Floral 3 (Casual)

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Florals for the 50's. 60's. 70's

Floral for the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s: The Casual Version

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I used to despise floral clothing because it was so prissy.  If you feel this way too, there are techniques to downplay the girlishness and yet show off the beauty of floral.  One way is to pair it with very casual items or contrast it with edgier elements.  In this post, I’ll show you how to do this for these same shoes, jacket and skirt.  The business version (here) and dressy version (here) show alternative ways to arrange these exact floral items.

Florals for the 50's. 60's. 70's Florals for the 50's. 60's. 70's

50’s Outfit: Since these shoes are more of a brush stroke floral, they feel more artsy to me than girly.  Your shoes are an important detail in your outfit, yet realistically they don’t get seen as much since they are only about 1/10 the surface area compared to your shirt & pants.  Thus they are a great way to add some floral without being overbearing.

Shoes: Kohls (similar here)~~Jeans: Lou & Grey (similar here)~~Shirt: Ann Taylor (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Florals for the 50's. 60's. 70's Florals for the 50's. 60's. 70's

60’s Outfit: I paired Nancy’s floral jacket with her coated jeans (a feminine element with edgy element).  These jeans almost look like leather in certain lighting.  I think the bright turquoise blue also takes some of the spotlight away from the floral.

Jacket: Chicos (similar here)~~Jeans: Liverpool (similar here)~~Blouse: Bellatrix (similar here)~~Shoes: (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Florals for the 50's. 60's. 70's Florals for the 50's. 60's. 70's

70’s Outfit: So how to make a skirt more casual and less girly?  Just put on cute pair of ballet flats, a t-shirt, a sporty cardigan, and a cotton scarf!  Does this seem too dressy for many of you?  I know the young kids would add converse sneakers!

Skirt: Mom made it (similar here)~~Cardigan: Doncaster (similar here)~~T-shirt: (similar here)~~Shoes: SO(similar here)~~Scarf: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

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Photography by Kari Strand Photography

Floral shoes can add such a great punch of interest if the rest of your clothing tends to be solids!! (all these shoes come in a flower version).  Do you have/want a pair of floral shoes?

  • Kathleen McDermott

    Always loved florals, always will. I realize everyone’s taste is different, but it’s hard for me to understand a woman not liking florals. I guess I just love anything feminine and pretty. You all look pretty above.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Well, I know, for me, I didn’t want to be so girly! And I just read an article in the WSJ about how the younger women are wearing pink more now because they don’t feel threatened with their femininity. So maybe that was part of it. Growing up we had to be strong, to show that women could do everything. And being girly was not part of that?
      Whereas now—we know women are a force, so they can dress in the ruffles and pink??
      Interesting thought, huh?

      • Kathleen McDermott

        Jodie, pink is flattering to all women. I’m delighted to look pretty in pink while being smart and capable, though not masculine, at the same time!

  • nancy siegel

    Jodie, this outfit looks wonderful on you. The top is gorgeous and the fit is perfect. Love the shoes (all of them) too. I am going to come visit you and shop in your closet and jewelry cases. Aunt Nancy PS I think Nancy’s jacket is unique. N

    • Thanks Aunt Nancy!!! You’re welcome to visit…we have a guest room and we can swap clothes!!

  • Really love the floral pumps…I’m kind of obsessed with mine!

    • I know, right? I just wonder why I didn’t have any before this year?

  • I love the floral skirt!
    Xo Miss Erin
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  • I would totally wear your outfit! I just ordered a pair of floral flip flops, so I’m officially a member of ‘the club’! hahaha
    Darlene
    http://whosaprettygirl.com