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Camisoles for Women in their 50's through 70's.

Camisoles for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: Under a Shirt

Quote of the day: “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin

I had the greatest suggestion for a blog series from a reader named, Ann. She states “I am at a loss with camis. I look at the stacks at the stores and just don’t quite know what to make of them.” I really can relate because it wasn’t many years ago when I thought the cami idea was silly. I remember Stacey London from “What Not to Wear” would talk about them. I’d be thinking that if you had a correct fitting shirt or dress, you wouldn’t really need them. But sometimes we do need them I’ve found.

Since my main niche in the fashion blogging world is women over 50 years old, then I would think that we don’t buy the camisoles to wear by themselves. But it can be extremely beneficial to have a couple for underneath other items. And thus this series came to life starting with wearing a cami under another shirt. 3 different kinds of shirts come to mind when I think about this category. One would be a sheer shirt (we did a series on that this summer-here, here & here), a mesh shirt (which I’m showcasing) and a low cut shirt (the likes of which Nancy & mom are wearing).

Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: I’m wearing my camisole under a mesh top I picked up this summer from the consignment store! I didn’t wear it as much as I thought I would this season. I’ll try harder next spring!

Camisoles for Women in their 50's through 70's.

The jeans are the ones Jude embellished for little ‘ole me!! You can see the DIY instructions here, if you’re interested! Since this picture was taken, I have cut off about 2 inches in length and turned them into having a fringed hemline!

Camisoles for Women in their 50's through 70's.

If you’ve been reading other blogs at all, then you probably already know that chokers are coming back in style. I happen to love this trend, and found this one in the back of my jewelry box from many moons ago!

Camisoles for Women in their 50's through 70's.

Camisoles for Women in their 50's through 70's.

Jeans: (similar here with fringe too!)~~Top: Free People-thrifted (similar here with panels)~~Cami Under: Nougat (similar here)~~Boots: Lela Rose-Payless (similar here in a darker color)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: Nancy bought this blouse last year and has gotten quite a bit of wear from it. However, it is a little low in the front for her comfort. Thus she always wears some kind of shirt underneath.

Camisoles for Women in their 50's through 70's.

I chose her white jeans to wear and kept the bottom half neutral with beige ballet flats! I figured, it would put the focal point on the top half!

Camisoles for Women in their 50's through 70's.

Camisoles for Women in their 50's through 70's.

Usually the cami chosen for this shirt is the black one, but I decided to add in a little extra color with a pink one! Therefore, we picked out pink earrings & lipstick too!

Camisoles for Women in their 50's through 70's.

Jeans: J.Jill (similar here)~~Top: Express (similar here a darker version)~~Cami Under: Merona (similar here)~~Shoes: Etienne Aigner (similar here with a bow)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here in a teardrop shape)

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: This is a Covered Perfectly shirt that mom was given this spring. They don’t have the print ones available anymore, but there are solid colored ones still for sale. It shows more skin than my mom likes to show, so we placed a cami under it.

Camisoles for Women in their 50's through 70's.

Camisoles for Women in their 50's through 70's.

I had mom also wear her white jeans, but added in some fun colored loafers for some variety!

Camisoles for Women in their 50's through 70's.

When  I picked out these earrings for mom to wear, I didn’t realize they were so old, that they were the screw type! It amazes me that they don’t fall off more! Anyone else still have these kind of earrings?

Camisoles for Women in their 50's through 70's.

Jeans: XOXO (similar here)~~Top: Covered Perfectly (here in solid colors)~~Cami Under: Gap (similar here)~~Shoes: (similar here in white only)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

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If you don’t have a camisole in your possession, and now realize you should, I’ve found some options to consider:

  • PetiteOver40

    It never ceases to amaze me how in-sync we are. I haven’t written a post (yet) about camis, but I have been giving them a lot of thought in terms of how they fit into my wardrobe. I’ve been in a mode of revamping some of the basics in my wardrobe–some are just so old they need to go! Being such a practical dresser for so long, I have had a beige cami for forever and then the rest have all been layering-style tank tops. I’m now looking at all the colors and varieties out there with new eyes, eager to see how they might peek out of places in my outfits. 🙂 Plus, I’ve found some modest style camis that I’m considering trying as layering pieces under jackets and cardigans.

