Open Shoulder Shirts 1 (Casual)

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Open Shoulder Shirts for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: The Casual Version

Quote of the day: “It’s not the face, but the expressions on it. It’s not the voice, but what you say. It’s not how you look in that body, but the things you do with it. You are beautiful.” Stephenie Meyer

Shoulders are having their day this summer. If you’ve been in the stores or perusing the magazines, you’ll have seen many off the shoulder shirts available. And as much as I love that style, I’m not a huge fan of strapless bras, so I’ve been gravitating toward the open shoulder shirts instead. The open shoulder or cold shoulder shirts may not be quite as prominent as the off the shoulder shirts, but to me, they can be more functional. Being able to  wear a regular bra is the key! I wrote an article for Margaret Manning’s Sixty + Me (see the article here) regarding some of the pros & cons of these types of shirts. And I was surprised at many of the comments on Sixty + Me’s Facebook page that stated how many women didn’t like this look on women of any age. So tell me….do you think it’s silly or fun?

For this post series, I decided to do my three standard styling options of the casual, smart and dressy versions.

open shoulder shirts for women in their 50's, 60's & 70's. open shoulder shirts for women in their 50's, 60's & 70's. open shoulder shirts for women in their 50's, 60's & 70's.

Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: So this is my Covered Perfectly shirt that I also wore here styled casually when we first received our shirts. I did have to shorten mine so that when I wanted to leave it untucked it wasn’t a dress! But the company’s shirts are made for women over 40. I think what that means for this shirt, is that it’s relatively looser and the sleeves are 3/4 length. It was a tad chilly when we took these pictures so I threw on my white denim vest—I didn’t want to don a jacket because then it would cover up the best part of the shirt.

This fabulous coral bracelet was a gift from Nancy from Split, Croatia when she vacationed on a river cruise just this year. I love that it goes with my new loafers so perfectly! I wasn’t actually looking for walking loafers but I just loved the color and the price was right! I should’ve had these shoes for all of our trips taken in the last 10 years, but no, I buy them now that we’ve decided we’re not travelling as much!

Skirt: LOFT (similar here a tidge longer)~~Vest: Apt 9 (similar here but only in a L or XL)~~Top: Covered Perfectly c/o (here right now in black, white & violet)~~Shoes: Mercanti Fiorentini (similar here in red with a bow)~~Scarf: (similar here)~~Earrings: Stella & Dot (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here–hard to find a close match, but at least this one has more the nugget look)

open shoulder shirts for women in their 50's, 60's & 70's. open shoulder shirts for women in their 50's, 60's & 70's. open shoulder shirts for women in their 50's, 60's & 70's.

Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: I bought this open shoulder shirt for Nancy because it was a crop top, thus I figured I wouldn’t need to shorten it. And I was right, it’s the perfect length!! Of course it could still be a crop top if Nancy decided to wear a pair of low rise jeans, but since she’s not planning that in the near future, we can be safe to say her mid drift will remain covered! See there are advantages to being short!!

I know many women would have stuck with the black & white theme for this outfit, but it’s summer, so I threw in a little orange to the mix with the shoes & jewelry!

Pants: H & M (similar here in small or medium)~~Top: Romwe (similar here in a tee material)~~Shoes: Franco Sarto (similar here in a heel)~~Necklaces: (similar here cheap enough to get two!)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here the small one in this set)~~Watch: (similar here definitely a deal!)

open shoulder shirts for women in their 50's, 60's & 70's. open shoulder shirts for women in their 50's, 60's & 70's. open shoulder shirts for women in their 50's, 60's & 70's.

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: Mom’s sporting some different glasses. She was having the lenses changed in her other ones, and thus had to revert back to an older pair. But don’t you just love these? To me, they have a load of personality (just like her)!!

Which is what you want people to think when you’re wearing leopard tennies, right? I wasn’t a huge fan of sneakers, until they started making them more interesting. Just like my silver glitter pair (the post to DIY your own and me actually wearing them can be seen here) and a bunch of others I found “shopping” below.

Jeans: Lands End (similar here on sale in many colors)~~Top: Romwe (here under $10)~~Shoes: Mossimo-thrifted (similar here-ha, I threw this in to show you what a great deal mom got comparatively, but even these aren’t cheap )~~Scarf: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here-sorta)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

I really appreciate any comments and discussions! Thanks for reading!

