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One can easily detect the subtle beauty of details in monochrome. That’s why we all love to look at black and white photos. A black and white palette allows your eye to focus on the details, rather than being distracted by color.

Details In Monochrome, My Refined Style Linkup

I’m so excited to be back for the My Refined Style Fashion Over 40 Linkup #7. The calendar afforded us a few extra days between linkups this time, which I quite appreciated since March was packed with Spring break and Easter.

But, it’s been long enough and I’m ready to see what my fabulous fashionista friends have to share this week.

Details In Monochrome

When deciding what to share for this post, I immediately gravitated to this monochromatic outfit. Even though Spring is a season bursting with color, you and I both know women over 40 love to wear their black…myself included.

So, I never like to go too long without giving the people what they want…smile. Black and white is an extremely versatile combination that offers endless possibilities for refined elegance or understated chic; depending how you are feeling on any particular day.

Still, it’s the details in monochrome that can take an outfit from humdrum to spectacular.

details in monochrome, My Refined Style Linkup

This monochromatic outfit is rich on details. I came across this top in a discount store and had to have it. The faux leather sleeves make such a nice contrast with the peekaboo quality of the crocheted body. The skin showing through also keeps the top from looking too heavy against the lace skirt.

details in monochrome, my refined style linkup

The faux leather accent is then carried over to the taupe obi belt. An obi belt is an excellent way to accessorize any skirt with an elastic waist. Since elastic does not provide much structure, the belt cinches the waist and creates shape for a look that could easily turn frumpy.

I top the look off with simple ankle strap heels.

details in monochrome, my refined style linkup

These black BCBGeneration heels easily rank as one of the best pair of heels I have ever owned. Of course, they are super cute, but much more importantly, they have an extremely well-cushioned sole that makes them super comfortable.

Well, that’s my dress-up for the week, now it’s time to see what everyone else has been up to…enjoy the linkup!

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  1. I am crazy for the textures in this outfit, Shellie! I love the blend of the crochet, leather and lace. You look fabulous and are working the heck out of your monochromatic style!

  2. Melissa says:


    I love your outfit! It classic and stylish. I have the same pair of shoes and YES they are the most comfy heels EVER!



    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Thanks Melissa…so, you know just how fabulous those heels are!

  3. Suzy Turner says:

    You look absolutely stunning! I love this outfit, the way you’ve tied it altogether is simply gorgeous. Those shoes are divine!

  4. Jennifer says:

    You look fabulous in black and white!! It’s the perfect combo. Thanks for hosting our wonderful party!!

  5. jess says:

    Hi Shellie
    First, I am in love with your lace skirt! The detail of the crochet top is fabulous with the leather sleeves. You look amazing!
    Enjoy your weekend!
    Jess xx

  6. Karren says:

    Hey Shellie, you look absolutely stunning on your dress!
    Thank you for stopping by to share your Fashion Linkup, I wish I had more fashion posts to share:(

    I am wishing you a wonderful weekend!

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      No problem, it doesn’t matter if you can link or not…It’s just fun to do some “window shopping.”

  7. Lanae Bond says:

    Great way to change up monochrome looks! I love your lace skirt!

  8. Thank you so much dear Shellie for this great party.
    Could I have a reminder every month?

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Hello…so glad you to see you again at the party! I added you to the mailing list, but I think you were already there. The reminder email may be getting caught in your spam folder.

  9. REBECCA says:

    We are such style twins in B&W – Have a weekend as lovely as you!


  10. CHERIE says:

    Black and white is always chic and those heels are fabulous Shellie!! A pleasure to co-host with you!


  11. Andrea Nine says:

    In LOVE with the look!! The sleeves, the lace, the belt, your beauty….love it all!!

  12. jodie says:

    You may be monochromatic—but you’re full of fabulous texures!! What a great way to spruce up (basically) black & white!
    Thanks for hosting!! jodie

  13. amy says:

    Such a great outfit. I love the skirt and top!

  14. Great outfit! The details and different textures really make it! Great heels, and how wonderful that the are comfortable!

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      You can’t beat a pair of heels that are cute and comfortable at the same time.

  15. Love all the unique textures in this gorgeous look of yours! Such stunning details!