Sweet, sweet springtime most likely has you prepared to joyously unearth all of your boldest and brightest pieces that were stowed away for winter hibernation, but Jessica Alba's black dress proves dark hues aren't off limits in summer. Of course, the dawn of warmer days is the perfect time to step outside of your comfort zone when it comes to color and go for mood-boosting pastels and primary colors to match the freshly sprouted blooms. But any New Yorker knows that getting city slickers to wear color isn't always the easiest feat, and some fashion lovers stick what they know and love: black.
In a whirlwind of neon pink, slime green, and mixed prints, all black everything still stands as an undefeated classic for the ages. No matter how wild and whimsical trending looks of runways and city streets become, the beloved classic will remain a reliable default and chic alternative to head-turning prints and vibrancy. Alba's flouncy midi dress by Brock Collection is proof that opting for a darker hue doesn't have to mean sacrificing the lighthearted spirit of spring. Paired with simple black pumps and a relaxed braid, the airy number is a classic choice that feels so on point for the season ahead.
For all you goths at heart who are worried about your unconventional summer style bringing gloom and doom this season, there are a few ways to enhance your go-to color palette. Opting for lightweight fabric like poplin and cotton, ruffles, and ruching is one way to lighten the mood.
It's also an optimal time to play around with fun accessories, like statement shoes or handbags. There are so many vibrant micro bags and hair accessories on the market right now, and they'll lend a pleasant pop of playfulness to a simple black look.
Be free, follow your (black) heart's desire, and shop The Zoe Report's selection of fresh black dresses that are fit for the summer season ahead.