an iconic piece that has stood the test of time is a fab pair of trousers. this wardrobe staple resists trends and never fails to look good, no matter what year it is. pick a classic color like black or white, and you will step out the door year in and year out in style.
today, the color combo couldn’t be any more classic. black and white are always all right in my book. and nothing is cozier or more comfortable to wear than knits. today’s version is a knit duster that is a marvelous transition piece when the temps are colder in the morning. it’s a soft alternative to a coat or jacket. the best part about this ootd? it can go from desk to dinner with ease. for a daytime look add a pair of pearl or diamond stud earrings. for evening glam it up with chandeliers. add a pair of pointy-toed pumps and black handbag for day/sandals, clutch for night and this outfit has classic chic written all over it. but don’t be afraid to mix and match accessories. as you can see, i have one foot planted in day and one in evening.
labels: pants Banana Republic (old, similar here and here); sweater J.Crew; duster St. John Knits (old, similar here and here); shoes Gucci (similar here and here); handbag Michael Kors (similar here and here); earrings J.Crew (similar here and here); lip shade Ultradior
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She’s 63, 5’8, and size 8.
love the look Beth!
thanks, robin! can’t go wrong with black and white!
El Perfecto! This is a great look on you and shows black and white is a classic I sometimes overlook how impactful it is in my wardrobe. I have been at my desk since 5 and need to get dressed for appointments. Was dreading going in the closet to start the hunt. Thanks for the blueprint-done deal!-Laurel
always happy to help! especially when time is of the essence.
Beautiful! The black duster is stunning on you. I’ve been seeing more of these dusters lately, and I love the look — the elegant length elongates everyone’s shape and adds height. You hit a home run with this one. Black and white is spectacular with your hair, too.
these dusters are gaining in popularity. and i’m thrilled. they are a perfect transition piece.
Love this outfit! Too bad the duster is no longer available…simply stunning. Black and white stands very nicely on its own without a pop of color. Perfect with your hair… xoxo
i always receive sooooo many compliments when i wear black. i’m certain it’s the contrast with my hair.
Fab outfit – one of my all-time faves on you!
i think it’s one of mine, too!
Nice one loose pants again back in fashion … I Guess cropped pants with nets for youner ones would be really awesome ….
i’m happy there are choices available!
Black and withe is always perfect! In Europe Banana Republic closed his stores … Very tragic event….
that is sad news indeed! banana republic always has affordable clothes that are classic and trendy.
Love the flared pants. Very flattering for most figure types. So glad lots of pants styles are popular now.
i’m relieved to see hemlines coming down and a variety of pants to choose from. hooray!
I try to incorporate an “edgy elegant” look into my wardrobe and this outfit just hits the spot. You look sophisticated and yet comfortable in this look.
i think that’s the secret to knits – there is a casual elegance to them. and great to tote along on a trip.
Beth..this gorgeous outfit looks SUPER on you!
awww, thanks, bonnie! black and white is always all right. and elegant.
Don’t you just love these longer cardigans, too?? I think they look so elegant!
i do like these long dusters, jodie! a fabulous look on every shape.
Such a fabulous, chic look, and the colors are smashing on you! If I might make one small suggestion, consider shortening the duster by four inches. It is designed for a taller woman, and making it shorter will improve the proportion on you, especially in back.
thanks so much for the feedback! i appreciate it.
Lovely–and it’s so elongating–love the legs that go on forever. Tres chic
i do like the wider leg. and it’s a flattering cut on every shape!
thanks for all of the charleston tips. can’t wait to go!
I do love the longer version duster cardigans! I have a knee length one but I need a longer one. I have a vest that long and I absolutely love wearing it. So cool.
Wow, you’re beautiful. Love the outfit, too 😉
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