Little Black Pants Outfit - une femme d'un certain âge

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Susan B. of une femme d'un certain age wears a leopard scarf, black tee and little black pants, a woven leather tote and metallic mules. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Maybe it’s due to watching Fosse/Verdon, but lately I’ve been inspired by that “Dancer Off-Duty” look to wear my Little Black Pants. Here I styled with a tee, cardigan, and scarf. And then topped the whole thing off with some big sunglasses. (If you love dance and/or theater, and you haven’t been watching F/V, you’re missing out!)

Sunglasses (similar) | Earrings | Scarf (similar) | Cardigan | Tee (c/o) |
Ring (similar) | Bag | Pants | Mules

Plus options: Cardigan | Tee | Pants

As I mentioned in Tuesday’s post, I have no intention of banishing black from my wardrobe completely. It often hits my Style Sweet Spot, and is a no-brainer option for a simple, polished casual outfit. The trick, I think, is to break up the black with lighter pieces, especially near my face. These little black pants are such workhorses, especially for travel.

Detail: Susan B. wears a Charlotte Chesnais ring and carries a Loeffler Randall woven tote. Info at une femme d'un certain age.

The tee (gifted) is from Mott & Bow. It’s a slim cut, and I found the Medium a good size for me, fitted, but not tight. The fabric is very soft and light, and the v-neck isn’t cut too low. Ring was purchased in Paris; the woven leather tote bag is a Spring purchase.

Detail: Susan B wears black ankle pants and L'Amour des Pieds metallic mules. Info at une femme d'un certain age.

Black loafers would have been the obvious choice, but they felt a little bit too literal and heavy. I swapped them out for my favorite mules, but I think what this outfit really needs is a pair of cognac sandals. I’ll be on the lookout. 👀

Are your outfits ever inspired by characters in movies or TV series?

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  1. BeeeBeee
    April 25, 2019 / 4:15 am

    Love how you made black work for you! I think the light shoes nicely “bookend” the light cardigan and lighten the overall look.. The scarf and purse are great pops of warm color that you wear so well.

    • Susan B
      April 27, 2019 / 2:57 pm

      Thanks so much, BeeeBeee!

  2. April 25, 2019 / 4:39 am

    I love all the textures and warm tones mixed in here. And I love that ring more every time I see it!

    • Susan B
      April 27, 2019 / 2:57 pm

      Thanks so much, Lisa! I love adding warm tones to a black or other cool neutral outfit.

  3. Anita
    April 25, 2019 / 5:25 am

    Have you ever had your colors done? What do you think about the colors categories?

    • Susan B
      April 25, 2019 / 6:25 am

      Yes, I’ve had them done three times, and each time had a slightly different result. 🙂 I’m having another color consultation done in a few weeks when we’re in London, and will report back.

      • Jo
        April 25, 2019 / 5:31 pm

        Are you having David Zyla do your colors and archetype? I know he will be in London in a few weeks. I have seen him, and it has been a life changing experience!

        • Susan B
          April 25, 2019 / 6:04 pm

          No, I’ll be meeting with the folks at Red Leopard.

  4. Janice
    April 25, 2019 / 5:33 am

    Oh, that ring! Wow!!!!!!

    • Susan B
      April 27, 2019 / 2:56 pm

      Thanks, it’s one of my favorites!

  5. sophia montgomery
    April 25, 2019 / 5:41 am

    Loving Fosse/Verdon! Yes, I can see the reflection of the sleek dancer in your outfit.

    • Susan B
      April 27, 2019 / 2:56 pm

      Thanks, sophia!

  6. Eileen
    April 25, 2019 / 6:10 am

    I am excited you are having your colors done, I hope you post all about it . Love the woven bag.

    • Susan B
      April 27, 2019 / 2:56 pm

      Thanks, Eileen!

  7. Marta
    April 25, 2019 / 6:39 am

    You look so slim
    Your hair looks fantastic

    • Susan B
      April 27, 2019 / 2:55 pm

      Thanks, Marta!

