Wearing Orange and Black for Halloween or Anytime

Orange and Black for 3 generations

Wearing Orange and Black for Halloween or Anytime

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I feel like there are two camps of people that revolve around Halloween. Those who love to get all dressed up in costume, and those who don’t. I happen to fall into the category of those who don’t dress up. But I thought we could still have fun wearing the colors associated with Halloween instead.

Thus this post explores how to styled with the colors orange and black. Whether you wear only those two colors or incorporate another neutral, I’ve shown it on us in all different ways.

Jodie’s (50+) Outfit: For my orange and black outfit, I added in some tan to break up the Halloween vibe.

I’m one of those that always thinks of holidays with certain color combinations. For example I have a hard time wearing red and green together because it always reminds me of Christmas. Now I’m not sure why I consider that a bad thing, but my solution is to add another neutral when these colors come together.

And who doesn’t have a pair of tan pants? They may not be the most trendiest item in your closet, but they certainly can work for so many outfits.

Orange and Black for women over 50

As for my black piece, I chose this sleeveless blazer. Or the women around my age might call it a vest—ha ha! Like I talked about in our fall trends post with the longer cardigans, the longer pieces are making a comeback. And this vest used to be a jacket. I had my mom remove the sleeves so I’d wear it more.

It’s a fabulous idea for any of you that have a longer blazer in your closet that hasn’t been worn in ages! And trust me, I still have the sleeves, in case I change my mind in the future and want to reattach them! But if that sounds like too much work, I’ve found a couple of other varieties for you. There is a green version, a white version or even a red version.

Orange and black for any occasion

I figured this was the perfect time to bring out my black cat purse!

I was so lucky to win a gift card to Unique Vintage through Lindsey’s blog a couple of months ago. And I figured this purse would be perfect for the Halloween theme. The black kitty reminds me of my Spookie girl who is featured quite a bit in my Instagram Stories. If you haven’t followed me on Instagram yet, I’d really appreciate it! I try to incorporate different photos and happenings in my different social media. The Instagram Stories are the place that I tend to document the day to day things!

Orange and black with tan

But I can’t forget to talk about the orange sweater that I’m wearing. This is just a basic crew neck sweater that I picked up at the thrift store over a year ago. I’ve really been surprised at how much I wear it, because it layers over and under other items really well.

Since the day was a perfect Indian Summer Day, I even pulled out my peep toe booties without worrying about being cold. And I know you can’t see the bracelets very well, but my friend just sent them to me. They have pumpkins and skulls on them for Halloween. I linked one that is even crazier below!

Women 50+ wearing orange and black

Jeans: Banana Republic (similar here)~~Vest: Banana Republic (similar here)~~Sweater: LOFT-thrifted (similar here)~~Boots: Indigo Rd (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)~~Purse: Unique Vintage (here)

Nancy’s (60+) Outfit: For Nancy’s orange and black, I had her grab her white jeans, since they work all year round now.

White is another easy neutral that you can add to almost any outfit to break up two colors. And as much as I love the fact that you can wear white jeans all year round, there is a disadvantage. And that is they don’t go on sale like they used to.

I used to be able to find the white pants for a steal at the end of August. Don’t get me wrong, I still can find some sales, but not the deep discounted ones of the past! Either that, or I’m not looking in the right places anymore!

Orange and Black for women over 60

In a way, this outfit of Nancy’s is a classic black and white look, with a colorful sweater added to the mix. Even if you’re not a fan of the color orange, this outfit could be easily recreated with any  other color cardigan. You could keep the look neutral with a dark print sweater.  Or really lighten it up with a lighter neutral one. Of course, I’m always a fan of pulling in the brighter colors like this one or this one.

Orange and Black is perfect for Falll

This colorful bead necklace is really one of those accessories that work with almost any colors.

I know many of us try to match our accessories to what we are wearing, but sometimes the disadvantage to that is you don’t notice the accessories as much. If you add a totally different color to the mix, the bling will stand out so much more. Take Nancy’s necklace for example. Doesn’t it pop so fabulously against the black shirt? Now if she had worn a black necklace, it would have blended in and you wouldn’t see it as well.

