A Study In Black And White

A Study In Black And White

Happy Wednesday ladies. I’m delighted that so many of you enjoyed meeting and learning more about Donna. She’s pretty amazing!!

It’s time once again for our midweek would you wear it popup. My friend Pam and I began doing these posts each Saturday, then added one on Wednesday because so many of you enjoy them…plus we could all use some extra distraction these days.

Each week we share a mannequin and ask our readers if you would wear what it’s modeling, and why or why not. Please keep your reasons personal to you.three mannequins wearing black and white clothes

So tell me, ladies, would you wear one or any of these looks?

How could you style it to make it work for your shape and lifestyle?

More Black and White

Here’s what’s trending on AWSL this week:

This Pima cotton tee is selling like hotcakes! Last I looked it was marked down to  $19.50. I have spent 3 times that amount on cotton tees that were not nearly as nice!


These jeggings are also very popular. It’s hard to go wrong with a nice tee and comfy jeans.

Now let’s go see what Pam’s mannequin is modeling on Over 50 Feeling 40.

Thanks for reading and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.

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  1. Cyndi
    June 26, 2020 / 6:38 am

    No to all 3 for me. The dress on the left: horizontal stripes, the lack of any shape/structure to the dress, and the high crew neck rule it out (for me) The combo in the middle: white on the bottom and black on top isn’t flattering to my pyramid body shape, also not sure how far down the buttons go, what would be the length if I walked or sat in this skirt? Dress on the right: looks like a nightgown, I’m not a fan of ruffles, and here’s just too much fabric.

  2. Pat
    June 25, 2020 / 10:54 am

    I love a classic black and white outfit. I would wear the white skirt and black top. I like longer skirts and V-neck tops. I would pair with red shoes. I would not wear the two dress outfits although I love dresses. The polka dot dress looks too overwhelming and shapeless for me, although I love polka dots. I agree with others that it has a nightgown look. The striped T-shirt dress is too short for me and I do not think the horizontal stripes would not flatter my figure.

  3. Holly
    June 24, 2020 / 10:19 pm

    None of these outfits are for me. I just don’t like them.
    The long one looks like a night gown. 🥺
    The only one I liked if I was to wear it would be the stripped one but I feel stripes sometimes can make you look bigger going around. That’s thd last thing I need! 😁

    • Mary Ann
      June 25, 2020 / 11:12 am

      I agree, Holly! It is difficult to find tops with vertical stripes!

  4. Janey
    June 24, 2020 / 9:15 pm

    I like the look of the Tshirt striped dress but I don’t wear dresses often. I love the middle outfit, though I can’t see the sleeves. I wear dark tops with lighter colored bottoms a lot, as I am heavier on the top and it is more flattering to my body shape. I would never wear the spotted dress out of the house, as it looks like a nightgown to me.

  5. Penny
    June 24, 2020 / 2:12 pm

    I do like the dress, but not the large stripes. I think the large stripes would widen my body. The dress to me resembles a nightgown, plus has too many polka dots for my liking.

  6. Julie Traxler
    June 24, 2020 / 1:27 pm

    Hi Jennifer,
    I love the striped dress; it would work well for a beach coverup. The middle out fit I like, but the black would need to be the skirt and the t shirt would be white. I am pear shaped so visually it would be better. I like the dress a lot, but someone young and thin would carry it off better that me!😁

  7. Rachel
    June 24, 2020 / 1:10 pm

    I really like the striped tee shirt dress. I am tall and slim and can get away with horizontal stripes. I would pair it up with red patent flats. I like the skirt and shirt. I would pair it up with a red belt and shoes. You could even make orange, yellow or neon green work. The black and white would be too plain on its own.
    I personally don’t care for the frilly dress, but it might work if you shortened it to above the knee and wore black leggings with it. If I were to wear it at its longest, I would wear a coloured patent belt. It is a good dress for a feminine, flat chested woman.

  8. Patti Shannon
    June 24, 2020 / 12:34 pm

    I might wear the dress on the left with black leggings but probably not because horizontal stripes aren’t the most flattering for my thick waisted self. I would wear the center outfit with a longer, untucked shirt and would prefer a not so pronounced waistband for the skirt, again due to my thick waist. I love polka dots but as several have already mentioned I think I had the dress on the right as a maternity dress in the ‘70’s!

