When it comes to dressing for a garden party, black is probably not your first option. Instead, you’re probably thinking of a bold floral or a chic pastel to compliment the outdoorsy vibe of the party. But with Lupita Nyong’o’s and Dakota Johnson’s outfits from the Veuve Cliquot Polo Classic as our guides, we’re here to show you how black dresses can be the right choice for any summer activity.
The trick to rocking black is twofold: First, make sure the dress has a breezy silhouette, something with a tight bodice and full skirt, so you don’t overheat. Second, choose a print over a solid to add a little more fun into your look. Then accessorize with a straw hat and you’re set.
Find our favorite black and white summer dresses in the slideshow.