This whole idea of contrasting our accessories is on my list for future blog posts!! I think it would be an interesting experiment.

Orange and Black With White

And the last part of Nancy’s orange and black outfit to discuss are her boots. These boots are almost what you’d consider hiking boots, only a little more polished. Even though Nancy seems dressed up with the statement jewelry, it’s fun to add in some sportiness with the footwear.

Another great example of this would be if you found some velvet boots or even floral ones. I feel like it’s much easier to find the comfortable and practical footwear online nowadays, and they even make them stylish. Talk about the best of both worlds.

Women 60+ wearing Orange and Black

Jeans: Chicos (similar here)~~Cardigan: St. John’s Bay (similar here)~~Top: Chicos (similar here)~~Boots: Crown Vintage (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Charlotte’s (70+) Outfit: My mom wanted to wear only orange and black for our experiment.

I actually consider her top more of a coral color, and her purse more of an orange. And this isn’t just my photos, because it looked the same in real life too. But in reality, maybe that’s a great way to wear orange and black without looking too Halloweenish. Find a shade of orange that isn’t as pumpkin hued.

Orange and Black for Women over 70

Let me brag some more about my mother’s creativity. The embellishments on this sweater? They were actually headbands, that my mom removed the elastic portion from and sewed them on her cardigan instead.

Now if you love the idea of embellishments on your cardigan, but you know there’s no way you’re going to be adding your own to one in the near future, then read on. I found another black one with metallic dots. Or if you are of the idea that the more, the merrier, then you’ll adore this one. And there’s always ones in different colors.

Orange and Black for Autumn

I always love that my mom still likes to wear skirts and dresses.

If you were reading along a couple of weeks ago, we explored the idea of wearing pants for dress up instead. But my mom still has a boat load of skirts and wears them much of the time we venture out.

These pleated skirts have even been popular among the young women lately. So if you have one languishing in the back of your closet, now is the time to pull it out. Either that or I can point out a couple of great ones under $50. There are many in different lengths and materials that can be so fun. They come in faux suede, patterned, asymmetrical, elasticized waistbands, super long or a little shorter. And trust me when I say that you can wear these with sneakers, brogues or boots.

Orange and Black Works great for Dress up

Of course my mom absolutely loves her tights of any color or any pattern. She just purchased an ombre pair when we were in Seattle, and don’t worry, I’ll get her wearing those soon enough. But if you’ve been keeping abreast of the tights trends, the fishnets and patterned ones are quite popular now.

If you want my opinion on these tights, I think they are a great way to add some excitement to an outfit. I’ve had a pair of flesh fishnets for over 5 years now, and the best part is they don’t run as easily. If anyone knows the reason for that, I’d love to hear it. Either that or I’ve just been lucky.

Women 70+ wearing Orange and black

Skirt: Summit Hill (similar here)~~Cardigan: (similar here)~~Top: (similar here)~~Shoes: Anne Klein (similar here)~~Tights: (similar here)~~Purse: (similar here)

Orange and black as a color combination

Here’s wishing you all a happy Halloween whether you are giving out candy, playing with the kids, or going out to eat (like Rob and I will be doing)! I always love to hear your thoughts, and wonder if you wear orange and black together?

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If your closet is lacking in some orange items, then I researched a couple of things you might like:


  • I love your moms tights!! I love funky tights like that I feel like they make an outfit fun! I love all the touches of orange in the outfits, so pretty!

    • Thanks Laura!! Well my mom has a load of different tights, and I agree, they can make an outfit so fun!!

  • I like all of your outfits. This time Charlotte has my biggest love. Love her tights, skirt and bag. So nice that her bag is another colour than her jumper. Adds interest. Your outfit is very “au courant” with that vest. And the purse is the best, what a lovely item. Nancy’s cardigan and boots will give her lots of pleasure and wear this winter, I am sure.

    • Thanks Greetje!!
      I think it’s so nice that my mom still loves to dress up. In fact, I usually have to twist her arm to wear pants and jeans! Maybe I ought to take a hint from her playbook!!!

