Tammy: A Union of Opposites

By Tammy Seibert

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Coco Chanel once said that black and white’s beauty was the “perfect harmony” for women. The Yin and the Yang of harmonious beauty.


In Chinese philosophy Yin and Yang describes how seemingly opposites or contrary forces may be actually complementary and interconnected. Light and dark, male and female, soft and hard, black and white.

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There is nothing chicer or easier than styling an outfit that’s purely black and white. Both bold and classic, black and white combinations are understated enough to work for any occasion.

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This classic color combo is always so chic and simple to throw together. We all have lots of black and white separates in our closets. This color combination (or absence of color) has me swooning.

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And I’m also loving these round purses … it’s the little things that make me happy.

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It becomes edgier when mixed with a graphic tee yet still lends an air of sophistication even to the common t-shirt.

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All of us probably have the white cotton shirt or shirts sitting lonely waiting to be worn anew this summer.

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My striped pants are new from a discount retailer but my polka dot pants are vintage Liz Claiborne.

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One of the reasons I love black and white is because it mixes so well with accessories like my polka dot scarf or my striped canvas high heel shoes. It seems to be the perfect place to mix patterns. Throw it in for a surprise. We need to break rules since we are the over-fifty girls.

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The Real-Real Behind the Scenes

I’m thinking about taking a picture of my closet of all the black and white I own for inspiration! There are so many inspiring ideas everywhere.

ex7Book Recommendation


A Glorious Freedom: Older Women Leading Extraordinary Lives by Lisa Congdon

This book is an open letter of encouragement to women of all ages. This book celebrates extraordinary lives lived over the age of 40 and redefines what it means to grow older. It profiles many women who paved the way for us – and others who were challenging notions of what it meant to be an “over-the-hill” woman long before today.

In the introduction, there is a quote by Anne Lamott that I love. “Age has given me what I was looking for my entire life – it has given me me. It has provided time and experience and failures and triumphs and time-tested friends who have helped me step into the shape that was waiting for me. I fit into me now. I have an organic life, finally, not necessarily the one people imagined for me, or tried to get me to have. I have the life I longed for, I have become the woman I hardly dared imagine I would be.”

A Little Background Music

Shopping Links

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Tie Front Striped Wide-leg Pant, Boston Proper, $98.

Frills Striped Belted High Waist Wide Leg Pants, IV Rose, $26.

Bar III Striped Pull-On Wide-Leg Pant, Macy’s, $21.

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Petite Sloan Skinny Fit Polka Dot Pant, Banana Republic, $60.

J.Crew Polka Dot Crepe Slim Leg Pant, Net-a-Porter, $60.

Polka Dot Lux Super Stretch Pants, dressbarn, $27.

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Kate Spade New York, Janae Striped Wedges, Saks Fifth Avenue, $139.

Circus by Sam Edelman Eva Chunky High Heels, Kohl’s, $55.

Steve Madden Teenie Circle Crossbody Handbag, Macy’s, $44.


Watson Lane Maya, Kate Spade New York, $198.

Dot Convertible Flip Scarf, Chico’s, $50.


*Photos by the dude, Darrin Presley



  1. You are doing my favorites Black and White, never get tired of the LOOK!. Your blonde hair looks so nice and so nice to see you in my fav. Happy Day BLACK/WHITE!!!

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