Thursday, January 3, 2013

How I Wear My: Black & White


It’s a few days into 2013 and maybe you, like Adrienne of The Rich Life (on a budget) and me, need a sartorial palate cleansing after a month or more of sparkle and shine! While coming down off the holiday high, it’s so great to get back to the chic basics of Black & White.


What I love most about black and white is how I never get tired of it. In any season, whether day or night, it’s always simple, it can be so striking, and it looks great with a red lip or red nails! Most of the outfit pieces seen here have been in my closet for awhile, but the long Carolee jet necklace is new and I couldn’t resist the chance to pair it with a rope of faux pearls that I’ve had for over 20 years. I wasn’t sure it would work but I ended up loving the combination. I think Coco would approve!

Vintage rope of faux pearls, Carolee jet necklace, J. Crew jacket and T-shirt.

Here’s another way I love to wear black and white, which I have shown before:


I bought this vintage Chanel a few years ago from Fashionphile, an online seller of gently used designer bags. They also have boutiques in Beverly Hills and San Francisco. The prices of new Chanel bags are now so out of control that I shudder to think of what this baby flap would cost on the resale market. The black and white detailing is exactly why I sprung for this. It is so unusual in a Chanel bag and I still love it!

Oh vintage Black & White Chanel bag with gold hardware, how I love thee!

For February, the month of Valentine’s Day and love, please join us for “How I Wear My: Date Night Outfit.” Whether it’s a date with your significant other, your girlfriends, your kids, or yourself, we’d love to see what you wear when stepping out! Send a photo to Adrienne or me by February 4, 2013.

And do head over to Adrienne’s to see all the lovely Black & White looks!

17 comments:

A Well Styled Life said...

My favorite colour combo!! You look fabulous. I adore the pearls worn with the jet necklace! What a great bag too. Simply perfect.

Jane W. said...

This is a great look on you--love the contrast with the faded jeans.

Sacramento Amate said...

My dear Jill, I have just got a wonderful Christmas card from you today ( Spanish post is not the best)
I am sooooooooooooooo touched that no words could do justice to my feelings.
Happy New year to you and your loved ones, and please, please do keep in touch.

Adrienne Shubin said...

LOVE that bag! Have you ever shown it off on the blog before?

The necklace is gorgeous. Is a great addition to any wardrobe. I love Carolee jewelry. I used to buy her things all the time when I worked in San Francisco in the 90's. I still have a pearl choker of hers.

Here's to a great start to 2013's HIWM! Can't wait for next month...will make my husband take me on a date later this month just so I can get some photos for the next post.
xoxo, Adrienne

Bella Q said...

Like you there is never to much B/W in my world. You look sophisticated and fun - and the Chanel is chic!

Marla Robinson said...

Love that combination, it's so classy. That vintage Chanel bag is glorious! You look so chic.

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Wow that bag is stunning and black and white are my favourite colours in my wardrobe. You look great and the marrying of the pearls with the jet black beads is sheer brilliance!

Anne said...

That's a classic, all right. I do like the jet and pearls..

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gracefully50.com said...

So chic!!! I LOVE everything about your look today! Right down to that bag!!!

I hear you about the price of Chanel! What in the world! It's been increasing every year. I looked at a gorgeous purple flap before Christmas and it was $4900 + tax. The price increased about $500 since Feb. I had to walk away....as much as I love Chanel, I could not justify the purchase. Well, hubby wanted to get it for me, but NO, I would not feel good about it. I'm sad tho...it was such a gorgeous color.

Enough about the bag.
Wishing you & yours a Happy & Healthy New Year!

Paula Ruta said...

Love that bag too!
Happy new year~
I'm thinking of my date night outfit right now....

happyface313 said...

How beautiful! It looks great on you, so classic chic and I just love the way you paired it with faded jeans (my all time favorite!).
That Chanel bag is to die for! Excellent choice and proves that classics will never go out of style and can always be purchased second hand :-)
Have a very HAPPY weekend! xo

Chicatanyage said...

Very "au courant"

triskelos said...

You look so chic and pretty!
It's so funny - I'm about to post a sort of black and white look too))

grunge-queen said...

Love the look, and the bag is gorg. Happy New Year Jill!

Veshoevius said...

Love the monochrome look, the pearls and that bag is to die for!

Coulda shoulda woulda said...

you are so chic! you have a new follower!