  9. Linda
    June 24, 2020 / 12:31 pm

    I’d wear the white skirt and black top, the striped dress maybe the other on way it looks maternity.

  10. Nancy Walden
    June 24, 2020 / 11:58 am

    I don’t wear horizontal stripes so I’m not attracted to the dress. I love t-shirt dresses but I prefer them in solid colors with a v or scoop neck and they have to hit at either the top or mid-knee. I don’t like skirts that fit at mid-calf so I’d have to hem the white skirt. I’d wear it with my top untucked. My waist and mid-section just aren’t what they used to be! The other dress reminds me of a muu-muu! I suppose you could call it a baby-doll dress but that’s not a good look for me! The color and style would not flatter my coloring or be visually slimming. My energy level goes up when I wear clothes that are a flattering color and style and these days, I need all the energy I can get!

  11. Adrienne C Kushner
    June 24, 2020 / 11:13 am

    You can hardly go wrong with classic black and white, however there are some issues with the three styles. I am only 5’6″ and have gained some weight over the years. I NEVER wear horizontal stripes. Very few women can unless they are model thin. I would like the black top and white skirt if the skirt wasn’t so high waisted and the shirt tucked in. I would like a slimmer skirt shape and a slightly longer top that hits a little lower, un-tucked. Is the dress on the right a night-gown or targeting a religious group that demands modesty?

  12. Penny L. Luckenbaugh
    June 24, 2020 / 11:08 am

    The striped dress- great on someone taller and slimmer, the middle skirt and top, yes. The polka dot, never. It reminds me of a nightgown, and not of the alluring type.
    I wear black and white a lot, because I love it’s crispness One of my go-to combos is black tapered pants and a white long sleeve tee that has paisley embroidery in black. It looks great with low heels or sandals or in winter, with black smoking slipper flats. I got the top at Chicos at least 10 yrs. ago.

  13. Kay
    June 24, 2020 / 10:13 am

    I had a maternity dress just about the same as that polka dot number in the 70s!

    • MRSBEN2
      June 24, 2020 / 12:33 pm

      @Kay: I as well and was in my early twenties then …. ☺.

  14. MRSBEN2
    June 24, 2020 / 10:09 am

    Though a fan of polka dots also feel the style of dress resembles a nightie. (Much prefer the leopard print night wear which I believe you have worn as street wear … ☺.) That said; know that I would get a lot of mileage out of the center outfit namely due to their styles and fabrics. (IMO the design of skirt is a classic!) As for the horizontal striped knitted dress; I find its neckline odd as if the ribbing is part of the dress (and not a crew neck T-Shirt underneath) feel it would have been better in black as otherwise don’t see its purpose if not for contrast. As to its overall design I feel it offers numerous options as how/when to wear so might consider purchase depending if I could alter its neckline to even a shallow scoop. i.e.: Design = a 3/4 to long slvd. T underneath and/or with leggings, resort swimsuit cover up etc. Accessorize = depending upon occasion a cute pair of sandals or runners plus a handbag of my choice, a few arm bangles, or a belt, perhaps top it off with a hat or even a baseball cap etc. and mustn’t forget my sunglasses ….. and I’m ready to go!

  15. Penelope
    June 24, 2020 / 10:07 am

    I don’t wear black so no to the group. But in terms of style, I would try the horizontal mini just because it is so bold and sassy. It might be great in another color. Home wear only! Too short for public.
    The tee top and skirt look wearably basic but I won’t wear mid calf skirts. It’s an unattractive length for me. But the style is good, Buttons down the front are always flattering.
    Back in the 60’s I made several floor length “ Granny dresses” like this one. I loved them. Again, needs to be longer. And a prettier fabric or some trim to give it some character.

  16. Katee P
    June 24, 2020 / 10:05 am

    yes to all. I like to dress in a way that makes me stand out.

  17. Cyndi
    June 24, 2020 / 9:57 am

    I love dressing in black and white, although I’m trying branch out with a little color. I would wear the striped dress because it is very casual, sporty and tailored – just my style. Being very short, the dress on the right just has tooooo much volume for me. Ruffles on top of gathers are just not me.

  18. Dawn
    June 24, 2020 / 9:30 am

    No to everything, however I would wear the outfit in the middle if the skirt was longer. The striped dress is adorable, but the sleeves are too short for my taste and aging arms. The dress on the right looks like a nightgown to me. Can’t imagine anyone wearing it outside the house!

