Black & White Combo with Sheela & Eve (With a Print)

Black & White Outfits for Women in their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

Black & White for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: Along with a Print

Quote of the day: “I frankly think aging is a great thing, and we’re lucky when we get to do it because, particularly in our generation, we’ve lost so many people to so many different things.” Sharon Stone

Prints. To me, they add fun and interest to an outfit. I’ve read that some women stay away from them altogether. And then there’s always the article published here and there that states which ones you should wear and which ones are a no-no! Well phooey to that, I say! Wear your prints, and love them on any part of your body. I’ve worked hard to show you a variety of ways to wear prints on any part of your body along with black and white.

Nancy wore the neutrals as solids, and added the print with her shoes! Mom is wearing her scarf as a black & white and a print. She is also wearing black and white as solids in her pants & shoes. Then we added another print with her striped top!  And I went full blown print mixing (well, full blown for me—this is something I would never have combined before blogging) with a B & W print top & red and black print skirt! The other combinations we had fun with are seen here (B & W alone) & here (B & W with our favorite color)!

Sheela & Eve are still involved in this endeavor—make sure to check out their take on this topic. Since we’re talking prints, I asked the three of us about being adventuresome in clothing choices, are you, is this, and have you evolved?

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Jodie’s Outfit: As I stated above, I would never have put together two different prints in one outfit before my blogging days! But I have certainly grown to like the idea more and more. How I’ve been thinking about it is it’s like a challenge or advanced degree in designing—but really, it’s all about having fun!

That furry thing hanging from my purse is a rendition of a bag bug (no, mine is not the Fendi version—come on, I’m way too thrifty for that), but I was looking for something to hang my keys on for easy access. This was at my local consignment store (Sassy Seconds), so I thought, why not? Needless to say, I don’t have keys on it here because we went to the Botanic Gardens and I didn’t have to drive!

The skirt is by this company called LuLaRoe, which I’ll be doing a blog post about coming soon. This is the Azure skirt! Have you ever heard of the company?

Skirt: LuLaRoe (similar here in a pencil version or here in a smaller print)~~Top: The Limited (similar here I realize it’s a men’s but it’s close)~~Shoes: Merona (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Purse: Tommy Hilfiger-thrifted (similar here)~~Bag Bug: (similar here in leopard)~~Ring: (similar here)

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Nancy’s Outfit: Nancy doesn’t think this outfit is extremely daring except for the shoes. She used to only buy solid colored shoes so she could wear them with anything! But she admits to tiptoeing outside her comfort zone lately!!

This necklace is a new acquisition from her recent trip to Croatia! It’s such a wonderful piece of artwork—and is a perfect compliment with the shoes since they are floral also! Maybe it’s hard to tell in the photos, but the necklace is very 3-D!!

Pants: Chicos (similar here)~~Top: New York City Design Co (similar here)~~Shoes: Sam & Libby (similar here in blues, but a great deal if you’re the right size)~~Necklace: (similar here in blue & flatter)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)~~Ring: (similar here)

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Charlotte’s Outfit: Mom is definitely being shoved outside her comfort zone for many a blog post. She admits it’s still very hard not to match everything (old habits die hard, right?), but wearing prints is not a big deal for her—she just doesn’t love 2 prints in the same outfit!

The scarf she’s wearing is a scrap of material (remember, mom loathes wasting material) that she then put some Velcro on so it would hold in place as a small neck scarf!

These sandals got put in the trash right after the photo shoot because the elastic had worn out thus they wouldn’t stay on very well. Another good reason to go shoe shopping!!

I’m not sure you can really tell in the photos, but mom’s earrings have the word “Guess” on them!

Pants: XOXO (similar here in both longs or shorts for under $20)~~Top: Lauren Jeans Co. (similar here in a short sleeve version)~~Shoes: Sonata (similar here)~~Scarf: Mom made (similar here in a knit)~~Earrings: (similar here no words on it)~~Blue Bracelet: (similar here)~~Black Bracelet: (similar here)

Black & White Outfits for Women in their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

Sheela’s Outfit: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…Sheela is fierce in her print mixing! Her blog (Sheela Writes) is where you’ll find the rest of the story!!  And her shoe collection is one that I plan to see one day. Talk about a way to add interest to an outfit!

