Fab Collab: The Ageless Appeal of Pearls at Sixty-Plus

Pearl Necklace worn by 4 generations-the 40's through the 70's.

This week, Sherry from Petite Over 40 is joining us in a Fab Collab. The goal of this alliance is for each generation to take a chosen style item, give a personalized story from their life regarding that item and then style it in today’s life! 

The Pearl Necklace Styled by Nancy

Sherry (the 40’s generation) told her story here, and Jodie (the 50’s generation) related her history here. And now presenting Nancy’s (the 60’s generation) story in her own words:

When I think of pearls, I think of elegance. I have to admit, I don’t wear pearls very often, however, I did wear pearl earrings and a pearl bracelet for the most elegant event of my life—my wedding. That was a day I especially wanted to look beautiful for my husband to be!

I’ve noticed after reviewing pictures from the past that I also have worn pearl jewelry to other people’s weddings.

The reason I don’t wear them much might be because my mother didn’t wear pearls very much. She really didn’t wear any jewelry and when she did it was just costume jewelry. My parents came from tough times and didn’t spend money on what they considered extravagant things.

As a result, to my knowledge, none of the pearls I own are real pearls. I somehow have collected several lengths and shades of pearl necklaces with numerous styles of earrings to go with them.

Since my stepdaughter, Jodie, has upgraded my styling, I have found myself wearing them more often with a variety of outfits. I realize now, it doesn’t have to be just the “dressy” events. Pearls can be a casual jewel and because of that they now get a lot more use and love from me!

I wanted to show two of the pictures I found of my mother in the few times she did wear a “pearl” necklace.

This picture below includes the entire family (doggie too)—since we were all dressed up we must have been going to a special event. But I have no recollection of where we were or why we were dressed up!

Pearl Necklace worn by 4 generations-the 40's through the 70's.

And then this was on a cruise, with my parents about 2004!

Pearl Necklace worn by 4 generations-the 40's through the 70's.

Since I said they’re not just for “dressy” events, I thought I’d pair them with trousers & a sweater. I feel like I could wear this almost anywhere!

Pearl Necklace worn by 4 generations-the 40's through the 70's.

60’s Outfit: Nancy’s sweater has these small sequins all over it, but they’re very subtle! I think it makes it nice so she can wear it either casually or more formally!

Pants: Liz Claiborne (similar here)~~Tank top under: J.Jill (similar here)~~Sweater: J.Jill (similar here)~~Shoes: Sam & Libby (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: Mauzies (similar here)

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For your shopping pleasure, I found some pearl adorned purses:

  • pearls add such a unique touch to an outfit and I love the pearl details in the purses you’ve features. thank you for sharing your post on my Powers the Flower link up.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Pearls certainly are classic since they’ve been around forever and passed down from generation to generation! I am surprised I still like them, since I have very little sentimental bones in my body!!

  • Pearls are such classics…they work for every age! Thanks for adding your fashion flair to the My Refined Style Linkup.


  • Happinessatmidlife

    I have always love pearls, they just add so much class to an outfit.

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



    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for always commenting from your linkup—-that’s so nice Alice!!

  • Pearls aren’t at all MY style, personally, but I still agree that they’re timeless and look great on everyone, regardless of age! Thanks for joining us at #FridayFrivolity and hope to see you again next week!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I heard a couple of people say that recently Lisa! I think that’s why I like some of the more modern takes on pearls that I’ve seen advertised—-they are not so “old fashioned”!! thanks for your input—I love hearing both sides!!

  • I so enjoy learning the stories behind people’s pearls! The old photos are just the best!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Aren’t the black & white photos so great!! I just read a statistic that every 2 minutes in the USA there are more photos taken than in the entire 19th century—amazing, eh?

  • Gorgeous! I loved seeing the wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses!!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Isn’t it so fun to look back at these pictures? Mom and I spend hours going through them!!!

  • Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. I think pearls are the women’s tie

    • Jodie Filogomo

      What a great analogy Nicole!!!

  • Everyone looks so fab and i love pearls, they are such a classic.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Osy!!

