It’s the Classic Color Combination. Black with your White Dress

white dress for women in the ages of their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

It’s the Classic Color Combination. Black with your White Dress

Quote of the day: “Aging is a physical process, but age is a state of mind.” Ted Smith

I know that black & white is a classic and an easy combination for everyone! So since we’re wearing the same white dress over and over, we might as well pair it with this obvious neutral too! I’ve had the most blog posts about these two colors together with the first being this one and the last being this one!

I probably wouldn’t have used the black and white combination if it were up to me, for two reasons. 1-It seems so obvious and I like trying different and unusual combinations. 2-Because I do have many blog posts already dedicated to these two neutrals! But as soon as I pulled out this dress for mom, she piped up that she has a belt that “goes” with the dress! I realize most of us wear a belt with many items in our closet, but only my mom would have a specific belt for this dress (because it matches the buttons)—gotta love her!!

And for your viewing pleasure, I varied our black elements for this category. Mom chose the belt, Nancy wore a bolero type cardigan, and I put on a removable collar. Even our shoe colors vary from lightest to darkest!!

In my way of thinking, there really is no combination that wouldn’t work with our white dresses—any other color, any other neutral or just plain white would go wonderfully. But for the sake of this series, I showed these exact dresses with neutrals (here) and orange (here).

I know many women will comment or be concerned that white will get stained. But really so will any clothing. The advantage of a white piece of clothing, is you can easily bleach the entire garment. The concern I would bring up, is the thickness of the material. Unless you don’t mind wearing a slip & camisole, you might want to make sure the dress is lined.

Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: First, this collar! My husband’s sister, sent over this piece of material/lace.

I had no idea what it’s really meant to be, but I added a button to it to create a removable collar. I even found a white dress you could purchase with the dark collars attached here.

white dress for women in the ages of their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

We were going out to eat this evening (do I say that a lot?—because we do enjoy eating out—my husband is quite the foodie).

And it had been raining, thus I pulled my hair back. I wished I had left a couple strands in the front; it looks so severe to me this way!

white dress for women in the ages of their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

white dress for women in the ages of their 50's, 60's, & 70's

Dress: VacaStyle (here)~~Shoes: Abound (similar here)~~Collar: (maybe I don’t know what to look for, or maybe you just can’t buy something like this but this is as close as I could find similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here smaller in size)~~Purse: (similar here)

Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: The best thing about a fit and flare dress? It twirls so nicely!!

white dress for women in the ages of their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

I really like how this bolero jacket hits at the waist of the dress.

I think a normal length cardigan might have looked too overpowering.

white dress for women in the ages of their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

Nancy’s wearing my favorite shoes.

Since they are a black & white snakeskin, they really go with so much in her closet, and they aren’t super high!

white dress for women in the ages of their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

Dress: Xhileration (similar here with short sleeves and here sleeveless)~~Bolero: R & K (similar here)~~Shoes: Gianni Bini (similar here not a snakeskin but very pretty)~~Necklace: (similar here a little bigger, but a great deal)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: Now you can see the wonderful buttons up close and personal on mom’s white dress!

And she picked this belt because it matches perfectly!

white dress for women in the ages of their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

white dress for women in the ages of their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

Since we have to give the buttons all the admiration we can, I left off a necklace and had mom put on some dangly, long earrings!

white dress for women in the ages of their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

Dress: Mom made it (similar here as a sleeveless version or here in a long sleeve version)~~Shoes: Anne Klein (similar here)~~Belt: (similar here a chain version)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here thinner version)

Jude (my blogette): Jude was happy to be involved again for this category!!

She enlisted the help of her husband, Jay to take a couple photos of her wearing a Carole Little white dress from a couple years ago.

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I think wearing sneakers with the dress is a perfect casual combination! As I’ve said before (and will say again), it’s always good to check out other departments for your clothing—Jude got these sneakers at Walmart in the boy’s department!

It’s just another way to wear your white dress. It is amazing how just switching up the colors of your shoes, accessories and toppers can transform the entire look!

I’ve very humbled by your continued support—thank you, thank you, thank you! I’d love to thank you in person; thus if you leave me a comment on any social media, I’ll make sure to respond!

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And last but not least, here’s the long sleeved white dress options:

  • Kathleen McDermott

    Always yes to black and white, especially in warm weather. All the outfits are pretty. Love your collar. Love the buttons on Charlotte’s dress. Jude looks so cool in white eyelet with black sneaks – tres chic. I love the length of her dress and I want it!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Kathleen! It is amazing how classic black & white can be!
      I think because I love color so much, I rarely stick to these two colors only—but it can look so nice!!

