Keeping It Simple

 We are in the middle of a heatwave in my part of the world and for me as far as dressing goes I like to keep it simple. I am not one to wear floaty maxis ,( although I admire them on others) or head to toe white so my simple choice was black in light fabrics.

 I have recently read Know Your Style by Alyson Walsh ,a fashion journalist and founder of the blog That’s Not My Age. In her book Alyson talks about practising style , of working at what we wear until it’s perfect. I know I enjoy playing in my closet and combining the old and new in different ways adding accessories as I go. I find this both a calming therapy and a creative outlet . I am convinced that the reason older women have their own sense of style is both because of all those years of practice and the freedom to be themselves,

 Today’s simple outfit consists of a black boat neck tee from Paula Ryan, silk pants from Maude Dainty , a couple of bangles and leopard patent cuban heel sandals.
A cool change is forecast for later in the week so I am hoping to get back to my preferred layers.

Raffy decided to get in on the act while we were taking photos in my parched garden, adding the white to my black.

Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday and Nancy for Friday Linkup.



  1. Nancy Baten
    January 29, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    Well, what can I say: black and white go great together! lol.

    • Jill James
      January 30, 2018 / 7:46 am

      Thank you Nancy , black and white always great together, however it happens.

  2. Tiina L
    January 30, 2018 / 7:17 am

    I love this minimalist look! And I totally understand the need to keep it simple when it's hot. And avoiding head-to-toe white, which is a really a good look for those blessed with tanned olive skin. Us paler girls need a bit more contrast… You've managed to adjust to the challenging weather while staying true to your own style, great look!

    • Jill James
      January 30, 2018 / 7:51 am

      Thank you Tiina , sometimes simple is all that is needed. I agree that all white is best left for the olive skinned girls.

  3. Jessica Jannenga
    February 1, 2018 / 4:00 pm

    This outfit is lovely Jill. You look great in black and i love the flounce on your pants. What a cutie your little pup! I know what you mean about enjoying knowing your style. working with the old and new. Stay cool ;-)thanks for linking!jess

    • Jill James
      February 6, 2018 / 4:58 am

      Thank you so much Jess , as you know I do like my black and fell for these pants earlier in the Summer.Raffy posed beautifully even though it was not planned at all. Thanks for hosting.

  4. Natalia Lialina
    February 5, 2018 / 7:58 pm

    Dear Jill, sorry for being absent for a while – first A. got sick, then myself, and I am behind as a result. Your simple black outfit is elegant and timeless, and I am totally in love with your wide leg pants with ruffles! I so agree with you on your thoughts about style – we perfect it as we go. I think I am behind in this area as well, simply because for a few years other things became a priority, and there was no room for style. But 5 years ago I picked up where I left and found myself in another style dimension… so much more freedom and less fear of not "being perfect". I am constantly inspired by such style icons as you are to me, and it gives me both inspiration to create today, and look forward to my own golden years.Love this portrait of you and Raffy, it is very special – deserves to be framed indeed!Lots of love!

    • Jill James
      February 6, 2018 / 5:08 am

      Dear Natalia, so sorry to hear you and Anna have been unwell. I have watched your style develop as you play with colours and style , it takes time and as you say the freedom to no longer care about being perfect.The portrait of Raffy and I wasn't at all planned but I love the way it turned out.

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