I suffered the most distressingly, dreadfully, awful experience when I was a young pre-teen. You see I had this insane, wildly-ferocious, crazy-mad, crush on Michael Jackson.
It was July, 1971 and the Jackson 5 were coming to PIttsburgh to be perform at the Civic Arena on the 30th. All my friends were going so it only made sense that I too would go to the concert to meet Michael and declare my undying love for him.
When I presented my case to my mother she ixnayed the idea. No amount of begging, pleading, crying, or throwing massive tantrums made any difference, I wasn’t allowed to go.
Barbara, Sheila and a couple other friends not only went to the concert, they found out what hotel the group was staying in and were able to snap a few photos of Marlon, Jackie and Jermaine (no Michael though, serves them right because he was mine). Now that I think of it I’m going to have to check with Barb to see if she still has those pictures but I’m getting off track.
My fixation with black and white began long before Michael’s song with (don’t laugh), black and white TV, then later the cartoon, 101 Dalmatians, with the villainess, Cruella DeVil.
Stylish and Timeless
As I got older incorporating black and white into my style was a no-brainer for me especially when operating on a micro budget. Back then building a wardrobe consisting of a few staples that could be reworked, reworn, and interchanged was so simple, fun, and more importantly made me feel chic.
Even though it’s brutally cold here in Pittsburgh thoughts of the arrival of spring are the only thing keeping me going. Well that’s not completely true, it’s thoughts of spring and black and white in bold stripes, thin stripes, window panes, polka dots, prints, and patterns.
While in the past I might not have considered mixing stripes and patterns I have to admit when mixing colors within the same family it works. I think keeping it simple and not overdoing helps to strike the right balance.
My son took me to the mall about two weeks ago and when we stopped in Express I think I may have drooled when I saw a striped jacket/pants combo. Because of my pear shape I knew I couldn’t pull off the horizontal striped pants but there are many other options available this spring from which to choose.
I’ve picked five different items from the Express website just to give you sampling of what’s available. While not outrageously expensive (for the tops you can buy one get one 50% off), personally I would wait for a sale. The prices haven’t fluctuated from when I stopped in before President’s Day.
Throughout the post are pictures of each item and below are the descriptions:
- Shells are so sexy and look great with the right skirt or pants, this particular top is semi-sheer crepe. If you’re like me and have batwings (that upper arm flabbiness) you can always wear a blazer or jacket with the top. The black and white stripes are vertical with 2 horizontal striped patch breast pockets. Sleeveless, point collar, notch neckline, button front and shirttail hem.
- Made of stretch cotton and adorned with an abstract black and white print inspired by butterfly wings in motion, this sleeveless dress lights up a room as it gives your curves a hug. A high crew neck and cutaway armholes add modern detail to its sexy fitted sheath shape that hits below the knee.
- Slimming. Sexy. A total standout. This black & white horizontally striped skirt is made of pieced elastic bold stripes, creating a structural, body shaping look that smooths out any bumps. High waist, slip on stretchy style, all-over elastic stripes with center back slit. Hits below the knees.
- The fab fit of our Columnist pant has been slimmed down to caress every curve and shortened to flash your kicks. Made of double knit fabric with a cosmopolitan spin on black & white gingham check pattern, this pair is designed for the girl who’s going places. Low rise, slim fit, skinny leg with hidden hook & button closure, zip fly, slant hand pockets, welt back pockets.
- This blazer is the one I saw when I was in the store (and as I’m typing this I could just kick myself because the blazers were on sale, I believe it was buy one get one 50% off and I still walked away – tsk, tsk). With its shapely fit, bold horizontal stripes and soft, structured knit fabric, this blazer melds tailored polish with stretchy ease. Add a simple LBD or pencil skirt and button-up for work, a pop color tee and white jean leggings for play. Notch lapels, one button closure, lined long sleeves, welt hand pockets.
I will be keeping a close eye on the blazer and a couple of the tops because I believe they are calling my name. Also, they’ll go wonderfully well with the black floppy felt hat I finally nabbed after months of searching.
“…It’s six more weeks of winter it must be!” ~Punxsutawney Phil