LBD for Winter 2 (Smart)

Winter Version of the LBD for 3 Generations.

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

Quote of the day: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” MLK Jr.

I realize that some of our LBDs are fancy, and certainly not a piece of clothing that you’d wear to the office. But you know me—I’m always up for an interesting challenge. And besides, we tried this same category for the summer, here,  and fall, here, series in the past, so I figured I had to give it a go! And these same dresses got styled for the usual, fancy occasion here for winter.

Of course, if your little black dress just won’t make the grade for office wear, you could always substitute a black skirt & black shirt for any of these outfits!

And on a funny note, you’ll notice how I had all three of us steer away from black shoes! Of course, that’s the most popular shoe to go with this color dress, but I thought I’d show some different variations on that point. Besides, mom & Nancy wore black shoes in the last post!

Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: For my smart outfit, I threw a blazer over the black dress. I didn’t add any shirt under the dress since most workplaces aren’t as frigid as the outside! Notice, I said “most”–ha ha!

Winter Version of the LBD for 3 Generations.

First let’s concentrate on this wonderful necklace. I won it from Ima Pico just recently. She puts her own designs on a silk scarf and then  creates necklaces or pins with them along with selling the scarves! Her designs are so beautiful and unique and I was thrilled to have won this one! I tied it so that the ends hung down in front to make it look like a bow tie blouse! Secondly, let’s laugh at how I forgot to take out my whitening trays! But really, you wouldn’t have noticed if I didn’t point them out, right?

Winter Version of the LBD for 3 Generations.

I wore my hounds tooth pumps that I got from Kohl’s many years ago.

Winter Version of the LBD for 3 Generations.

This jacket is a DIY project. It used to be a white blazer, however, it was getting slightly dingy, so I dyed it. If anyone wants to know the ins & outs of dying clothes, let me know as I’ve done it a couple of times. I may even write a blog post on it in the future!

Winter Version of the LBD for 3 Generations.

Dress: Beau David (similar here)~~Blazer: Bebe-given to me by a friend (similar here much darker but a great deal and here in a lighter version)~~Shoes: Apt. 9 (similar here in a lizard print or here in an abstract print)~~Necklace: Ima Pico (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: You’ve probably noticed by now that all three of our smart outfits are somewhat subdued in the color arena! Therefore, Nancy had the idea to add in some color in the form of a scarf!

Winter Version of the LBD for 3 Generations.

I think these small neck scarves are such an easy way to add color near your face. I just published an article on Sixty + Me about this trend last month. And you can see Nancy wearing this same scarf with her white dress in that article! This scarf is really wrapped around her neck twice, and rolled to try to make it thinner!

Winter Version of the LBD for 3 Generations.

Nancy’s shoes are a grey suede pump. I figured since she chose her black sheer hosiery, and had on a grey cardigan, that the grey shoes fit in perfectly.

Winter Version of the LBD for 3 Generations.

The nice thing about the neck scarves as opposed to just a necklace, is you get to see the color even from the back view.

Winter Version of the LBD for 3 Generations.

Dress: SL Fashions (similar here with a vertical ruffle)~~Cardigan: The Limited (similar here in a duster version and here a little shorter)~~Turtleneck: Daisy Fuentes (similar here)~~Shoes: Me too (similar here with a nice, chunky heel)~~Scarf: (similar here especially for you Tennessee fans!)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: For my mom’s smart look with her LBD, we had her wear a knit jacket.

Winter Version of the LBD for 3 Generations.

This is one of those jackets where the print can possibly make your eyes go crazy—especially when you see them on television. But in real life, it looks nice!

Winter Version of the LBD for 3 Generations.

I had mom wear a grey necklace to accompany the grey snakeskin pumps!

Winter Version of the LBD for 3 Generations.

The jacket doesn’t have any closures, but I think that could be easily remedied with a brooch to hold it together!

Winter Version of the LBD for 3 Generations.

Dress: Mom made it (similar here)~~Jacket: Talbots (similar here in a boucle or here in a geo print)~~Shoes: Auditions (similar here with straps)~~Necklace: (similar here many stranded)~~Earrings: (similar here)

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For more options on how to make your LBD appropriate for the work place, I rounded up some cardigans and blazers—all under $100, of course:

  • Kathleen McDermott

    Nice job staying all 3. Love your shoes and necklace, and your look adorable with your hair up. Nancy’s neck scarf is a wonderful pop of color. I’d plop a big, sparkly colorful brooch on Charlotte’s jacket!

    • A brooch is exactly what my mom’s jacket needs!!! And she has many to choose from, Kathleen!!!

  • Wow, Jodie, I can’t believe that jacket of yours is dyed! You’ll definitely have to write more about it in the future! So glad you joined us again for #FridayFrivolity!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Lisa!!

  • Ha ha! You are too funny with your whitening trays! I can’t do those. They make me ill and my teeth hurt for days. It is possible I have the most sensitive teeth in the world.

    I really like the shoes you are all wearing.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I wonder if your fibromyalgia has anything to do with that? Do you use a sensitive toothpaste? Even though they’ve come out with stronger whitening, I still only use the weakest percentage (the 10%). My teeth can start to get a little sensitive otherwise, but it’s not terrible!
      Thanks for the love, Suzanne!!

