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?
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)
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)
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)
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!
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?)