LBD for Winter 1 (Dressy)

Winter Version of the LBD for 3 Generations.

The Little Black Dress for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s in Winter: The Dressy Version

Quote of the day: “Others believing in you is nice but worthless if not matched by your own thought.” – Scott Moore

It’s a dress that I’m sure we all have at least one of in our closets. I admit that I usually only wear my little black dress (LBD) for funerals, but when I think about that, it seems quite silly. If I have the item in my closet, I might as well wear it, right?

This theme is not new on my blog. The three of us all wore these exact same black dresses in the summer here, and the fall, here. And even though it could be considered quite mundane, I’m seeing if the three of us can dress up our LBDs again for the colder months.

Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: So to start off and make my dress warm enough for cold temperatures, I added a crew neck black sweater under my LBD! The neckline of the dress is square and the sleeves are short, so I wanted to cover those details with a scarf. I think this could have worked out better with a narrower scarf, so it wouldn’t be so overwhelming.

Winter Version of the LBD for 3 Generations.

In fact, I kinda laughed that it looks like I’m wearing a bib this way. But, then again, how do you know if you don’t try? Here’s the closeup of the scarf. It is a sentimental piece, since it was Rob’s mom’s scarf! And there are a couple of sequins on it—but they don’t stand out much. I fastened the scarf with two different pins. One pin I used at the neckline, and the other closer to the sleeve hem.

Winter Version of the LBD for 3 Generations.

But here’s my favorite look of the outfit. I threw on my hand knitted cape and long gloves! The cape actually started off as a sweater (if you’re on Ravelry-here’s the link), but it was wonky. It flared out too much in the body portion and the sleeves were too tight. Somehow I came up with the idea to transform it into a cape, which has worked wonderfully!

Winter Version of the LBD for 3 Generations.

Here it is showing the front of it! The fur neck trim was a piece that my mom brought home from Russia. I only safety pinned it on, so I could remove it easily if I decided I didn’t like the cape. I even sewed some fuzzy fur to the inside of the cape for warmth! And there are two frog closures at the top! I’ve been so happy that I could repurpose it since sweaters take quite a bit of time to knit!

Winter Version of the LBD for 3 Generations.

Dress: Beau David (similar here)~~Sweater under the dress: (similar here)~~Cape: I knitted it (similar here darker)~~Shoes: Sam & Libby-thrifted (similar here in black with studs)~~Scarf: (similar here as a blanket scarf)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Hosiery: (similar here)

Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: For Nancy’s dressy outfit, I decided to go with a more casual approach and just add the dressiness in the details. Nancy’s black dress is short sleeved, so I had her wear a black turtleneck under all of the outfits for the week.

Winter Version of the LBD for 3 Generations.

We put her leopard sweater over top of the LBD. And then added in a cluster pearl necklace and some new pearl earrings she just bought from my friend’s jewelry shop, Mauzies!

Winter Version of the LBD for 3 Generations.

Nancy has worn these shoes for many posts already, but most of time they’ve been covered by pants. So here they are in their full glory! I think the buckles and pointed toe add the flair and fun, yet the chunky heel makes it easy for Nancy to function in them.

Winter Version of the LBD for 3 Generations.

Here’s a back view to show how the sweater is slightly longer in the rear. I also love how the zipper on the back of the shoes is evident! To me, it almost adds a little sassiness in contrast to the pearls!

Winter Version of the LBD for 3 Generations.

Dress: SL Fashions (similar here with a vertical ruffle)~~ Sweater: LOFT (similar here)~~Turtleneck: Daisy Fuentes (similar here)~~Shoes: Charles by Charles David (here)~~Necklace: (here)~~Earrings: Mauzies (similar here)

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: For my mom’s dressy outfit, I wanted to include her fabulous color block coat. I’m a huge fan of a great statement coat (well, we know the nut doesn’t fall far from the tree–ha ha)! I figured if you’re wearing your dress anywhere this winter, you’re also going to be throwing a coat over top, so why not have it be a standout?

Winter Version of the LBD for 3 Generations.

My mom actually bought this coat although I know she could make one! I love how it’s so bright and the tassels are fabulous!

Winter Version of the LBD for 3 Generations.

Mom added in a silver necklace & earrings since her dress has many other details. You can see in the closeups, that the dress material is a printed crepe, and then mom added ruffles at the hemline and sleeves.

Winter Version of the LBD for 3 Generations.

And then she kept with the same silver & black theme for the bracelets and rings!

Winter Version of the LBD for 3 Generations.

Here’s a photo of the LBD by itself. Since it does have 3/4 length sleeves, at least it’s not as exposed as many of the dresses you can purchase.

Winter Version of the LBD for 3 Generations.

