Summer black is already a thing, and now it’s time to try it out for spring

Springtime outfits are being transformed in the most wearable colour of all time: black. This is how to wear the versatile spring/summer 2021 trend already. 

Is it available in black? This is a question you’ve probably thought of as you online shop – or asked a store assistant back in the day when shopping IRL was a thing. And it’s not surprising when the universally flattering colour is the most wearable around. Just as well, then, the spring/summer 2021 runways made a case for black as a hue you can wear across all seasons. Usually associated with cooler months, the fail-safe shade was seen at Jacquemus, Gabriela Hearst and Victoria Beckham in the form of dresses. Michael Kors went for the midi skirt combined with midriff flossing tops and the likes of Chanel and Christopher John Rogers ticked off the key monochrome trend with black and white dresses, skirts and jackets. 

So, how do you wear the black spring trend if you’re not a model on a catwalk? The fashion insiders have been trying it out already. 

While some top-to-toe colours can be daunting to try out, a full black outfit feels more wearable for everyday. Lydia has already made the switch to sandals, dressing them up with a sleek midi skirt and fine knit top – a hero item in your spring capsule wardrobe. Try adding a beige trench coat if you want to incorporate another neutral into the mix. 

The mini dress is to be embraced for the new season. Keep the look wearable by opting for more tailored styles in thicker materials with long sleeves. Don’t get too far ahead of the British weather, though, spring isn’t ready for strappy linen styles, just yet. 

The black skirt is as iconic as the LBD. Make like creative director Abisola and style a midi with a classic white T-shirt and minimal accessories. 

Whether you choose to go for all-over black outfits, separates or just an accessory, we’ve found the finest black pieces you’ll want to take through to warm spring days. 

Best black pieces to shop for spring

  • H&M+ dress

    H&M+ dress

    For any event in the future – from picnics to garden gatherings and beer garden meet-ups – this dress will work hard for you. 

    Shop H&M+ tie-belt dress at H&M, £29.99


  • Alohas sandals

    Alohas sandals

    The platform, the tie straps, the golden details – are these the most perfect sandals? We think so. 

    Shop tied together black sandals at Alohas, £105


  • Cos sunglasses

    Cos sunglasses

    Fresh from the new collection with Yuma Labs, these sustainable sunnies made from recycled plastic are the chicest around. 

    Shop Cos x Yuma Labs sunglasses at Cos, £89


  • Ganni jacket

    Ganni jacket

    It’s easy to get ahead of yourself and risk leaving the house without a jacket, but it’s often a mistake for spring. We guarantee you’ll never forget to take this Ganni collared style with you.  

    Shop Ganni Ripstock jacket at Plümo, £295


  • Warehouse skirt

    Warehouse skirt

    Silky fabrics go hand-in-hand with spring. Add this floaty skirt to a lightweight knit and you’ve got your new season uniform covered. 

    Shop satin wrap skirt at Warehouse, £39


  • Arket belt

    Arket belt

    If you don’t want to go top-to-toe black, opt for an accessory instead. This gold buckle belt will work with everything from tailored blazers to summer dresses. 

    Shop leather waist belt at Arket, £59


  • OhSevenDays top

    OhSevenDays top

    Istanbul-based sustainable brand OhSevenDays has created the perfect spring top. The square neckline and floaty sleeves are ticking all the transitional outfit boxes. 

    Shop Winnie top at OhSevenDays, £93.02


  • Thebe Magugu dress

    Thebe Magugu

    A simple (yet effective) shirt dress is a winner all year round. This asymmetric hem style will be so good with the top buttons undone with layered jewels and sandals. 

    Shop Thebe Magugu dress at Matches, £435 (previously £725)


  • Mara Hoffman trousers

    Mara Hoffman trousers

    A great pair of black trousers will have longevity and guaranteed wearability season after season.  These sustainably made straight leg trousers at Mara Hoffman are a great investment. 

    Shop Dita pant at Mara Hoffman, £234.26


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