Black Dress Challenge: summer dress up: ETA photo

Back to the black dress challenge.  The first are thee versions with a black lace topper over the black dress.  These could also be ok for a funeral since some of the arm is covered by the topper.
The last photo shows the dress with a silk jacket.  This was worn for an anniversary dinner. 

What would you change? Too much black?
ETA:  today’s dress styling for a luncheon. (#9)

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  • rachylou replied 1 year ago

    I love the way you’re glam-ing it up this week! :)

  • slim cat replied 1 year ago

    Looks great - love the pearls with white pretty flats and metallic ones - so special! The patterned jacket is nice as well - very put together look!

  • Bonnie replied 1 year ago

    Happy Anniversary! You look lovely. Your outfit has inspired me to find a black dress to wear with my lace topper.

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Thank you, Rachylou.  It has been fun finding ways to wear a plain black dress.  Today it is casual with a faded blue denim vest and espadrilles, wet hair and leather “jewelry”.  

    Thank you, slim cat, those flats are very comfortable.  I have worn that patterned jacket mostly with dark blue jeans and an aqua silk tank and red and blue sequined flats.
    Thank you, Bonnie.  It was our 51st anniversary.  I am humbled to have inspired such a stylish lady.  I thought the lace was a way to add texture to a black summer outfit. I miss my black patent heels.

  • Angie replied 1 year ago

    The additions of the white shoes and pearls with your white hair are gorgeous!

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Angie, you are the Princess of Pearls.

  • Windchime replied 1 year ago

    Beautiful, Joy! You are elegance personified in these black dress outfits.I love the lace vest with the dress, as well as your pearls.

  • Debbie replied 1 year ago

    I love the dress with the silk jacket! I love the pearls!

  • N replied 1 year ago

    I absolutely LOVE the outfit with the pearls and white flats bookending your hair and sunglasses. You look absolutely glamorous!!

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Thank you, Windchime and Debbie. Pearls make everything better. 
    Windchime, I am so thrilled that you see elegance.

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    N, I did not see your post before.  Thank you for your kind words.  I have been working to add more white to my wardrobe.

  • Jaime replied 1 year ago

    The pearl bracelets and white shoes make it for me. Love that version!

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Thank you ,Shevia.  I hoped that the white pearls and shoes would add a more summery touch to the black.

  • suntiger replied 1 year ago

    Love these, especially the version with white!

  • Cardiff girl replied 1 year ago

    Oh my goodness ,don’t you wear black well!Very glam.

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Thank you, Suntiger and Cardiff girl, for your encouraging comments.

  • The Cat replied 1 year ago

    Love the version with white shoes, white pearl bracelets and white/light glasses. So beautiful and elegant with your colouring, and also the most summery look.

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Thank you, The Cat.  I tried to make a summery look.  I’m happy that you see that.

  • Bijou replied 1 year ago

    So elegant - all are fab, but my favourite is with the white accessories. Joy you are always a great source of style inspiration.

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Thank you, Bijou.  I plan to add to this thread as I plan to wear the Planck dress to an outdoor luncheon tomorrow.  You would look fabulous in a black dress with white accessories.  

  • Mirjana replied 1 year ago

    I'm with Bijou, love the best with the white accessories. The black dress is always good choice.

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Black dress not Planck dress.

  • Jessikams replied 1 year ago

    You look great in these dresses. Your light hair and the light pearls act as accents. And the delicacy of lace or mesh toppers works too.

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