Black & White with Sheela & Eve

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

Black & White for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s–Just these Two Colors

Quote of the day: “I don’t want to put an expiration date on showing my jiggly legs at the beach, or say, ‘I’m over 50. I shouldn’t wear this.’ No, this is my 63-year-old butt, and I am free and happy. It has earned its freedom.” Alfre Woodard

I have been very lucky to partner with other bloggers lately. There was the Fab Collab with Sherry of Petite Over 40 regarding our Pearl Necklaces and the stories that went with them (see the last post on that topic here). Sherry & I will be showcasing another of these collaborations regarding sundresses starting in two weeks, so stayed tuned!!

Then I was delighted to be included in Sheela’s Sister Act which showcases every generation from the teens to the 70’s wearing a common theme (this one was a flower garden). Well, Sheela & I  are at it again in a way. It’s really a mother/daughter series since it’ll be Sheela & her daughter Eve and the 3 of us. We’re going to ask each other questions pertaining to merits of wearing black & white. My first question for the three of us was why do you think black & white has such a following?

And let it be known, that I for once didn’t put together Nancy’s & mom’s outfits—I let them take the lead and style themselves!

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Jodie’s Outfit: For myself, I consider black & white to be popular because it’s relatively easy. You don’t have to think about “does this go with this” because of course it does. I will admit though, that I rarely wear just black & white by itself. As a girl who loves color, I always feel too boring dressing in just the two neutrals.

As for my outfit, it may seem silly to have my scarf hang down the back, but I actually did this on purpose for two reasons. 1-I didn’t want to disrupt the diagonal line of the zipper and 2-I was cooking this day, so I didn’t want the scarf to get in the way. It actually stayed very nicely wearing it this way—I’ll have to do it more often!

Shorts: the fifth (similar here)~~Vest: Stephane O (similar here or here–both on sale)~~Top: Jillanova (similar here)~~Shoes: Ann Taylor (similar here only in one size but such a good match)~~Scarf: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

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

Nancy’s Outfit: Nancy’s reasoning for the popularity of black and white is that it’s very versatile.  She says they are both neutral colors and go with any other color you put with them.  They can bring pop to a color as they can act as a background (which you’ll see in the next post in this series)!

She could actually be a walking advertisement for H&M in this photo since both the top & pants are from that store. If you never saw the pants at your local H&M, that could be because she got hers in Vienna, Austria when she was on a cruise last year! The lace top has a beige lining which is nice for coverage.

And don’t you love the adventuresomeness she put into this ensemble. This could have been perfect for our series on print mixing with black & white (here) or print mixing with textures (here).

Pants: H&M (similar here)~~Top: H&M (similar here in 3/4 length sleeves)~~Shoes: Merona (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here in gold)~~Watch: (similar here)

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Charlotte’s Outfit: Mom thinks black & white is so popular because everyone can wear it in some form or another. Besides the fact that they probably have accessories already to accent it. (Mom is another accessoryholic so that’s why she thinks this way)

Mom made the eyelet skirt she’s wearing. I really like how the eyelet is very sparse at the top of the skirt, then gets more abundant at the hemline, and finishes off with a scalloped edging! Of course she even added in a lining so it’s not see through. I know growing up, I always wore a slip with my dresses & skirts—do any of you wear them now?

Skirt: Mom made it (similar here)~~Top:9 Essentials (similar here)~~Shoes:9 West (similar here in many colors)~~Necklace: (similar here may be gone by the time you see this)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)~~Cameo Ring: (similar here only $10)

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

Sheela’s Outfit: Tell me that isn’t the coolest backdrop? Head over to her blog at Sheela Writes and see what she thinks about black & white! (Did I mention she’s one of the queens at print mixing?)

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

Eve’s Outfit: Eve’s rockin’ a jumpsuit—you may think only the young can wear them, but the three of us are going to be trying it soon! Her website, The World According to Eve, will give you the younger generations thoughts about the neutral combination!

Thanks to you who read my blog—I love to hear your thoughts and ideas too!! Do you think black & white are the peanut butter & jelly of fashion?

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

Because I consider shopping to be the essence of life, I went looking for black & white dresses–you’d wear these, right? ( I realize the first one is more expensive than usual, but it’s so interesting, yet classical—and couldn’t you wear it tons? Besides it’s fun to splurge every now and again!! And it wasn’t really sold out when I checked right before this went live!)

  • Kathleen McDermott

    All 3 outfits are elegant and charming. Very flattering on each of you – black and white is just such a winning combination. Particularly like your vest, Nancy’s top and Charlotte’s top and skirt. The black and white accents in the scarf, shoes and jewelry are perfect.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Hi again Kathleen!!! I’ve missed your wonderful comments and talking back and forth!!
      Black & white is truly classic-I think!!

