Fab Collab: Celebrating Summer in a Sundress at Forty-Plus

Summer Sundress for 4 generations.

Summer Sundress: Then & Now

It’s time for another Fab Collab! Sherry from Petite Over 40 is back and this time we’re featuring that favorite summer staple, the sundress. If you joined our first Fab Collab where we shared styles and stories behind our pearls, you know that each of us represent a different decade in life. Sherry is in her 40s, I’m in my 50s, Nancy is in her 60s, and Mom is in her 70s. 
All this week you’ll see how we’re styling sundresses during these summer days and you will be able to read our own personal connections to a particular dress we picked from each of our pasts. Sherry got the week started styling a Lilly Pulitzer sundress and sharing a story about the dress that made her feel as elegant as Meryl Streep in the movie Out of Africa. Read her story below .
We hope you’ll join us all week for the Fab Collab Fun!

Summer Sundresses for 4 generations.

A Little Sundress History per Sherry

The sundress idea has been around at least since the Greeks and Romans were walking around in togas.

It’s unlikely, though, that the Greeks and Romans viewed their togas in the same light we see dresses today and, given all that fabric, they may not have been as easy to work with as the sundress. So maybe it would make more sense to look to the colorful shift dress introduced by Lilly Pulitzer in the 1960s for a better comparison.

The rest of the history of Lilly Pulitzer and Sherry’s story regarding the “then” picture can be found on her website, here!

Summer Sundress for 4 generations.

I had to include the full body picture of Sherry with the Space Needle in view! What a great view to have from your rooftop, right?

Although, you’ll be able to link to Sherry’s posts from my blog, I know she’d really appreciate it if you subscribe to her blog so you won’t miss out on any of her fabulous posts. She’s actually going through each of the decades researching the styles of the times, and how it relates to modern day. If I could say one thing about this woman is that she is such a talented writer and really researches her topics so well!! In one of her past posts, she even included music to listen to while you read her post—now that’s adding a personal touch!!

And just because I love shopping for you—here’s some sundresses under $100!

  • Kathleen McDermott

    I love dresses year round, but mostly and especially in summer. Feminine, easy, comfy, cool, effortless. I like all of the dresses above, though I don’t consider any of them to be sundresses. To me sundress has always meant straps, from spaghetti to wide.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s true what you say about sundresses…but I think my definition has changed only because of what I feel comfortable in now!!

  • Wow didn’t know the history of shift dress. Thanks for sharing. Would love if you can link up to http://the-wardrobe-stylist.com/2016/07/11/summer-essentials-to-survive/

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It is interesting to find out how certain items came about—we just wear them and love them!! I did link up with your party—thanks!!

  • So lovely, a gorgeous sundress on you. Thanks for sharing some of the history.
    Thank you for linking up to “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me”
    Rachel xo

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Rachel!!

  • Candace

    It’s crazy how much sundresses have improved and changed over the years. I love the options you shared here!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Actually that’s one reason I do love spending tons on my clothing or keeping them forever. The concept may come back in style years down the road, but it seems like there always some change to it to make it more modern. Even just the materials change!
      Thanks for reading, Candace!

  • sue

    I love sundresses because you can just put them on and go! You can dress them up or take the casual look. I love the 4 looks in your post and I’m a big fan of maxi’s for those late afternoon summer bbq’s. You all look great! Sue from Sizzling Towards Sixty.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Sue—I think the maxi’s are perfect especially us older age groups since most of us don’t wear shorts as much anymore!!

  • Judy Gramith

    Sundresses are classic and they’re so comfortable!! I especially like a maxi length version which covers my less than perfect legs but still allows for some cooling swooshy movement.
    You all look lovely in your pretty frocks!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jude!! I love the maxi’s now too—plus then I don’t have to shave my legs!!

  • Sherry looks fab. The spot they chose to live is quite fab too.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Isn’t that a great back yard decoration? LOL!

  • Mother Daughter

    I love dresses in the summer. Nothing cooler or more comfortable.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You are so right!! Thanks for the love!

  • Great dresses! I checked her blog, very lovely! Thank you Jodie!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Nancy!!

  • Sundress are always so easy to throw on and style. I love all of your styles ladies! I hope you’re all having a great start of the week!


    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tamara!! You speak truth with that statement—especially one like Sherry picked, since it needs no belt, or necklace!!

  • Bernadette Laganella

    It wouldn’t be summer without a sundress. It is such a wonderful feeling to be able to feel the summer breeze on your legs and arms.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Isn’t it such a classic piece? Do you have many Bernadette? The funny thing, is now that I’ve retired I’ve bought a couple, but when I was working I didn’t have any? I can’t quite figure out why!!

      • Bernadette Laganella

        A closet full. You probably didn’t think they were office appropriate. I work for my husband so I can wear pretty much what suits me.

        • Jodie Filogomo


  • Oh I do love a good timeless sundress. It’s a summer must! Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I so agree!! Thanks for the love!!