Women Over 50 in Black and White: Style Sweet Spot

Women Over 50 in Black and White: Style Sweet Spot

Is there ever a time when wearing black and white is inappropriate? I don’t think so. Unless you count a themed party when you’re told to wear another color. Even then, I might wear black, because I refuse to wear an unflattering color 🙂 Black and white is classic and timeless.

Hit Your Style Sweet Spot

Style has the power to transform your confidence. Working from the outside in, women can boost their confidence by hitting their Style Sweet Spot. Pam Lutrell and I began this new series, Hit Your Style Sweet Spot, to help and inspire those women who are struggling with their appearance. Each week we choose a scenario from our daily lives to show why, what and how we dress to reach our style sweet spot. Your style sweet spot is when you feel confident about your appearance and know you are sending the message you want people to see.

Last week Pam and I showed how we dress for Brunch and I shared the power of asymmetry  in fashion the woman over 50. This week we’re showing how we dress in black and white.

Style Tip- Over-sized, boxy woven shirts, tend to enlarge the look of your torso.

This top is also asymmetrical. Notice the diagonal seam on the front, where the stripes intersect. Even though the shirt is loose and flowing, that seam draws an imaginary line at my waist. This makes it appear more fitted, feminine and flattering.This shirt doesn’t look boxy because of the angle of strips and seaming detail.

The high-low hem and unusual cut of this shirt make it slimming and unique.

I love the Standout Shirt high-low hem. It’s a very soft cotton/viscose and flows nicely. It’ll feel cool and comfortable when the weather heats up. It’s side panels drape, to give it a feeling of movement. It’s technically black and white, but the overall effect is softer because of the stripe.

Coming or going this Standout Shirt is special. Remember, how your outfit looks from behnd is frequently the last impression you make.

This shirt looks great coming and going. Sometimes we forget, that how we look from the back, matters too.

Style Tip- The back of your outfit is often the last impression you leave. Make sure you like it.

Here’s my Soft Surroundings Metro Leggings again. They’re called leggings but are really a pull-on style jean. They have tons of stretch, a wide waistband and no front zipper or snap to bulge at my waist.

The stripes and high-low hem add movement to this softly structured, woven shirt.

Now lets pop over and see how Pam hits her Style Sweet Spot in black and white.

xo Jennifer




Disclaimer:  Soft Surroundings provided me the garments, but the opinions are my own.

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  1. Robyn Lelievre
    August 12, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    I would love to buy that pattern please. How do I do this???

    Robyn L
    New Zealand

  2. Carol LaRochelle
    April 21, 2016 / 2:42 am

    Hi Jennifer,
    I just received my soft surroundings metro leggings in tall. They are really great fitting. Snug, but not skintight. Wonderful for wearing with long tops and tunic tops because of no bulge from zippers, etc.

    Finally gave in and ordered in three basic colors, dark denim, black and white.


    • Jennifer
      April 21, 2016 / 9:41 am

      I’m so glad you like them. I love them!!!

  3. Betsy
    March 26, 2016 / 12:01 pm

    I just bought this top and it is one of my favorites. I love everything I buy from Soft Surroundings. I’m interested in the Metro Leggings but I’ve tried on white leggings in many stores and they are all too snug on my thunder thighs. They hug and show all my bumps and bulges. I would hate to order these just to have to send them back for the same reason. What do you think?

  4. March 23, 2016 / 11:50 am

    I love this shirt! the detail of the stripes running in opposite directions is wonderfully subtle but impactful. I love your style!!

  5. Pam Parma
    March 15, 2016 / 10:42 am

    I would love the camel cashmere.

  6. March 11, 2016 / 12:51 pm

    You look great! I’m going to send this post to my mom – she’s been so down lately because of weight gain and feeling like she has nothing to wear. This top would look fabulous – since it looks comfortable but not boxy.

  7. March 9, 2016 / 12:58 pm

    I’m a big fan of B&W too!

  8. March 8, 2016 / 8:00 pm

    There’s nothing better than classic black and white, and you look fabulous in it. Asymmetry always adds interest to any outfit, and this is so well done here.

    Two cautionary tales to offer.

    1) If you wear a white top w/black pants at a party, someone may hand you their empty cocktail glass. (“I’m NOT part of the wait staff!”)

    2) If your skin tones are warm rather than cool, consider adding an accessory or scarf in a warmer tone (yellow or coral) to compliment your skin.

