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SUMMER BLACK

Wear black on the outside ‘cause black is how you feel on the inside? Or do you just think it’s chic, easy to match, makes you look a little bit intellectual and doesn’t show the sweat stains? (Oh, sorry, was that too much?) Here’s our guide to summer’s noir fashion.

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Suits you

Heavy colour, covers a great deal of your body, but made in a lightweight fabric… this modal jumpsuit is the answer to hot days for those of us who are phobic of summer dressing. Oh, and it has pockets. Bonus. Asos jumpsuit with utility details, £30

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Subtle cut-outs

At first glance, this dress looks rather puritan and austere, but a thigh-high split and a cut-out waist detail mean there’s skin on show, but only in flashes. This makes you a tantalising woman of mystery which, for us, has always been a life goal. Dress with waist cut-out, £66, Bimba Y Lola

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Shoes for life

Swedish Hasbeens in all their shades are warm-weather classics. This black pair looks radically less boho than the natural shades and will toughen up your outfit while keeping your feet cool and avoiding blisters. They’ve also gone into the sale. Swedish Hasbeens Plateau sandals, £80, Urban Outfitters

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Should do shoulders

Shoulders are one of those bits that most of us don’t mind getting out, plus it’s nice to feel the sun on them. We like that the absolute simplicity of this dress design highlights the shoulders. Cold shoulder dress, £20, Warehouse

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Cover over

All Saints know that life is best lived in shades of grey and black (see also Cheap Monday), so their version of a tropical print won’t go overboard on the pineapple-and-flamingo front. This kimono-inspired summer jacket is opulent and still on the dark side. Kos Kimono, £178, All Saints