Lilac for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: With Another Purple
Quote of the day: “Count your age by friends, not years.” Susan J. Decuir
On my quest to find some fun and maybe somewhat different combinations of colors to wear with lilac, I decided to see the result by pairing it with a darker purple. For many of you, this might not seem very adventuresome or distinctive—actually, maybe you do this all the time. But, my confession is that as much as my mom will want to match her colors in her outfit, I am just the opposite. Therefore, I rarely put two of the same colors together! And since I am the styler for all three of us, you can see I decided we each needed some sort of print to break up the color! At least we all got to wear different print items! The first combination I put with our same lilac pieces was brown (here).
50’s Outfit: I may have told many of you how much I loved my new silver sandals in the post series about silver shoes (here)—and I wasn’t lying. Of course, part of the reason could be I really love them with the lighter colored jeans, and since I have a couple pair now, it’s a no-brainer! One of the reasons I opted for this sandal when I was searching for silver shoes, was the fact that they sorta look like Birks, but not as bulky! They are probably not as comfortable as the real Birks, but since my feet aren’t finicky when it comes to shoes, I don’t mind.
My shirt I’ve had for at least 5 years. It is a tank shirt that has 3 silver chain links at the shoulder straps, which I think is quite fun (you can’t really see it in these photos since I have the cardigan over it). What I really like about the shirt is the elastic at the bottom band, so it doesn’t cling to my midsection.
I added a pearl necklace with my plain silver one because the silver one looked so lonely by itself! The pearls were a bridesmaid gift from my fabulous friend’s wedding 11 years ago! Happy almost anniversary Stacy! And Stacy gave me these earrings forever ago—what a great friend!!
Jeans:Free People–thrifted (similar here)~~Cardigan: Mossimo (similar here)~~Top: Banana Monkey (I couldn’t find anything exact but here are a couple that are somewhat similar here or here or here)~~Sandals: Dr. Scholls (here)~~Pearl Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)
60’s Outfit: To break up Nancy’s purples, I had her wear a black & white print (which is a theme for a special partnership coming up next–stayed tuned) which I think goes with everything and anything. I’m not sure why we rarely pull out this skirt…it is slightly longer than many of her other skirts, but I still think it’s flattering. In fact, I almost think she looks taller in these pictures!!
Her shoes are certainly not new, but I grabbed them because they remind me of the newer styles that are showing fringe on the top. Personally, I think skirts tend to look better with heels (especially this length of skirt), but I’m not sure if that’s myth or fact. Maybe I should do another installment of dressing slimmer and study that thought?
This necklace is one of my first picks in many of Nancy’s outfits because of the uniqueness of it—I love how it’s not the same on each side and it is a neutral so it can go with almost everything.
Skirt: Classics (similar here in a pencil shape or here in an a-line shape)~~Blouse over top: Apt. 9 (similar here in many colors–no darts though but that’s easy to add)~~Top: Dressbarn (similar here)~~Shoes: MPS (similar here in beige with a bow & here with fringe)~~Necklace: (similar here and it’s under $30)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)
70’s Outfit: In order to break up the solid purples in mom’s outfit, I had her pull out one of her many scarves! Since it’s a silky, lightweight scarf, it didn’t seem inappropriate for the warmer temperatures! We didn’t even try to get fancy tying it—we just put a knot in the middle of her chest and let the ends hang down.
These pants were gifted to mom last year when we received our colored jeans from Fabrizio-Gianni—the colored jeans post can be seen here. They still have this exact same color of this style—it’s called bamboo and can have a greenish tint in some lighting–although it looks darker on the website. Mom has worn them quite a bit considering she has many pants in her closet. She has needed to take them in for the rear to fit better, so if you’re considering a pair, I’d size down. The nice aspect of this company is they are a Made in the USA company and everything is machine washable. The pricing is more than what I normally spend, however, they always have some sale items that are under $100!
Pants: Fabrizio-Gianni (similar here on sale in burgundy)~~Cardigan: Hillard & Hanson (similar here in shape but a tad more pinky)~~Top: No label because it’s reversible (similar here)~~Shoes: Calico (similar here)~~Scarf: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)
I truly hope you enjoyed reading this! I’m going to be interrupting this lilac series with a collaboration—but you’ll see the last installment of lilac at the end of next week!!
It’s that time of the week again—Katherine’s corner is continuing her “Between the Lines” series featuring bloggers ages 50 and up. Every one of these bloggers would so appreciate any time you might have to read and comment on their hard work. Part eight can be found here.
The link up parties I participate in can be found here!
Here’s some lilac pieces for the top half of your body (including a couple dresses!!)