  • Pearls are really classic and timeless! Clearly, it’s a win at any age!
    xo Adri | http://www.adrilately.blogspot.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You speak truth Adri! Thanks for the thought!!

  • Stacey Keeling

    Pearls at any age are a great choice. I especially like that they are combined with silver and or gold these days. Can’t get enough.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think the combination with the different metals definitely make them more modern!! I think this exercise was a great reminder for myself to wear all my pearl necklaces!!

  • Trang Do

    Love these looks! Such a great story!

    Love from http://www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Trang!

  • Lorena Lorena

    I loved reading about Nancy’s recollection of pearls in her family and specially how she is wearing them today. As I’ve said before for me pearls are the epitome of class and think that they can only be a positive addition to any outfit.
    The only thing I can say is that I stay away from those that can be seen are plastic from miles away (usually when its s zilion strands and they’re really, really white…)

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I guess it is obvious when some “pearls” aren’t real (like the humongous ones too), but then they probably just look like white beads (of which my mom has a necklace –and other colored plastic beads too—which she will not get rid of!!) Thanks for your input Lorena!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    Another great story and outfit! Guess I am going to have to pull out the pearls! – Amy –

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Might as well wear them Amy—I just had mom style 3 different length strands with a t-shirt—one way to glam up a t-shirt!!

  • Okay, this is a great post and I want to feature it on my Tuesday Talk link up party next week. Would you mind linking it to it? My theme next week is a tribute to middle age bloggers and grandparents. This would be perfect to add. Here is the link to my party. http://grammietime2.blogspot.com/2016/04/tuesday-talk-66.html Then check back next Tuesday to see your shout out.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Of course, Michelle—thanks for the invite and I’m glad you enjoyed it!!

  • donnaduck

    Oh my goodness- that picture of Nancy’s looks just like the kinds of pictures I have of our family when I was growing up- straight down to the dachshund!! Our dog’s name was Heidi and she was in so many family black and white pictures. I have some pics of my mom in her pearls, and I’m happy to say I will have them and wear them when she passes on. And I’ll gift them to my daughter so they can stay in the family forever. Pearls never go out of style! Thank you for sharing all these pictures and stories, Jodi!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Don’t you just love those old pictures! I think I’m especially drawn to them, because they were special. We take pictures so much more nowadays that they are more commonplace!! I think that’s so cute that your Heidi was in your family photos!!!

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    I love that you added Sherry for the 40’s look! Nancy’s outfit is great with those bright colored pants and the simple pearl strand. I love pearls, I should wear mine more often. They brighten your face and I just always feel ‘fancy’ when I wear them! 🙂


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I do think they can add a little “fancy (as you said)” to anything!! Like that cluster of them you’re wearing (right?)!!

  • Judy Gramith

    My mother taught me that you can determine whether a pearl is real or not by gently nibbling it with your front teeth. If it’s smooth it’s fake. If it’s squeecky against your teeth it’s real!
    I loved your story and you look lovely in your pearls.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I totally use that technique!!
      Although as a retired dentist, I’d also have to laugh and say “but your teeth aren’t tools!!”
      Thanks for the input Judy!!

  • Nancy looks amazing, I love her outfit and I am always a fab of pearls. Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gemma!!

  • It was fun getting to know Nancy! Cute look too!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Darlene!!

  • What a wonderful story Nancy!
    And you little dog was adorable…they are designer pooches now :oD
    Modern faux pearls are almost indistinguishable from the real thing and farmed pearls are so cheap, is is easy to get the real-deal too.
    Anyone can tap into the pearl look.

    Back in “the day” pearls were expensive, very expensive!
    I remember looking at a string (that belonged to a friend of a friend’s mother) and being in awe at it’s beauty….In a velvet box with all of it’s paperwork.
    I remember feeling sad that something so pretty would lie lifeless and unworn in a box.

    If I had a string worth thousands I would never have it off!
    Life is for living.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      So true, so true. I keep telling my mom that because she’ll keep certain things in a box “because they’re good”—but how good are they if no one gets to appreciate them?
      Besides, didn’t I hear once that pearls are better when worn because of the oil on our skin? Or is that myth?