Dress: Mom made it (similar here)~~Coat: Sante Fe ReCreations (similar here definitely not inexpensive or here in a green or here in a faux fur or here in a jacquard print or here in denim)~~Shoes: Anne Klein (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

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Since I’m assuming you all already have a LBD, I searched for statement coats to wear over it instead: and don’t forget to check out the coats we wore yesterday from VIPme. That site has quite a few to select from also!

  • Kathleen McDermott

    Love all 3 dresses. Nancy’s outfit is my favorite, but it was a tough choice. Your hosiery, gloves and cape are stunning. Charlotte’s dress is gorgeous – but of course it is if she made it. Her coat is a wonderful statement piece that will always look elegant.

    • Thanks so much Kathleen!! It’s so fun to have you go back through these so then I can revisit them too!!

  • ADA

    I have missed this post but I love love love how you particularly styled this LBD, Jodie. Pure class+beauty! Love the wrap, poncho coat and polka dot tights, with it. Also, your mom’s colorful coat is a work of art!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Ada!!

  • Jodie, I love your cape! It looks so classic and stunning on you! Charlotte’s trench is equally as stunning xo

    Carla aka Mrs R @

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Carla!!

  • Bernadette Laganella

    Jodie, I have so enjoyed reading all your different posts. I have come to rely upon your fashion advice. This Wednesday will mark 52 weeks of the Senior Salon. Thanks for coming along for the ride.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You’ve been doing Senior Salon for a year, Bernadette?
      Wow, how time flies!!
      Thanks so much for your inspiring comment….I can’t tell you how great that makes me feel!!

  • I love all the outfits! They all look very elegant! Love them all

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Olya!!

  • Carol Cameleon

    Love the idea of putting the scarf round the neckline. It brightens it up too. #teamlovinlife

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Carol!!
      I appreciate the visit and comment!!

  • PetiteOver40

    Wowsa! You ladies look AMAZING! Don’t poo-poo your scarf idea too much. When I saw it–even before reading your post–I thought it was such a great look! It gives your outfit an airy elegance that is classic and timeless. Of course, that cape only adds to the sophistication and your SHOES!! My goodness. I think this might be my favorite look of yours. (But you know, next week I’ll change my mind to another look because you create such fun ones.)

    Nancy and your mom also look so elegant in their outfits. I love Nancy’s shoes with the little zipper detail in the back! And your mom’s coat is to die for! So many great details!

    Hugs all around!
    – Sherry

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I really appreciate you honest thought about this Sherry! And maybe in person, it’s not so bib like…because I truly didn’t even think of that when I saw myself in the mirror. But you know, how the two dimensional photos can make thing look just a tidge different?

  • Gorgeous! Love the dotty stockings

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Leanne! They are fun, huh?

  • Wow< I love the leoaprd print and the layers of your moms dress worn with a vibrant blue. I love the scarf worn like this, so creative and the cape with the long gloves and fur is right up my alley! Beautiful
    thanks for linking up with Turning heads tuesday
    jess xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Yes–I totally thought of you when I got out these long gloves, Jess!!
      Thanks for the love!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    Jodie, first off, you do not look like you are wearing a bib. Ha, ha. The scarf is lovely and I think you did a great job disguising the layering of your sweater under your dress. Also, I absolutely love that cape!!! You look stunning with that, your sleek gloves, patterned hose and heels! Straight out of a Hollywood premiere! I love the layers of Nancy’s outfit and her shoes are so cute! And what I really like about your Mom’s outfit is the texturing on the dress. It makes it so elegant and pretty. Lovely looks, ladies. – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for not making fun of my scarf/bib, Amy!! I do want to try this trick again, but I’m definitely choosing a smaller scarf when I do!!
      Your kind words for each of us are so inspiring—I make sure to forward the comment to both mom & Nancy, and they so enjoy reading it!!

  • Can I just say I ADORE Nancy’s shoes! I know it’s all about the dress, but those shoes!!!! #teamlovinlife

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Of course you can oogle over the shoes—as a self appointed shoe girl, I think they can be the best item of an outfit!!
      Thanks so much for visiting and your thoughts, Deborah!!

  • I think LBD is always a good and elegant choice, for every ages. Lovely outfits my dears!!! Have a nice day, kisses (and thank you for your visit),

    Eniwhere Fashion
    Eniwhere Fashion Facebook

    • Jodie Filogomo

      The LBD is a great backdrop for almost anything!!
      Thanks for the visit, Eni!!

  • Kathy Marris

    I actually like to wear a lot of black. It is very flattering to the figure I feel. Your dress with that silvery grey cape is gorgeous. As is the other two outfits. #TeamLovinLife

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Kathy!!

