Ankle Pants 2 (Smart)

Ankle Pants for women ages 50, 60 & 70

Ankle Pants for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: The Smart Version

Quote of the day: “A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities; an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.” Reginald B. Mansell

The theme this week may seem like nothing out of the ordinary for some of you readers. But this was a big step for my mom—see the story and casual version of the ankle pants (here). I think I started buying ankle length pants about 5 years ago—probably because as a shorter female, I found they rarely needed alterations. In fact, some of them (like these white ones) almost look normal length (especially when they stretch out and fall down below my waist). To me, I think the ankle pants can be quite versatile and styled for any occasion. I’d think, they’d be the epitome of going from day to evening, since you could easily wear both flats and heels with them!

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50’s Outfit: I wore this on a visit to the Botanic Gardens to see Brooks Luby’s garment that was on display (see her post on it here).

Since it was in April, I was itching to wear sandals, yet I realized it was not really that warm. Thus the jacket was essential! Since there was a lot of walking to do, I wore my chunky heeled sandals which are quite supportive!

Pants: Banana Republic (similar here)~~Blazer: Kay Unger-thrifted (similar here (with colors in a floral, but expensive) or here-not as colorful)~~Top: Morgan (similar here)~~Shoes: Old Navy (similar here in nude or black)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

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60’s Outfit: Nancy just bought these pants a month ago, but aren’t they an absolute perfect match for this bracelet and earrings?

I like how the pants have many different colors you can pair with it, yet they are a darker print, that many of us feel more comfortable wearing.

Pants: J.Jill (here)~~Blouse worn as jacket: Chicos (similar here)~~Top: Croft & Barrow (similar here)~~Sandals: Crown Vintage (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here in animal print and here is floral)~~Bracelet: (similar here with hearts)

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70’s Outfit: I wanted to show the differing of lengths in mom’s tops. Her vest is longer in the front and shorter in the back. Thus her shirt hangs out in the back like a nice surprise.

She actually could’ve worn these earrings for our fringe series—let’s just say she has a couple of this type!

Pants: Talbots-thrifted (here)~~Vest: The Limited-thrifted (similar here in a long version )~~Top: Alfred Dunner (similar here)~~Shoes: Candies (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

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In case you don’t have any ankle length pants in your closet, I have shopped for you keeping them all under $50:

  • Kathleen McDermott

    Love your tweed jacket, Nancy’s pants and Charlotte’s vest. You all look lovely, your outfit in particular.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Kathleen!!

  • Oh my gosh, the photo of you on the bridge is GORGEOUS! So impressed… who took it?? I gotta put my photographer friends to work, I tell you what… ;P Checking out the pants you found, thank you for sharing at #FridayFrivolity!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Sarah…how nice you are!! My husband actually took that photo—we finally got a “real” camera so we’ve been trying to up our photo game! Thanks for such a wonderful compliment!!

  • Happinessatmidlife

    I was never much a pants person because I always thought they look funny on me until I discovered ankle length. I prefer this length since it shows off your shoes.

    All great looks as usual!


    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I really like the ankle pants lately too–especially with all of the fun shoes I’ve found!! Thanks for stopping by Alice!!

  • All great outfits! I particularly love your jacket and sandals and Nancy’s pants! Super cute!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Shelbee!!

  • sugarkisses

    I love the first look, I’m a big fan of ankle pants. The look is perfect for the office, an evening out or a lunch date. Thanks for sharing.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Rhonda!!
      I do love the ankle pants also. I don’t even think I realized they were really different until my mom made that statement about them being too short. I guess I’d seen them on everyone else (including me) to not feel like they were unusual!!

  • Alexis Grant

    I think the last 3 or 4 pants I’ve bought have been ankle length and had some kind of fun pattern. Love that they can be styled with flats and/or heels.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think that it truly the best thing about them!! Thanks so much for reading!!

  • Keri Roberts

    All the outfits look great!! Love the accessories. Ankle length pants are the way to go, so chic and stylish.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much for chiming in Keri!!

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    I am in love with the necklace in the 70’s photos. Your hair looks so cute and I love the colors in your outfit- they’re soft and stylish!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Carrie!!
      You’re so nice to say that about my hair—it’s a constant struggle and a wonder I haven’t chopped it all off lately!!