  8. Elizabeth
    April 25, 2019 / 7:28 am

    This look of a column of black, or navy, with a 0.75 length sweater/coat has been my go-to forever! It’s a very fast way to dress and look pulled together with elegance, especially when travelling. A thought…maybe simple white sneakers for a very casual take, or, I’d do red flats to spark it up.
    Having been raised on the National Ballet of Canada ( Mom started taking me regularly in 1967, and we still go! ) and having a retired ballerina as my longest time best friend, means that I must check out the Fosse/Vernon series. Thanks, Susan!

    • Susan B
      April 27, 2019 / 2:55 pm

      Hi Elizabeth, I also thought about sneakers with this look, will give it a try.

  9. E
    April 25, 2019 / 7:30 am

    Did you not keep those (sort of) cognac Madewell slides?

    • Susan B
      April 25, 2019 / 7:37 am

      Yes, but they’re more a light tan than a cognac, and didn’t have the visual weight I was looking for. I felt this look needed a little more “lift” so opted for a low heel.

  10. Susan D.
    April 25, 2019 / 7:34 am

    This ensemble looks great on you! I tried on the sweater at our local Dillard’s. Sadly, it did not look as good on me as it does on you.

    Your link for the scarf is directing to the pants.

    • Susan B
      April 25, 2019 / 7:39 am

      Thanks, I’ve fixed it!

    • Susan B
      April 27, 2019 / 2:54 pm

      Thanks, Susan.

  11. Lily
    April 25, 2019 / 7:48 am

    This look is you! No need to mess with success.

    • Susan B
      April 27, 2019 / 2:54 pm

      Thanks, Lily!

  12. Monica
    April 25, 2019 / 8:07 am

    I love, love this look. I got a beautiful white sweater for my birthday and I am shopping this look in my closet so I can replicate it.

    • Susan B
      April 27, 2019 / 2:54 pm

      Hi Monica, thank you!

  13. Pat
    April 25, 2019 / 8:15 am

    Susan, I too have had my colors done several times. I think the season for me depends on the color of my hair. I have tried red hair color, with the suggestion of a colorist, when I was younger. It is not my best color, in fact, when I colored my hair, it most always went brassy. It makes life simpler not to color, other than an occasional toner. I believe I’m more summer who looks best in their muted colors. Also, I can wear autumn colors that don’t go too warm, or golden. Do you agree that some of us are more neutral, crossing over from one season to the other? There are some who are a definite season, and some of us who are difficult to pin point it. Perhaps that is why we continue to get color consultations. I look forward to you sharing your newest one.

    • Angela in NZ
      April 25, 2019 / 3:03 pm

      Hi Pat
      That’s what I felt too. Try violet shampoo, it really tones the brass in my now lighter coloured hair. And yes, I believe I’m a neutral having looked at the veins on the underside of my wrist. Neither blue nor green.

    • Susan B
      April 27, 2019 / 2:53 pm

      Hi Pat, yes I think our colors change as we age, and that some of us are more neutral, can wear some warm and some cool colors.

  14. Marybeth
    April 25, 2019 / 8:43 am

    Perfection, Susan! This outfit looks so good! I think the shoes really lighten it up too…

    • Susan B
      April 27, 2019 / 2:52 pm

      Thanks, Marybeth!

  15. April 25, 2019 / 9:27 am

    I’m really wowed by the texture in your jacket. Gee, that’s luscious. And I love how texture is repeated in your great bag. You look very chic!

    • Susan B
      April 27, 2019 / 2:52 pm

      Thanks very much, Brenda!

  16. Lisa B
    April 25, 2019 / 10:45 am

    Hi Susan. Have you found a good cotton tee that doesn’t develop those annoying and costly little holes that all tees seem to develop lately? Despite gentle washing in a laundry bag/pillowcase and hanging to dry they all seem to develop holes, especially J Crew tees. Also tried Talbots tees but don’t like the heavy cotton weight and they too develop those holes. How have you made out with the one you’re wearing? Too early to tell?

  17. Lisa B
    April 25, 2019 / 10:49 am

    What size tee are you wearing? I’m usually a M in J Crew and have a 36D bust. Was thinking of ordering a M in the MOTT and BOW but according to their size chart I’d be a L. Just wondering if you found the fit true to size.

