Ankle Pants and Spring Fashion from Sixty + Me

Spring Fashion

I was delighted when I was approached about blogging for Margaret Manning’s Sixty and Me. My first blogging piece for her is linked below. (If the image doesn’t show with the link below, please will you refresh—for some reason it didn’t always pop up for me?)

http://sixtyandme.com/ankle-pants-and-spring-fashion-for-women-over-60/

Even thought this post was written with the older generations in mind, I feel like it’s very appropriate for any aged female! Because as we know style can be truly ageless!

Are you familiar with Margaret and her  community? If not let me introduce you!

Thanks to Margaret and her unending work, she has created Sixty and Me which has developed into a community of over 200,000 women aged 60 and over. The entire idea of this online center is to help women realize they are not alone in this time of their life. One of the goals of the site is to inspire and show women that this age, as with any age group, that one should never give up on anything that inspires you. Margaret’s website has videos, article & tutorials about beauty & fashion, health, travel, money, family and so much more.

Ankle pants for older women

So possibly you aren’t 60 right now, but if you’re lucky enough, you will be someday and much of this information can be applied to any female. Besides, we all realize that age is just a number, right? The experiences we have throughout our life are meaningful and teachable whether we are 20 or 80. Sure some points and details can be different for different age groups, but many times the underlying facts are the same.

Ankle pants for older women

Ankle Pants and Spring Fashion

As for the article I put together, there was a number of opinions about the ankle pants on the Sixty + Me’s Facebook page ranging from love them to hate them. I will say I was surprised at how many women remarked that their ankles are awful and they would never show them off. As a woman who struggles with more than one scar on her face & a head of unruly hair, I understand not loving our looks. But I’m still on a mission to get all women of all ages to love their bodies since it’s the only one we have and we are very blessed by what it does daily.

It is a great honor to be part of the Sixty and Me community as a guest writer. Even though I feel that the writing part of my blogging journey is still developing for me, I love the fact that I can inspire older women to use the clothing from their closet as a way to express themselves. I hope you’ll click over to Margaret’s site and check out the ankle pants article.  If you do, be sure to see all the other resources she has on her site! You’ll find a plethora of great information.

How do you feel about ankle pants? I’m going to be showing them on all three of us this week—do you have a pair? If not, here’s some to consider:

  • Kathleen McDermott

    I love ankle pants and think they look good on every woman – it’s all in the cut and fit. I find ankle pants and 3/4 length sleeves to be elegant, trim, chic looks. Wrists and ankles are delicate-looking and I love seeing them exposed. Plus, 3/4 sleeves are more comfy for me and bracelets are better showcased. And ankle pants are cooler for warm weather. Win, win, win!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s what I originally thought…that’s why I was so blown away when many of the women reading the article said they didn’t like them or wouldn’t wear them. I guess it just reinforces the though that we are all so very different!!

  • Thanks for the ideas – I tend to throw on clothes that I can spatter paint on and not care! I really need to get some pairs of these lovely pants to keep by me when I venture out in public 🙂 I often sneak off to the supermarket at the end of the day in multicoloured jeans that really should be blue. Your choices always all easy to wear, which is my prime concern at 60. I used to be really into my clothes when I was younger but when I hit my 50s, I became so engrossed in messy hobbies, clothes faded into the background. when I see you beautiful pictures, I do look at what I am wearing and am SO glad you can’t see me!!!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Okay, Gilly—that made me laugh!! But I do know what you mean….I was just discussing what we wear around the house with mom (she stills wears a housedress around and I’m more of a leggings & tunic girl)—but I have to put on a cute coat when I leave the house, because I feel unfinished and there is often thread hanging everywhere from the alterations I just did). Maybe you just need a fabulous long kimono for the summer that you can throw over your painting clothes that will hide everything??

  • Bernadette Laganella

    Jodie, This was just as much fun to read and to learn on the second reading. Thanks for posting.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Of course, Bernadette—I’m glad you liked it!

  • If the pants look good on you, wear them. Whether capris, ankle style or straight skinny jeans, if it fits, show it off. It is all in how you pull it all together.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You’re exactly right Michelle!!

  • Julia Nyanyo

    Styled properly these can look great, and make a lovely transition form long trousers to shorts. Your reader who commented about it looking like they ran out of fabric made me laugh though – I feel the same way about 3/4 length sleeves!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Okay—now I don’t think I’ve ever heard that before about the sleeves!
      I used to especially love my 3/4 length sleeved items when working because then I wouldn’t get the powder from the gloves on them as much. And Nancy loves them because then they don’t have to be shortened!!
      But I think your point that when styled properly, the ankle pants can look great—it true about every item of clothing!
      Thanks so much for your voice!!

  • Stevie Turner

    I have several pairs of these. They’re great with a long top.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I love mine too Stevie!! Thanks for reading!

  • alwaysconservative

    I personally don’t care for ankle pants, especially with high heels. Don’t like capris either. To me it just makes the outfit look unfinished. Like the manufacturer ran out of fabric.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That insight made me laugh—and I can see how you’d think that!
      I just read a blog a couple months ago on You Look Fab (http://bit.ly/1X8CyzK) where she addresses how our eye gets used to new looks! But I think it’s also hard to relearn certain “rules” that we’ve embraced for so long!!
      But that is the wonderful thing about fashion—-it’s good we don’t all like or wear the same things, otherwise we’d look like the stepford wives, right?