      • I am the same. I should wear dresses and skirts far more often. I like them and they suit me. So why do I keep buying and wearing trousers so much?

  • You ladies make black & orange look so chic! Love your cat purse too – so festive for Halloween


  • Loving the Halloween inspiration! I like to add orange as an accent color. I also do not generally dress up for this holiday. I have to say this today’s love is for MOM with that fabulous and classy pleated skirt in jet black, I do love all the featured outfits today, but that one really appeals to me. Very distinguished!

    • Thanks so much Elle….my mom will absolutely love to hear your words today!! She has always been an elegant dresser and I love that she still takes pride in her appearance!!

  • Orange was never a colour I had in my wardrobe until I started blogging. Now I love orange any season of the year. Black and orange do remind me of Halloween because of pumpkins and black cats. But both pumpkins and black cats are beautiful and for that reason, I love this combination.

    You ladies all look beautiful! I love the last photo of the three of you sitting together! Your mom’s lacy tights are so elegant and I have several pairs too in black and brown. I’m not a fan of Halloween because of the gory and morbid customs associated with it. However, I do love dressing up in friendly costumes ever since childhood.


    • Isn’t it interesting how we don’t always have certain colors or styles until we start blogging?? I’m the same way in so many other styles too!
      And I’ve never loved to be scared, so maybe that’s why I don’t like Halloween either?? It’s a different holiday, that I usually just try to ignore—except with blogging, there are so many talking about it.
      Thanks Carmen!!

  • Okay I loved the outtake you posted on your instagram from this shoot! I love the black and orange but how you all made it not so costume-y for Halloween!


    • That was a funny photo, wasn’t it Ruth??? It’s even funnier in person although I’m not sure my hubby would agree with that. But he has the patience of a saint, so we are very lucky!!
      Thanks for the wonderful thoughts!!!

  • Mother Daughter

    Love your mothers tights, so cute and I think I have a pair just like them. I am so glad we can now wear white jeans year round. Love the orange, black and neutral together.

    • Thanks Victoria!!! I like these tights even for myself, because they don’t seem to run as easily!!!

  • I love your mom’s tights and the pop of orange looks so pretty in your outfits. Orange is one of my favorite shades. Your bag is so chick Jodie <3

    • Thanks Rakhshanda!!
      It’s nice to hear that other’s like orange too!!

  • Bette A. Stevens

    Perfect fashion statements for the season!

  • the pops of orange look so chic and so fall!

    Life is just Rosie

  • I love Orange to the max so anything with that color is a plus plus for me. All the outfits are stylish and I ‘m going to have to get some patterned tights thanks to your Mom.

    • I’ll tell her that she inspired you Neti!!! They certainly add some pizzazz don’t they??

  • Such a fun post! Love your cat bag Jodie. Gemma x

  • Pauline Starsmore

    Once upon a time I rarely wore orange,then I had my colours “done” and was put as Autumn and I now have a number of items in that colour and love it. Love how your Mum has done her cardigan.

    • It’s amazing how the right colors can make us feel so much better. I need to go back to the colors that are me too—I’m a spring, but sometimes I hate being tied down to those colors!!
      Thanks so much Pauline!

  • Oooh! Yay! I’m excited to see the kitty purse in action! 🙂 So glad you’re loving it! And thank you so much for the shoutout. I have been wearing black and orange a bit more the past couple years too. The southern hemisphere doesn’t really get into Halloween much…so, wearing black and orange is as crazy as I’ve been going in that department too haha. I love all the outfits you ladies featured here! Adding a neutral definitely makes it easy to wear holiday color combos all year long!

    • Then maybe we should move there because we wouldn’t have the pressure to dress up in costume. I hate to be a party pooper, but it’s just not my thing!!
      The purse though?? It’s so perfect for this time. But any time really!!!
      Thanks again, Lindsey!!!!

  • Merel van Poorten

    These pictures are so lovely!! Love the looks.