Charlotte’s photography by Kari Strand Photography

It’s the final edition of Between the Lines—the blogging series featuring bloggers 50+! Today is the day that the coordinator Katherine, answers our questions! See it here!

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If you’re going to bop around in tennies, why not have them be fun ones?


DIY Silver Sneakers

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DIY Silver Sneakers.

DIY Silver Sneakers

The idea for this post started with the silver shoe post (here) and with my comment about these sneakers that I was coveting (which happen to be on sale right now). I had a reader make this suggestion: “Don’t spend 73 bucks for silver sneakers. Find a cheaper white pair at a discount stop and get some silver fabric paint or large markers and do it yourself!” As it turned out, a couple days later, she found herself a pair at Goodwill for $7—and even sent me a picture to prove it. This is Judy or as her friends call her, Jude, below with her puppy, Piper.

DIY Silver Sneakers.

But then the story gets better….Jude, actually made a pair of these silver sneakers for me. Since she suggested painting a pair and she’d never done it herself, she wanted to make sure it’d work!

Well, voila—they turned out magnificent—don’t you think (they are also shown in the top picture)?! She even signed them on the back (inside the fleur de lis is her name) and added an initial charm on the top of the shoelace on the right shoe—I think this could be my favorite detail because anyone could do this to their existing pair so easily to add a little pizzazz! Here’s an example of what you could add to your shoelaces!

DIY Silver Sneakers.  DIY Silver Sneakers.

As for the specifics of how to create these masterpieces—I have the run down for you per Judy! The entire cost of the project was under $25 not including the shoes (purchased at Target here) along with a couple of brushes & sponges she already had in her collection. I figured if you’re someone who would be interested in this, you probably have many of these items—so it wouldn’t be too hard to recreate!

1-Use a Sharpie pen (found at Target, Michael’s, or here) for the tricky parts: around the rubber trim and grommets of the shoelaces.

2-Judy used Folk Art Brand acrylic paint (found here on ebay—she got hers at Michael’s) to paint the remaining portion of the shoe with a small brush & a flat sponge dabber. First she painted on the silver paint as a base coat (#662E), and then finished with a top coat of silver glitter (#2787E).

I have to say, I’ve worn these sneakers quite a few times already! I love them for that fact 1-they are sparkly and fun and 2-they’re sneakers so, of course, they’re comfortable (plus I can slide my orthodics inside them). Jude did say she isn’t sure how they would hold up to puddles…

This is what my 4th of July outfit will look like–you don’t notice how sparkly the shoes are in the shade, but trust me…in the sun they glimmer!!

DIY Silver Sneakers.

Of course, you could make your sneakers so many other colors too—there are a plethora of different acrylic paint colors! But if it sounds like too much work, I researched some fun sneakers you could purchase instead and all under $100:


Lilac 3 (With Lime Green)

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Lilac for women in their 50's, 60's & 70's.

Lilac for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: With Lime Green

Quote of the day: “Be so busy enjoying your life that you have no time for hate, regret or fear.” via recoveryexperts.com as in Guideposts May 2016

This combination is almost a repeat of my purple & green post (here) from over a year ago! And if you recall, I said I had to go buy something lilac for this series—the purple from last year may look somewhat lilac, but really seems more grayish purple to me. I think of lilac as a warmer color—besides, I needed an excuse to go shopping (ha ha). I feel like I’ve just discovered lime green in this past year, and for some reason I’ve been pairing it with almost every color. It seems to brighten the dullest of hues and be quite unexpected!! In these three examples, I feel like the lime green & lilac could be too bright or colorful, so I tried to subdue it with another color. The other two combinations I experimented with are lilac with brown (here) and lilac with another purple (here). Do you have a favorite color that you pair with lilac? Tell me in the comments below!!

Lilac for women in their 50's, 60's & 70's. Lilac for women in their 50's, 60's & 70's. Lilac for women in their 50's, 60's & 70's.

50’s Outfit: This necklaces is a perfect example of how Pinterest can be a bad influence. I saw this necklace while browsing a couple months ago and fell in love! Of course they didn’t have that exact one still available, but this one that I have on is a close copy! (Of course I see the original one is back for sale here). What I love about this company is 1-It’s handcrafted in the USA (the company is in Seattle—hey Sherry, maybe you should go check her out!!) 2-And it’s reasonably priced—this necklace was under $40 with shipping and I’ve only seen one or two items that are over $100. I love the chunky stones, and that it’s multi colored!! Now I just need the designer to make a bracelet like it!!