    I say all that to say Thank You for yet again hitting on something that I’ve been mulling over. Your posts always give me inspiration and ideas! This one is no exception!

    I have always loved the mesh-over-cami look and I adore what you’ve done with it here, especially with those fancy jeans! In addition, the camis on Nancy and Charlotte literally contribute a colorful grounding that brings their whole outfit together. It’s very cool how you went sort of neutral all over Nancy’s outfit and then popped it with the cami and lipstick–I love little touches like that! And your mom’s outfit is…well, I think Charlotte must have a little bit of a wild child in her with her awesome snakeskin print top and those shoes! She rocks!

    As always, I love what you’ve done! Thank you for the inspiration!

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

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Of course we’re in-sync—-we’re fab collaborators!!
      I’ve had camis in my closet for years, but I certainly don’t think about them much. And truly I had a folder in the queue about them, but just wasn’t sure it’d be very interesting. But I’m so glad Ann asked about them, because since doing this series, I truly look at them a little differently.
      In fact, just on Friday, I came home real quick to put one on under another shirt—it kept riding up and showing my midrift, yet I really liked my outfit. So I added a cami under it and it solved the problem, lickety split!! I’m not sure I would have thought of it otherwise!
      Thanks for all of your wonderful thoughts on this post Sherry. You really make it all so worthwhile!!
      XOXO

    • Charlotte Miller

      Thanks for the kind, words–it’s always nice to hear someone thinks I rock.

      • PetiteOver40

        You totally rock, Charlotte! On so many levels! You’re one talented, fashionable, gorgeous lady! I hope we get to meet someday!

        Hugs,
        Sherry

  • Love the styling- perfect for every age too.
    Thank you for linking up at Whatcha Wearing Wednesday!
    l,
    Vicky
    themummychronicles.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thank you Vicky!!

  • Great styling! Camis are a must for lace or sheer tops! It’s also fun to change it up a bit and find ones with a pattern on them too!

    http://www.mylittlenest.org

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I only have one with a pattern, but I have a feeling that’ll change soon. It’s been so versatile and way more fun!
      Thanks for stopping by Ruth!!

  • Camis are definitely a part of my wardrobe! They’re a necessity for low-cut or sheer tops!
    Fizz and Frosting

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s the truth, huh?
      My mom was saying she only wore them when she was younger as an extra layer—but never so they would show. It’s so interesting how times change!!

  • I’m such a fan of layering and camisoles! They help take a top that may not be work appropriate and turn into something I can easily wear to work!
    I love how you paired these looks!

    http://www.stylebymemory.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You are exactly right Joti!! They can make an outfit way more work appropriate!!
      Thanks for stopping by!!

  • Believe it or not, I love everyone’s outfit equally!!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Antoinette!! That’s a great compliment!!

  • Love seeing these styled at the different ages!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Deena—I really appreciate it!!

  • Such cute looks – I love your burgundy top!

    Annessa
    http://www.seekingsunshine.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Annessa!!
      I just need to make sure to wear it more!

  • You look so sexy in that outfit Jodie! Definitely a date night look! Your mom also looks so feminine and curvy in that shirt. It shows off her assets very nicely so I’d say a date night look for her too. I find camisoles help with those shirts that just show a little too much and for times when they really are hidden behind a jacket.

    Julia
    http://www.whenthegirlsrule.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Julia!!
      We have a date night coming up this weekend, so I’ll have to wear it then!
      And you guessed the Saturday category for the camis!!!