    X Merel

  • Very chic ladies and you all look great and not cliche. It is so easy trying to wear these clother and it becomes a cliche around this time of the year. Did you want to do the IG Challenge?
    xoxo Falasha
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  • Such cute Halloween style, ladies! =)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  • Eda

    You ladies are sooo gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your killer style.
    xx, Eda

  • I just love what you’ve done here! How fun! Your creativity never ceases to amaze me. I love that you took the sleeves off a blazer for your vest! It looks fabulous! And your mom and the headbands…! Wow! And let’s not forget Nancy and her gorgeous jewelry!

    • Thanks so much Ronnie!!!
      You’re always so positive and encouraging, and I really appreciate that!!

  • Judy Gramith

    Hey at least you three darling ladies are paying homage to Halloween with a subtle nod to the holiday’s colors and not ignoring it entirely. When I was still teaching 8th graders I would wear a little pair of pottery horns that were attached to a shoelace and disappeared into my hair like a headband. They looked so real and the reaction of my students was priceless.
    Jodie your purse, cool booties and chique long vest look are giving “high style Halloween” This is what Vogue Vibe Halloween might look like!
    The color and knit of Nancy’s sweater is SO pretty and the bright jewels just kick it up a holiday notch. She is like perky MaryAnne on Gilligans Island, dipping happily into the holiday fun.
    Charlotte’s creative combination of sweater embellishment, pretty pleated skirt and sexy lace tights reminds me of something the good witch Glinda, (from the Wizardof Oz) might wear for Halloween. Charlotte is “Classic Holiday Beauty” paying a respectable nod to the celebration…

    • Yes—for some reason I don’t mind this kind of dressing up. So I wonder why I don’t enjoy the costumes anymore???
      There could be some deep, psychological reason?? Or I could be lazy?? LOL!!!
      And your descriptions are just priceless Jude!! Vogue Vibe Halloween and Classic holiday beauty?? You always know how to make me smile and laugh!!
      I love your horns that you used to wear. But you didn’t say—were they like sheep horns or devil horns??? Maybe I should knit some like that, ha ha!!!

      • Judy Gramith

        Oh they were definitely like little devil horns! Some kids would just sort of look at me and not say anything. They were pretty creepy!

    • Charlotte Miller

      Thanks you Judy for your kind and lovely descriptions.

  • This article is *just* in time, Jodie, since I do not have a costume for tomorrow’s Halloween party at Tink’s Cheers bar down the street. I DO, however, have a long orange cardigan – and you KNOW I have a ton of black to pair it with. I may even go on the hunt through my holiday storage for a black witch hat from some years back and show up as a modern witch – lol. I even have a pair of glasses with orange frames. Now I just need to find something orange to tie around Tink’s neck and we’re all set to go.

    I love your Mom’s embellished sweater – such a creative idea. I have a vintage cashmere cardigan with gold embroidery down the front and around the neck that my mother wore herself as a college student — MANY years ago now! I may take a page from your Mom’s book and start wearing it for more casual occasions.

    Happy Halloween to all three of you, Jodie. You all look great!
    Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – http://www.ADDandSoMuchMORE.com
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to transform a world!

    • That sounds exactly like my kind of costume, Madelyn!! One that was already in my closet, and doesn’t make me look too strange (at least stranger than I already am…ha ha)!!
      I have 2 of those cardigan from my mom’s college days. One has holes in the elbow, so I’m still trying to figure out the fix. I tried sequin patches, but they were too stiff. I’ll have to come up with something else!!
      Have fun tomorrow night and thanks tons!!!

      • What about a circle of embroidered silk? If there was enough left over you could finish the edges and use it as a neck scarf.

  • I definitely fall into the camp of someone who avoids wearing ‘holiday’ colors together, but I do like the idea of breaking them up with some other neutrals. I also recently took the sleeves off a field style jacket I have to make it a vest because I never liked that it was short sleeves. haha.
    Chic on the Cheap

    • See—we are birds of a feather Lydia!! Both in the pairings of colors, and then with removing the sleeves.
      I have both my mom’s and Nancy’s photos of their OTK boots, but I’m waiting for Wednesday to have mine done!! I’ll get them to you by the end of the week!!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    You ladies look amazing. Each one of your outfits wears the color that we normally associate with Halloween without looking “Halloweeny” at all. (I know that is not a word….ha, ha). Great combinations of pieces for making outfits with class and color pizzazz. Well done! – Amy

    • That’s exactly what I do, Amy!! I’m always making up words. And then I tell Rob, that it’s my blog, and I can make up words if I want to—right??

