The Fab Collab Brings You Pastels at 70 Plus

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 The Fab Collab with Memories of their Pastel Items When they were younger.

Pastels for All Ages With Charlotte

It’s that time again when Sherry, from Petite Over 40, is joining us in a Fab Collab. Since it’s springtime, we thought we’d investigate a time in our life when we wore pastels and how we’d wear them now! 

The Fab Collab with Memories of their Pastel Items When they were younger.

We started our series with Sherry, our 40’s generation model, here, where she shared the southern traditions about wearing pastels. .

Next up was me, Jodie the 50’s generation model with a pastel period in my young life, here.

Then Nancy, the 60’s generation model, included us in her LaLa’s group and her love for pastels, here.

It’s not always fair that we put mom last in our group. But alas, we’ve done it again, and ended with the 70’s generation’s story and look! Maybe it’s because we are saving the best for last?

Mom’s Story in her words:

“This was my first cruise during spring break a couple of years before retiring from teaching home economics.

The Fab Collab with Memories of their Pastel Items When they were younger.

I traveled alone and met this elementary school principal from Florida. We hit it off as friends for this adventure and ended up going on many excursions together. For the life of me, I can’t remember her name, but we enjoyed each other’s company!

The dress I had made a couple of years beforehand. It is a pastel plaid with bodice on the bias to create the soft cowl draped neckline. The turquoise earrings were purchased on a previous stop in the Dominica Republic.”

Jodie’s input: If any of you have grown up with a mother that sews than you can relate to my mother’s memories. Every photo from when I was a child involves a discourse about what I’m wearing and how she made it. Not that it’s a bad thing, but that’s exactly how my mom relates to her recollections! Thus when she said that mumbo jumbo about the bodice and neckline—it really makes sense to her! Us normal folk? Not so much—ha ha!

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: So when I told mom ahead of time to pick out a pastel outfit for this post, I walked into her bedroom to a bed full of thousands of clothes. Okay–I exaggerate. But there was a bunch of different pastel pieces strewn across the bed. So we picked between all the items and came up with this! Very pastelly, very girly, yet very much my mother!

Let’s start off with the cardigan. I have to think that a basic cardigan is in every woman’s closet (like we discussed and styled here, here & here). Maybe you don’t have a peach colored one, but if not, feel free to check out this one with a darker trim or this one that is a little darker.

 The Fab Collab with Memories of their Pastel Items When they were younger.

And what is the cardigan being worn over? Stripes of course! Many of you will pooh-pooh stripes thinking that they will make you look bigger. Of course you think that because you’ve been told that time and time again. But I’m here to tell you, that “fact” is a non fact! It’s truly the size and shape of the shirt, not the stripes that can make you look larger.

If you don’t believe me, then how about trying it for yourself? Make sure your striped shirt is well fitted (not boxy) and take a photo of yourself wearing it. If you have that same shirt in a solid, then that would be the perfect comparison. Make sure you take a photo, though. It’s too hard to compare them in the mirror one after the other! Don’t have a striped shirt to try this with? Here, here or here are a couple that won’t break the bank. Either that or try the thrift store!

Now mom will tell you that this striped shirt of hers is more of a sweater. And a Pendleton one at that! Which is great, right? But I keep telling her she still needs to wear it, no matter what the brand. It doesn’t help to keep it stored away in the closet!

The Fab Collab with Memories of their Pastel Items When they were younger.

I’d really like to point out the fact that my mom is print mixing with this outfit. Now it’s not a bold, in your face print mixing, but more of a textural one (like we did here). Although if you add in the floral shoes, then you can say she has on 3 prints!! Isn’t that fantastic? Next week we’ll be showing more print mixing on the blog, too!

The floral shoes are a relatively recent purchase when mom and I went shopping last year. These are very similar with an even smaller heel! Or if you like this idea more for the summer, then these are open toed and very pretty!

The bracelet is a jade one from when my mom visited Hong Kong on one of her trips! You can see that my mom likes to shop for jewelry souvenirs when she travels, like she stated in the above story with those earrings she was wearing in the older photo!

The Fab Collab with Memories of their Pastel Items When they were younger.