  • Jodie, you MUST wear that outfit more often! It is spectacular. I wear my camisoles the most just to raise the neckline of my shirts. My decolette is not a smooth and porcelain as it once was, and it just looks nicer to cover some of it up. But back to your outfit, it is amazing and my favorite that I’ve seen on you. The pants and shoes are on point.
    🙂 gwingal

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I hear you about the decolette—but I also figure not that many people should be close enough to notice that—ha ha!!
      Thanks for such a great comment Nikki!!

  • I wear them a ton under things like you all have done. Whether sheer or too low, they are a great layer. You all look great!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Amy—they definitely are more of a practical item—but still can be cute!

  • Camis are the perfect layering piece! There are so many variations, I especially love the ones with lace trimming it gives your outfit a little extra oomph! You ladies styled them perfectly.

  • Julia Nyanyo

    I love using a cami under shirts and tops either if they are too low or sometimes just for warmth! I love your mesh top, I’d think it would be perfect for parties/meals out too. It’s a great colour.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Julia!!
      I thought I’d love this top too—I just have to experiment with it with other outfits combinations to get comfortable wearing it more!!!
      Thanks for your kind words!! I really appreciate it!

  • RedTagChicLA

    Camis are so sexy and yours is no exception!

    Don’t forget to check out this outfit I am wearing this week at the blog for the last installment of my exciting collab with fashion forward brand STAYING SUMMER – I am sure you’ll like it!

    Happy Wednesday!

    Rebecca
    http://www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Rebecca!

  • camis are perfect for under a mesh top as you have shown, I also love the color choices the other ladies made!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tara!!

  • Camisoles are great to have to layer under things. Especially if they are low cut as they just give you a little more coverage. Loved this post. Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gemma—they certainly are functional and needed at times!!

  • Judy Gramith

    A very classic and informative post. Camisoles are a potential workhorse in our wardrobes especially for those of us who have become “terminally hot” since going through menopause( less than a full blouse but just enough under many tops). I wish someone would make a line of paper thin long sleeved camisoles that could go under chunky sweaters.
    All of you look really lovely in your oufits.
    That last photo of you is particularly lovely Jodie. I’m glad you reworked the jeans to make them your own; fringe is perfect and so on trend!
    I love Nancy’s and Charlotte’s shoes!! The loafers Charlotte is wearing match her blouse perfectly and Nancy’s shoes are so feminine with the pearly flowers.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You’ll see my fabulous jeans reworked the beginning of November—for a post on Lace Up Shoes!! I can’t begin to tell you how much I wear these jeans—they are so unique and fun!! So thank you, thank you, thank you!!
      I used to have a silk long underwear top kind of like you’re describing for under your sweater? Have you ever checked out Winter Silks? It’s been relegated to the rag department because I wore it so much, but it was thin!!

  • Tessy Onyia

    These outfits are super, I love the purple touch!

    http://www.tessyonyia.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks tons Tessy!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    I wear camis or tank tops all winter long under all my other layers. It just adds a layer of warmth that fits nicely next to the skin. They also can be tucked in without adding bulk inside your skirt or jeans, but it helps to keep drafts from sidling up your backside. Great post, Jodie and all of your outfits are great. It’s fun to even put a different color cami under something sheer or low cut to add another color. – Amy
    http://stylingrannymama.com/

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think you are the 3rd person who says they wear camis for warmth!!
      I’m having one of those V-8 moments (you know, hitting myself in the head) that I never thought of that!
      See how much I learn from you??
      Thanks for the kind words, Amy!!

  • Really love your mesh top – Great color and detail! I wear camis quite often for modesty’s sake. Lately I have been adding quite a few printed ones to my wardrobe to wear with cardigans, blazers, and my denim jackets. Loft always has a wonderful selection. I am wearing a pretty teal lace one with my floral bomber jacket and a pencil skirt today.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I only have one printed one—the one that came with my sheer top from WHBM! But I can see where they would be a great item.
      I know when I was working and wore blazers almost daily, I ended up wearing a short sleeve t-shirt (or sometimes long sleeve) under my sleeveless shirts just so I wouldn’t smell up my blazer. You know how expensive dry cleaning is!!
      I think the lace detail on many camisole, make them seem prettier than just a t-shirt too!
      Happy Tuesday and thanks for your input Jennie!!