  • Franci Hoffman

    I love all of the outfits, which I feel are very classy and festive. Now, a little about Halloween because it is not all about creepiness and the dead. It is also about a meaningful time noting the end of the growing season and a sign the colder months are soon to be upon us. I just posted my Halloween blog, which has a few tidbits about Halloween – https://amanpan.com/2017/10/30/tuesday-chatter-103-happy-halloween/

    • Wow…I’m so glad you said this, because I didn’t know that at all. Maybe I just wasn’t paying attention in class when we learned this?? LOL!!
      Thanks so much Franci!!

  • Laura

    I was just reading this and realized I don’t have any orange! I really want to try the burnt orange color that is big this fall. It pairs so well with neutrals like you did in your outfit Jodie! I think all of your outfits would work perfectly anytime of year!

    • What? I’m shocked Laura!!! No orange in your closet calls for a shopping trip ASAP!!
      Not even a scarf??? That would be an easy fix!!!!

  • Love Nancy’s look so much!

  • kim

    all you ladies are so beautiful! Love all the outfits.

  • mummabstylish

    Looking great Jodie, I love your bag, and Nancy’s pretty necklace. Thanks for sharing you cute outfits. Jacqui

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    I dont dress up for Halloween, but I will wear seasonal colors. These look stunning, I love orange but with my red hair, I have to be careful! I bought on orange or pumpkin colored Coach bag a few years ago and use it th is time of year. Get all kinds of compliments on it.

    • I bet you get so many compliments on that purse because it really stands out, Terri!!
      I’ve only started really thinking about my purses as part of my outfits, and it’s funny how they can add so much interest to the entire look!

  • A Pretty Fix

    Jodie, I’m so glad you admitted to not dressing up for halloween! I don’t either and sometimes I feel like a bit of a party pooper 🙁 These alternative ideas for styling for the season are fantastic! Love your style, too 🙂

    • That’s exactly what I feel like!! A party pooper, but it was always hard for me to get into this holiday. I don’t like being scared, it’s all about evil, and candy isn’t good for you! But orange? Now that’s a fabulous color and something I can get excited about!!!

  • I love that you ladies took on this color combination! I think too many people find oranges/browns with black taboo. And I am someone who has trouble wearing green and red too, for the same reason!


    • It’s funny how the colors look fine together yet our head gets in the way about wearing them paired up!!!
      Thanks so much Mary!!!

  • I’m a don’t dress up for the most part too, but you all have made this so chic in your color pairings for the holiday.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • I’m glad I’m not the only one, Amy!!! The kids are so cute dressed up (kiss that little Ivy for me), but I guess I’m over it!!! Eeeek…does that make me old??

  • Maria Kelly

    You ladies look fabulous as always! Especially love the cat bag x #fakeituntilyoumakeit

  • I love how you ladies changed up this color palette! The tan boots in your look Jodie are so perfect.


  • Kathleen McDermott

    Oh how I love Halloween! I have many pieces of Halloween jewelry (earrings, necklaces, bracelets and pins!) – Betsey Johnson and others – that I start wearing once we’re into October. Many I wear year-round, like skeletons and skulls. Also have Halloween scarves. The black/orange outfits you put together are adorable and flattering. I can’t even pick a favorite. I always love to wear orange/black outfits in the weeks leading up to Halloween. Incorporating a 3rd color is a great way to keep it chic. I think orange is such a fun color and it’s all in the undertone (cool/red or warm/yellow) to pick a flattering shade. Thanks for this post. I am really enjoying these festive and fun outfits in the lovely Fall settings. Happy Halloween!

    P.S. Brilliant and charming sweater embellishment by Charlotte. And long, sleek pleated skirts never go out of style in my book, especially a black one. Timeless, versatile and elegant.