      • Kathleen McDermott

        And it’s so easy to add just a pop of color with shoes, purse, scarf or jewelry. Or a hat (I love hats).

  • PetiteOver40

    I have to admit, I love black and white for a classic look and I love seeing what you’ve done with it. You three provide the classic pairing, but change things up with your own spin on it: That lace collar with the gold button and the ring on your finger that goes perfectly with it; Nancy’s bolero that hits her *perfectly* near the waist to show off her lovely figure; and your mom’s buttons and belt that sparkle and provide fun interest to an already beautiful dress. Such fun and elegance at the same time!

    By the way, before I read your post, I looked at the photos and I thought how lovely your hair looked here. It makes you look like a posh/elegant ballerina. Very sophisticated. I never once thought your hair made you look severe.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for your opinion on my hair….it’s funny because when I put it up in the mirror, I thought it was okay. But then when I reviewed the pictures the next day on the computer—it just looked different. I’m glad you didn’t think it was too bad considering we went out to dinner and everything!!

  • ADA

    You know how I feel about a LWD. These 3 you ladies own have gotten so much use. My favorite way to wear them is with black. Your collar/mini lace shrug is oh-so-feminine, pretty, elegant and sophisticated. You look the best you have ever looked, Jodie. Love it.

    You are welcome about the feature. I had forgotten to write all the comments under the outfits I featured so take a peek again. 😉

    Have a great weekend! <3 Ada.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for the nice words Ada!! Both in this comment and on your site—I really appreciate it!

  • There really are SO many ways to style a white dress!! I LOVE that your mom had a specific belt for this look, it’s perfect!! It’s clear where you get your fashion sense!! 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Joti—it certainly is true that I grew up with a woman who loves to shop & style clothing—how could I not love it?

  • I don’t think black accessories are an expected pairing for a white dress at all! I think summer sundress when I see a white dress. Or in winter, I’d think to pair it with taupe or gray. But I love the high contrast of pairing a white dress with black accessories. And your little bolero gives it a total Dolce & Gabbana feel! I also love Nancy’s snakeskin shoes. They’re the perfect pairing for a sweet white dress. It keeps it from feeling too naive.
    <3 Liz

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s good to hear you didn’t think it was the obvious Liz!
      I think the only pairing that doesn’t do it for me with a white dress is white shoes—it seems so nursey to me!! Silly, huh?

  • Laura

    That lace was meant to be a collar! What a fun piece! I love a classic black and white combination!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laura—-I just couldn’t figure out what else it could be for!! (But you know, when you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail…)

  • All of these white dresses are so pretty and perfect for summer!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tara!!

  • I understand the fear of stains and sheerness with white anything let alone a dress but your right, Jodie, these are problems with solutions. You all look marvelous and I really like your mother’s buttons and matching belt. Thanks for adding your post to my Fine-Whatever link up.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Rena!!
      Besides…if you ruin the item, it just means you get to go buy another one, right?

      • Absolutely!!! 😎

  • For reasons I do not quite understand, I don’t own a white dress. And save for those I wore at Holy Communion as well as Confirmation, I’ve never owned a white dress. Even my wedding gown wasn’t white 🙂 food for thought, huh?

    First, I have to say, I love your dress, Jodie. The bun and wee evening bag as well as collar add a lovely hint of chinois chic to the overall look. I really like that you eschewed black (or nude) pumps and, instead, went for exotic skin instead. I’m not all that fond of what Nancy and Charlotte are wearing BUT there are elements which excite me. Such as Nancy’s shoes and Charlotte’s accessories. I mean, look at her cuff. It’s enough to make Sid Vicious green with envy!!! xoxo

    • Oh and Jude is da bomb dot com.

      • Jodie Filogomo

        Isn’t she?

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Yes…it would be interesting to a psychologist about your lack of a white dress—we should explore that more…ha ha (and laugh at the fact that I have 3 or 4 of them)

  • I love how many ways there are to style a white dress. The possibilities are endless!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      You speak truth Michelle!!

  • Kristin & Megan

    I love little white dresses as much as I do LBDs! Love the touch of black!

    • Jodie Filogomo


  • I have to say, Jodie, all four of you ladies have really hit it out of the park! How creative are you with your little lace collar?! Love that! Nancy’s fit and flare dress (one of my personal favorite silhouettes) with bolero jacket is fabulous! Your mom is looking so chic! Love the pretty buttons and the addition of her belt, and Jude has added such a fun twist with her black sneakers. Great looks, all!

    Have a wonderful week!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Mary!
      I agree that the fit and flare is such a fabulous shape—-I was so surprised that Nancy didn’t have more in her closet! But she’s not a dress girl like I am—hah, but I’m out to change that!
      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Lorena Lorena

    You four look fabulous ! and yes, your mom matching the buttons and the belt made me rethink a few looks.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Lorena!!