Now let me discuss the skirt! It’s always amazing to me how my mom loves to wear her skirts and dresses even now that society is quite casual. I guess when you are brought up that way, it sticks, maybe? However a lot of women I know, never seem to wear skirts anymore. What’s your take on this issue?

The skirt my mom has on is a St. John’s Knit. When she first started working at Nordstroms doing alterations after retiring from teaching, she’d go on and on about the St. John’s Knits at the store. I know she stalked them religiously until this particular one went on sale for a reasonable price. Mint is a color I was seeing a ton of the last couple of years. Not so much lately, but it’s still fun & youthful. Here’s one mint skirt that would be considered more casual if you like the color but don’t enjoy getting fancy! The pleated skirts are becoming big again, so here’s one like that!

The Fab Collab with Memories of their Pastel Items When they were younger.

Skirt: St. John’s Knit (similar here)~~Cardigan: Designer’s Originals (similar here)~~Top: Pendelton (similar here more greenish)~~Shoes: Alfani (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

Thanks for coming along on our memory journey with us! And definitely join in and tell us about your like/dislike of pastels!!

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Since my mother loves wearing her skirts, I thought I’d tempt you with a couple of pastel ones!

  • The Real Lara Shoe

    I love that dress in your 1940’s pic. My daughter (4year old) has one similar and I always love seeing her in it. I should get one for myself! Thabks for linking up with us at #FabFridayPost

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Sarah!! 🙂

  • She looks great in her pastels! I think my favorite part of your site is the models. They look so happy in their outfits!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Carol!! You know, I have to tempt them with sweets to get these smiles?? Nah—I’m kidding!!

  • I’m so glad you mentioned Charlotte’s print mixing because I spotted it right away! Between the different pastels and patterns, the overall look is quite dreamy and whimsical. So obviously I love it! I also enjoyed reading her story about cruising alone towards the end of her teaching career. What an adventure! We’ve made friends with different couples on our cruises, but like Charlotte, we can’t remember their names. Still, we remember the memories and jokes and how they enriched our trip.

    Liz
    http://withwonderandwhimsy.com/2017/04/10/styling-a-cropped-moto-jacket-for-spring/

    • Jodie Filogomo

      My mom will enjoy reading this Liz!! Thanks so much for the positive remarks!!
      And it’s not like I remember people from our vacations either!! But meeting new people is always fun and enjoyable!!

  • Love all of the outfits. Your Mom looks so great in hers. I too love stripes.
    Thanks for sharing at Over The Moon Party. Hope you come back next week so I can stop by again.
    Hugs,
    Bev

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Beverly!!

  • Oh your mom has hit a huge home run! These pastels are gorgeous on her, including those fab shoes. xox

    Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Isn’t she lovely, Patti!! Thanks for saying so. She’ll love reading this comment (and I’ll make sure to forward it to her!)

  • Anna Parkes

    It’s always interesting to get some background on our blogging friends and this was a lovely chance to do just that today. Your mom’s ensemble is so flattering, the pattern play is youthful and those shoes are adorable. A great post, thanks for sharing!
    Anna x
    http://www.annasislandstyle.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Anna!! Mom will just love to read what you’ve written—she really knows how to dress up the pastels, eh?

  • Mary Kalpos

    Jodie I never wear skirts any more. Only in the summertime when it is too hot for pants. But to go through the trouble of having to wear panty hose is just too much for me. I love your mom’s outifit. It is very well put together and so elegant.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Ahhhh…is it only the hosiery thing, Mary?? I know my mom HATES it when I have her pose for our photos and won’t allow her to wear hose. It’s that struggle with the accepting our bodies as they are, yet wanting to cover up the imperfections!! I keep telling my mom that the advantage to hanging out with the older crowd is that their eyesight is bad enough that they can’t see the imperfections on her legs–ha ha!!
      We are funny people, huh?

  • Your mom is just darling! I love her entire outfit. The pattern mixing is perfect. (And that cardigan and those shoes – swoon!) What a fun look back at her cruise, too!