  • Laura

    I love camis underneath tops to help with modesty. I wear them under everything in winter to help with warmth! They are great piece to have!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I was just saying to another person, that I should wear them more for warmth. Heck, I’m always on the cold side and that would be really smart. I usually only think about putting one on, if the shirt is a little low or sheer!!

  • I use this trick all the time! In fact ,I am wearing a cami under my blouse right now 🙂

    http://michellespaige.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s because you’re a smart cookie, Michelle!! 🙂
      It’s funny because some of my older women clients, just think…”oh, I can’t wear that shirt because it’s too revealing. They haven’t been brought up with the idea of putting a cami underneath.” Yet, once you start doing it, it’s like second nature!!
      Thanks for the love!!

  • I live in camisoles under blouses (was that even english?) Love the way all these are

    Life is just Rosie
    Instagram

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Rosie…I should probably wear them more just for warmth since I’m always cold. I usually only think about it if the shirt is revealing!!

  • ADA

    Today, as I am typing this I am currently wearing a camisole under a blouse. They are necessary under dresses and sweaters too. I cannot see your camisoles much but I love all those three tops especially the snakeskin-print blouse.

    Happy Tuesday Jodi!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      The camis certainly are the workhorses sometimes…much needed, not always in full view, but they make us feel more comfortable too!!
      Thanks for stopping by Ada!!

  • The cami is one of those everlasting pieces… Alway necessary and useful! Love the different ways to use them…

    Mary
    http://www.marymurnane.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Mary!!
      I definitely need them with certain items!!

  • Versatilestylebytracey

    As a mother of 3 son’s I’ve always worn cami’s to avoid showing cleavage in both tops and dresses . I found some at Walmart a few years back that had lace and were bra length that are wonderful options too.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I never thought of the bra length ones—that would be better for the warmer weather!! Brilliant—thanks Tracey!!

  • I always wear something under neath. If I don’t I get the shivers. Ha ha. I love your pants. I’m reading your post on my phone and can’t click through. I will tomorrow, I want to see how that’s made.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s probably smart to wear a cami underneath even if it’s not visible—just for warmth!
      Thanks for the tip–it’s only taken me 50+ years to get this smart–ha ha!

  • Love your pretty top with the cami underneath it! With everything sheer and lowcut these days, camis are a must! I need to get a few more neutral colored ones.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s true….maybe that’s the difference nowadays….maybe it’s the manufacturer’s and how they make their clothing. Maybe they do it on purpose so we have to buy camis? Ha ha!

  • Queen of Rods

    I particularly like your outfit, Jodie. Great styling. And yes, I still have some screw-back earrings that I wear on occasion 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Of course you still have some screw back earrings Janet!! That made me smile! And they don’t come off easily? I felt like I had to screw them in so tight to mom’s ear so they wouldn’t fall off—
      I know before I had my ears pieced (age 13) I had a magnetic pair of earrings! But I’ve never experienced the screw type!!

      • Queen of Rods

        I think that the screw-back earrings are more comfortable than the clip-on variety…but that isn’t saying much. And yes, they have to be screwed on really tight! I’ve never lost any…and I think that both are more comfortable than the magnetic ones. They give me a headache! You and I are on the same path with being only children and having our ears pierced at 13. I had to fight for that privilege…and had to have it done at a doctor’s office…

        • Jodie Filogomo

          I didn’t even know they pierced ears at the doctor’s office—I’m betting your mom didn’t have hers pierced?
          My mom got hers pierced at the same time as I did—I guess it just wasn’t proper before that?

          • Queen of Rods

            No, my mother never had her ears pierced, although her mother, a German immigrant, had pierced ears since childhood. My parents were over-protective, having waited ten years for me to arrive, and when they finally relented about the ear-piercing, it had to be done in a sterile environment… I like your story better 🙂