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Winter White for 3 Generations of Women over 40.

Winter Whites for All Ages: The Majority of the Outfit is White

Quote of the day: “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Maria Robinson

Now even though I love wearing white all year long, I’ll be the first to admit that it can get dingy & stained! So if that’s a factor for you, too, I just posted a piece on how to dye your clothing, here. This process can breathe new life into some of the pieces you already have in your wardrobe!

To continue our theme of winter whites, I decided to have the 3 of us wear a white shirt, white jeans & then add in a different color topper. I tried to add some variety to our looks by keeping my entire lower portion light with beige booties for myself. Then I had Nancy keep her cardigan open to keep a column of white down the front of her body.  Mom’s variety was to wear a vest to show off her white sleeves!

And the best part is you can see Mireille, one of our blogettes, styling this same theme! Make sure to scroll down to see it all!!

This theme started with an all white outfit, here. Tell me your thoughts—do you wear much white in the winter?

Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: I wore this outfit (minus the hat) to a meeting with a client. And you may wonder, what made me even think to add this hat to the look? Well, besides the fact that it was chilly outside, this hat just makes me smile!

Winter White for 3 Generations of Women over 40.

I do realize that wearing a hat like this does not create a serious vibe. But being serious is overrated, right? It’s good to have a little fun and laugh at ourselves! Anyways, I also like to cover up that mess of curls that resides on my head, and I figure this is a perfect way to do it!

Winter White for 3 Generations of Women over 40.

I wish I’d taken a couple of photos without the hat, so you wouldn’t be so distracted by it. For my “real” look, I accessorized with orange jewelry by using a brooch & my earrings. I vacillated between a necklace and this pin, but since we just did a series on brooches 2 weeks ago, that’s been my focus and it won out!

Winter White for 3 Generations of Women over 40.

I don’t always match my shoes to my pants, but I thought it’d be a good way to add in variety especially since I had buttoned the jacket. This jacket was a steal about 5 years ago from the LOFT. I love that the fur collar is removable; however, I admit, I rarely wear the jacket without the fur. To me, it’s so much more fun with this detail.

Winter White for 3 Generations of Women over 40.

I wore this same jacket for a fur series we styled a year ago here, here & here in case you’d like to look back at some older posts!

Jeans: LOFT (here remember, the LOFT has sales almost continuously—I usually pay around $30 for these)~~Blazer: LOFT (similar here in a brighter green)~~Top: Jillanova (similar here)~~Boots: Alfani (similar here with a lower heel or here)~~Brooch: (similar here as a leaf)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Hat: (similar here I can’t believe Target has one like mine! See, I’m on the cusp of a new trend!)

Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: I deliberately styled this leopard cardigan of Nancy’s for this mostly white outfit. I wanted to compare it to when she had worn this same cardigan with an all black instead, here. What do you think? Do you like one neutral over the other?

Winter White for 3 Generations of Women over 40.

For Nancy’s accessories, I wanted to bring in the same browns & blacks from the leopard cardigan. Therefore I chose her brown spotted earrings and a silver pendant on a black cord.

Winter White for 3 Generations of Women over 40.

For the footwear, her brown booties got the part since you can still see snow on the ground!

Winter White for 3 Generations of Women over 40.

I know when we talked about animal prints recently, here and here along with the post I linked to above, many women said they don’t have a lot of this print. I bet many of us older women still remember when this print was considered trashy. Luckily, the fashion scene has put that behind us. Now if only we can get our brains to do the same!

Winter White for 3 Generations of Women over 40

Jeans: Chicos (similar here in an ankle length version)~~Cardigan: H&M (similar here in a short version or here under $10)~~Top: Talbots (similar here)~~Boots: White Mountain (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: Since the theme is all about the winter whites, then wearing a vest over an all white outfit is perfect, don’t you think? Before I get into the story behind this vest, I’ll go into the other outfit details first.

Winter White for 3 Generations of Women over 40.

We all know that my mother likes to match everything, so we picked out some brownish earrings and the bracelet to match!

Winter White for 3 Generations of Women over 40.

Even thought I’m not a huge fan of matching everything (at least right now), I do think it’s so convenient when we can buy jewelry in sets! Not that we always have to wear them together, but it does make it easier when we are in a hurry! Besides the bracelet & earrings are so far apart, you might not even realize they came together if I hadn’t pointed it out?

Winter White for 3 Generations of Women over 40.

Here’s the story behind the vest. I’m not here to open up some hateful remarks, but this is real fur. My mom had this fur coat from many, many years ago. I mean, she’s from the generation where it was very stylish to have a fur coat, and it was something she had always wanted growing up! But about 6 years ago she realized she wasn’t wearing it anymore and gave it to me. Well it was awfully big on me and the sleeves were so outdated that I never wore it either. So I decided to cut the sleeves out and make it a vest for mom’s upcoming birthday (it was on January 21st)!

Winter White for 3 Generations of Women over 40.

I thought the coat turned out great transformed into a vest. And mom seems to be very happy with it! I read an interesting post about fur recently on Anna’s Island Style, here about some faux fur facts. It just reinforces the statement I always say that there’s a good and bad to every situation.

Jeans: XOXO (similar here)~~Vest: (similar here as faux)~~Sweater: Pierre Cardin (similar here)~~Shoes: St. John’s Bay (similar here in a black version)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

Mireille (Blogette): To me, this is a perfect way to make your topper the focal point! When I saw this photo, my first thought was how great the jacket was! And the fact that her boots are a different neutral is a great way to keep the outfit modern!

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In Mireille’s words: “Ah, my birthday present to myself this year after reading different fashion blogs: a faux leather jacket! I found it on sale at JCpenney after trying quite a few of them. I love that the color is  different and I should wear it more often. Trusty black booties to the rescue to complete my look.”

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