    ~Lindsey
    http://have-clothes-will-travel.com/

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for the love for my mom, Lindsey!! She does love her clothing and so she’ll love hearing that you like it too!! 🙂

  • Love your mom’s pastel outfit and all those skirts are so pretty 🙂 #WotW

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Louise!

  • MY GRAVY, this is such a classy outfit. Love the subtle pattern mixing with the lace on the skirt, the stripes and the soft floral shoes. I couldn’t help but notice how toned your mama is and her flat tummy! She is just amazing.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Your expression just cracked me up Leslie. My gravy??? I’m going out on a limb since I don’t remember…but you must live in the South?? 🙂
      And now you’re going to be my mom’s best friend after saying that!!
      Thanks for making me smile (and I’m sure my mom will be grinning from ear to ear after I forward this to her…)

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    Some have already shared this–your mom’s outfit is wonderful! I think it is a perfect Easter ensemble! Very stylish but understated and timeless!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for joining in with the consensus…I’m sure that my mom will never grow tired of hearing compliments 🙂

  • Rebecca Saffer

    Hi Jodie, I am new to your blog but have seen your comments on several that I follow. I find it very interesting that your mom was a teacher of home economics. This is a subject that hasn’t been taught in NYC for quite some time. Have you heard about the book “The Lost Art of Style” by Dr. Linda Pryzybyszewski? She is a professor at Notre Dame and has a class called “A Nation of Slobs”. Her book focuses on the major contributions made by Home Economic Teachers in the early 20th century through the 60’s. It is a fascinating read and I think your mother would love it!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Hi Rebecca—it’s so nice to meet you!
      I forwarded this comment to my mom so she could join in if she gets the chance!
      I haven’t heard of this book, but I love the idea of that class. Have you attended the class, and how do you know Dr. Linda? It’s such an interesting concept since I think and get on my soap box about society being too casual now a days. Not that I’d probably be giving up my jeans anytime soon, but I struggle with the idea of getting nicely dressed without looking over dressed—don’t we all??
      I’m so glad you suggested this book and said hello!! I hope you’ll stop by again soon!!

      • Rebecca Saffer

        Thanks for such a speedy reply, Jodie! I heard about Dr. Prys. via some articles and videos and loved her book. It is actually called “The Lost Art of Dress” (I made an error when I mentioned it initially. I read that your mother is from Indiana and that is interesting because the author lives in Indiana and in addition to being a Professor of History, is an accomplished seamstress who uses vintage patterns. Let me know if your mother (or you) read the book and like it. I know I will enjoy your blog!

        • Jodie Filogomo

          Now I’m definitely going to have to get the book and read it. Then I’ll pass it on to my mom!! Thanks so much for the suggestion—it’ll be perfect!!
          And happy weekend!!

    • Charlotte Miller

      Rebecca! So you’re the one who pointed me to this book. Thanks loads–I just finished it and was totally blown away.It’s history followed me from 4-H, thru teaching, professional alterations to present fashion blog with Jodie. I really loved the journey with the author and finished by reading she presently lives in South Bend, Indiana–as I was born in Indiana. Thanks again for suggesting such a fabulous read!!!!

      • Rebecca Saffer

        Hi Charlotte! I am so happy that you enjoyed “The Lost Art of Dress”. I am new to your daughter’s wonderful blog and when I read about you, I thought of the book immediately. The author is a professor at Notre Dame and has a wonderful blog as well.

        • Charlotte Miller

          I truly appreciate your thoughtfulness in remembering all those details. Thanks again–i loved the book!!!

  • PetiteOver40

    Out of all the great outfits we presented with this Fab Collab–and I did love all of them–I believe your mom’s is my favorite. There is just something so classically elegant yet modern about this look that has me completely charmed. The pattern/texture-mixing is part of what I love, but the colors together and how they look on Charlotte–so stylish.

    Thinking about that and what you said about your mom favoring this over a more casual look, I wouldn’t want to be forced to wear skirts or “dress up” for any occasion, like back in the day when women were required to wear dresses to work or school. And you know I gravitate easily to jeans and more casual attire. But I have to say that I find myself a little wishful about this level of dressing for “everyday.” Maybe I need to do an experiment around that–see if how long I can go wearing lovely skirts and kitten heels about town as I run errands, etc. I’m not sure if I could pull off the heels at all since I walk everywhere. But I know there is something about your mom’s outfit here that appeals to me on a deep level.