    • Susan B
      April 25, 2019 / 12:03 pm

      Hi Lisa, I’m wearing the M. I think it runs maybe a little small, but it’s meant to have a slim fit.

  18. April 25, 2019 / 12:43 pm

    I love this outfit. I am so jealous of Fosse/Verdon. Did you hear the interview Verdon did with Terry Gross of Fresh Air? Wonderful. I’m a total dance nut.
    As for movies, oh so many! Anything with Audrey Hepburn, of course. And Grace Kelly. Also The English Patient and Damage and anything with Isabelle Huppert.

    • Susan B
      April 27, 2019 / 2:51 pm

      Thank you! I did not hear that interview, but will try to find it.

  19. April 25, 2019 / 1:01 pm

    Another great look. I took your advice and wore my Eileen Fisher silk long sleeve t-shirt in NYC. Perfect to wear underneath a sweater for really cold days. What luggage are you taking? My husband and I are on the look out.

    • Susan B
      April 27, 2019 / 2:47 pm

      Thanks, Sandra! I’m glad the long-sleeved tee worked out for you. I’m currently debating about the luggage. Le Monsieur wants me to bring the medium-sized suitcase so we have room to bring wines/mustards home. We’ll see…

  20. Lynne Savage
    April 25, 2019 / 1:59 pm

    Dancer off duty. Love the previously unheard by me expression.
    It describes my favourite look for myself and reminds me to stand straight and walk lightly. Love this outfit right down to the bag handle.

    • Susan B
      April 27, 2019 / 2:46 pm

      Thanks, Lynne!

  21. Bobbi ODonnell
    April 25, 2019 / 2:50 pm

    Great outfit combination! Simple and elegant. LOVE your pixie hair cut—so stylish.

    • Susan B
      April 27, 2019 / 2:45 pm

      Thanks very much!

  22. Lee Rosenthall
    April 25, 2019 / 3:29 pm

    LOVE this look on you! And with the light cardigan, I think the shoes are perfect. The scarf’s light background helps it all work together as well. The cognac sandals would also be a nice choice, although maybe with a different color jacket or wrap?

    I’ve been recording Fosse/Verdon and was hoping I’d read some positive reviews before I dipped in. I’m excited you’ve given it your endorsement!

    • Susan B
      April 27, 2019 / 2:45 pm

      Thanks, Lee! We’ve really enjoyed Fosse/Verdon so far. I think it’s very well done.

  23. Daniella
    April 25, 2019 / 3:34 pm

    Your new hairstyle is a winner!!

  24. Daniella
    April 25, 2019 / 3:35 pm

    winner hairstyle!!

    • Susan B
      April 27, 2019 / 2:44 pm


  25. Lisa B
    April 25, 2019 / 3:36 pm

    Thank you! Good to know. Have you searched out any solid tees that aren’t prone to the dreaded holes? I’d love to find a company that could just get me through the spring/summer without having to toss out shirts after a month or two of wear. Never had this problem years ago, Only the past four or five have I noticed a true deterioration of quality of fabric.

    • Susan B
      April 25, 2019 / 3:39 pm

      I haven’t worn this one enough to judge how the fabric holds up. I love the look and feel of “slubbed cotton” tees, but they seem to be more prone to wear out quickly. I’ve heard good things about Everlane tees, but the ones I’ve tried were too long for me, so didn’t keep them.

    • Janice Gerow
      April 25, 2019 / 6:18 pm

      Can I ask you what the “dreaded holes” are? I keep getting holes in the bottom of my tees where I might be buckling my jeans. Is this what you’re referring to?

      • Lisa B
        April 26, 2019 / 3:54 pm

        Hi Janice. Yes!

  26. Maryann Guldin
    April 26, 2019 / 2:50 am

    You look fantastic!

    • Susan B
      April 27, 2019 / 2:44 pm

      Thank you!

  27. Michelle McDonald
    May 6, 2019 / 11:55 am

    Susan, this is a great look! How do you get your scarf to stay like that; do you pin it in place? Thanks.


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