One part timeless and one part chic, a pair of black pants is a wardrobe staple in nearly every woman’s closet. You may shy away from pulling them on during the summer, but there’s no reason to send your pants on vacation. Swap heavy wool and non-breathable polyester for lightweight cotton or a cotton-rayon blend. With a little warm-weather styling, extend your black pants wearability from seasonal to 365.

Cool Colors

Nothing changes black pants from winter wear to summer sizzle as quickly as an infusion of color. Reach for brights — think citron, fuchsia, coral and turquoise — or pretty pastels to lighten the look. Colorful prints have a similar effect. Opt for a vivid floral blouse in a sheer, lightweight fabric.

Strategic Styling

In addition to light fabrics and summery colors, pant, top and shoe styles all play a role in making black work for the season. Pick an ankle-grazing pant length and show off strappy sandals, wedges or open-toe shoes. Slip on a sleeveless or cap-sleeve blouse for work or a breezy tank for a casual lunch. Keep accessories colorful and carefree. Swap chunky metals for bright bangles and carry an unstructured bag in a punchy hue.