    Hugs to all of you!
    – Sherry
    http://www.petiteover40.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think about this a lot Sherry!! Mainly because I do think looking “presentable” is so important to our well being. And not that we can’t look nice in our jeans. But I feel like our society has become so, so casual. And even though I want to look modern—there are times I think casual can be almost disrespectful.
      And then you probably know by now, that I over analyze everything! So then I wonder how much of dressing is habitual? A lot, is my guess. Because even I’ve gotten into the jeans habit. In fact, my mom just commented how I’m always wearing a skinny jean and top lately. And it surprised me because I don’t want to be pegged down into a certain style.
      I know, personally I wouldn’t have too much trouble with the heels since we drive everywhere. But the sneakers trend is strong with the skirts??
      XOXO

  • Laura

    I like the mix of stripes and the texture of your mom’s skirt! That top is gorgeous on her!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laura…sometimes I think that mixing our prints is not as scary as we think. In fact, we probably do it more than we realize?

  • Amy D. Christensen

    Mom looks amazing! I love that she was mixing all those prints and it all looks as thought it is supposed to go together! She is so pretty in pastels. – Amy
    http://stylingrannymama.com/

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Awww…she’ll love to hear this Amy!! Thanks so much!

  • ADA

    You all look gorgeous in these peachy Eastery pastels. Sherry’s and your mom’s outfit are my favorites this week! Love them. If you ever want to do a trend/spin on a trend or color and you want to add me in the 30s group, I’d love to join in Jodi. Thanks and enjoy your weekend ladies! <3 Ada.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Ada!!
      What a great idea to incorporate more age groups….I’ll keep in touch!!

  • Judy Gramith

    I think Charlotte has abundant knowledge of cut, color, pattern, texture, drape, fit, and style. She has studied these topics; she taught about them and she has used them to dress herself beautifully through many years of trends ( good and bad). I suspect that this fabulous woman knows more about fashion than most bloggers. Also she has her own sense of style and doesn’t bow to any trend that doesn’t live up to what she knows about clothing construction and how it can flatter women’s bodies. Charlotte is willing to embrace new fashion concepts if they measure up to her personal taste but also her vast knowledge and experience.
    Since I began following your blog I’ve seen Charlotte looking sporty, sweet, sophisticated, snazzy, and sexy. She could serve as a style mentor for many age groups and a few well known designers!
    YOU ROCK CHARLOTTE!!!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Wow, Jude!
      You may tout my mom’s talent with clothing & style, but you’re quite amazing yourself with your words and thoughts!!
      But isn’t that the whole thing about age–we finally have the experience that we didn’t have when we were younger, and if we are passionate about something–it shows!!
      I’ll definitely be forwarding this to my mom—and she’ll be floating on air after reading this!!

      • Charlotte Miller

        So true–Thanks millions!!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Wow, Jude!
      You may tout my mom’s talent with clothing & style, but you’re quite amazing yourself with your words and thoughts!!
      But isn’t that the whole thing about age–we finally have the experience that we didn’t have when we were younger, and if we are passionate about something–it shows!!
      I’ll definitely be forwarding this to my mom—and she’ll be floating on air after reading this!!

  • that’s so interesting!

    The Fashion Matters– Travel & Fashion Blog

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Hadas!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Hadas!

  • How old exactly was your mother when she tool the cruise? It says just for het retirement? Or did she retire at a young age? I love her outfit, and those slingbacks😱😱😱😱😱😱wonderful!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      She did retire from teaching relatively young, Nancy—but then she worked doing alterations for many years after that!!
      Thanks for the kind words!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      She did retire from teaching relatively young, Nancy—but then she worked doing alterations for many years after that!!
      Thanks for the kind words!!

  • Michelle Leslie

    You are spot on Jodie, you did leave the best for last. Your Mom looks amazing in pastels, she has such a unique, timeless sense of style. I hope that one day I will look as gorgeous as what she does at 70+. She’s a true inspiration

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I bet you just made her day, Michelle!!
      Thanks so much!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I bet you just made her day, Michelle!!
      Thanks so much!!