  • First off, I can’t stop looking at your outfit jodie, the style is stunning. That scarf down the back just takes the look to a whole different level. I love everybody’s take on the look. Interestingly enough, I styled a white and black look this week as well but it’s nothing as cool as any of these lol.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      So, your comment made me so curious Osy…and I just have to say that your black & white look is quite stunning!!
      It is amazing how you can take just two colors and create so many different takes on it!!
      Thanks so much for your voice!!

  • Keri Roberts

    Love all the black and white outfits. It’s such a versatile combination and the two colors always looks so great together. I like black because it’s slimming…lol. 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Keri!!
      This one was a hard post for me—I’m a color lover, so sticking with neutrals is tough!!

  • sugarkisses

    I’m loving the shorts in the first picture and the tops in the 2nd and 3rd. Black and white is always a classy look. I’ll be pinning this posts.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Rhonda!! It is amazing how almost everyone loves black & white!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    You gals are so on trend. I love the edgy vibe your outfit has, Jodie with that diagonal zipper and the scarf worn at the back. And I am so proud of Nancy’s print mix…perfect. And Mom looks lovely. I agree that black and white are very versatile, but I rarely wear the two together. I love all that is colorful. But I often use black or white as a backdrop for color. Great post. Keep them coming! I can’t wait to see you all in a jumpsuit! – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      See?? That’s why we’re friends—we love color!!
      This post was not the easiest for me at all—I feel so claustrophobic in only these neutrals!! But it’s good to have some variety too- so it’s good to try different things. I now realize this must be how my one friend who just wears black & white feels when I push her to wear more color!

  • Love these post, so great to see 3 generations represented. Black and white is a staple in my wardrobe, can’t go wrong with that combo!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It definitely is a crowd pleaser!! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Color AndGrace

    Wow! What a cool post! Love everyone’s look! 🙂

    Thank you so much for linking up with us. Don’t forget to come back every Monday, Wednesday and Friday to link up with me again!

    Take care and keep in touch! 🙂


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Grace!!

  • This might be my favourite post of yours Jodie!
    All three of your outfits are fabulous!
    Your Mum is beautiful, Nancy is rocking it and you are smashing it out of the park…Hello legs!!!
    Your outfit is really structured and interesting. I hope to see it again (with layers) in the cooler months.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for the love Samantha!!
      I must admit, I wouldn’t think about wearing this in the cooler months—you always raise the bar in your style! But you know me—I’m usually up for a challenge–so bring on the cold weather (kidding—not yet—I still love wearing my sandals right now!) But I will keep this in mind for this winter!

  • Love all 3 of these looks. Black & white are so classic. I wear both shades all the time

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Michelle!! They are quite classic—and easy to purchase since these colors can always be found, huh?

  • Wonderful styles from every blogger! Loved Charlotte’s outfit, the scalloped and eyelet skirt is beautiful!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Brooke–I appreciate the thoughts!!

  • The five of you have shown how versatile black & white can be and how well it works for all ages and styles. I must tell you that I’m glad to see you showing more photos and more poses. There is a point when there are too many but you are far from it. The close ups and different angles help to tell the story. Did you notice that I had black & white going on in one of my outfits for Up Down All-Around? Thank you for adding your post to the link-up.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for the insight about the photos Rena—I think it’s a pet peeve of mine when I see the same photo over & over in a post—thus I was trying not to overdo it—but since there are three of us—you’re right, that you can’t always see all the details otherwise!

  • I love black and white and I love everyone’s outfit! As I said on Sheela’s post, it’s so fun to see everyone’s interpretation. There are soooo many ways to wear black & white. That’s why it’s part of my travel wardrobe I guess… 🙂

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Actually, it probably is super smart to have it as part of a travel wardrobe!! It’s mix & matchable and goes with every color!
      Thanks so much for the idea—

  • Jodie, I love your outfit! And the scarf down the back looks fabulous! I never thought to flip it to the back when cooking…I am always cooking, it seems, and I have to remove my scarf to keep it out of the way! Nancy’s lace top is gorgeous. And Charlotte’s eyelet skirt is like summer perfection! I love all of your black and white looks!

    Thanks so much for joining my On the Edge of the Week Link up! I look forward to seeing what you will link up next week!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Shelbee—the scarf thing was more about aesthetics at first, but I was pleasantly surprised when I was leaning in to check the oven and realized I didn’t have to worry about it!!
      Happy Weekend!

