Maxi Skirts 2 (With a Topper)

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 Maxi Skirts for Women in their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

Maxi Skirts for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: With a Topper

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I started this series about maxi skirts, showing us all wearing them with the ubiquitous tee here. But I wanted to prove how versatile these items can really be in your wardrobe. Thus I had us all add some sort of topper over our shirts. I figured this was more than realistic, since I take a jacket or some kind of covering every place I go in the summer. My joke is that I need the extra layer for the inside not the outside due to the air conditioning. I even tried to figure out different types of toppers for the three of us. I got a cardigan, Nancy wore her denim vest and mom put on her thing—it’s a wrap or kimono?

I planned this post to go out after my article was published on Margaret Manning’s Sixty + Me website! My personality is such that I analyze most everything by their pros and cons. And that’s what I did in that article. I’d love it if you check it out and let me know any ideas that I missed.

Maxi Skirts for Women in their 50's, 60's, & 70's. Maxi Skirts for Women in their 50's, 60's, & 70's. Maxi Skirts for Women in their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: I have no idea why the bottom portion of these full length pictures came out looking foggy. It was just the ones by this fence, and my husband said he didn’t adjust the settings of the camera at all. Anyone have any ideas?

I found this maxi skirt at Goodwill. I’d never heard of the brand so I googled it and found it’s sold at Saks, and Bloomingdales. Of course I was drawn to it because it’s so colorful and who cares that the stripes are going horizontally across my body?

Skirt:Design History-thrifted (similar here sorta in the same color scheme or here with smaller stripes)~~Cardigan: Ann Taylor (similar here)~~Top: Sweaterworks (similar here in a swing silhouette)~~Shoes: Stuart Weitzman-thrifted (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here somewhat with different colors & shapes)~~Earrings: (similar here)

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Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: Nancy’s sweater is a very lightweight, cropped style one that we picked up at H&M not so long ago. We figured for $5, that she’d get her money’s worth out of it, even if it falls apart in the wash! When you’re short, you can wear a crop top and still not show any midriff!

Her denim vest gets a lot of usage! Since the skirt is long, I thought a longer topper would be a good addition! And we left out a necklace since there was so much print in the sweater…but we did add a fabric flower! The flower was part of another shirt in Nancy’s closet, but I think it’s great on other items too!

Skirt: Old Navy (here)~~Vest: Chicos (similar here)~~Top: H&M (similar here definitely more of an investment)~~Shoes: Lifestride (similar here)~~Pin: (similar here it’s a Chanel version)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here more mosiacsish, but really pretty for a good price)

Maxi Skirts for Women in their 50's, 60's, & 70's. Maxi Skirts for Women in their 50's, 60's, & 70's. Maxi Skirts for Women in their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: My mom wore this lilac wrap in another post this spring seen here with her silver shoes. I had one readers ask to see how else it could be styled. For this example we shortened the sleeves by tucking them up and tied it in the front. Another fun option with this same garment, could be styled as a normal scarf since it’s quite lightweight. Or like in the similar here option below—you could wear it as a wrap. Just because it has openings for your arms, doesn’t mean you have to use them, right?

We didn’t even have mom wear a necklace in this outfit. She got some longer earrings and a bracelet, but no necklace—is that how you’d style this?

Skirt: Old Navy (here)~~Wrap: (similar here)~~Top: Ralph Lauren (similar here)~~Shoes: Aerosoles (similar here same brand, a little different version)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

It’s always a great day, when I read your comments and hear your stories!

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Here are some maxi dresses if you like the one & done idea!!

  • Kathleen McDermott

    Very sweet outfits. Love your necklace, Nancy’s vest and 🌺 and Charlotte’s polka dot top and wrap. Just found a lovely blue, green and white “flower pin” on a clearance shelf in Marshalls. When I looked at it closer at home, with my 👓 on, I realized it was from the pet department – it was to add to a collar! Ha! I shall remove the Velcro tab and attach a pin, and no one will be the wiser!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Oh, that’s hilarious Kathleen. But really—what’s the difference, right?
      Have you seen the post where the “purse” my mom is carrying was actually a jewelry box?
      I think it’s smart to be able to “repurpose” things like that!!
      🙂

  • These are all fabulous outfits Jodie. I love wearing maxi skirts and dresses too in the summertime. They feel so free and lightweight. And I live in a very hot country. Your outfits would be perfect for my area. Pinning and sharing.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Mary!!
      I was surprised at how cool the maxis could be since they cover so much—-it’s a good lesson to try different things, right?

