Black is a universal, multiseason color; in warmer months it just needs to feel lighter. My suggestions:
- Pick airy, diaphanous fabrics—voile, eyelet lace, chiffon.
- Avoid high collars and long sleeves or you'll look like a Sicilian widow. Better: a breezy shift dress.
- Relax with accessories in natural textures like raffia, wood, and leather.
- Try a graphic combination of black and white or khaki—I love, love, love this look.
Above: A black shirt (Thomas Pink) gets a lift from a khaki skirt (Lauren by Ralph Lauren), woven purse (Hobo International), cuffs (R.J. Graziano and Ben Amun), and zebra-print shoes (Anne Klein).