My Summer Style is Easy as Black & White

Happy Monday! I grew up during a time when many women believed you only wore black to funerals.  I am an avid lover of wearing black all of the time…even in the summer. Of course, one of the best ways to do that is to wear black & white…which is always in style and so easy to pull off. I think the old fashion rules about wearing certain colors or neutrals at certain times is gone.  I even see those who attend funerals wearing all colors now.  Of course, if you are in doubt, black still is a good choice.

We are entering that part of the summer we call HIGH MEANS DRY.  High pressure will sock us in for long periods of time with high heat and no moisture.  So, a lightweight blouse like this one is a great choice.  I keep a shawl in my office in case the air conditioning is really cold…we never seem to know what days that will be.  But this is a look I wear to work for the summer.

The necklace is one of my favorites and it is paper-mache so very lightweight and artistic.  I have seen more paper-mache pieces in this last year and I love what jewelry designers are doing with these.  So much fun and not heavy at all.  This top is part of the IC Collection I get at Dillards.  I think it is long gone, but there are many fun IC Collection tops…also an artistic brand.

Black and white in different combinations is a go-to style for me and can be done on casual or dressy levels.  So, what do you think about antiquated fashion rules…do you believe some still have merit?  Which ones?  Would love to see a discussion on the topic.  Please comment, look over the slide show, and always


I had so much fun finding these paper-mache accessories for you.  Enjoy!




  1. What an absolutely gorgeous top! Black and white is my favorite combination no matter what season. I am also a lover of black! Just a beautiful outfit! !

  2. I like to wear white jeans more than we used to…only summer. Black and white look great and you look slim!

  3. Be still my heart – I love that you are featuring paper jewelry today! You’re so right… it’s comfortable to wear and I find it’s often a conversation starter too. The IC Collection top is beautiful.

  4. I read about a designer who said at a certain age she decided to only wear black, white or denim. Interesting thought?

  5. I love all of those choices but would be so bored if those were my only choices!! I also like a touch of fun and I only wear denim to work on Fridays! You are right it is interesting a designer would make that statement.

  6. Pam, I’m definitely a lover of black and while. Doesn’t matter the season. You are so encourage as I’m getting older.
    Love the blouse.

  7. I just adore today’s look in black and white! What a beautiful outfit fir a working woman in summer time heat and humidity. Love the idea of lightweight paper mache necklaces too! Cool!
    Thank you !

  8. I like this too, Paulette. We also have high humidity and paper jewelry is so lightweight, I forget I am wearing it!

  9. I am turning 60 and not a shopper or fashion minded. I am delighted to come across your blog as it has been great inspiration. Perhaps a silly question, .. I like that your shoes aren’t black and/or white .. but how did you know when to not carry the black and white to everything?

  10. That blouse is lovely. I wear black & white all year round. It is especially popular here in Indy in May.

  11. Hi Lisa, so glad you are here. I usually wear my black shoes with black pants just to lengthen my leg line and appear taller. But this outfit had so much silver in it that I decided to add these pewter flats just for a touch more silver. I like how it looked and thought it made the outfit more summery and not as heavy. Sometimes I think a long time on what shoe to add…just to make the day more fun. Good question!

  12. I like the tops showing, especially the black and white one, but thought it a bit much for a shirt, but would be perfect for a jacket. I went to the site and discovered that, it is, indeed, a jacket. The white top you are wearing is lovely. So light and cool looking.

  13. Very attractive combo with the metal flats, Pamela. I have always avoided white as I inevitably ruin it with a big spill, But, with your encouragement to get out of my comfort zone, I’ve boldly worn a pair of white crops this summer. (thank goodness for OxiClean!)

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