are you ready to beat the heat in style? all you need is a sophisticated color combo. black and white is a timeless and chic color palette that never fails. it’s eternally chic and forever classic. of course, if you want your summer outfit to stand out, add color. nothing adds fun to your outfit, quite like a pop of pink, red, or orange. wearing bright colors is certain to put a smile on your face and brightens your mood. or if you want to take a walk on the wild side, animal print is always a good idea. but if you’re looking for a sophisticated color palette, black and white is all you need.
rain, rain go away. there has been rain and more rain in our forecast for the past two weeks. while i am a big fan of thunderstorms that keep me indoors snuggled under a light blanket with a good book this week i am longing for sunshine and blue skies. yet, the gray skies have persisted. oscar has missed more than one of his daily walks as you never know when the skies are going to open up and start pouring rain. the other night we escaped a deluge by mere seconds. just as we rounded the corner into the driveway, big fat raindrops plopped to the ground. thankfully, i made it safely inside the house before a sheet of rain pelted down, i can assure you i was ever so thankful i escaped that deluge. oscar? well, he’s not the biggest fan of getting his fur wet. or at least having it dried off…
today’s ootd is proof that black and white is a timeless & chic color palette. it has staying power and is one of my favorite summer color combos. some items have been hanging in my closet for several years with one or two new additions. the white cropped denim flares from Talbots were added this spring. the black cotton sweater is several years old (similar here from Ann Taylor). this summer, i added a raffia belt from Anthropologie (limited sizes, similar here and here) to my belt collection. it has stretch to it, which is perfect to wear with shirtdresses. black slides add a summertime vibe. wedges offer support and comfort with height. y’all know i love, love, love this black handbag with bamboo handles (similar here) that goes with so many of my summer outfits. especially a black and white timeless & chic color palette.
denim | similar sweater | belt | sandals | similar handbag
denim | similar sweater | belt | sandals | similar handbag
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She’s 63, 5’8, and size 8.
I love black and white or navy blue and white! You look so stylish. You must have a ton of white pants. I have about 5 pairs myself in different styles and materials, like linen, cotton, denim. Have a great day!
i have several pairs of white denim as well as several pairs of white pants. the denim i wear all year long. the pants only in the summer months so i wear them non-stop.
I appreciate you showing looks both with and without a belt; I sometimes struggle with whether or not to wear a belt, Whether to tuck in my top or not, and I think most of the time the answer is no primarily based on comfort! But in looking at your photos the belt does pull the outfit together well. One suggestion for your posts that I think all of us would appreciate: if you could indicate what kind of undergarments you are wearing under each OOTD It would be extremely helpful. I know you have posted articles that deal specifically with undergarments but when it comes to a particular type of top (such as the black tank you’re wearing in this) I find myself wondering, “how is she hiding her bra straps?”, or “What kind of panties is she wearing that don’t show at all under white pants?”, etc. As you’ve mentioned, the proper undergarments can make or break an outfit.
thanks for the suggestion! i always wear nude or skin-toned panties when wearing white. that’s why you don’t see a visible panty line. my favorite panties are Hanky Panky. as for the bra, there are several options: racerback bra, a strapless bra, a bra that converts to a racerback bra, or a racerback bra clip that will convert a regular bra to a racerback. the right lingerie can make or break your outfit. and it’s important to fill your lingerie drawer with a variety of styles. there’s nothing more frustrating than putting on an outfit with the wrong lingerie. so i try to resolve that problem by stocking up especially when there’s a sale!
Love black and white, but your combinations are unique!!
Have a nice day
thanks, gloria! you have a nice day too!
I got a laugh when I saw your post today! I am wearing a black bat wing top and white flared jeans today also. Great minds, eh!😆 I enjoy your posts very much as your style and mine are so similar, today being a case in point. Hope your skies clear soon so you and Oscar can walk in the sunshine.
black and white is always all right! thanks so much for stopping by today!
Looking good, Beth! So simple and chic. The other day I scored that two-fabric, mostly black and white wrap top from Anthropologie that you sported a few weeks back. And it was $100 off! I’m so excited. I am anticipating delivery with fingers crossed that it fits. Hope I can wear it as well as you do.
don’t you love a good sale! i’m so happy to hear the wrap top is on its way to you. it’s so darn cute!
Looks very nice! I love the cut back shoulders in the top! Classy looking; the whole thing!
give me all the summer tops!
Congratulations! You have an amazing sense of style. The white pants you have paired with the black sleeveless sweater. You indicated that you have them in several colours. Where are these pants from? I know you have added a link for similar from Talbots but I like the look of the ones you have on. They seem lighter with more of a flare at the bottom. Thank you
the cropped flare jeans i’m wearing in this blog post are from Talbots. it’s directly linked to the product in the post as it is still in stock and available to purchase. if you watched the video the white pants paired with the striped top and red mules are from Theory. i have those pants in three colors. hope this helps clarify your question.
Really enjoy these videos.
thanks for the lovely feedback!
Hi Beth, you look absolutely chic and fabulous – thank you so much for your posts which I look forward to immensely.
I love your hair too.My question is that I have recently transitioned to grey hair, but have always worn gold earrings which I love.Some of my friends have said I should now ditch these and only wear silver.
I’d love to know what is your opinion on this “rule?” Thanks, Eva
i’ve never figured out why, exactly, we’re supposed to give up gold jewelry if we’ve turned gray. i wear gold as well as silver. so if you have gold jewelry you love feel free to wear it. i’m of the opinion wear what you love.
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