  • Happinessatmidlife

    Love all of the maxi skirts here and how your mom wore her wrap.

    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you soon!

    Alice

    http://www.happinessatmidlife.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Alice!!

  • I love that maxi skirt, the colours are gorgeous! My other favourite item is the lilac wrap – it’s a really pretty piece! Thanks so much for sharing over at #FridayFrivolity 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jess!!

  • Dawn Lucy

    I hope maxis never go out of style! All you ladies look wonderful!

    Thanks so much for linking up with Fun Fashion Friday & hope you had a fab weekend!

    OXOX

    Dawn Lucy

    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I was thinking about this Dawn. Because I love being unique but I never want to look “crazy” (at least crazier than I already am)—so maybe we keep the maxis in style by continuing to buy them so the manufacturers keep making them?

  • I’m such a huge fan of maxis, petite as I may be.
    They’re just so fun to wear.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I totally thought as a petite, I shouldn’t wear them at first. But I’m over that now!!!

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    I love all of my maxis and I try to style them to death, every which way I can. All of you did such a great job with the toppers! That wrap your mom has on is really unique- I thought it was a scarf at first!!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Carrie! I can appreciate that thought of styling them to death—I figure they may not be in style for the next 10 years, so I might as well wear them now!!

  • Your last comment made me laugh. I love talking fashion with my mom too and discussing our different views. You all look great in your maxi skirts, and I love the toppers.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Amy.
      Different views is a great way to put it—I always just say she’s wrong–ha ha (not really!)

  • Great ways to style!!!!!
    Jaymie

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jaymie!!

  • Nice styles! Really like your way of posting!

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    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Floortje!! How nice!

  • Great for when it’s just that little bit colder. Have a great weekend all. Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Which the mornings and evening have already started being cooler—eeek!!

  • Nicole Mölders

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.

  • Amy D. Christensen

    Jodie, I find it simply amazing that you can coordinate all of these outfits! I mean, every time you post, you are showing three distinctly different outfits. I have a hard time just putting one together! Ha, ha. I think you can wear horizontal stripes with no problem because you are petite. Being wider on the bottom, I like to keep my horizontals on the top for balance. But I do have a maxi skirt that has black and white strips. The black strips are wider with just a narrow white strip in between, so it might depend on the width of the stripe or even the color….that being said, you’re outfit is really cute. Love the shrug and the necklace. Denim vests? Heck, yeah!!! I like the way you did the flower on Nancy’s vest too. It brings out the pink in the shirt. I think Mom looks great and the wrap adds an interesting dimension, although I could also see the outfit with the navy tee and a white denim jacket. Great work, Jodie! – Amy
    http://stylingrannymama.com/

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Amy—you are too funny!!
      There are definitely times I put our pictures together and think I styled us too much alike! Then there are times, I don’t love what I put together—so see—I’m the same as you. I just have to do it more times!!
      But…shhhh….don’t tell mom she needs any clothing—-she’ll be going out to buy or make one and there is absolutely no room in her closet (and she is the worst at purging!!)
      Thanks for the wonderful support—I really get a kick out of your comments!!

  • Laura

    These are all such well put together looks! That necklace in your outfit is stunning! Love the different toppers you added-they all look great with a maxi skirt! It just proves how versatile maxi skirts are!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laura—once I got my head around wearing a maxi, I have been surprised at how easy they are!!

  • I love the denim vest over this outfit. Would you believe I actually don’t own a denim vest?? Need one!

    michellespaige.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Shocking Michelle—I do think as a legitimate fashion blogger, you are going to be required to get one—ha ha!!
      I have to admit Nancy gets a lot of wear from hers.
      I have a jean one and a white denim one and I tend to wear my white one more often!!
      My mom has one too (we did a blog series on them a couple months ago) but she has so many clothes that she doesn’t have the opportunity to wear each piece more than a couple times (the disadvantage of having tons of clothes!)

  • You are all so cute! I love Nancy’s outfit.

    Brooke
    Pumps and Push-Ups

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Brooke!!

  • PetiteOver40

    Your skirt is a real showstopper, Jodie! I really love the colors and the stripes. I have a scarf that would *almost* go perfectly with it — the colors in my scarf are a little greener than what I’m seeing in your skirt, but the stripes in both would be fun to combine, I think.

    The little rose on Nancy’s vest is the perfect addition to her outfit because of how it echoes the pink floral print in her top. It always surprises and delights me when little details bring together a whole outfit.