  19. Dianne🇨🇦
    June 24, 2020 / 8:40 am

    Good morning,great post!
    I love the black & white.
    The striped dress is perfect,as long as it’s not too tight.
    I wore a similar one on a river cruise , it was an easy thing to wear to breakfast etc.
    The other dress is a definite “no”
    I love the white skirt, might shorten it.
    Nice to have midweek diverse thoughts.

  20. Bea
    June 24, 2020 / 7:50 am

    Horizontal stripes and crew necklines are not flattering on me, so the striped dress is a definite no. The dress on the right -enough has been said about that one! I probably wouldn’t wear the center outfit either because the black and white contrast would cut me in half, which is not a good look when you are short.

  21. Donna
    June 24, 2020 / 7:35 am

    I love the little stripped T-shirt dress. I would definitely give that a try. The neck seems overly high so it might make me look even bustier, but I would have to try it on to see. If it was a v-neck or u-neck I would absolutely love it. I’d style it with little black sandals and a straw hat with a black grosgrain ribbon. Or with white canvas runners and a black or white baseball cap for a more casual look.

    I do not like the t-shirt and white skirt look at all. It reminds me of something from the 70s. It looks old.

    The dotted dress, as someone mentioned previously, looks like and old fashioned nightgown. It’s a hard no for me.

  22. Ann
    June 24, 2020 / 7:22 am

    The striped knit dress on the left is a yes for me – I like a comfortable T-dress for everyday summer wear. I’d rather have a v- or boat-neck, though. Crew necks are often not so flattering. The skirt in the middle would be great if it were longer, near-maxi, with something more colorful on top. The dress on the right? Umm, no. It would feel like the fabric was wearing me!

  23. Theresa
    June 24, 2020 / 7:16 am

    I love black and white…would try the skirt and top. I wish that I could wear the striped dress but it’s too short for me. Definitely could’t Carry off the polka dot dress although I love dots. Maybe if I was half my age and many pounds lighter….

  24. Jayne
    June 24, 2020 / 6:51 am

    I love black and white, but black is definitely not one of my strong colors, so I would love the stripe dress in navy and white. The sleeves are a cute cut and it would look great with a jean jacket or bright sweater, if necessary. I once owned a white skirt similar to the one displayed and I loved it. I would now wear that outfit if the skirt was black or navy and the top was white. As it is in white, I would wear a navy or jewel toned t-shirt and some jewelry to balance it. The full dress has way too much going on for me. The ruffles add to the business of the pattern and lack of structure. Again, off white and black are not in my color palate. Thanks for the tip on the pima cotton tees at Talbots! I could use some fresh ones.

  25. Eve
    June 24, 2020 / 6:48 am

    The middle outfit I would wear. I can’t see the top too well but I’d probably wear it outside the skirt and tie it on the side. I don’t like a white expanse across my tummy. I do think the dress looks like a nightgown and the striped dress is just too short. Perhaps shorten it a little more and wear as a tunic.

  26. Connie Haines
    June 24, 2020 / 6:41 am

    Yes!!! to the pretty white skirt and black top, just as shown AND with dozens of other mix and match pairings. No to the striped dress because of the high crew neck, short length, and general lack of shape. No to the dress, and we’ll leave it at that. 😉

  27. Ann
    June 24, 2020 / 6:41 am

    None of these would work for me. The white skirt is not flattering. The horizontal stripes add weight. The dress on the right is shapeless and would make me look dumpy.

  28. Kayee
    June 24, 2020 / 6:39 am

    The striped dress is ok, but I would prefer it a bit longer and a bit less full. The top is the middle is cute, but I don’t like those buttons on the skirt. Not sure where the dress would be worn so no — the print, the fullness, the ruffles not for me.

  29. Rose
    June 24, 2020 / 6:38 am

    I like the t shirt and the skirt, maybe a little shorter. I’d have to try on the striped dress but it’s cute. I could never wear the long dress. It really does look like a nightgown!

  30. Linda
    June 24, 2020 / 6:27 am

    The striped dress and the long dress look like nightgowns to me. I am not sure I would wear either because they look too warm for my tastes.

    The skirt is cute so I would wear it.

