Back in Black: Visible Monday

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You know black is my favorite (absence of all) color. It looks dramatic with my pale hair, it’s instantly chic, and does not show the coffee or wine spills. Black is what I reach for when I don’t know what to wear, and where my eyes go in the thrift shop. Color is fabulous but black is back.

Welcome to Visible Monday. If you want to participate, it’s so easy: just go to the bottom of this post for the how-to. Please be kind and leave a link to Not Dead Yet Style in your post.


The dress is hiked way up by my statement belt (sim) but without the belt it’s just below the knees – and looks great as a shift.

I found this black dress/tunic at the thrift where I work, and knew immediately I would need it (need it) in my closet. There are no tags but it doesn’t look hand-made. I’m showing a close up of the bodice so you can help me guess at the era : I’m thinking late 70’s – early 80’s. No shoulder pads, feels like all polyester. Tights, boots (sim) and my Ellen Wille helper hair, and I am feeling good.



I love the pleats and tucks on the bodice, and the puff sleeves (too big for me, but I couldn’t leave this dress behind over a silly thing like size) : >


Now, let’s see what’s in your closet, Visible Women.

The guidelines to participate in the Visible Monday Link-Up are so simple:

    1. Whoever wants to can join in! Just compose a post that includes any outfit, accessory, piece of jewelry, hairstyle, cosmetic or other adornment that makes you feel more confident, alive and visible that day.
    2. Include a link to Not Dead Yet Style somewhere in your post.
    3. Go to the bottom of this post and click on the InLinkz button “Add Your Link”. It should open a new page.
    4. In the “Next Step”, you crop the pic (easy tool) you want to display, and you’re done!


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Stay fabulous,


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  1. Gorgeous dress, so vintage looking and despite being oversized it doesn’t drown you, pulled in with the belt it looks fab!

  2. I love the way you styled this, and really love your belt πŸ™‚

    I love black, too, but it’s been looking a bit harsh on me lately — maybe because my medium brown hair is only about 30% white. My friend who doesn’t have the complexion for black, but whose hair has gone all white, looks great in black now. But, for me, cool greys and black-and-white, black-and-grey, and grey-and-navy prints are looking much more flattering than plain black. If I wear an all-black outfit, I need some white or very bright silver (in a scarf, necklace, or largish earrings) near my face, and a bright red, fuchsia, or purple lipstick. Then it can work.

  3. Black really suits you Patti, maybe because you feel good in it, you look good in it. I’m a new convert to the joys of black; as you probably know I’m a big fan of bright colours. However, I had day when nothing worked and ended up all in black and felt very chic.
    Thanks for the link up party again, and wishing you a good week x

  4. You come across the prettiest and unique pieces working. I really like how black looks with your hair and porcelain skin. A fabulous way to showcase your colorful boots, as well!

  5. I love that dress and black too. I never used to like black but anymore I find I turn to it often. It is always chic and versatile. I found the most amazing shoes at a Goodwill this weekend. I love shopping at Thrifts and donating too. Have a great week! Peace!

  6. When I think of you I don’t think of black, but maybe I should start – this looks great on you. So coool. But the ruffles add a touch of softness at the same time. Thanks for the linkup. Creativity takes my mind off, well, just off.

  7. I had a dress in the early ’80s with a pleated bib like that. Loved it.
    Black is great, especially if you want to be a minimalist. Everything goes with everything, not like reds and blues that sort of, but not really, match.

  8. Looking stunning in black Patti! What a beautiful tunic, I love those pleats! I think it is from the early 80s

  9. I like how you styled the dress. Who says that one can wear a dress only one way? The belt gibe the look the right dose of edgy. What do you want more to state that you are not dead yet!

  10. You look like one of the Fleetwood Mac ladies. Rockin’!
    The styling reminds me of those Mexican tops (or dresses?) that were so popular when you and I were in high school.

  11. I concur on the era of the blouse/dress – definitely late 70s/early 80s. I love that beautiful pleating and the structured front! Fabulous in black, my dear! I may actually do that one day…Will be joining all the other lovelies here tomorrow…off on vacation/hiding/sick time this weekend.

  12. You look lovely. The details of the dress are fabulous. Black is a predominantl color in my wardrobe as well and as much as I try to add more brown, I usually opt for black when getting dressed. Why not stick with what works?


  13. Wow!! Gorgeous!! The detailing on the shirt is amazing!! I’m so in love with ruffles, reminiscent of a couple of my favorite shirts in the 80’s. Pretty, pretty!!

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