    Your mom’s scarf “thing” really shows off her pretty figure! It tapers her waist and, combined with the long skirt, seems to lengthen her legs. How cool! I may have to try this idea myself!

    I hope you’re having a great week, Jodie!!

    – Sherry
    http://www.petiteover40.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You’re always so wonderful with your comments Sherry!! (It always makes me smile to see your name in the comment section because it’s usually going to be nice and long—and I love that!)
      I think this skirt was quite a surprise to me—I still wasn’t thinking I’d wear it much when I purchased it, but I so love the color scheme! And it’s great for days when I haven’t shaved my legs!
      I’m glad you like the flower on Nancy’s vest. To me the vest is quite plain without something, but sometimes I think I go overboard in the accessorizing department. I’ve actually been trying to use some restraint (talk about struggles–ha ha)
      Mom’s thing is interesting….I think it’s so great to have an item that can work many ways–although mom has so much that she doesn’t really need that kind of item. But she likes it, so it’s all good!!

  • Judy Gramith

    My favorite look is Nancy’s. The colors, spirit, and proportions are all perfection.
    Your outfit is amazingly slimming despite the horizontal stripes and the little sweater nips in your tiny waist beautifully!! That necklace is just so COOL!!!
    I think Charlotte should have worn the shrug (?) as a scarf to elongate her look, but this was also a perfect opportunity to add a bold, brightly colored stripe to mix with the teeny polka dots.
    I have a feeling that Charlotte just feels most comfortable covering her arms… Comfort is important too and some days we need more of it!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Nancy will love to hear that Judy—especially today when I pushed her over her comfort zone while we were styling for future pictures!!
      I do think we get into habits when we get dressed—and stepping outside those habits is not always easy!
      Charlotte definitely feels more comfortable with her arms & legs covered (I still have to twist her arm not to wear hosiery with her skirts—she only does that for me for the blog, not when she goes out in public!) I do wish we’d tried to vary the shrug more—I had forgotten how she wore it the first time until I looked back—and then it really isn’t that different! Well, there’s always next time!!

  • Suzanne Dennis

    It’s obvious that you put a great deal of time and thought into preparing the outfits for all three of you, and I love that! I can imagine that you all have a good time doing this, too. I really enjoy wearing maxi skirts, and all of you look wonderful in yours! You, my dear, could wear stripes going in any direction with your nice figure. 🙂 I’m 64, and I look forward to your blog posts. It’s refreshing to see real ladies in my age group modeling current trends and showing all kinds of possibilities.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I need to tell you Suzanne that your comment is sunshine in my day (not that there is a lot of rain, but this was such a lovely sentiment!)
      I can’t tell you how much I appreciate hearing what you wrote.
      I’m hoping that the more we see older women looking fabulous—then the younger women will realize it’s not a bad thing to get older (and not to give up or stop caring how they look!–even when our bodies aren’t “perfect” (not that they were ever perfect, but we over criticize our shortcomings!))
      Thank you, thank you, thank you for saying this!
      As for having fun—I absolutely love putting together outfits and figuring out ways to make things work (both in clothing & home decor). Mom & Nancy are wonderful to humor me in this endeavor—I think they enjoy it some days more than others—ha ha!! Just today Nancy & I were planning her outfits for a graphic tee series and she looked at her outfit and said “Jodie, I’d never, ever wear this”—but it’s good to be pushed outside the box occasionally, right?

  • Your series and your article did show all the pros and cons of wearing a maxi skirt. Great article BTW : )

    I’m a fan of long skirts and dresses. I just find them very feminine and elegant, but yes, you need to be careful when navigating the stairs.

    bisous
    Suzanne

    • Jodie Filogomo

      And you realize I know this stair thing because it happened to me—ha ha!!
      Thanks for the nice words—I certainly am not a writer by nature, but I love introducing styles to women!!

  • Versatilestylebytracey

    I love a colorful maxi and of course I am very big on 3rd completer pieces so adore this. Great thrift find!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tracey!!
      I don’t usually shop by labels or brands—so it’s always a surprise when I find out it’s a great deal!!

  • Bernadette Laganella

    I wear long dresses and skirts all the time. I think your post did a good job styling and featuring their versatility.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think they are super smart for us!! Then mom doesn’t have to worry about wearing hosiery!!

  • Lovely! The three of you always look so nice and always wear beautiful accesories. Your necklace is wonderfull!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Nancy!!