Black & White Outfits for Women in their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

Eve’s Outfit: I know we didn’t touch on the mother/daughter thing much in this black & white showcase, but Eve is Sheela’s daughter. And if you’re mother is the queen of print mixing, then you must be the princess—so shows Eve (The World According to Eve)! When I was this age (and even older) I would never be so adventurous in putting a print with another print, but Eve is being fearless!!

Thanks to you who read my blog—I love to hear your thoughts and ideas too!!

It’s the last of the fun series that I’ve been honored to be part of for the last nine weeks—Katherine’s corner and the “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 nine can be found here.

The link up parties I participate in can be found here!

Here’s some dresses where the print mixing is already done for you (it has to be okay, if it’s made that way, right?)

  • Kathleen McDermott

    Oh, I love these outfits. Yours is simple and chic, Nancy’s is soft and romantic and Charlotte’s is classic. The small polka dots with that lovely skirt pattern is such a great combo. Nancy’s shoes and necklace are charming. Charlotte’s neckerchief is the perfect touch – she looks like she should be on the terrace of her seaside villa. Sheela and Eve look wonderful too.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I do think this is one of my favorite outfits for my mom!! I keep telling her she needs to recreate it….but she has so many clothes, she never gets around to it!! LOL!

      • Kathleen McDermott

        A woman after my own ❤️!

  • They all look great! I don’t wear prints enough – should be braver! #brilliantblogposts

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much! It certainly can’t hurt to try a print or two!!

  • Happinessatmidlife

    Oh you rocked the pattern mixing Jodie! You all did!

    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you soon!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Alice—really, you’ve been such an inspiration–so thank you!

  • Bernadette Laganella

    Jodie, I am not one for mixing patterns but you certainly have shown the way with your outfit. Very nicely done my friend.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Truthfully Bernadette—this is still a challenge for me! I do think this shirt makes it somewhat easier because it almost looks like a solid from a distance! But I did mix prints yesterday in real life and nobody stared & pointed at me!! Maybe like everything, the more I do, the easier it’ll get???
      Thanks for reading!!

    • Bernadette Laganella

      The only reason anyone would stare at you is because you were so very smart and fashionable.

      • Jodie Filogomo

        Well aren’t you the nicest??? Thanks for such a positive retort!!

  • Your mom’s style is so amazing and I applaud her stepping out of her comfort zone with the print mix. I love the scarf with the stripe top. You all look so adorable and stylish.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Osy!!
      Mom really has come a long way—and I think she’s starting to realize all of the “rules” she grew up with have no real basis!! So it’s fun to see the evolution!

  • I really like the Sharon Stone quote because it’s absolutely true. Sheela’s outfit is super fantastic. I love the mixing of patterns. :]

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    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’ve been a lover of quotes that really mean a lot—it’s funny how a few couple of words can be so inspirational!
      Thanks for reading Carmen!!

  • Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for reading Nicole!!

  • This is talent! Love seeing fashion going strong at any age.

    Jule Avenue

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks!! It’s part of the idea that style is ageless!!!

  • If you saw my closet you would think I have no color sense. I own a lot, I mean a lot of black and white. Stripes, plain, you name it. I’ve always been the classic color gal. Nice outfits here today.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      The black & white is a very classic combination!! If I were there—I’d be your shopping friend and see what colors we could add in!!

  • Dawn Lucy

    Can you believe that I used to stay away from prints? Now I love them! And I never thought I’d ever mix prints. It’s been fun to expand my style comfort zone. You three lovely ladies look beautiful as always. Love your dots and abstract floral mix. Thanks so much for sharing with Fun Fashion Friday!


    Dawn Lucy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I can’t believe that you stayed away from prints, Dawn!!! Do you remember why?
      It is so interesting how our style & likes/dislikes change over time!! (almost as much as the body changes—ha ha)
      Thanks for the love!

  • Your all wearing it well ladies ! I love Sheela blog too. I love her style . X

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laurie!!

  • I’m 25 and I wear a similar outfit to Charlotte’s, with the scarf and all!!! You ladies are trendsetters!


    Tamara –

    • Jodie Filogomo

      What a great comment Tamara!!
      It’s funny because a friend and I were just talking about what makes a women frumpy—so to hear you say this is music to my ears!! (That’s because I know you are in no way frumpy…thus if you’d wear it, mom’s golden!)

