Style twins on The View

I had The View on this morning (I admit I love it), and Diane Sawyer walked on wearing pretty much the same outfit as Barbara Walters – a black button-down tucked into a black pencil skirt.

I had to snap a pic because not only did I love the flattering choice the two 40+ women made, but I thought it was a good example of how to make two successful looks out of one foundation.

Diane–whose style is always on point–went the more classic, understated route by keeping accessories to a minimum (only a black belt) and going with a neutral shoe.

Babs edged things up with a chunky turquoise necklace, big earrings, fishnet stockings, and a black strappy shoe.

There are advantages to both outfits, depending on what you’re going for.

Diane’s look tends to be more flattering; the absence of a necklace creates the illusion of a longer neck, and bare legs paired with neutral shoes has the same effect on the legs. However, Barbara’s ensemble shows more personality, using a black palette to show off a funky necklace and legwear.

Props to both Barbara and Diane for showing how to you can make basic black work in more ways than one!

And check out how I made over 60 new outfits from one client’s closet. And she didn’t even have to go shopping.

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