Frumpy Floral for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: With Modern Accessories
Quote of the day: “There is a fountain of youth: It is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love.” Sophia Loren
For the closing piece of my experiment with the floral shirts, I tried to see if some accessories could change the look. This theme was the brainstorm of a wonderful reader who posed the question about how to make her floral shirts not appear mumsy! Of course I’ve used the word frumpy and old along with mumsy to create the mood!
So for this post, I wanted to see how certain accessories would affect the overall look. I’m sure there are many other factors involved too. Fit, color and even silhouette can create such differing perspectives on the same item. But here’s what I came up with for now! I also wanted to use different kinds of accessories. I styled a lace extender (we did an entire series about them here, here & here), Nancy wore a statement necklace and mom donned a choker necklace!
If you missed the other two posts, I tried to change up the look with modern pants (here). At the same time, I also explored the logic (or craziness) behind how I styled the frumpy pictures. After that, I then added various layers to our same floral shirts (here) to see if that would make you like the outfits any better! So what’s the consensus on this blog series? Helpful or silly?
Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: Now I’m not really sure if the lace extender makes the outfit better, or if it’s the jeans & shoes?
I can tell you one thing from reading quite a few blogs…these strappy sandals are everywhere!! And truthfully, they are more comfortable than you might think. They aren’t a really high heel, and since there is very little material on the shoe, there’s little chance of rubbing! And that ankle strap makes them easier to walk in than my pumps, for sure!
But I will make the case for the lace extender too. I think the lace hanging out gives the shirt more interest and texture!
Jeans: Simply Vera-thrifted (similar here)~~Top: Liva Girl (similar here with a choker neckline–that’ll make it look fun!)~~Lace Extender: Grace & Lace (here)~~Shoes: Abound (similar here)~~Earrings: Stella & Dot (here with the tassel removed)
Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: For Nancy’s outfit, not only did we add in a statement necklace, we went for a more dressy version!
If you don’t have a statement necklace in your wardrobe, it can be a great way to gussy up a casual top! Since we were adding in the bling of the necklace, I figured we might as well put Nancy in a skirt!
Her shoes are a rose gold with a little sparkle in it. Rose gold is making a comeback in the retail stores, so that’s a good tip to look contemporary.
Skirt: Plaza South (similar here in a Medium only)~~Top: Croft & Barrow (similar here in long sleeves)~~Shoes: Chinese Laundry (similar here in a couple colors)~~Necklace: (similar here with shells)~~Earrings: (similar here)
Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: Chokers are a huge trend right now. Many of us remember them the first time they were in style!
And lately, I’ve heard a few older women poo poo this look. But why not try it? Do you feel it focuses on your neck and that’s bad? Depending on the width of the choker, it could cover any wrinkles that you aren’t loving? Or you could try the smaller neck scarves which I’ve been wearing quite a bit.
Since mom was game to wear the choker, we tried it. And between that and the leopard print shoes, I think it makes the outfit definitely less frumpy.
Of course, I think the fun glasses help in making mom look more modern too!!
Jeans: Eric Jeans (similar here)~~Top: Laura Scott (similar here)~~Shoes: Payless (similar here in a ballet flat)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here with no writing on them)~~Bracelet: (similar here)
Do you love floral shirts? Or do you feel old wearing them? I love hearing your logic!
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Here’s some more of the newer accessories to add to your collection: