Winter Whites for All Ages: The Monochromatic Version
Quote of the day: “There is no failure except in no longer trying.” Elbert Hubbard
Even though the calendar says winter and many days are cold & snowy, I personally am super glad that the rules have changed in regards to wearing white. For some reason, I’ve always been a huge sucker for white items (except lab coats—I abhor those!).
Two years ago the 3 of us styled outfits for a winter white series here, here & here. At that time I had a monochromatic look, a partial white look and an accessory in white for each of the posts. Now I’m switching it up and starting with each of us wearing all white. Except for the shoes & accessories—I had to add in color somewhere and somehow!
It also makes me extremely happy to welcome Mireille as a blogette once again for this series. If any other readers would be interested to join us on the blog, I’d love to incorporate you! Just email me, and I can let you know the upcoming themes!
My mother (Charlotte, the 70’s model) has always been a huge fan of the monochromatic look. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard from her lips, that it makes you appear slimmer. Now if you know me at all, then you realize that I tend to question everything and love to play the devil’s advocate. Therefore when the talk is about the monochromatic style being more flattering, I’m always the first one to try to say, “fine, let’s try it out and see!”
So here we are in our all white looks. I would argue that it’s not the color that makes us look thinner, but the cut and style of the pieces we are wearing. But I’ve been known to be wrong! So you tell me, is the monochromatic look the way to go?
Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: My all white look incorporated a white blazer that I recently purchased for only $18. When I was working, I never had an all white jacket because it reminded me of a lab coat way too much. So I’ve been searching for one ever since I retired. Can you believe it’s taken this long? I didn’t want to spend too much, or have it look too workish. And I think this one is perfect. The texture of the material & the ruched sleeves add enough frivolity, I thought!
For my accessories and shoes, I went with animal prints!! Of course, you could say that the belt distracts from the overall monochromatic look?
I even made sure to grab my glasses that had browns in them to keep with the theme! And my necklace is actually much longer, but I used an orthodontic elastic around the back to tie it to make it shorter!
I have to admit, I didn’t love this outfit in the photos (I liked it well enough when I got dressed or I would have changed clothes). So of course, I tried to analyze the why. Not that I have the answers, but what do you think? My whites aren’t exactly the same colors? The belt messes up the long line (is there a long line when I’m so short?)? Maybe I shouldn’t have buttoned the jacket?
Jeans: LOFT (here remember, the LOFT has sales almost continuously—I usually pay around $30 for these)~~Jacket: BooHoo (similar here with lace as the texture)~~Top: Jillanova (similar here)~~Shoes: Ballasox (similar here)~~Belt: (similar here-2 for the price of 1)~~Necklace: (similar here or here in a heart shaped)~~Earrings: (similar here)
Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: On to Nancy’s all white outfit. For one of us, I wanted to add in a bright color with the monochromatic top & bottom. Since Nancy has these fun, blue shoes, I decided that she got to be the lucky girl!!
But even though we were going for blue in her shoes & necklace, I wanted to switch the color of the earrings and not be so matchy-matchy! I pulled out the coral color from the necklace and used that for the earrings!
Nancy bought these blue shoes online when I found them for her for only $9. She accidentally hit the purchase button twice so she wound up with 2 pairs. That’s why I have the matching pair in my closet. The shoes certainly don’t have great support (what can you expect for $9), but I usually wear my insoles or orthodics in mine, which make them more comfortable!
And look at how nicely the neighbor’s car matches Nancy’s look! I didn’t plan for it to be in the shot at first, but once I saw how the blues were the same, I figured “why not?”
Jeans: Chicos (similar here in an ankle length version)~~Cardigan: J. Jill (similar here with white buttons–under $10!!)~~Top: Talbots (similar here)~~Shoes: (similar here in a loafer version or here in a Toms version)~~Necklace: (similar here as flowers or here as stones)~~Earrings: (similar here)
Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: I wasn’t sure what kind of color I was going to add into mom’s monochromatic look. She was the last of the photos taken for this category, so I let her choose! She opted for these grey flats that she got at a thrift store, so I though that adding a neutral would be a great variety for the outfits!
Instead of a necklace or regular scarf, I figured we’d take advantage of the colder weather and bundle up mom in her fur scarf. The nice thing about this scarf, is it has an opening already in it so the one end goes through the other to keep it in place.
When I picked out this brooch to add to the fur piece, mom commented that it was a “summer” brooch! I asked her why she considered it a summer brooch, and she said because it’s white! Now tell me that’s not ironic, since we are doing a winter white series? I do consider this another perfect accessory on which to add a pin. Did you see the post just 2 weeks ago that was all about adding bling to accessories with a brooch?
And since we are being rebellious by wearing white in the winter, I figured we might as well break another rule. Can you see it? There’s gold in the brooch and I had mom wear silver earrings.
Jeans: XOXO (similar here)~~Sweater: Pierre Cardin (similar here)~~Shoes: thrifted (similar here in a solid color grey or here with silver accents)~~Fur Scarf: (similar here in burgundy)~~Brooch: (similar here as a bird family—so cute)~~Earrings: (similar here as a set with a necklace)
Mireille (blogette): I love that Mireille and my mom are basically wearing the same outfit. There may be almost 40 years difference between the two, but this is why I love to say that style is ageless!
In Mireille’s words: “As soon as you said winter whites, I thought of my favorite boots! So I paired ankle pants with them (a trick I learned from Tania at 50 is not old who wears her ankle pants throughout the whole year) and one of my fair trade crochet scarfs. I wrapped the scarf 3 times around my neck so it wouldn’t distract too much from the white.”
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