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Best Black Dresses For Summer

The Best Casual Black Summer Dress

When it comes to the essential basics in your wardrobe, there is a conventional list of fundamental core staples that one needs to prevent the dreaded ‘I have nothing to wear’ impasse in the morning. These pieces are timeless, versatile and fit for every occasion. This may include the standard collared shirt, the corporate pencil skirt and the classic long sleeve layering top. One of these pieces that will help you fight the dreaded morning slump of choosing what to wear (if this is something you do not enjoy) is the perfect casual black dress. The black summer dress is a core element to any and every wardrobe. Whether it be a casual black maxi dress or the perfect lbd - the black dress is something that is tailored to you. It needs to be something that suits your personal style and can carry you through an array of tasks, adventures or events. The black dress is a core staple that you can dress up and down through the skill of accessories. Even if you aren’t a confident stylist, having a versatile black dress can often speak for itself. It is a universal piece, and it is one that no matter where you go - you will always look stylist, sophisticated and elegant.

Finding The Perfect Little Black Dress

When choosing the ultimate casual black dress, the most important thing is to choose a piece that is true to your personal style. It needs to be something that makes you feel confident but also comfortable. Comfort is key when it comes to Bamboo Body, whether that be comfort in your own skin or the comfort of soft bamboo fabric. When choosing the perfect casual black dress, have a look at what is already in your wardrobe. What shapes and silhouettes you find that you gravitate towards the most. Do you prefer structure and tailoring, or does your style lean towards soft, a-line silhouettes.

Another thing to think about when choosing the perfect casual black dress is your body shape. Of course this method can be seen as outdated - and we encourage you to wear whatever makes you feel comfortable. However, it’s only natural to want pieces that accentuate certain features as well as cover others. 

We have put together a few guides of dressing for your body type, which you can read below;

Styling For You: Clothes for Tall Women

Styling For You: Styling for Petite Women

Styling For You: How To Dress A Pear Shape

Styling For You: Clothes For Rectangle Body Shape

Styling For You: Maternity

We want you to dress confidently and true to you - so the team at BBHQ have put together their top 10 favourite black summer dress styles so that you can find the one that speaks to you.

The Mila Maxi Dress

1. Mila Maxi Dress

The Mila Maxi dress is the perfect summer dress for those who love to be stylish without compromising on comfort. It is one of our most versatile casual black maxi dresses at Bamboo Body for its ability to dress up and down with the simple change of accessories. It is perfect for those who prefer to cinch themselves at the waist. The drawcord waist allows you to create shape with ease. It is a relaxed fit, but don’t let that stop you from dressing this piece out before heading into town on a night out. Swap your crisp white sneakers with a strappy heel, your studs for hoops and your canvas bag for a shoulder purse and you are good to go. The side pockets are also a great little detail for those who are on the go. This casual black maxi dress with pockets will be your new summer staple - we can guarantee.


The Mila Maxi dress is also available in 3 more colours.

The Bamboo Maxi Dress

2. Bamboo Maxi Dress

This dress is for those who want something simple, casual yet effortless. The Bamboo Maxi dress is the perfect dress for all ages. With its wide straps and full length silhouette, this piece easily drapes on the body, ranking it as the ultimate casual black maxi dress for summer. It is an incredibly versatile piece, and your look can be easily transformed with a belt and some statement jewelry for a fashion forward look. Or, you can dress down with a pair of flats and throw over your go-to swimmers. This casual black dress also looks incredibly chic under a drape cardi. We recommended to either throw over a black cardi for a stylish monochrome look, or alternatively pop on some colour for that ultimate contrast.


The Bamboo Maxi dress is also available in 4 more colours

The Bamboo T-Shirt Dress

3. Bamboo T-Shirt Dress

This casual black dress is the perfect casual little black dress for summer. We believe that the Bamboo T-Shirt Dress will be on high rotation for summer for its chic simplicity. The removable belt allows for you to transform the piece from a casual oversized tee vibe to a cinched look that you could wear for work, weekends and everything in between. We love this piece as the perfect lbd for summer for its bamboo and organic cotton blend, making it incredibly soft and breathable. It is our personal go-to for weekend travels and road trips.

