Black & White for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s–Just these Two Colors
Quote of the day: “I don’t want to put an expiration date on showing my jiggly legs at the beach, or say, ‘I’m over 50. I shouldn’t wear this.’ No, this is my 63-year-old butt, and I am free and happy. It has earned its freedom.” Alfre Woodard
I have been very lucky to partner with other bloggers lately. There was the Fab Collab with Sherry of Petite Over 40 regarding our Pearl Necklaces and the stories that went with them (see the last post on that topic here). Sherry & I will be showcasing another of these collaborations regarding sundresses starting in two weeks, so stayed tuned!!
Then I was delighted to be included in Sheela’s Sister Act which showcases every generation from the teens to the 70’s wearing a common theme (this one was a flower garden). Well, Sheela & I are at it again in a way. It’s really a mother/daughter series since it’ll be Sheela & her daughter Eve and the 3 of us. We’re going to ask each other questions pertaining to merits of wearing black & white. My first question for the three of us was why do you think black & white has such a following?
And let it be known, that I for once didn’t put together Nancy’s & mom’s outfits—I let them take the lead and style themselves!
Jodie’s Outfit: For myself, I consider black & white to be popular because it’s relatively easy. You don’t have to think about “does this go with this” because of course it does. I will admit though, that I rarely wear just black & white by itself. As a girl who loves color, I always feel too boring dressing in just the two neutrals.
As for my outfit, it may seem silly to have my scarf hang down the back, but I actually did this on purpose for two reasons. 1-I didn’t want to disrupt the diagonal line of the zipper and 2-I was cooking this day, so I didn’t want the scarf to get in the way. It actually stayed very nicely wearing it this way—I’ll have to do it more often!
Shorts: the fifth (similar here)~~Vest: Stephane O (similar here or here–both on sale)~~Top: Jillanova (similar here)~~Shoes: Ann Taylor (similar here only in one size but such a good match)~~Scarf: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)
Nancy’s Outfit: Nancy’s reasoning for the popularity of black and white is that it’s very versatile. She says they are both neutral colors and go with any other color you put with them. They can bring pop to a color as they can act as a background (which you’ll see in the next post in this series)!
She could actually be a walking advertisement for H&M in this photo since both the top & pants are from that store. If you never saw the pants at your local H&M, that could be because she got hers in Vienna, Austria when she was on a cruise last year! The lace top has a beige lining which is nice for coverage.
And don’t you love the adventuresomeness she put into this ensemble. This could have been perfect for our series on print mixing with black & white (here) or print mixing with textures (here).
Pants: H&M (similar here)~~Top: H&M (similar here in 3/4 length sleeves)~~Shoes: Merona (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here in gold)~~Watch: (similar here)
Charlotte’s Outfit: Mom thinks black & white is so popular because everyone can wear it in some form or another. Besides the fact that they probably have accessories already to accent it. (Mom is another accessoryholic so that’s why she thinks this way)
Mom made the eyelet skirt she’s wearing. I really like how the eyelet is very sparse at the top of the skirt, then gets more abundant at the hemline, and finishes off with a scalloped edging! Of course she even added in a lining so it’s not see through. I know growing up, I always wore a slip with my dresses & skirts—do any of you wear them now?
Skirt: Mom made it (similar here)~~Top:9 Essentials (similar here)~~Shoes:9 West (similar here in many colors)~~Necklace: (similar here may be gone by the time you see this)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)~~Cameo Ring: (similar here only $10)
Sheela’s Outfit: Tell me that isn’t the coolest backdrop? Head over to her blog at Sheela Writes and see what she thinks about black & white! (Did I mention she’s one of the queens at print mixing?)
Eve’s Outfit: Eve’s rockin’ a jumpsuit—you may think only the young can wear them, but the three of us are going to be trying it soon! Her website, The World According to Eve, will give you the younger generations thoughts about the neutral combination!
Thanks to you who read my blog—I love to hear your thoughts and ideas too!! Do you think black & white are the peanut butter & jelly of fashion?
The link up parties I participate in can be found here!
Because I consider shopping to be the essence of life, I went looking for black & white dresses–you’d wear these, right? ( I realize the first one is more expensive than usual, but it’s so interesting, yet classical—and couldn’t you wear it tons? Besides it’s fun to splurge every now and again!! And it wasn’t really sold out when I checked right before this went live!)