on monday i drove to buford, ga to have lunch with a blog buddy that lives in atlanta the silver stylist. don’t you just love her hair?! of course, before heading home, we made a pit stop at one of my favorite stores j.crew to ooh and aah over the latest collection. some terrific new items are now on my radar screen. and no, i did not buy anything…yet. but i did pick up the latest catalog and flipped through the pages. guess who popped up? ali macgraw in an homage to white denim. the photo is from the movie love story which happens to be one of my favorite films for fashion inspiration. if memory serves me correctly, when this blockbuster film burst onto the scene in 1970 it sparked my love affair with preppy style at the tender age of twelve. not only was i enamored with the tragic love story – boys were just catching my attention. but every single outfit that the young heroine wore. immediately upon returning home that saturday afternoon i began to relentlessly badger my parents to see the movie again. i just had to catch another glimpse of those outfits ali wore! because hey, i already knew how the story ended. even though a firm no resounded throughout our house i didn’t let that deter me. after weeks of incessant pestering on my part, my exasperated mother finally caved in and sent me on my way to the movie theater for the second time which was a big deal back then. on my way out, i think i might have gotten a high-five from my big brother for breaking down a parental rule (he was typically the one doing the heavy-lifting). but i was gaga over ali’s navy blue pea coat with striped knit scarf tied around her neck. and i was over the moon with her black turtleneck, plaid wool skirt, and black tights. and yes, she wore ballet flats with that ensemble. although i think my favorite outfit from the movie just might have been the white denim and black tee, she wore while working at a summer camp. that outfit is casual chic at it’s finest. nothing fancy, but boy-oh-boy does it work. even though i recently paired this black blazer with white denim last seen here i just couldn’t resist slipping into white and black for today’s ootd. thanks, ali, for a lifetime of inspiration! what a fashion icon from the seventies. in my humble opinion, it’s still a style decade to be reckoned with.
labels: denim c/o J.Jill; tee Zara (old, similar here and here); blazer c/o Talbots; handbag c/o Talbots; sandals Nine West (old, similar here and here); sneakers Sperry
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She’s 63, 5’8, and size 8.
You look great.
Always love black and white–when in doubt, reach for that and you’re good. Love Story! Brings back hilarious memories: I saw that as a 16 yr old when I went to France with my older sister–never did see it in English, and it was sappy as all get out, but it was great fun. Ali MacGraw always looked great and still does.
it was sappy as all get out! like a nicholas sparks novel. but ali was adorable, and this was the first movie i can remember where the clothes caught my attention. after that, i always paid close attention the clothes!
Interesting that the things she wore when we all were young are still classics. They’ve never gone out of style. BTY I’ve loved you more casual looks since your move to GA. They are more the way I dress in Denver.
Cute outfit and you were here near me and ahem….you forgot me! I’m going to go cry now 🙁
i could sweat i answered this comment! dear lord. i knew i would be in trouble, but let’s plot and plan a girls day out.
No problem. Yes, we will have to plan it. 🙂
Thank you Beth for the shout out!! I’m blessed to have you as my friend!! Love the “Love Story” outfit! Black and White……. you can’t go wrong, but you knew that! Love you!! ??❤️❌⭕️
you are so welcome friend! and what can we say about a classic? that it’s always on trend, that it’s simple? black and white means you never have to say you’re sorry.
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