Summer Darks: 17 Reasons Black and Navy Are the Unsung Heroes of the Season

Now that the longer days and higher temperatures are here, the tendency is to pull off the winter darks in exchange for bright whites and lighter hues. Sure, these lighter looks are great, but it’s not totally crucial that you ditch the blacks and (darker) blues. And since everyone else is busy stowing away their darker looks, opting for black and navy, aka summer darks, will actually help you stand out from the summer fashion pack.

To keep your darker looks from being too heavy, opt for light, breathable fabrics and easy-breezy silhouettes. Click through the slideshow above for 17 of our favorite black or almost-black pieces for summer. Keep them around for fall because layering will help extend their life.