As for my outfit, I decided to wear my olive green jacket over my lime green shirt to tame down the brightness. Also because we were going out to eat and I always take a jacket for the A/C. I am a lover of color, but I do worry that I go over the top at times, thus I wore my nude sandals for the day. Even though these shoes have a three inch heel, I can walk all day in them with no problem. I think it’s the fact that my foot is well encased with all the straps. That and the fact that the heel is somewhat chunky!

Jeans:Free People–thrifted (similar here)~~Blazer: DKNY Jeans (similar here as a utility jacket. A shorter one here but more expensive)~~Top: Covington (similar here)~~Shoes: Nine West (similar here)~~Necklace:McKee Designs (here)~~Bracelet: Charming Charlies (similar here in a darker green)

Lilac for women in their 50's, 60's & 70's. Lilac for women in their 50's, 60's & 70's. Lilac for women in their 50's, 60's & 70's.

60’s Outfit: I’m sure you’ve heard me say it before, but I’m a sucker for white jeans! I love these two colors (the lime green & lilac) with the white—it seems much lighter overall. I know many women think capri’s are not for them, but when it’s hot outside, they can be a great option!

Of course the floral ballet flats keep it fresh, don’t you think? Nancy bought these flats without me at her side—at Target, no less! Since I’m always looking for some kind of interest in an outfit, I think a floral shoe can be the item of choice, especially if you tend to wear all solid colored pieces.

Pants: Gloria Vanderbilt (similar here)~~Blouse over top: Apt. 9 (similar here in many colors–no darts though but that’s easy to add)~~Top: Chicos (similar here)~~Shoes: Sam & Libby (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

Lilac for women in their 50's, 60's & 70's. Lilac for women in their 50's, 60's & 70's. Lilac for women in their 50's, 60's & 70's.

70’s Outfit: Just like in the lilac & purple post (here), mom put on trousers that were gifted from Fabrizio-Gianni last year. Unlike Nancy, mom doesn’t have a lot of capris in her closet, so I think the length is a nice variety for the summer months! She actually wore them out and about in the winter months with her navy riding boots!

Did you notice I took a picture with the blouse tucked and untucked? I couldn’t quite decide which looked better, so I thought I’d include both. My mom’s in the habit to tuck in her shirts, but I know many older ladies would rather keep them long. Do you have a preference? (There’s a full body shot at the top with the untucked version too).

I’ve seen a few scalloped edges on skirts and shorts lately and even on the bottom hem of shirts, but I haven’t seen many with the scalloping on the top portion. I feel like it’s such a elegant detail!

Pants: Fabizio Gianni (similar here in black)~~Cardigan: Hillard & Hanson (similar here in a crew neck)~~Top: Sara Stephen (similar in a black blouse here)~~Shoes: Anne Klein (these are a great height with a little fun added-similar here or plain ones here)~~Necklace: (similar here in a double strand)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

I truly hope you enjoyed reading this! 

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And lilac could be found in any kind of accessories (even shoes!!):


Black & White Combo with Sheela & Eve (With a Print)

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Black & White for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: Along with a Print

Quote of the day: “I frankly think aging is a great thing, and we’re lucky when we get to do it because, particularly in our generation, we’ve lost so many people to so many different things.” Sharon Stone

Prints. To me, they add fun and interest to an outfit. I’ve read that some women stay away from them altogether. And then there’s always the article published here and there that states which ones you should wear and which ones are a no-no! Well phooey to that, I say! Wear your prints, and love them on any part of your body. I’ve worked hard to show you a variety of ways to wear prints on any part of your body along with black and white.

Nancy wore the neutrals as solids, and added the print with her shoes! Mom is wearing her scarf as a black & white and a print. She is also wearing black and white as solids in her pants & shoes. Then we added another print with her striped top!  And I went full blown print mixing (well, full blown for me—this is something I would never have combined before blogging) with a B & W print top & red and black print skirt! The other combinations we had fun with are seen here (B & W alone) & here (B & W with our favorite color)!

Sheela & Eve are still involved in this endeavor—make sure to check out their take on this topic. Since we’re talking prints, I asked the three of us about being adventuresome in clothing choices, are you, is this, and have you evolved?