The Bamboo T-Shirt dress is also available in 2 more colours

The Jasper Ruched Dress

4. Jasper Ruched Dress

The Jasper Ruched dress will invite timelessness and confidence. Its figure hugging silhouette also features ruching on the side making it perfect for all shapes and sizes. It is the ultimate work fit so its elegant cut and high round neckline. We love this style as it is not only the perfect summer black dress, but is fitting for all year round and for all occasions. This perfect lbd is incredible as the dress speaks for itself, and minimal styling is needed in order for it to be an appropriate outfit for many occasions. Style with a denim jacket, blazer or cardigan depending on where you’re heading. It also looks fabulous with a crisp white runner or alternatively a staple heel. Strut into town looking chic and sophisticated in the jasper.

The Jasper dress is also available in 4 more colours.

The Woven Button Front Dress

5. Woven Button Front Dress

In a woven bamboo fabric blend & coconut shell buttons, the Button Front Midi Dress in Black is the ultimate summer style you won't get enough of! If you are after something more structured, the woven button front dress is the perfect casual black dress for you. It is great for someone who loves a v-neck sihlouette. Little styling is needed on this piece as the button down feature and waist tie are the perfect accessories - and the waist tie is completely removable adding to the versatility of this garment. We see this casual black dress styled for the perfect summer evening, whether that be a night stroll or dinner with friends and family - we love this piece as the ultimate summer go-to. We also see this dress in the spring - accompanied by a picnic basket and baked goods in a cute park with someone you love. The Button Front Dress is the ultimate romantic piece. Pair with wedges or sandals for that ultimate casual summer look.


The Button Front Dress is also available in the print organic pinstripe.

The Elsie Dress

6. The Elsie Dress

You’re going to love this piece if you love to accessorise - because the possibilities are endless with the Elsie Dress. This casual black maxi dress is an easy wearing piece that you could simply throw on and go. We highly recommend playing around with your favourite necklaces, shoes and bags to transform this outfit into something that is truly you. The scoop neckline allows for room to add a chunky neckline, while the straight, relaxed fit lets you play with belts and jackets of your choosing.

The Elsie dress is also available in 3 more colours.

The Wrap Dress

7. The Wrap Dress

If sexy and sophisticated were what you were after when choosing the perfect lbd, then the Wrap Dress is for you. This piece is an effortless silhouette featuring a wrap around style that you can tie in multiple ways. The V-neckline is incredibly flattering and the drapery of the bamboo and organic cotton blend hugs your figure, giving you the ability to adjust the top half of the garment to suit your shape. The silhouette falls to just pass the knee and the gathering on the shoulder adds an extra element of interest to your look. This perfect little black dress can also be easily dressed up and down from a casual look with sandals to a night out piece with heels. It’s all in the accessories to personalise your look!


The Wrap Dress is also available in 3 more colours.

The Adele Dress

8. The Adele Dress 

The Adele dress is the ultimate layering essential. This piece can easily transition from the perfect black summer dress to the perfect winter layering essential. The shell neckline is perfect for those who invite modesty into their wardrobe. It’s also the perfect piece if you want to layer a long sleeve layering top or t-shirt underneath. The modest neckline is also great for summer for those who want that extra bit of sun protection. Most of our bamboo body garments come with a UPF rating of 50+.

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The Adele dress is also available in 5 more colours.

The Samara Dress

9. The Samara Dress

The Samara dress is the perfect black dress for those who live an easy breezy lifestyle. This perfect little black dress is simple in its style but can take you anywhere with ease. Its oversized fit won’t overwhelm your frame as it has slight shaping around the waist. It is the ultimate dress for those who live that boho lifestyle - and prioritise comfort over anything. The batwing sleeves allow for easy movement within the dress. This black summer dress can be easily styled with slides, sneakers or heels depending on the occasion. 


The Samara Dress is available in 2 more colours.

The Melanie Dress

10. The Melanie Dress

The Melanie dress is a romantic silhouette and the ultimate summer staple. It features a double layered bodice for extra confidence and support. Flaring into an a-line shape, it is the perfect lbd for any and all occasions. We love this piece on its own, or layered with a t-shirt tied at the waist. The Melanie dress would also look fantastic paired with a denim jacket and heels for a casual night on the town. We love the Melanie dress for its youthful elegance and flowy silhouette.

The Melanie Dress is also available in 4 more colours.