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starmaps: back in black

who says you can’t go dark in spring?!

by steff yotka

Now that the weather has finally warmed up and the sun is staying up until the late evening, you probably have hidden your dark clothing away and exist in a wardrobe of bright florals. I can't blame you. But after seeing some of the coolest actresses on red carpets and at events this month in black ensembles, I'm sort of reconsidering the shift to spring hues. 

Let's be real: Black goes with everything, it makes even the simplest summer dress look Audrey Hepburn-chic, and you can wear basically any colored accessory with it. Not convinced yet? Take a look at some of the celebs who stepped out in noir to get inspired. 

Emma Roberts sported a dark Lanvin number to a dinner in Los Angeles. For a similarly sporty look, try DKNY's Black Racerback Dress ($215).

Black embellishment is the perfect way to go dark, but stay feeling light--just look at Marc Jacobs' final show for Louis Vuitton for inspiration. Channel your inner Lea Michele with a Free People Sheer Black Dress ($128).

Black and florals can be friends. Take a tip from Holland Roden and try out a similar black floral dress from Express ($79.90).

Only the bold can pull off a black leather minidress. Test out a Rita Ora-approved look with an Asos Leather Tank Dress ($112.88).

Pink lace + a black slip = a punky look like Lindsay Ellingson's. Try it with a pink slip dress from Nasty Gal ($24).

If you're feeling bold, try wearing a black dress like a jumper, but be sure to add a bright accessory like Zoe Levin did. I'm going to go with this black overall dress from Junkfood (53.40).

Back detailing, like the rounded shape of Emma Roberts' Balenciaga dress, is a good way to make a serious cocktail look more fun. Try it out with a Maison Martin Margiela cape-inspired dress ($830).

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If you're going to layer blacks, like Dianna Agron did at the W Hotel in San Francisco, channel her textured separates with IRO's Hailee Dress ($426).

Long sleeves can be totally spring-appropriate, just make sure they're lacy like Nikki Reed's. Try out a Nasty Gal Lace Dress ($112).