  • Versatilestylebytracey

    Great outfits and yes Nancy’s dark print is very versatile. I think Mom’s look with the necklace and the vest might be too much, wearing either but not both together might work better in my humble opinion. Of course Mom looks like she’s having the most fun!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I can totally see where you’re coming from Tracey regarding mom’s necklace & vest!! I can’t even remember why I paired the two together except I probably wanted a brown to bookend the shoes! The necklace is so unique, that it would probably look better on a plain background, so it stands out all by itself?
      Thanks for the honest opinion—I love hearing the good, bad & ugly!!

  • Beautiful! Love how all styled their outfits! =) Very chic! =)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thank you so much Cielo!!

  • Dawn Lucy

    OMG, Jodie .. you look amazing with your hair pulled back! Everyone looks great in their ankle pants too! Thanks for joining in our Friday fashion fun & have a fab weekend!


    Dawn Lucy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Dawn…that’s so nice! I have to tell you I vacillate about cutting my hair so often—I’m in awe of the pixie cut on tons of women, but I’m always worried that with my curls, I’ll just look like Orphan Annie!!
      I appreciate the love!!

  • Love, love, love your look here, Jodie! It’s probably because I love each piece individually and they come together so beautifully too. The pastel palette obviously calls to me, but there’s lots of whimsy packed into this polished and chic outfit too. The plaid blazer is so fun, and I love the fluffy piping. And I’m still in love with those coral heels. A smart look indeed!

    <3 Liz

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Liz!!
      Sometimes I think this blog is good for making me look at some of my clothing pieces with new eyes! I’ve had this jacket for at least 4 years, but probably have only worn it a handful of times. But after a comment that it was Chanel-like, I’m totally inspired to wear it with jeans the next opportunity I get!!
      Thanks for being so positive!!

  • Everyone looks so summery! I’m loving your plaid jacket!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Tara. I’ve had the jacket for quite a few years, but don’t really wear it much! But after this post and the comments from everyone, I can see, I should wear it with jeans this fall!!

  • Females are funky at any age! That’s what your choices say to me Jodie – you all look very trendy and most important of all VISIBLE! I see so many older women in the UK who blend into the background (but maybe some like that of course – nothing wrong if you do!) because their clothes are bland. Your clothes are like being in a spotlight saying here I am people!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Well, I think you’ve hit the nail on the head Gilly!! I know so many older women—and each of them is fabulous in their own way—so that’s my goal. Each woman should be visible and a great role model to the younger kids—forget this blending into the background thing—revel in the experiences and in age itself!!

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    I need another pair! So cute!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I mean why not, right? Thanks for the love!!

  • CathyLynchLawdanski

    Jodie – your outfit is so pretty. I love you in pink!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Cathy!! I’ll have to wear it more!!

  • Lorena Lorena

    You look so stylish Jodie. Even though I know this posts focus on the cropped trousers, I am admiring your tweed jacket and your mom’s cool necklace.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      How nice of you to say Lorena!! I was just saying to another reader, that I do love this jacket, but I really don’t wear it much—time to change that!
      And my mom’s necklace was her Christmas gift this year from me—it’s so unique, I think!!
      Thanks so much for reading!!

  • Love all these looks! The accessories with each outfit are great! You all are truly fabulous!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Whitney!!

  • Wonderful styling Jodie!
    You all look great.
    Your mum must be coming round to how great these look on her!
    Nancy looks fabulous and I love her shoes.
    And you Jodie, you look beautiful!
    Elegant and stylish.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Samantha!!
      I’m not sure mom thinks this length is great yet…but at least she hasn’t lengthened them yet!!

  • PetiteOver40

    Is your mom coming around to the idea of ankle pants? She sure looks nice wearing them, especially with heels! You and Nancy look fabulous as well. I especially like your jacket with the wispy trim and Springy colors! You should shoot at the Botanical Gardens more often–your energetic and colorful spirit just radiate in those surroundings! And you’re right about Nancy’s accessories going perfect with her pants! Isn’t it wonderful when that happens?


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m not sure if mom is liking this length any more, but I did see her wearing them the other day (on a non-blog photo shoot occasion)–I haven’t asked her how she feels about them yet….I’m trying to let the different length sink in (and I think I’ll push for some ankle strapped shoes next)!