    P.P.S. I ❤️ ❤️ Nancy’s cardigan & necklace and your darling purse and vest.

    • I do think there are some fun pieces out there that aren’t what I’d consider too scary or gross. Like I just saw a skull t-shirt and the skull was all flowers—it really was cute!!
      Thanks Kathleen!!
      I’ll make sure to forward your positive thoughts to mom and Nancy too. I know they love to read them as much as I do!!!

  • Jodie, your bag is SO cute! I love how you all incorporated orange into your outfits while still looking so chic and stylish!


    • Thanks Liz!!! I didn’t buy this purse for the post, but I thought it’d be perfect for it!!! It’s like I get to carry my black kitty with me even when I’m away from home!!

  • Cindy

    Yes, we dress up every Halloween. I’ve only started doing that in the last 10 years. We have a blast dressing up – even to just hand out candy to the kids! I love your mom’s fishnet stockings and the added embellishment to her sweater. White jeans all year long…yay!! And…I’m now going to check my long blazers to make them sleeveless – what a great idea! Love your inspiration.

    • Thanks so much Cindy!!!
      I think getting dressed up can be fun at times. There are some costumes that are so creative, and I love seeing those especially!!!
      Thanks for the positive words for Nancy & mom too!! And make sure to check back on Friday—because I included you in the post!!

  • So, are they calling vests now sleeveless blazers? Ok. I guess I missed that memo! How adorable is your purse?! Such a fun statement to any outfit. I love how Nancy’s necklace pulls her outfit together and I love the orange flats you found from Nordstrom! Have a fun holiday!

    • I still call them vests (because that’s how we grew up knowing them, but I always have to chuckle when I see them referred to as sleeveless blazers. Of course, a rose by any other name……right?
      Thanks Julia!!!

  • Loving your mom’s tights and you know i love patterned ones. i also like that you broke up the black and orange with a neutral. your bag is adorable!
    have a great day!
    jess xx

    • Thanks so much Jess!!
      Patterned tights are so fun–especially when it’s cold out like it is here now!! Eeek!!

  • Rebecca Saffer

    Sensational looks ladies! I can’t pick a favorite because each one is uniquely great. I love your layered necklaces, Jodie and the beaded necklace Nancy is wearing. As always, your mom looks elegant and fashionable – pleated skirts are definitely making a big comeback. Good job!!

    • Thanks so much Rebecca. I’ll make sure to forward this comment to both mom & Nancy so they can appreciate your fabulous thoughts too! We always love hearing your positive encouragement. Truly, it just makes our day!!!

  • Nikki Gwin

    Orange and coral have been my favorites all summer and I think it will continue through winter now! Know what I love best here? Your mom’s stockings.
    🙂 gwingal

    • Aren’t they just so fabulous, Nikki??? She has quite the collection, but it’s nice because she does love wearing dresses and skirts, so at least they get worn!!

  • Jodie, this is such a fun way to show how to incorporate holiday colors into an every day outfit. I can definitely see wearing these color combinations on any given day. I love all the looks, but I really have to focus on yours today! Oh my goodness, what a great idea to take the sleeves off your blazer and restyle it into a long vest! I just bought a long vest and could have saved a lot of money had I been as creative. And your purse is adorable! I saw a similar purse at a thrift shop this weekend and walked away from it. But now I wish I had brought it home. What a great accessory!

    Cathy V.

    • Well, I can’t take the credit for thinking of making the blazer sleeveless. I actually remember reading about it somewhere else (but don’t ask me where—ha ha).
      In fact, I need to keep it up front in my head for the next time I go thrifting!! I’ve seen lots of blazers, and I’ve been thinking that I don’t wear them as much lately. But a vest? I would!!!
      Thanks Cathy!!

  • donnaduck

    I absolutely adore orange! But I actually try very hard to pair it with ANY other color besides black. Unless of course it’s October 31! So, tomorrow, I will wear a Halloween tee shirt with black pants. We’re allowed to “dress up” for Halloween, but as it’s not one of my favorite holidays, I don’t do that. The job I had before this one MADE everyone dress up, and I grew to dread the holiday and the decision of what to “go as”. Ugh. Glad that job is behind me!!