  • Laura

    I love the classic black and white combination because it is exactly that-classic! Love the asymmetrical zipper on your top and the fun way you’ve tied your scarf! I wish I could be better at sewing to add a lining-I wear slips under almost all my white dresses or a tank and skirt slip!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laura!!
      It wouldn’t be super hard to sew in an already made slip to your existing white skirts/dresses. You just need to sew the waistband to the skirt waistband (and since it’s underneath, it doesn’t have to be perfect) and tack down two of the hem edges to the seams of the skirt. I’m not sure what advantage this would be though, if you already wear a slip normally!
      Thanks for the input!!

  • That’s awesome that Nancy and Charlotte styled themselves for this. I hope that means they’re getting more confident and adventurous when it comes to putting together unexpected combinations. It’s also nice to see because it’s an expression of their personalities. Your look is really fresh and modern and architectural. Nancy’s is really quirky and fun (the one I’d wear!). And Charlotte’s is so ladylike and chic. All three illustrate that black and white doesn’t have to be boring, something you and I could take to heart a little more often, right?!

    <3 Liz

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Really, I did LOL Liz!!
      It’s so hard for me not to wear color (at least right now in my life–there was a time in the 80’s that I remember loving black), but blogging has definitely been a learning process, and this outfit is no different!
      Besides, I guess I’d like to be know for many aspects of my clothing—not just that crazy, color loving woman!
      As for mom & Nancy—I know they’ve definitely gotten more adventuresome in their clothing options!! I actually think they panicked when I said they could pick out what to wear!! You know, like when you drive the car yourself the first time!!

  • ADA

    You are all fantabulous in black and white. Your outfit is my fave Jodie. That tulip cropped vest top is so unique and gorgeous. Great set with the shorts. You are ever so elegant!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Ada!!
      I confess that I wouldn’t normally wear this out and about—I have a hard time not adding some color to the mix—but I’m getting better at wearing things I normally wouldn’t!!

  • I gushed, quite vocally, over what you and Nancy wore, Jodie. Such beautiful expressions of black with white, there’s more than meets the eye where both your outfits are concerned, and that, for me, is what makes (or breaks) a look. I’m so glad we decided to do this!! I’ve been trying so hard to explore the world of colour and coloured prints that when we settled on B&W, I honestly panicked. That’s when I knew it was high time to venture back into the dark side 🙂 xoxoxo

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You really are a verbal guru Sheela—I must hang around you even more in the hopes that some of it will wear off on me!!
      I really don’t wear black & white by itself much—so I too had to work hard for this post! But it’s good to stretch, right?
      Thanks for this project—It’s way more fun to be involved with others!!

  • Mother Daughter

    i love black and white and have to force myself to not wear it all the time. Truth of fact in the fall and winter it is all I wear. lol I like all 3 looks, good job ladies.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Have you ever thought about why you love it so much? I find it so interesting to consider the reasons we wear certain things!!
      PS..I’m so glad you wore the floral dress to the wedding though—it was so beautiful!!!

  • donnaduck

    Oh my goodness, your mom is a hoot! Of COURSE black and white earrings with a black and white combo!! That’s definitely a generational thing! As far as a slip, yes I do still wear them and I guess that dates me! I grew up wearing them, and while I don’t usually wear one in the summer, how in the world can you NOT wear them in the fall and winter when your dress would stick to your tights/pantyhose??!! I do see many younger women/girls walking around with their tights sticking to their dresses or skirts and seem unaffected. Me? I’d be constantly pulling at my dress!! I think slips definitely serve a purpose!!

    LOVE the scarf hanging down the back! I did this myself not long ago, for liking the way it looked from the front, and then decided, why not give my back some style too?! You go, Jodie!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      So see…you can definitely tell I let the moms dress themselves, because I probably would’ve fought her on the necklace & earrings—but maybe it’s better to let her do it her way? Then the older ladies can relate? In my defense, I just want her to try new things!
      As for slips—I totally agree with wearing them so there’s no cuddling with the tights. But I only have probably 3 in my closet now, whereas growing up I probably had 3X that (of course, it didn’t hurt that my mom made them all—in fact, I don’t think I’ve ever bought a slip)
      I love that you thought about styling your back with your scarf—-see—great minds think alike!!

  • The divas did good dressing themselves😉 Love that top of yours!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      They did, didn’t they? Of course, they probably don’t need my help at all really!
      Thanks for the love!!

  • Love all the black and white combos here you all look great. I love the mix of prints and textures. I love Nancy’s whole outfit today the black and white look really suits her a lot. Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gemma!!