  31. Beth Crawford
    June 24, 2020 / 6:23 am

    I like the skirt and would wear it. The tee would work for me if it was another color. Black near my face isn’t attractive as I get older. I really like the striped dress but I can’t wear stripes like that, I would look even chubbier. The other dress just doesn’t hit me at all. I would add necklaces and other jewelry to take everything up a notch.

  32. beth byrd
    June 24, 2020 / 5:54 am

    I’d definitely try on the striped dress. Not sure how it would look on me but it looks so comfy and stylish!

    No to the long white skirt. I’m short and it would emphasize the area where I carry my weight and don’t want to focus on.

    I have to agree with many of the comments above about the polka-dot dress — it does look like a nightgown to me, so I definitely wouldn’t wear it.

  33. Pamela Over 50 Feeling 40
    June 24, 2020 / 5:51 am

    I might try on the middle skirt, but nothing else would work on my curvy body in a flattering way. I do love black & white though!

  34. Laura
    June 24, 2020 / 5:49 am

    Sometimes I would like to find a Would You Wear It? item. How can I find the brand or the store?

    • Jennifer
      June 24, 2020 / 5:19 pm

      I usually link them but these I could not find.

  35. Eileen
    June 24, 2020 / 5:46 am

    The skirt in the middle, but with changes, shorter, and a darker color, as I’m a pear, fabric matters to me, so linen would be nice.

  36. Phyllis Polster
    June 24, 2020 / 5:29 am

    I’m sad that nothing works. The neck on the dress (striped) is too high for me. Every time I buy a knit t-shirt dress I love it. EXCEPT it always looks
    cheesy on me . I tend to wear them to too many dressy places( when they existed). The other dress is not me. I love the skirt but I’m an apple and those skirts tend to pull on me! I love your blog!!!

  37. Joanne Long
    June 24, 2020 / 5:25 am

    I probably would have worn the t-shirt dress when I was younger. The skirt and t-shirt would make me look extremely short-waisted. The dress with the ruffle would be cute on a young girl but it does look like an old-fashioned nightgown.

  38. Linda GR
    June 24, 2020 / 5:24 am

    Good morning. Of the three outfits, I would wear the top and skirt, in the center. The striped dress is very cute, but not for me. The dotted dress really reminds me of a nightgown, and I personally don’t think a belt or anything else could change its appearance or make it work for me.

  39. Gail
    June 24, 2020 / 5:21 am

    I really love the middle outfit. Skirt length is great. Would be able to wear all kinds of sweaters and t shirts. Stripe dress would be more flattering with 3/4 sleeves. Third dress is unattractive and would flatter no one

  40. - Vicki Mikola Dack
    June 24, 2020 / 5:16 am

    Would wear the middle outfit! The only difference would be — reverse the colours. I prefer dark bottoms (have a pear shape body) and the top– white with either black or silver accent jewelry.

  41. Joyce Reardon
    June 24, 2020 / 5:14 am

    I like the tshirt. The striped dress is too short for me, the skirt is too long and the dress looks like a nightgown

  42. Jan
    June 24, 2020 / 5:12 am

    I love these”would you wear it” segments!
    The wide striped, T-shirt dress is not my style. A shorter, shift dress can be difficult to wear due to the fact that the entire dress shifts with your every movement. Sitting down, bending over or raising your arms….there is no ease of fabric like you get from a two piece outfit.
    The nightgown styled dress on the right is not happening for me!
    The white skirt and black v neck is a look that I could possibly pull off. The skirt has a wide waist band and lays flat around the mid section. The button detail and length are a plus. The vi neck t-shirt and button detail on the skirt all help to elongate my shorter frame.
    Fun post Jennifer!

  43. Diane Drouillard
    June 24, 2020 / 5:11 am

    I like the striped dress and the skirt & blouse I don’t care for the Polka dotted dress at all.
    I would add some accessories to the skit and blouse, as I would wear this lunch with the girls.
    The striped dress would be great for weekend shopping…

  44. Linda V
    June 24, 2020 / 5:11 am

    The dress on the right only looks good on someone very small and thin. not for me! I never wear horizontal stripes, so it is a no on the dress on the left. I would wear the white skirt!

  45. Kay
    June 24, 2020 / 5:06 am

    Good morning all! The striped dress looks comfy for staying home. I would not wear it outside because it is too baggy and short for me. The dress on the right looks like pajamas so pass! The top in the middle looks cute from here. I would have to see the whole thing to check out the sleeves. What store? I would pass on the skirt because the buttons down the front are too distracting.

