I seem to remember a Trinny and Susannah programme in which they proclaimed that wearing black with a bright colour looks cheap.
I suppose a snooty comment loaded with class prejudice and financial elitism is only to be expected from them.
If I'm going to wear black, I like some colour to lift the mood and provide contrast.
1970s dress - Ebay
Cardigan, sunglasses and bangles - charity shopped
Sandals and belt - retail (sale)
I love the drama of red and black...
1970s dress - gift from birthday girl Leisa
1970s tapestry bag (previous photo) - gift
Everything else - as above
and the soft prettiness of black with pink and purple.
If that makes me look cheap, then so be it.
Yes, Charlie, that's Mama looking common, apparently, but not giving too much of a toss.
The thing is, if I had to assess myself, I would say that although I am cheap (I love a bargain and have a limited budget), I don't think I look cheap.
(Feel free to disagree, though I suggest tact and discretion are required here...)
I believe that one of the many delights of wearing vintage is that it neatly circumvents issues of cost, fashion, or the dreaded age-appropriateness. That's why I like it; it's a leveller.
Precious little cash, no interest or idea about current trends, and past the first flush of youth?
No matter! Vintage is your friend.
You can't tell by looking at my dresses (these two, or any of my collection) whether I bought them from some fancy pants vintage shop where I paid through the nose, or from a charity shop where they cost way less than a frock in Primark.
These pretty dresses were in fashion when I was in my teens, but I'm not trying to look like a teenager by wearing them. They seem fairly ageless to me, they fit well, they work for my shape, and I love black with colour.
Cheap? Perhaps - but I'm ever so cheerful!
PS. Speaking of vintage; is anyone else feeling disappointed by This Old Thing, the current Channel 4 TV show about vintage clothing? I was prepared to give it a chance, but oh it is annoying me!