  • dan

    Thanks for introducing Margaret, she has a very friendly smile!

    Ankle pants are pretty, both with a pair of flats and high heels. As you said, they are a perfect transition into spring!
    Who can resist to their allure? For sure … not me!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I so agree Dan—I never even thought about the fact that they would look short—it’s just what you see on everyone nowadays!!

  • CathyLynchLawdanski

    Jody – I love ankle pants. Read your post over on Sixty & Me & commented. Visiting from Over the Moon

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Cathy!! I love my ankle pants too—now, if only I could get my mom on the same page…ha ha (her part of the story is on the blog tomorrow!!)

  • Love the red pair from Express! May have to hunt those down. hehe

    Erica
    http://www.pumpsandpushups.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Nancy (the 60’s model) has some of the Editor pants (in the longer length) and they’ve been such a great buy!!
      I am now a true lover of colorful pants, but it’s funny because I would have never worn them 5 years ago—
      Thanks so much for reading!!

  • Kudos to you, my friend! What do the divas think about all your success? I think it’s well deserved. 🙂 As far as ankle pants go, my MIL gave me a beautiful pair from Talbot’s that I’m waiting to fit into…but with all the buffets here in Vegas, I think it’s going to be awhile. Sigh… 🙁
    http://whosaprettygirl.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Girl—you crack me up–I didn’t realize that Vegas still had those crazy buffets!!
      As for my divas—they don’t really keep track of all of the blog stuff—they are so busy, they have a hard enough time realizing when we’re doing photo shoots—you know, it is hard to be a diva, right? So many things to do & places to go!!!

  • Marci Vaughn

    What a great post! I love ankle pants! This time of year, I like them with sandals. In winter, they are great tucked into boots with less bulk when trying to zip. Have a lovely evening! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    • Jodie Filogomo

      What a great advantage to the ankle pants!! I never even thought of that!!
      It’s nice to hear other women in our age group liking this style!!
      Thanks so much for giving your opinion Marci!

  • PetiteOver40

    This is wonderful, Jodie!! One of the things I always admire about your blog is how personal you are. I feel like I’m sitting there chatting with you as I read your words and look at your photos. You’re honest and sincere. And you’re a cheerleader for all of us, no matter what age!

    It doesn’t surprise me that someone as inspiring as Margaret from Sixty + Me (I just love her!) approached you to write for her blog. The mission you have to encourage all of us to appreciate the bodies we live in meshes very well with Margaret’s mission to create and develop community among women over 60. Your honest and sincere approach helps the rest of us talk about our struggles, no matter what they are, and learn just how beautiful we are inside and out.

    To your point about shorter women wearing ankle pants, I’m with you! I pretty much live in them! (And I have a funky tan line to prove it because I always forget to add sunscreen to the part of my body!) I would be thrilled to look as good as you do in all the photos you shared with your post.

    Hugs,
    Sherry
    http://www.petiteover40.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Sherry—you are way too nice! And let me tell you how fabulous you always look in your photos—you really do!!
      I had to laugh at your tan line comment—needless to say, I’d have a freckle line demarcation—this body doesn’t make melanin!! (much to my sadness!!)

      But really what I forgot to state in my post today, is that I owe the whole thought of showcasing Margaret’s site to you! You are such a generous spirit and positive woman!!

      I am still learning so much from you and I hope your realize what a tremendous guide you have been!! Thank you!

  • I love ankle length pants/jeans. I almost always cuff my jeans hem so they show off my ankles

    michellespaige.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Huh….so you just make your own? How brilliant Michelle!!

  • The look of ankle pants has really grown on me. Since I’m tall, I think I stayed away from them for so long because I didn’t want them to look like a mistake (= regular pants that are too short)… Also, regular ankle pants can be too short on me… I also think they often look best with heels, which I don’t really wear.

    Having said all that, I am currently looking for some ankle pants. Looking forward to your posts this week1

    Going to check out your guest post right now!

    Andrea

    Andrea’s
    Wellness Notes

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I can totally see why you’d have stayed away from them in the past—especially when we were growing up—it was so taboo to have high waters!!
      My husband and I were joking about the ankle pants I’m wearing for this series (you’ll see them starting tomorrow)—that because I’m the opposite of you (very short), that mine really don’t look like ankle pants!!
      We all have our own issues, huh?
      Thanks for reading Andrea—I really appreciate it!

  • thefashionfolks

    Love ankle pants! The ones from Loft looks so chic! Xx

    http://www.thefashionfolks.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Aren’t those pants perfect?

  • Bernadette Laganella

    Jodie, Congratulations on a great post and your guest appearance at Sixty and Me. I have been getting this newsletter for some time and it is great. I am sure your article is a great addition.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Bernadette!! It was fun seeing all of the women in this community’s opinions! I just wrote another one on the open shoulder shirt that was published this weekend!!

  • I really love ankle pants too, I think they are a truly ageless item that looks great on!
    Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gemma—hopefully my mom will change her thinking—you’ll see the story tomorrow!!

  • Ankle pants are one of my favorite workwear pieces because they are so polished and chic. Great post!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Amy!!
      You’re right—maybe that’s why I’ve had them for so long—from my working days!