    Great job, my friend.

    Cheers, M-T

  9. Donna P.
    March 7, 2016 / 9:25 am

    You look so adorable and trendy! Do you wear petite sizing or regular? Thanks!

    • Jennifer
      March 7, 2016 / 9:15 pm

      Yes I’m wearing a medium, petite! I am 5’4″ so the petite is long enough on me.

  10. March 7, 2016 / 9:09 am

    Adorable! I love this blouse/tunic. And had to smile at your wisdom of our backside be the last impression we leave. Bam!

    • Jennifer
      March 7, 2016 / 9:15 pm


  11. March 7, 2016 / 9:07 am

    I’m such a fan of black and white. This look is so classic on you, Jen. Love the back details!
    Have a wonderful week!

  12. March 7, 2016 / 8:52 am

    Love the grey and white on you Jennifer. Good point about looking at an outfit “coming and going.” I’m a great believer in the “rear view” mirror…so to speak. Panty lines, that squashed hair bump thingie that sometimes appears in the back of my hair, I shudder to imagine what I would look like “going” if I didn’t check the rear-view before I left the house:)

    • Jennifer
      March 7, 2016 / 9:16 pm

      So true about the hair bump! I’ve got flat head at the back if I’m not careful!!!

    • Jennifer
      March 7, 2016 / 9:17 pm

      I’m sorry they don’t ship to the UK!

  13. nancy
    March 6, 2016 / 11:30 pm

    Wearing it myself I always feel like a waitress. I like it by others though. Love the back of your blouse!

  14. March 6, 2016 / 6:30 pm

    Love the asymmetric look. Very fresh!

  15. March 6, 2016 / 1:59 pm

    Remember Truman Capote’s Black & White Ball? Those colors are always in style. Your top looks fabulous! xoxox, Brenda

  16. Joanna
    March 6, 2016 / 11:32 am

    Love your outfit today. The tunic is very cute with great details. I think it would flatter any body type. July 27th is a little late for spring wear though. But the other sizes are in stock for those that aren’t an XS. I like Soft Surroundings ‘Chat’ option. The response on shoulder width was quick. The French Kande pieces are wonderful but a little too pricey for me.

    • Jennifer
      March 7, 2016 / 9:24 pm

      The petites are in stock. It’s quite long, so perhaps give that a try.

  17. March 6, 2016 / 11:30 am

    Love black & white! Always have. Nothing but classic, can never be wrong.
    Great post.
    I’ve been so busy with my new work and my life I don’t have time to comment any more. Sad, but true. I’m trying to catch up.

  18. March 6, 2016 / 10:52 am

    I’ve whittled my wardrobe down to nothing but black, white and red, and I couldn’t be happier. Your shirt is lovely, and I have an interesting feeling that it’s going to be in my closet pretty soon!
    warmest regards,

    • Jennifer
      March 7, 2016 / 9:25 pm

      I find the more color in my wardrobe the harder it is to get dressed. I hope you like the top 🙂

  19. March 6, 2016 / 9:03 am

    You look fantastic!

    Fabulous top! The asymmetrical bottom and diagonal seam are great. So are the fun details on the back! Great reminder to always check the back of your outfit!

  20. March 6, 2016 / 8:52 am

    Very flattering shirt. Just the style I like.

  21. March 6, 2016 / 8:42 am

    Fabulous look, Jennifer! I love that shirt, and the French Kande necklace, of course.

    • Jennifer
      March 7, 2016 / 9:26 pm

      French Kande goes with everything 😀

  22. March 6, 2016 / 8:06 am

    What a great-looking shirt! You look terrific in it, but I love the length. The design is cunning, too. I must have it!

  23. March 6, 2016 / 7:45 am

    That is a great looking tunic Jennifer. You wear it well!

    • Jennifer
      March 7, 2016 / 9:28 pm

      Thanks Susan!

  24. Gina
    March 6, 2016 / 6:21 am

    Love the top! However when I checked it out to order the expected ship date is in July. Yikes! 🙂

    • Jennifer
      March 7, 2016 / 9:29 pm

      Check again and see if the peties are available.

  25. March 6, 2016 / 6:04 am

    You look great in this tunic, Jennifer and I love how you styled it with the necklace!!

    • Jennifer
      March 7, 2016 / 9:30 pm

      Thanks Pam! I love how easy ot is to style this top. I wish it came in more colors. I’d get them.

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