      Funny you should say that about the Botanic Gardens, because Nancy, Rob & I just went this last weekend, so of course we took pictures for the blog. You’ll see Nancy’s for her sundress and mine in a couple weeks!! It is quite a beautiful setting!!

      Normally I wouldn’t “match” the jewelry so perfectly to the outfit—I have this aversion to matchy-matchy right now—-but I think from afar, it’s not so obvious!!

      How’s the move going? Keeping sane?

  • I just purchased a pair of white denim ankle pants and can’t wait to dress them up in heels and dress them down in flats – thanks for sharing this post.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Great minds think alike Antionette!! I think the white variety are so perfect for any occasion!! And not having to worry about if the hem will be too long or short is the best!!
      Thanks so much for reading…I really appreciate it!

  • My favourites are the first two looks this time around. The pastel colours are so soft and pretty.

    I like your Chanel-look-alike blazer.

    I also find that ankle length pants normally fit me like regular pants. I don’t often shorten them either since I find when they are too short they visually shorten my legs, which are already plenty short enough on their own.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s funny how you keep saying that your legs are short, but I never think that in your pictures—you must be doing a marvelous job of hiding it!!
      I’ve never thought of this jacket as Chanel like—I learn something new every day!! There’s even a skirt that matches—talk about busy—I don’t think I’ve ever worn them together–it’s be quite a look!!

  • Mother Daughter

    All very nice looks again. You all three are lovely. Like all the looks.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much!!

  • I am loving these pants! Jodie you look particularly lovely today in that jacket! Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Gemma! I do love this jacket—now I just need to wear it more!

  • Love the outdoor pictures! Love your whole look. That dress you went to see is beautiful!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Isn’t that designer amazing!! Some people are so creative…sigh!!
      Thanks for the love!!

  • First of all, I adore your look and promptly pinned it before I could finish reading the first paragraph. 🙂 Second, I look for ankle pants all the time because they tend to be the perfect “Normal” length on me. Nancy’s floral print pants are so versatile and cute. Your mom’s bright blue pants are perfect for summer and I hope she decides to keep them this length.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I know, right? The fact that we don’t have to shorten the ankle pants (just like my white ones here—they really look almost normal length) is advantage enough!!
      Thanks for such an uplifting comment Jennie!!
      I’m working on mom to keep the pants this way—we’ll see how that goes…:)

  • Judy Gramith

    Nancy’s outfit is really terrific. The versatility of those pants is going to provide endless styling options. Her jewelry is perfect!!
    I’m also loving your Chanel type jacket Jodie. I’d like to see this with turquoise pants and jewelry. This is a really versatile jacket and might also be fun to try with pattern mixing!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Judy!!
      I must admit, I don’t really wear the jacket much, because it’s quite busy! I have some turquoise pants—what a great idea!! As for print mixing with it—now you’re really trying to get me out of my comfort zone—ha ha! We’ll see on that one….:)

      • Judy Gramith

        I don’t think that jacket is busy at all. It’s very textural and offers so many different color options. It looks like it can be worn year round as well!
        Yup, I’m thinkin light turquoise turtle neck, the turq. pants you said you have and some bone or beige booties.
        Yikes! Sorry to talk like it’s fall!

        • Jodie Filogomo

          I have to admit, it’s hard to think turtlenecks right now when it’s 90 degrees outside!!
          I actually held the jacket up to those turquoise pants—but I’m not sure they are the right turquoise….but I have some green ones I think I like even better!
          I promise, I’ll wear it this fall and we’ll see!!

  • Laura

    I absolutely love all three looks! Your jacket is just gorgeous-what a thrifting find!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laura—the jacket was found at the store “It’s a Wrap” in California where they sell clothes worn from the tv shows produced nearby!! I love that place!!

  • Janet Annas Vinyard

    Great looks on all three models! Great accessorizing also!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Janet! I’m so glad you like these!! And I appreciate the comment!

  • Mary Lynn Somers

    Very flattering look on all three of you. Smart, chic. Love your shoes!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Mary!! I really appreciate hearing from you!

  • Queen of Rods

    The photos of Nancy’s pants and jewelry are perfect for showing the detail and the matching prints….right down to the individual colors 🙂 I also appreciated being able to see the construction of your mother’s necklace. Great post!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Well, it’s all thanks to you Janet!!
      I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your request and helping me out with my projects!!