  • AModernMomBlog

    The LBD is the perfect item for winter. They definitely belong in everyone’s closet. You ladies look beautiful as usual. I think my favorite version of the LBD outfits is with the embroidered cape

    Hope you are having a wonderful week!
    Carly at A Modern Mom Blog

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Carly!!

  • These are so fun! I love how you all styled the LBD!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Liz!!

  • I like that you’ve approached the LBD as a blank canvas here. Everyone knows they can stand up on their own with minimal styling and accessories, but it’s more fun to see them styled and accessorized to the nines! Your outfit is really creative and interesting with the scarf draped across the front. It creates a popover or capelet silhouette where the star is the scarf. Nancy’s idea of popping a sweater over the top. This is a great option if you don’t have a black skirt or if you want to maximize the wear of your LBD. Such a smart tip for packing along on a trip!

    <3 Liz

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You hit the nail on the head Liz—-it can be such a versatile traveling piece. Sometimes, you just have to stop thinking of it as you perfect party dress, right?
      Thanks for the thoughts!!

  • Lanae Bond

    All of you look so lovely and stylish! I love your heels and tights!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Lanae!!

  • Stevie Turner

    I like your cape and Nancy’s skirt and shoes.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Stevie!!

  • Gorgeous looks! I love your spotty tights Jodie. Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gemma—I have a couple pair of fun tights—I just have to remember to wear them!

  • Love how you all took your lbds and made them fun by adding pops of print and color!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tara!!

  • dan

    My compliments, Jodie! You have turned a sweater into something completely different and beautiful! Adding fuzzy fur inside was a very good idea …great outfit with long gloves and silver tone shoes!
    Lovely coat for mum and Nancy ‘ s shoes are sooooo cute!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Dan! I have to admit, it’s quite frustrating to knit an entire sweater and then figure out it’s not going to work. Thus, when I came up with this idea, it was a relief! I have a couple of other flops too, that are just waiting for some great recreation!!

  • OMG…Your cape, Nancy’s shoes and your mom’s dress!
    I’m dying over here!!! #IWantItAll

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You are so cute, Darlene!!
      I should have you teach me how to come up with the bestest hashtags like you do!!
      Thanks for being so positive!!

  • Anna Marcus

    Jodie, all three looks are fabulous. I love the way you dressed up your LBD, the scarf is tied this way adds unconventional edge. Love Nancy’s shoes and the your mom’s coat

    Great styling

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Anna!
      I’m glad the scarf isn’t too bib like for some people—although I think I’d try it with a different, maybe smaller one next time!!

  • sue

    There is just so much you can do with an LBD in Winter or Summer Jodie. As always I love all the looks you ladies have put together.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Sue!!
      They kinda are a blank slate, huh?

  • I love seeing your hand knitted things-the cape is fantastic, love the fur collar, and your Mom’s coat is outstanding. Frankly, i have too many LBDs but can you really have too many?

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for the nice compliments, Terri!
      You must at least wear your LBD’s since you have so many? I have 2 in my closet—this one which is short sleeved and a long sleeved one!

  • The LBD is a must have! I love your takes on the dress! =)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Cielo!

  • Versatilestylebytracey

    lol , I first thought your scarf was a poncho! Great cape! I love Nancy’s shoes and a turtleneck under a dress is great. Mom’s coat is spectacular…I’ve been thinking every woman should have at least one really vibrant colored “wow” coat…

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think you’re right—a “wow” coat makes the dreary days hopefully not as dreary!
      I’ve been thinking about you tons, Tracey. I just can’t imagine your pain & loss—sending you lots of love, XOXO

  • Judy Gramith

    I have decided that Charlotte is the most darling 70ish woman in America!
    That coat is SO COOL!! It is so unique and the colors are gorgeous!!
    I have a suggestion for Nancy. If she is going to wear a sweater or jacket over her LBD anyway, a great way to make the turtle neck is with a light weight infinity scarf, you have less bulk under your sweater that way.
    Jodie, your caplet is wonderful!!! I’m envious of your creativity and skill in making that happen! I like that your heritage scarf shows the print too! You just need a cool brooch to gather the ends in at your shoulder!! ( It’ll look really pretty !)
    Lovely ladies one and all!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Isn’t mom amazing!!
      I always give her a hard time about how she can be so adventuresome in her clothing but not in getting a smartphone!!
      That’s such a great idea to use an infinity scarf for a turtleneck!
      Thanks for the continued love, Jude!! You’re the best!

  • I am planning to wear my LBD to an upcoming holiday dinner! It will be on my blog next week 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Ohhh…I can’t wait to see it Michelle!! Have a fabulous time!

  • Great looks! I love how you styled your scarf!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Annessa!!
      At least there’s a couple people who don’t think I’m crazy!!