  46. Sheryl
    June 24, 2020 / 5:05 am

    I like the shift dress on the left as that style is flattering on me. If it had a v-neck and longer sleeves it would be better. Tucked in blouses and skirts are not flattering for me so I wouldn’t wear that. The dress on the left is way to blousy for me but maybe on someone else with a belt?

  47. Nancy Hopkins
    June 24, 2020 / 5:03 am

    I love the striped dress but would love it more with longer sleeves and a V neck. The dress on the right is not my style at all. The skirt and top are good, very versatile. The strikes dress reminds me of one I had many years ago that was orange and lime green ; I loved it and literally wore it out!

  48. Gloria
    June 24, 2020 / 4:54 am

    The middle one! I am tall so I like two piece outfits. It’s tailored and crisp and shows a little bit of figure.

  49. Brenda
    June 24, 2020 / 4:53 am

    T-dress is cute, love the long white skirt and top, polka dot dress is too reminiscent of my childhood nighties so big nope for that one.

  50. sheryl beil
    June 24, 2020 / 4:52 am

    good morning, ladies! well, the striped dress would be cute on somebody else, it scares me to think what it would look like on me…..i would wear the middle outfit..thats a cute skirt, i really like it. what ever that other dress is, im sorry, i cant even think of anything nice to say about it…in other news, the pink chicos ruana is on a flash sale today, i grabbed it and im happy…the other colorful ruana you tried on is also on sale for a little more, and i have my finger on the add to cart button but now that im retired i have to pull back and ask just how many of these i need and how often it would get out of the house….but it was so cute on you….dang…

  51. Michele
    June 24, 2020 / 4:46 am

    The t-shirt dress is really cute but the sleeves have a slight bell to them which would emphasize my upper arms, which are not my best feature. I try to cover them with sleeves that are at least elbow length. Throw on a pair of sneakers, and some bright colored accessories, with the dress and you are good to go. The white skirt/black top is a classic look but I don’t wear skirts. I would pair the top with white jeans instead and add leopard or snakeskin print shoes. The dress with the ruffle is not to my taste at all and quite frankly reminds me of a nightgown…so it is a no for my closet.

  52. Susan Kelley
    June 24, 2020 / 4:45 am

    would wear the ones on the left and center. The one on the right looks like a granny gown. No, thank you. Keep looking!

  53. Jo
    June 24, 2020 / 4:42 am

    The first dress is so cute, but I like more upper arm coverage so I would have to pass. #2 looks good, but I can’t really tell about the sleeves. I am afraid that to me, the third dress is totally unappealing; I think it looks dowdy.

  54. Carol Rodhouse
    June 24, 2020 / 4:23 am

    IF ONLY more tops were made with either elbow or 3/4 length sleeves!! I would wear the striped dress IF, and the V neck skirt combination IF……….. I am very conscious of my upper arms, and I have a number of friends who feel exactly the same way. The last dress is definitely not my taste.

  55. Arna
    June 24, 2020 / 4:18 am

    I wish I could wear skirts, but I am so short waisted that skirts just don’t fit right or look good. I do like the longer white skirt in the center.
    I do wear white shorts a lot in the summer, and white and black look so stylish (at least to me.) White jeans and a black tank top/shell or t-shirt look great for a summer dinner out (not that we are going out to dinner this summer.)

  56. Leslie
    June 24, 2020 / 4:11 am

    I would definitely wear the cute little t-shirt dress. I would style it with white sneakers and plain gold hoop earrings and gold bracelets. I love this dress for comfort during the hot summer months as I’m not much of a shorts person.

  57. Paulette Levy
    June 24, 2020 / 3:35 am

    I would wear and really like the striped dress on left. It looks to be a cool fabric and If an occasion called for a dress,I would grab it! Really cute. I’ve seen the longish white denim skirts (center) and always admire it in the models who are taller than I Am, but if it were in petite, perhaps I could pull it off. I’m fairly slim, so if it weren’t too fabric intense I’d buy it. I really like Vee neck tees and spotted this one with this white skirt…yes!
    Now the dress on the right is NOT my taste. It just is not something I’d wear at all, though for some who prefer a really covered up look it might work.

  58. Gaye
    June 24, 2020 / 3:29 am

    The center T and skirt wud suit me best. Looks a little more tailored and not so short.
    Love these “would you wear it”

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