and a variety of color/prints).

    35. An easy-to-wear frock that'll bring a (v happy) tear to your eye every single time you pull it on and style with whatever else is lying around your bedroom.

    model wearing black short sleeve dress with a ruffle tier along the hem

    Promising review: "Material feels nice, very thin which I like. The fit is spot on, very flattering! Definitely going to buy in more colors." —Ashley Roberts

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and 25 colors/prints).

    36. And a spooky pinafore dress because, y'all, Halloween is around the corner and I encourage you to start celebrating now!

    plus-size model wearing black pinafore dress with white spiderweb design at pockets and bats on the chest
    Unique Vintage

    Get it from Unique Vintage for $78 (available in sizes XS-XL, 2X-4X).

    Like the style but want something a little more ~subtley~ spooky? Check out a similar skull and cross bones pinafore dress for $58 (available in sizes XS-XL, 1X-5X).

    Your closet once you hang up another black dress:

    FX Productions

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