Softening Ebony and Ivory with Gray

Softening Ebony and Ivory with Gray

Our weather is all over the map. Ten days ago we were in the high 70’s, yesterday we woke up to the mid 40’s. No wonder everyone is battling colds. Mine seemed to go dormant and is threatening to come back so I’m popping vitamins like crazy and adding extra layers for warmth. Today’s ebony and ivory look is a softer take on black and white.

I’d almost forgotten about this cozy sweater and was happy to pull it on. Similar on sale here, here, and here. I love it’s deep V but it felt too drafty so I filled it with this fringed cowl. The scarf feels like cashmere but is acrylic and super affordable.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing Ivory sweater and gray cowl with French Kande earrings

I added a liquid metal bracelet, earrings, and brooch. Their soft gray blended so nothing took center stage.

These ivory and black houndstooth pants give the look of deep gray. Similar here, here and here. I love how the pattern plays with the pattern of the scarf. They both appear checkered but neither is.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing houndstooth pants from Ann Taylor and black booties

This bracelet has a similar pattern because of its ball mesh design. I love how lightweight and thin this is to wear.


Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing gray accessories with ebony and ivory clothes

I intentionally chose a gray rather than black handbag to keep the look soft.

Do you think about pattern mixing in your accessories?

Thanks for reading and have a great day!


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  1. Beth M.
    February 14, 2018 / 4:24 am

    Love the sweater! You look very cozy and comfy! The bracelet is also really cool looking!

  2. February 14, 2018 / 4:33 am

    You look great as always! I love the scarf especially, and remember looking at that when you first modeled it several weeks ago. Thinking about buying it in the blue. Checking out the circle tote, the info on the Anthropologie website does not indicate size but looks pretty roomy in the photo where it”s near you feet. Do you think it would be a good bag for travel? I assumeit’s not leather, but no info about materially on the website either. Thank for the ideas!

    • Jennifer
      February 14, 2018 / 11:30 am

      It’s a great size for travel.They call it a tote. It’s funny. I thought it was leather but just looked in the website and it’s not:) It sure looks like leather.

  3. Louise
    February 14, 2018 / 6:04 am

    You look lovely in these soft colors!

    • Jennifer
      February 14, 2018 / 11:31 am

      Thanks Louise!

  4. Hedda
    February 14, 2018 / 6:29 am

    Applauds to you Jen, always gorgeous! Decades ago when I was a young mom, I showed up at church for a Bible Study class at about 9 am, and the harridan but sweet leader of the group challenged my grooming. “Why do you look so glamorous all the time, you’re wearing make-up this early in the morning? Do you enjoy your motherhood?”

    I replied, “I want to look good for my baby, and yes, I don’t consider my baby a burden.”

    My baby is all grown up and I look better than she because somewhere along the line, she succumbed to Communist ideology which culminated in tattoos all over her body, stringy hair and metal studs inhabiting her tongue, nose and chin. Just goes to show that vanity has its own rewards, Jennifer. Praise to you and your good works that include staying beautiful for God.

    • Jennifer
      February 14, 2018 / 11:50 am

      Taking the extra effort to look good sure feels good.

  5. February 14, 2018 / 6:32 am

    Our weather has also been crazy. In San Antonio, we are accustomed to warmer breezes this time of year and lately it has been more like Seattle…cloudy and rainy….drizzle. I love this outfit and would wear it in a moment. You look amazing.

  6. L H Carter
    February 14, 2018 / 7:42 am

    Excellent outfit! Totally thought out in every detail. You look great!

  7. Lee
    February 14, 2018 / 7:52 am

    This outfit is totally me from head to toe! Absolutely love it! I like clean, fresh, classic lines and this has it all.

  8. Lee
    February 14, 2018 / 8:06 am

    I love Jane Airedale lip fixation! Which color are you wearing?

    • Jennifer
      February 14, 2018 / 11:05 am

      Me too. This is fascination.

  9. February 14, 2018 / 11:41 am

    Isn’t amazing how a scarf can warm you up? You look fabulous, and I would wear tis outfit in a heartbeat.

  10. February 14, 2018 / 12:17 pm

    Love the soft, cozy look! The weather seems to be having wild mood swings everywhere. We woke up to -33C (-27F) on Monday morning. By the following morning it was +3C (37F) and raining!

    • Jennifer
      February 14, 2018 / 3:48 pm

      That’s quite a huge swing. Hard to know how to dress in that weather.

  11. Julie,Melbourne,Australia
    February 14, 2018 / 5:00 pm

    Love the outfit and the mixing of patterns.I want your pants ????????….. and I’m on the look out for some here.

    • Jennifer
      February 15, 2018 / 12:13 am

      Good luck! I bet you have great shopping there.

  12. February 14, 2018 / 7:46 pm

    It never occurred to me to wear checked pants with gray for winter, but I loved it!

  13. Barbara Lembo
    February 14, 2018 / 9:11 pm

    A question on the Purple Poppy website… I cannot seem to see other color choices in their products, only the one shown. Am I failing to do something? I am not comfortable buying another color without seeing it first.

    • Jennifer
      February 15, 2018 / 12:15 am

      I’m not sure. Do they have s number you can call?

  14. February 17, 2018 / 11:39 am

    You look great!

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