Happy Tuesday Everyone. Have any of you gotten your vaccine yet? I am waiting not very patiently. We haven’t seen Summer (our granddaughter in over a month). Today, Jennifer (A Well Styled Life) and I are back with our monthly Fashion Edit. Today we are talking about how to wear all black over 50. I have to be honest the pandemic has made me reach for color in my home and my Spring wardrobe but my closet is filled with black, and nothing hides the covid pounds better than black. Black done right makes everyone look good. It’s classic, simple, cool, and timeless. It can be totally versatile and works no matter what your style is. If we are going to dress in one color we need to put extra emphasis on the way our clothes fit, their texture, and cut in order to add some creativity to an outfit. Come with me let’s talk about this.
I know many of you feel like you can’t pull off the all-black style even if you love it on other women. This misconception is completely wrong. Anyone can do it with style. It’s all about which pieces you wear and how you put them together. I don’t know about you but everything I put on right now does not look very good. I am really wanting color, but until I lose the covid pounds black it is!! Let’s take a look at how to wear all black over 50.
Rely on Classics
A great blazer, a cashmere sweater or a beautiful pair of pants.
The Peruvian Connection Blazer (no longer available) is so flattering (longer to cover the bum) has become a staple in my wardrobe. The blazer and boots are broken up by a simple leather skirt and a belt. I added a vintage brooch for interest.
Add a crisp white shirt under a classic cashmere sweater, then add unexpected rhinestone accessories. Faux leather leggings give the look additional texture.
Add a Pop of Color
In this look I am wearing black pants from Banana Republic, a simple turtleneck, and I added a vintage Kantha scarf easily found on Etsy or Ebay, but linked below. I love my Artemis mules. Yes, they are an investment but add a welcome pop of color with all black. I completed the look with my gathered native American bracelets, and a pair of cross earrings.
Here I am wearing the Peruvian Blazer in a more traditional way, with an old Madewell block print shirt and a necklace that was a gift from my husband by Ojai artist Love Heals. Comfy Birdies, and the same BP pants complete the look.
Let Your Accessories be the Star
Velvet leggings from Eileen Fisher, a favorite J Crew Sweater, and Bed Stu boots allow the turquoise jewelry that I have owned for years take center stage. Yep, I am wearing my trusty comfy Bed Stu boots that you have seen a million times.
A free people cashmere tunic, and faux leather leggings allow the Native American Jewelry and the Artemis Mules to hold center court.
Try Something Edgy
Like combat boots, a moto jacket, or faux leather leggings.
Here I am wearing my worn moto jacket with a simple turtleneck and another necklace from my collection. I am wearing it with a long suede skirt that I inherited from my sister.
Notice how I look so nice and thin from a distance thanks to the black. I am still hanging in there with WW, but still more pounds to lose. I am also wearing the Anthro stretch suede boots with a slight heel. I would not be able to trudge around all day in these but they are comfy enough for lunch out. They stretch ladies (so the bunion can breathe).
This outfit is accentuated by the turquoise accessories (a pop of color) and the edginess of the combat like boots. I have been wanting to purchase a pair but found these old Gentle Souls boots in my closet would do. I haven’t worn them in several years. I almost gave them away. They are comfortable. I linked a similar pair below. The boiled wool poncho I have had for several years but I have linked a better Eileen Fisher one that you can now find on Ebay.
I wish this picture were better. I would never spend a ton of money on a puffer coat that I would not wear much. This H&M puffer is super stylish, fun reasonable and warm! It would be flattering on any figure type. I am wearing a small. It runs large. I wish I had picked up an extra small.
ADD TEXTURE & CUT FOR INTEREST
Add unusual textures and cuts to keep the outfit from becoming boring.
This Peruvian Connection sweater has a bit of color and tons of texture. It keeps the all-black column from becoming boring.
This tapestry-esque vest adds just a bit of color and a whole lot of texture to the simple outfit of leggings and boots. I have owned this vest for years.
The leopard scarf adds textural interest as well as the horn and bone accessories.
Do you wear a lot of black? Is it a staple in your wardrobe or do you prefer more color? I would love to hear your thoughts. Thank you for reading How to Wear Black over 50 and for your continued support. I so appreciate it. You might also enjoy How to Style a Maxi After 50. Now pop over and see how Jennifer is styling black. I will be back on Thursday with Annie, Mary Ann and some blogging pals. We are going to talk about kitchen styling.