    You ladies all look great in your orange and black! I’m partial to Nancy’s combination because I really do like orange and white together (hmm.. do you think it’s because I like Creamsicles??). Happy Halloween to you, Jodie!!

    • That made me laugh about the creamsicles, Donna!!!
      And I’m such the same way about black & orange. I also kind stay away from orange and brown because those were my high school colors. Not that I didn’t like high school, but it’s funny that I have that thought every time I see those colors together!!!
      Luckily, as the boss in my office, we didn’t have to dress up. But I know many of my employees would want to, and of course, the kids loved it. But it just wasn’t my thing….

  • Michelle Leslie

    For some weird reason orange has never worked for me. I end up looking like a dirty dish towel. Maybe I just haven’t found the right tone (is that the right word) of orange coz you ladies all look lovely. And your purr baby handbag. OMW Jodie, is so need one of those. It’s beautiful

    • I think that orange is like any color Michelle. There are different shades of it (more the red orange or some more the yellow orange). But heck, if looking like a dirty dish towel is not all you’ve dreamed of becoming, then maybe you need an orange purse instead. And sneakers??? LOL!!!
      PS…they also have my purse in the black version, with the white kitty. At least the last time I looked they did!

  • What a fantastic bag you’ve got! I love all your colors together. It makes a very pretty picture!

    • Isn’t it such a fun purse??? I probably never would have gotten it before blogging, because who needs a cat purse? But it sure gets some fun attention!!
      Thanks Nancy!!

  • Tina von tinaspinkfriday

    All of your outfits are so amazing! Wonderful for fall. Jodie I love your handbag. Can you imagine?:))
    Happy Halloween, XO Tina

    • Thanks Tina!!! And you probably have a purse like this, I bet??? It’s so up your alley. Maybe it was you channeling through me when I ordered it?? Ha ha!!

      • Tina von tinaspinkfriday

        Oh yes Jodie :))
        hmmm I have a cat head bag in my closet 😉
        XO Tina

  • donnanance

    Fabulous post on dressing for Halloween without dressing in bright orange and black! I am not an orange-wearing gal, so this is right up my alley. Jodie, your Spookie cat purse is adorable. Good idea to remove the sleeves to make a vest (or sleeveless blazer, if you will). Love your necklaces and your glasses coordinate nicely. Nancy’s outfit is set off by the beautiful necklace. Her sweater is more of a tangerine shade and I love the weave in it…interesting. Your mom comes up with the most creative ideas. Love what she did with headbands…embellished sweaters are just fun to wear. Love her patterned tights. I wore all colors of patterned tights back in 1965 when I graduated from high school. None of them were open weave like her pretty ones, but I still liked wearing them. Hmm, maybe I would wear more skirts and dresses with pretty tights, whadda ya think? Have a marvelous day! xoxo

    • I think that’s a fabulous idea Donna. Wearing the fun tights is the perfect way to get us in skirts & dresses more!! Because really they are kinda like leggings?
      I just bought a pair of reddish tights—but I haven’t figured out how to wear them??? I’m not sure what I was thinking, but hey—we have to have fun, right?

  • Today I could just “shop” from the three of you. Your large necklace, Nancy’s jeans and black top and your Mom’s handbag! Go ladies!-Laurel

  • Eileen Flanigan Sinda

    All of your outfits are so cute. Love your purse, Jodie. Love the elements of Nancy’s whole outfit. Love her necklace. Being tall and having to be careful what type of shoes I wear, her boots look like a pair I own. However, the oranges are not a good color for me. Charlotte’s coral is a better color for me. Using a real orange purse was a good way to get the autumn color in without a costumy look. Charlotte always has so much class. Nice job, ladies.

    • Thanks so much Eileen for all of the positive words and encouragement. I made sure to forward this to both mom & Nancy so they could appreciate it too!!!

  • I don’t really love dressing up for Halloween either. I didn’t realize until now that a “sleeveless blazer” and a vest are the same thing, HAH! Just one of the many reasons I love your blog is your humor! Seeing Ms. Spooky on your Instagram brightens my day!