  • Laura

    You three look lovely! And I just adore that cape! What a truly happy ending for the sweater because it looks like it was meant to be! I love the fur collar you added. Perfection!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      What a great way to put it Laura—it is a happy ending for a project that went awry!!
      Thanks so much!!

  • First thing I thought was:Oh don t tell me she made that coat herself! And no, she didnt!😉😉😉 Beautiful coat and your cape. And those gloves! How versatile a LBD is right!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      But I really bet she could have Nancy!! But how cute that you thought that!!
      Thanks for the love!

  • Mireille

    That cape is awesome! I love how creative you all are with your outfits! I actually did some along these lines with a Jersey sleeveless dress a week ago, I added a mustard cardigan and a real scarf (one of two things I have ever down.) That outfit will be a repeat, so comfy!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Bravo Mireille!! I think it feels so good to be creative with what we have. Hopefully it tampers down the thought that I need to go shopping—ha ha!!

  • Bravo ladies, you’ve really spiced up your LBDs. Jodie I love yours with the cape. Nancy’s shoes are real show stoppers, as is mom’s statement coat. I have an LBD that I also wear only to funerals so you’ve made me think about how I could wear it differently.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Well, I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who thinks about only wearing it to funeral, Gail!!
      I think part of my problem is I have many other color dresses that are my go-tos. But I might as well wear what I have too, I’ve decided.
      Thanks for such a positive comment—we really appreciate it (I forward it to mom & Nancy!)

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    I actually love the scarf, I don’t think it looks like a bib (lol when you wrote that!) at all! I also love those polka dotted tights and YES that coat looks amazing with it! I really need to get some long gloves, I love the elegant look of yours!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for saying that Carrie about the scarf. I certainly didn’t think it looked bad in person, but the pictures made it look so overwhelming. I’d like to try it again with a different sized scarf and maybe it’d be better!!

  • Love a classic LD! You all look so great. I am loving those polka dot tights. I got my first pair recently and think I’ll be wearing them with everything!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I just pulled out a pair of chevron print black tights while I was scrounging around in my hose drawer—I definitely need to wear what I have—they are so fun!
      Thanks for the kind words, Amy!!

  • as always love all the looks. I especially love your polka-dot stockings

    Life is just Rosie

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Rosie!!
      I have a couple pair of print stockings—I just have to remember to pull them out!!

  • Jodie, this is SO classy and chic! I love a good LBD and how you paired it with such statement accessories!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks tons Laura!!

  • I love your addition of the cape Jodie. As I was looking at the first picture with the scarf I was thinking how a cape would look better and then voila! next picture you had done just that. Congratulations on re-purposing your handknit sweater. I totally understand how disappointing it would be to make something by hand and then have it be a flop. Once again your creativity is put to good use!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for the kind words Julia!!
      Sometimes, I think fixing my flops is almost more fun than getting it right the first time….maybe because it’s a challenge?? I’m currently working on a long cardigan that I had knitted a weird border on—and need to remove!! Maybe you’ll see it soon on the blog!

  • donnaduck

    Yes, THAT is a statement coat on your mom! I love it! And I love your cape too! The fur adds just the right touch, and with those long black gloves, ooh la la! Like you said, I tend to think of only wearing my one black dress to funerals. But it’s time to break it out for other occasions!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I am so guilty of not wearing my black dress much. I think this season, I’m going to try to push myself to follow my own thinking and wear what is in my closet!!
      You can see where I get my love of statement coats, now, huh? My mom actually has a reversible leopard coat like you described in your last comment—although it’s shorter, so more of a jacket and tan leather on it’s reverse side!
      Thanks so much for the love, Donna!!!

  • I love all these looks! Doing the LBD is perfect for a generational post because everyone of every age loves a black dress! You all look lovely! Peace! Cheryl

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Cheryl!!
      Happy Tuesday!!

  • what would we do without our lbd’s? how cute are nancy’s shoes and your mother’s coat?!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Right? It’s nice to have a staple in our closet that we can always fall back on in that “what am I going to wear” stress!!
      Thanks for stopping by Beth!

  • Swooning over the cape with the gloves!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Em!! It is one of my fave pictures–so much better than me with the “bib” on!! See—your son would totally make fun of that!

  • Queen of Rods

    I love Nancy’s shoes and your mom’s coat. Your hand-knitted cape is incredible, and I love your choice of stockings…fun!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Janet!!

  • You all look so lovely! I love that cape that you’re wearing. Such the perfect outfit topper!
    By Lauren M

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Lauren! I’m so glad I didn’t throw out the sweater I knitted when it didn’t work out, because I wear this cape quite a bit!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Lauren! I’m so glad I didn’t throw out the sweater I knitted when it didn’t work out, because I wear this cape quite a bit!