  • momtrends

    Jodie I LOVE your heels, so chic. Nancy the dress looks amazing on you. I love Charlottes dress as well and what a beautiful smile! Jude, I love that you’ve combined sneakers with a dress. You go ladies !!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Nicole!!

  • One of my all time favorite combos! Love your added touches of black.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Amy!

  • I love the vintage vibe that your style have by adding the black collar, Jodie. I think too that black and white is perfect combo. Wonderful ladies!

    Anna xoxo

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Anna!!

  • Lovely, you three. I absolutely love the black collar you added, J. xox


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Patti!
      I must confess I would have turned my nose up at the lace thing a couple years ago. This blogging adventure has made me much more flexible and fun (IMO).

  • I’ve really enjoyed reading these last three posts Jodie. So my style inspo. I really like your collar x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks tons Laurie!! I really appreciate it!

  • Versatilestylebytracey

    I am a lover of black and white combos and quite often say, “Black and White Is Always Good!” I have incorporated lots of black and white print pieces in my wardrobe for added interest, from polk a dots to zebra stripes. These are all great and a nice way to to end the white dress series..

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tracey!!
      I do like the black & white prints even more than plain black with plain white—you’re right that it seems more interesting!!

  • Queen of Rods

    Jodie, I think that your mom is the star of today’s post. I absolutely love her buttons/belt/bracelet combo!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      She’ll be so elated to hear this Janet—especially since this one really was for her!!

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    Wow, Jodie, I just LOVE all of these looks! I would wear all of them! Adorable and fashionable! Love that collar! The best one for me was Nancy’s outfit!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Terri!!
      What’s not to love about a LWD? So versatile, I think!!

  • I love black and white together! You just can’t go wrong with that combo. All three looks are fabulous! Okay, so maybe I’m partial because I’m posting another black/white outfit tomorrow… 😉

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s good to be biased—I always notice the posts that are on the same wavelength as mine—-it makes us feel “in the loop”, right?

  • Charlotte Miller

    Should I mention that I made the dress from fabric I purchased in New Orleans about 25 yrs. ago.

    • Suzanne Dennis

      I love how you sew and both create and alter garments! I also love your owl jewelry and your smile. 😊

      • Jodie Filogomo

        Thanks so much Suzanne!!
        My mom is more of the seamstress—since she taught Home Economics for many, many years!!
        She’s amazing at creating garment and making them unique. Luckily she has lately taught me alterations, because it’s incredibly invaluable!! I’m not sure I want to start making my own clothing—I have enough hobbies with the knitting and blogging —-at least right now!
        I really appreciate the warm thoughts from you—thank you, thank you, thank you!

    • I’m always SO impressed by your sewing skills! And how great that there is a history behind the fabric!

      • Jodie Filogomo

        It’s like a souvenir yet functional!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I totally forgot that fact—see, if I don’t write it down—poof, it’s gone!! Thanks for the reminder!!

  • Amazing Looks and post:) Wish you happy Weekend:)

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Karina and happy Saturday to you too!!

  • Black and white always looks great! Loved these pics. Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Gemma!!

  • My favorite combination of all time!! Loving that lace collar of yours and that cute tiny bag too!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Of course, since it’s black & white it has your name written all over it, huh, Darlene!! 🙂
      The only thing bad about the bag is it’s not even big enough for my phone—but that makes me unplug, right?

  • Judy Gramith

    Your black collar is really unique and COOL!! It has a leather look about it and I’m wondering how it might look on a jean jacket or added to a poncho (?). Anyway it’s definitely an edgy, fun, versatile accessory. You look great!
    Nancy should bring this combo along to her upcoming class reunion as a “just in case” outfit. It would be cute with a jean jacket and sneakers as well. She’s rocking this dress!
    I love Charlotte and her penchant for apparel with the “mad match” goin on. The belt and button match on this dress is great and she looks terrific in it.
    Thank you for your kind inclusiveness Jodie! I’m really enjoying my “blogette adventure”.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think it’s so fun to have more 50+ women showing how to look stylish Jude—thanks so much for adding to the fun!!
      I will definitely have to try wearing this collar with other items—experimenting with it will be half the fun!!

  • Jodie, Arent you smart! Love the little lace collar with the button! I do love black and white and am especially loving all white looks this summer. Love the texture of your dress too. We go out a fair amount as well, or make Blue Apron as hubby likes to cook. Nancy looks like she is having fun in the dress as well, with some dance moves!
    Have a great weekend
    jess xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jess!!
      I thought I’d use the lace as a collar more than a decor? item—what else would it be?