  • Mary Kalpos

    Jodie I love all of of your outfits, are so much fun! With those pops of color they can really brighten a rainy day!

    • Absolutely, Mary!!
      I always think that the bright colors brighten my mood!!

  • I dress the same way as the three of you ladies, when it comes to Halloween. I never thought to break it up with a neutral though. Great idea!!

    • It’s like we’re twinsies!!!!
      Thanks Darlene!

  • Karen

    Such beautiful pictures with the fallish colors outside and your color combinations in your outfits! I love orange and black together, very much like any jewel tone and black. Orange combines well with all neutrals, as you’ve shown here. I love that artsy necklace you are wearing, and Nancy’s is gorgeous too. Your mom’s sweater embellishments are a genius idea. Who would ever have thought to do that? Okay, your mom, but seriously. I’ll start checking out headbands now when I shop, no joke. I love tights too and recently found some “micro net” tights that I love. They are like fishnets, but a very tiny net pattern. They seem to wear like iron, but they are heavier than regular hose, and tights usually hold up much better. I think your mom’s top, being coral, is just a lighter shade of the bright orange and as you said, a good way to incorporate a color without going all out.

    • Thanks so much Karen!!
      Don’t you just wonder how my mom’s brain works?? But it’s so cool how you can take one thing and transform it into something totally different!!!
      I do think that the fishnets are so fabulous. I’ve had a pair of nude ones for about 5 years, and they don’t run like other hosiery!!! I love them, and I have 3 different colors!! Now I think I need black!!

  • Y’all are just too cute!

  • You all look lovely here.

    Your cat bag is a hoot.

    Shame you don’t dress up. I think you’d be a perr-fect cat ; P


    • You are a funny girl, Suzanne.
      I was a dog once in elementary school, back when my mom used to make my Halloween costumes!! Does that count??

  • Bev @ Walking Well With God

    I am not a big fan of Halloween. I think there are other holidays that deserve more of our attention. I have, however, incorporated some orange into my wardrobe (the color that supposedly doesn’t look good on anyone). Given my coloring, some of the “harvest” colors, including the right shade of burnt orange can be flattering.
    Bev xx

    • We are exactly the same way about Halloween, Bev. And yet it’s always so amazing how much people love it—it’s just not our thing!
      But I’m glad you like orange too!! It really is is nice color, and it reminds me of the beautiful leaves and sunsets!!!
      Thanks Bev!!

  • Kirsten Wick

    Beautiful, I love orange, it’s always the perfect eyecatcher (as is red). Love, Kirsten x


  • Very cute ways to give a subtle nod to Halloween! Swooning over Charlotte’s patterned tights and love the embellished cardigan idea. Think I am going to give that a try in the near future, as I have so many cardigans. Nancy’s necklace is such a great piece and I like her color combination. Your black cat bag is so cute!

    • I thought this would appeal to my mom’s more than dressing up in costume—ha ha!!
      Thanks Jennie for the wonderful compliments to both mom & Nancy—I made sure to forward it to them!!!
      And Happy Halloween!!!

  • Fun, fun, fun! I also tend to avoid holiday color combos…but forgot all about dressing for the big day tomorrow…(considering all the ghouls we have in our house, how could I forget the wardrobe)!

    Orange shaker sweater…black yoga capris…done! 🎃🕸🕷👻

    • Well, now you’re all ready and perfectly adorned for tomorrow Em!!
      And what is everyone else wearing???

  • CathyLynchLawdanski

    Beautiful combinations that don’t look “halloween-y” at all! Love your cute purse and the short necklace. And those colors look so pretty on Nancy. What a great idea to take the sleeves off the blazer. I never would have guessed!

    • Thanks Cathy!!!
      I think I learned that trick to take the sleeves off a coat or blazer from another blogger, but for the life of me, I can’t remember who. I even did that to my mom’s fur coat, so now she has a fur vest!!

  • Stevie Turner

    What a good idea to remove the sleeves of the jacket – I’d never have thought of that.

    • Thanks Stevie—it’s worked wonders for many of my pieces!!