Black & White Outfits for Women in their 50's, 60's, & 70's. Black & White Outfits for Women in their 50's, 60's, & 70's. Black & White Outfits for Women in their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

Jodie’s Outfit: As I stated above, I would never have put together two different prints in one outfit before my blogging days! But I have certainly grown to like the idea more and more. How I’ve been thinking about it is it’s like a challenge or advanced degree in designing—but really, it’s all about having fun!

That furry thing hanging from my purse is a rendition of a bag bug (no, mine is not the Fendi version—come on, I’m way too thrifty for that), but I was looking for something to hang my keys on for easy access. This was at my local consignment store (Sassy Seconds), so I thought, why not? Needless to say, I don’t have keys on it here because we went to the Botanic Gardens and I didn’t have to drive!

The skirt is by this company called LuLaRoe, which I’ll be doing a blog post about coming soon. This is the Azure skirt! Have you ever heard of the company?

Skirt: LuLaRoe (similar here in a pencil version or here in a smaller print)~~Top: The Limited (similar here I realize it’s a men’s but it’s close)~~Shoes: Merona (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Purse: Tommy Hilfiger-thrifted (similar here)~~Bag Bug: (similar here in leopard)~~Ring: (similar here)

Black & White Outfits for Women in their 50's, 60's, & 70's. Black & White Outfits for Women in their 50's, 60's, & 70's. Black & White Outfits for Women in their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

Nancy’s Outfit: Nancy doesn’t think this outfit is extremely daring except for the shoes. She used to only buy solid colored shoes so she could wear them with anything! But she admits to tiptoeing outside her comfort zone lately!!

This necklace is a new acquisition from her recent trip to Croatia! It’s such a wonderful piece of artwork—and is a perfect compliment with the shoes since they are floral also! Maybe it’s hard to tell in the photos, but the necklace is very 3-D!!

Pants: Chicos (similar here)~~Top: New York City Design Co (similar here)~~Shoes: Sam & Libby (similar here in blues, but a great deal if you’re the right size)~~Necklace: (similar here in blue & flatter)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)~~Ring: (similar here)

Black & White Outfits for Women in their 50's, 60's, & 70's. Black & White Outfits for Women in their 50's, 60's, & 70's. Black & White Outfits for Women in their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

Charlotte’s Outfit: Mom is definitely being shoved outside her comfort zone for many a blog post. She admits it’s still very hard not to match everything (old habits die hard, right?), but wearing prints is not a big deal for her—she just doesn’t love 2 prints in the same outfit!

The scarf she’s wearing is a scrap of material (remember, mom loathes wasting material) that she then put some Velcro on so it would hold in place as a small neck scarf!

These sandals got put in the trash right after the photo shoot because the elastic had worn out thus they wouldn’t stay on very well. Another good reason to go shoe shopping!!

I’m not sure you can really tell in the photos, but mom’s earrings have the word “Guess” on them!

Pants: XOXO (similar here in both longs or shorts for under $20)~~Top: Lauren Jeans Co. (similar here in a short sleeve version)~~Shoes: Sonata (similar here)~~Scarf: Mom made (similar here in a knit)~~Earrings: (similar here no words on it)~~Blue Bracelet: (similar here)~~Black Bracelet: (similar here)

Black & White Outfits for Women in their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

Sheela’s Outfit: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…Sheela is fierce in her print mixing! Her blog (Sheela Writes) is where you’ll find the rest of the story!!  And her shoe collection is one that I plan to see one day. Talk about a way to add interest to an outfit!

Black & White Outfits for Women in their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

Eve’s Outfit: I know we didn’t touch on the mother/daughter thing much in this black & white showcase, but Eve is Sheela’s daughter. And if you’re mother is the queen of print mixing, then you must be the princess—so shows Eve (The World According to Eve)! When I was this age (and even older) I would never be so adventurous in putting a print with another print, but Eve is being fearless!!

Thanks to you who read my blog—I love to hear your thoughts and ideas too!!

It’s the last of the fun series that I’ve been honored to be part of for the last nine weeks—Katherine’s corner and the “Between the Lines” series featuring bloggers ages 50 and up. Every one of these bloggers would so appreciate any time you might have to read and comment on their hard work. Part nine can be found here.

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Here’s some dresses where the print mixing is already done for you (it has to be okay, if it’s made that way, right?)