I don’t know about you, but a good chunk of my closet is made up of neutral colors—more specifically, black. Maybe it’s the New Yorker in me, but there’s just something about the versatile, flattering, goes-with-anything-and-everything nature of a black dress, top, skirt or pair of shoes that I simply can’t resist. As a result, my wardrobe sometimes feels a bit dark and heavy—particularly in the footwear department—but what can I say? For a spill-prone girl like myself who’s partial to classic style, it’s always worked.
Of course, come summertime (and the associated 90-degree temperatures), many friends begin to question my stance. "But white reflects heat, and black absorbs it!" they cry. In truth, however, white clothing may not keep you all that much cooler than black, despite popular opinion. It’s just all about styling your noir favorites in the right way—and picking summer-friendly pieces and cuts to begin with. Not sure where to start? Click through above for 22 outstanding outfits that make a case for wearing all black in the summertime.