Fall Styles with Plaid for 4 Generations:
The Fab Collab is back! Sherry from Petite Over 40 has joined us this week to feature a pattern many of us associate with fall — plaid!
Pretty much all of us have some personal experience with this classic pattern, even if that experience goes back several decades. For this collaboration, we are sharing our stories and photos of wearing plaid in the past and then we show how we wear it today.
The Fab Collab is made up of four women, each in a different decade in life. Sherry is in her 40s, Jodie’s in her 50s, Nancy’s in her 60s, and Charlotte is in her 70s. Although the decades may have given us different experiences with plaid, we are connected through our stories, our curiosity, and our love of fashion and style.
Here’s Jodie’s (the 50’s model) perspective on plaid from this old photo:
As I looked back among my old photos searching for ones that I was wearing plaid of some kind, I was drawn this one of my grandfather and me. It really is interesting how a photo can bring back feelings and emotions that you’d totally forgotten. But this photo reminded me of such wonderful times that I had with my grandpa—I had to be about 5 in this photo.
I was definitely my grandpa’s favorite grandchild. LOL. Of course, that probably had more to do with my location rather than my personality. My grandparents lived only a half an hour away from where I grew up in Toledo, Ohio. Thus I got to see them more than just the occasional holiday or birthday. In fact, I remember many a Sunday dinner at their table with soup first, relishes to snack on, and then the meat & potatoes!
This photo was taken in front of their house! My grandpa was from the day where you always wore a suit & tie…no matter where you were going (it reminds me of the movie The Intern—I loved that movie!). Grandpa used to own his own concrete business before I was born, but when I was young, he became a lay minister. I always remember travelling around with him in his car while I would sing to him. It’s a good thing he was hard of hearing, since my singing voice has not changed much in the last 45 years! He’d take me to church with him and the women of the church would ogle over me (at least that’s how I remember it!!).
I especially remember the times I would spend the night at their house. I had to be about 7 or 8 years old—it was at the time I would fall out of bed while sleeping, so there was always a chair on the side to prevent that. After waking up in the mornings, grandpa would be reading his Daily Word publication. He’d pull me up on his lap and have me read the day’s inspiration to him; helping me with the words I didn’t know. And even though he’s been gone over 20 years, I still remember some of the phrases he would always say. Like “you don’t have to like it, just eat it.” And the fact that he called my first car a “puddle jumper.”
So in memory of my grandpa, I wore an outfit that reminded me of the dress in this photo. I don’t have a ton of plaid in my closet, but this shirt is one of my favorites because it’s pastelly!
Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: We were touring around Castle Rock for the Parade of Homes, when we found these paintings under an overpass! I figured it would be a fun backdrop for these photos!
I realize that most of us think of plaid as casual and masculine. Thus I added in my pearl earrings for a little dichotomy!
The other yin yang element I wanted was my sparkly necklace! I can see that it doesn’t stand out much against the plaid, but I still love it!
Since we were walking tons on this day, I added my newest pair of brogues! Because they are such a great neutral, I have a feeling you’ll be seeing a lot of them!
Plaid Shirt: Maurices (similar here)~~Skirt: LOFT (similar here)~~Shoes: Aldo (similar here in two toned)~~Jacket: (similar here in a moto version or here regular)~~Necklace: Bauble Bar (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)
Thanks for joining all of us in our plaid remembrances!! Do you have great memories of your grandpa? If you missed Sherry’s story from earlier—check it out here!
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I found many other plaid blouses available—it’s truly a staple in retail in the autumn months!