  • Love your outfit. Love all the details, from the earrings to the pompom.
    Like you Jodie, I have become a lot more daring and even started print mixing (a little). Definitely have gone off the fact that you cannot mix blue and black or black and brown (such a relief). Great that you push Mom’s boundries too haha.
    The shoes of Nancy and her necklace indeed go very well together. Sheela is a class on her own and Eve is following in her footsteps.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It is hard to relearn the rules that were pounded into our brains, huh? Some of them seem awfully silly now though!!
      I still struggle with some things—like this print mixing—I love the idea of it, but I constantly wonder if my look is too out there. Now in reality, I realize there are much more adventurous women in the world (and on the internet), and I don’t mind having some attention, but my little part of the world is still at times considered a cow town! Most of the time, I’m fine with it all, but then there’s the times I have that little voice saying “really, jodie?” (or maybe that’s a psychological issue? ha ha)
      Thanks for the love!!

  • Lanae Bond

    I love printed fashion but I basically stick to floral that are black and white. Love how you mixed prints!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for your voice in the matter Lanae!!

  • Prints are a lot of fun! I used to stay away from them but am enjoying them more and more… Great outfits! They really show how versatile black & white is!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Do you know why you stayed away from prints?
      I guess I’ve never even considered it, so I remember being so surprised when I read it on someone else’s blog! That’s why I ask!!
      Thanks for your thoughts!!

      • Good question! I honestly don’t know. I’ve always liked stripes, but other than that, I didn’t like prints. In a way they maybe felt “old” to me? I don’t think that at all now. It’s really interesting how our taste evolves… 🙂

        • Jodie Filogomo

          It is totally interesting Andrea!! It’s got to be a combo of experience, time of our lives, and moods!! But the blogging helps too—seeing others in things I thought I’d never wear, is very liberating!!

  • I agree, you should totally wear prints whenever you want! Black and white is always a favorite combo of mine.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for your thoughts Amy!!

  • Totally in love with your skirt and the fun pattern mixing!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tara—it’s still not as interesting as what you put together, but I’m enjoying the challenge!!

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    Ooh, love Nancy’s necklace and yes her shoes are gorgeous, too! I really love polka dots, period… so, of course I love that top with the floral skirt. The patterns work well together, especially with them both having navy in them.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Carrie!!

  • What a great necklace is Nancy wearing! And youre outfit is very feminine! Loved to read these series!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Nancy!!
      Nancy’s necklace is quite different—I may have to “borrow” it—ha ha!!

  • Mary Kalpos

    I love your outfit Jodie. And I think that your mom looks great. It’s nice to see her wearing an edgy outfit. As for Nancy, the top she is wearing is gorgous, sort of a boho vibe, it is very becoming on her.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thank you so much for those kind words Mary!! I’ll be sure to tell each of them! And thanks so much for letting us know what you think (whether it good or bad)!!

  • I love everything here, Jodie. Nancy is such an adventurous soul with those printed flats, seriously. I’d never have thought to do that myself. And Charlotte, ahh Charlotte. A vision of pure Parisian chic. And you, my friend, are wearing my ideal colour palette. Black, White, Red. SO SO SO purrfect.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for this fun Sheela—and it is interesting how the 3 of us are quite tame compared to you two!! (And this is amped up for us)—so it goes to show how very different our interpretations can come out of the same theme—and yet we’re still friends!!

  • Laura

    I absolutely adore your pattern mixing! Nancy’s necklace is so pretty and unique! Love it!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laura!! The pattern mixing is still not easy for me, but I think I’m making progress!!

  • Mother Daughter

    I have three of the Lularoe skirts and one of the dresses, love them all. They are so easy to wear. I like all three of your looks. I am going to have to step out of my comfort zone and do some print mixing.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It took me awhile to feel comfortable with this print mixing idea—not that I’m totally comfortable yet, but I think this outfit was relatively easy since the shirt almost looks like a solid from far away!!
      I thought this LuLaRoe skirt was perfect for our Botanic Gardens outing!! I can’t wait to try other pieces!!

  • Wow – all gorgeous – but I LOVE the red skirt especially! Looks lovely on you.And I love the cute little white top Nancy is wearing (and her Croatian necklace!)

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Gilly!!
      Since this is a new skirt, I wasn’t sure how well it’d do for the whole sightseeing day—but it was great!!

  • Love your print mixing & I am such a sucker for stripes. They are classic

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Michelle—I have to agree with you on the stripes—for some reason they are so addicting!!