  • This pastel look is so pretty from head to toe! The feminine vibe suits her perfectly. Have a great weekend Jodie!

    http://www..kathrineeldridge.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Kathrine…and you too!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Kathrine…and you too!!

  • Jocelyn (@ReadingRes)

    I do like pastels myself, off to check out some of those skirts! Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s nice to hear other women say they like the softer colors too!! Happy Friday!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s nice to hear other women say they like the softer colors too!! Happy Friday!

  • She is absolutely darling! I feel like this outfit was made for her. So many pretty colors and I love the mixed prints. Happy Friday!

    Liz
    http://Www.lizzieinlace.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Isn’t she, Liz? She’ll just love that you said this!! 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Isn’t she, Liz? She’ll just love that you said this!! 🙂

  • Love the shoes! Very pretty and I love the soft look on your mom.
    Have a great weekend!
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jess!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jess!!

  • Your mum looks lovely in pastels and I love the floral shoes.

    Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Gemma—she’ll be so happy to hear you say that!

  • donnanance

    Love this outfit on Charlotte! The heck with what the current “trend” is, own what you love and feel good wearing. The beauty of your blog is that we get to see three (or four) different takes on a theme.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m so glad you said that Donna! I do like looking somewhat contemporary—but I also believe that the overall impression of “looking nice” out weighs the “trends”!
      Thanks for being such a great supporter—-I don’t think I could keep this up if it weren’t for readers like you!

  • Karen

    As one who sews myself, what your mom described made perfect sense to me! I enjoyed her story very much and admire her for going on a cruise alone to see what adventures she might have! What a great lady! I absolutely love her skirt shown here (St. John’s knit). I love the floral detail on the side, such a great touch! She is so classy! Her shoes are fabulous! I love floral shoes and am drawn to them when shoe shopping! As for the skirt and dress issue, I wear skirts or dresses most days of the work week, but I do feel that where I work and what I do requires a more formal look as opposed to business casual, which seems WAY too casual to me these days. Here you still see men in ties and jackets and women in dresses and skirts, and dressy slacks. I know, what a bunch of throwbacks, huh? I like to dress up so I don’t mind it a bit. I have been focusing more on my casual wardrobe in recent years (weekend wear) and thinking of when I can FINALLY retire (can’t come soon enough!). In my second act I plan to work in a more casual environment (very part time though!) so I’m working on building that wardrobe. So dresses and skirts are definitely my style! I loved the skirt you wore in your “sentence a day” post, the one in the first picture!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      What a fabulous comment to read Karen!!
      I’m one of those strange people that love seeing people more dressed up than casual–although I’m just as guilty as wearing my jeans many days now that I’m retired. But if we go out (even to the grocery store) I like to put something fun on!! So I think it’s great that at your work place you wear “real” clothes—casual has just gotten SO casual nowadays!! What do you bet the pendulum swings back the other way?? Hopefully soon?!
      That blue skirt in my sentence a day post, used to be part of a dress that was originally my mom’s from the 1950’s!! Cool, right? I thought she’d feel good to see that I actually wear it!

  • You did save the best for last! I love your mom’s story. She travelled alone? How adventurous and brave and good for her! I can tell the pattern mixing is subtle but so spot-on. Stripes, diamonds and floral shoes! Perfect for spring! (though I’m looking out my window now and see snow!). This is my favorite outfit I think of all the pastels this week!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Hey–we just had snow on Tuesday, but luckily it’s all melted now! And we always say that spring time in the Rockies means snow!! But at least you can still wear pastels when there’s snow outside, right??
      My mom has been quite the traveller—first alone, and then in tour groups!! Funny, you say how adventurous—because she’s been doing it for so long, I don’t even think about how amazing it is!!
      Thanks for joining the fun!!

  • CathyLynchLawdanski

    My mom made all our clothes so I know EXACTLY what you are talking about. Her mother also sewed for her and us. Love her outfit. Go Charlotte on the pattern mixing!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m glad there’s more women out there that can relate Cathy!! Sewing almost seems like a lost art lately??
      Thanks so much for joining in!!