      • My whole family has really sensitive teeth. I do use a special toothpaste, but really it doesn’t help.

        • Jodie Filogomo

          That’s such an annoyance!! Because I get grumpy when my teeth are sensitive….

  • I seriously love the versatility of a LBD. I really enjoyed the 3 different takes, as well as the 3 different styles of dresses. I’m glad you went with shoes that weren’t black, too! Speaking of shoes – I am drooling over your houndstooth pumps…

    Thanks so much for linking up with Fabulous Friday!

    Pocketful of Polka Dots


    • Jodie Filogomo

      And that’s why we are friends, Jennie—a similar love of shoes, right?
      Thanks for the love and happy weekend!!

  • No, Jodie, I didn’t notice the trays till you mentioned them!! I love your houndstooth pumps! All you ladies look lovely!!
    Friday Frivolity

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much!! Happy Friday!

  • Tina von tinaspinkfriday

    Dear Jodie, all ladys look fabulous in LBD. I love the well choosed details, shoes and accessories. Sometimes I dye clothes too. Amazing blazer!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tina!

  • Nicole Mölders

    Thanks for linking up to our joined fashion and style party.

  • Nicole

    Great looks! The LBD is perfect for every age and sense of style – you can’t go wrong. Found your post at #FridayFrivolity

    Nicole | The Professional Mom Project

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Nicole!!

  • Loving everyone’s shoes! Girl…you are too funny pointing out your teeth whitening tray. #LoveIt

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I wasn’t even going to point out my whitening trays, but then I thought what the heck!!??
      Thanks for the love, Darlene!

  • Versatilestylebytracey

    Yes to a post on the dye process. Although these days it’s more difficult to find dye unless you shop for it online, at least in my area. I love your scarf necklace and the pop of color the scarf added to Nancy’s look. The way the shade of your Mom’s shoes bookend her jacket is nice.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I didn’t even realize it was hard to find dye anymore. I got a deal for some about 2 years ago at Walmart, so I bought a bunch and haven’t had to look for it recently!
      Thanks for the wonderful compliments, Tracey! Love to you and your family.

  • Laura

    I’ve never invested in a white blazer because I was worried about it getting dingy, but I love the idea of dying it when that day comes. What a fabulous idea! And it turned out so well! You all look wonderful! I love that you chose non-black shoes. We all tend to steer in that direction, but there are so many options out there!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s funny because I hear a lot of women say the same thing about white pants, too! But it is nice to give another life to our beloved white items!!
      Thanks for stopping by Laura!!

  • PetiteOver40

    I love all the outfits, but I’m stuck on the fact that you dyed your own jacket! That is so cool!! Yes, please do a blog post about dying clothes! I don’t know how to do that and I have some pieces in my closet that could use new life.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I will definitely plan a post about the process and pros & cons! I’ve done it at least 3 times lately—and it’s always worked out well!!
      Thanks XOXO

  • Hahaha, I guess you are right, I would not have noticed the whitening trays! Love that you are showing lots of ways to wear the LBD, I tend to just get one for every type of occasion…

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Well your solution made me laugh Lydia!!
      Especially because lately, my husband will question a lot of my purchases with “don’t you already have something just like that?” And he’s usually right!!

  • Judy Gramith

    I’m just weird enough to love the fact that you left your whitening tray in Jodie. I think this reveals how focused you are on your blogging activities of styling and photographing and not whatever other multi-tasking you happened to be doing at the time. Shows enthusiasm and comittment which you gotta love! !!
    You all look very spiffy and professional in these redesigns. I especially admire the various classy pumps worn by each of you.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Well, that’s why we’re friends Jude—you know, weirdness attracts the same! Ha ha.
      Really, I knew we were going to take photos, so I’m not sure why I put the trays in right then—but once they were in, I didn’t want to waste the gel! You can say focused, or you could say cheap!!!
      Thanks for the continued love & thoughts!!

  • love a good dress jacket! cute looks ladies!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Kelsey!!

  • Great ways to style a LBD for less-than-party occasions, thus getting more wear out of them. I love your houndstooth shoes Jodie! I have a pair of flats but I would like a pair of pumps too. Good idea to not wear black shoes.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Carmen!!

  • What a fabulous article you wrote for Sixty and me! You must be very proud! It seems that a LBD looks good on anybody, it is a fantastic piece. Your shoes are so beautiful, so classic! They would pair perfectly with my houndstooth culotte! Have a great evening dear Jodie.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much for the kind words Nancy!
      And you’re right about the houndstooth shoes—-how funny!!

  • It’s amazing what adding a tailored top layer does. These are all very smart looks!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You are so right, Amy!
      Thanks so much for the visit!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    Jodie, you did a wonderful job taking these from dressy to smart! Any one of these could be worn to the office, especially for a meeting or some function of that sort. You all look so polished and professional. Great job. And I would love if you did a post on dying clothes. The only thing I’ve ever done was tie die! Ha, ha. Have a great weekend! – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for your input Amy about the dying clothes. Luckily I took some photos while doing the process, so I’ll work on a post for the new year about it!!