To paraphrase Martha and the Vandellas' 60s anthem: summer's here and the time is now for dancing in your most fiercely outlandish prints and vibrant colours. In summer we seem to succumb to the colour-loving, shine-preoccupied magpie within, and go brighter and bolder than any other time of year. It's fun! It's fresh! It's like your body is a blank space and your wardrobe is a confetti canon! At the same time, there's still something to be said for the understated, easy and always-reliable option of black when you're styling up for the party season.

Coco Chanel once said that 'black has it all' - and it's true! Black can be punk, rock 'n' roll, romantic, glam, elegant or opulent. It never dates, it suits all skin tones, and it is the perfect pre-emptive stain camouflager. Bonus! That, dudes, is why the LBD is going nowhere fast.