  • dan

    You are wearing the most delightful skirt, Jodie! I always like floral prints … they are very feminine . The polkadot top is beautiful too. Great combination of prints!
    Nancy ‘s necklace is lovely and your mom looks elegant:you are three perfectly dressed girls!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Dan!!
      I think this floral print speaks to me more than others because it’s a little more modern & artsy!!
      I appreciate the comment!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    Jodie, I absolutely love these outfits. You nailed the print mixing thing spot on! Nancy and Mom’s outfits are lovely. You all look so put together and so at ease and confident. You are doing a marvelous job, growing yourself and them in the fashion arena! Thanks for posting! – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      What a heart warming comment, Amy—-thank you for that!!

  • PetiteOver40

    Super cute outfits, Jodie!! I love them all but yours is my favorite — I just love that navy polkadot top and red printed skirt together! There are times when I’m shopping or working on my blog when I see two things come together and it’s like, BAM — that’s the way it goes! This is how I see your outfit. Like you, I would never have put it together on my own prior to blogging, but I think I’m starting to feel more confident finding and putting together something like what you’ve put together.

    Truth is, I’d feel comfortable wearing Nancy’s and your mom’s outfits too! Nancy’s outfit is more subtle, as you said, but it’s classic with little kicks of color thrown in. She looks very glamorous. And your mom’s outfit is definitely one I would wear–because essentially I have! I have a navy/white striped tee I pair with a black and white bandana quite often!

    Sheela and Eve ARE the fierce queen and princess of print-mixing! They look fabulous as well! Maybe one day I will have their confidence and daring!

    Can’t wait to read more about that skirt of yours!

    – Sherry

    PS: I’m taking my sundress photos today! I’ll send you an email later!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for all the support Sherry!!
      I must admit that although I wouldn’t have put this together pre-blogging, this print mixing doesn’t seem so out there since the shirt almost looks like a solid from far away!

      I can’t wait to see your sundress photos—will there be a space needle as the backdrop???

    • Thank you so so so much, Sherry, for the kind words. Given that up until a few months ago, I only wore black, print mixing still terrifies me. Terrifies me horribly. The only difference now is I just go for it, and hope for the best 🙂 so thank you again, very much xo

      • PetiteOver40

        Sheela, my admiration of you just grew exponentially! You mix prints like you’ve been doing it your whole life — like it’s the most natural thing in the world! And the backgrounds in your photos are complementary for what you’re wearing! To know that it terrifies you but you take that leap anyway is so admirable! I will keep you in mind as I take my own leaps in the future!

  • Lovely! I really like the different prints and the variety 😉 Great fashion inspiration xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Heather!!

  • Gorgeous! I especially love your print mixing, Jodie! The tiny polka dots are perfect with the bolder print of your lovely skirt! Well done, ladies!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Shelbee—I think the fact that my shirt almost look like a solid, makes this pairing easier for me!!

  • Debbie Stinedurf

    All looking gorgeous as always. I love Nancy’s outfit…and I have those same shoes! You are kickin’ it up a notch with the print mix my friend. Well done! I have a bag bug too…from Walmart…lol!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Well, of course you have those same shoes—you love a good floral shoes as much as I do!!
      I didn’t even know this bag bug thing until I was at the consignment store and I asked what the heck that thing was—she gave me the entire scoop so I had to get it! Then my cousin just posted from Vegas a picture of them at the Fendi store ($1200—but I’m sure they are real fur)!
      Thanks for the love Debbie!

  • Lauren Blair .

    Everyone looks so amazing!! I love prints and feel like they add so much to any outfit, especially mixing prints! XO

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Lauren!
      I’ve always loved prints, but this mixing of them is so new!!

  • Awesome outfits! They make me want to break out of my “Mom” mode and become stylish again! 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’d say Amen to that Lisa!!

  • Loving the outfits again, I especially love Nancy’s necklace. Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gemma!!

  • I just love the versatility of black and white. Your bold print mixing makes a wonderful statement! Nancy’s top is very pretty and I love the fun shoes. Your mom looks cute and trendy with her stripes and small scarf. I’ve enjoyed seeing these collaborative post with Sheela and Eve. 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jennie!!
      I have to admit, I even bought a couple of items that were black & white after we took these pictures…I think I like it more now that I see what can be done with it!!

  • Stevie Turner

    Black and white combinations always look smart.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Stevie—it is amazing how everyone loves black & white together!!