Can Restyling Your Clothing Pieces be Good for your Brain?

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Can Restyling Your Clothing Pieces be Good for your Brain?

Quote of the day: “Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.” John Wooden

What if shopping in your closet was actually a brain exercise? I know many people enjoy the idea of having a “uniform” to wear to make life easy. But what if I told you that challenging your brain to make new outfits was better? These are the ideas we are going to explore this week with the help of Madelyn, from ADD…and-so-much-MORE!

As a practicing ADD coach and mentor, she has extensive knowledge about how the brain works and how we can drive our brain to work for our personality! Even if you don’t struggle with ADD, her site has fabulous information about your brain and about your friend who may have ADD! Madelyn is going to comment throughout this series, so her words will be in the brown font!!

It has always been interesting to me, Jodie, that men seem to feel entitled to “play” more often than most women: golfing, pick-up basketball games, touch football in the park – even building model train environments (for their kids, of course – lol). 

And yet they tend to make fun of the more playful female activities – our shopping and fashion focus especially.  I think a lot of us have internalized those comments in a way that many of us have concluded that playing with our wardrobes is a “frivolous” activity.   No way!

Not only have researchers begun to discover the importance of “play” to healthy brain development and continued health, any time we spend making friends with change is what is called “neuro-protective.”  It forces the brain to build new pathways, which become all the more important as we age, when some of the old pathways die off or become corrupted.

So for our first challenge of this series, Madelyn suggested taking an item from our closet and restyling it! You might consider this easy for us, since many of our blog posts do this exact task! But usually I am the styler for most of our outfits, so I wanted Nancy & my mom to change up these items themselves! Sorta!! Read on and see what I mean!

Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: The item that I chose for for the revamping challenge is this sequined bolero jacket. I wore it originally in a post about holiday party outfits back in the beginning of the blog, here.

And that’s exactly how I always think of this piece. As a party or dressy item. Therefore, for this challenge I really wanted to see if I could style the bolero more casually so I could get more wear out of it.

Do you have a dressy item like this that you only wear for the “good” occasions?I bet you do! Something like this or this? In fact, in that second link, you can see how the advertisement styled it with jeans! We just have to retrain our brain to do this!

Restyling Pieces of clothing for Women over 50 or shopping your closet

Madelyn’s thoughts:

The change from dressy to casual really shakes things up for your brain, Jodie.  It had had to shift quite a few paradigms to decide just how you were going to do it — beautifully, I might add.

Even though the colorway remained essentially the same, the decision dynamic of thinking about color placement alone created at least a few more new pathways that will serve you well in other endeavors, even before you grow older.

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I didn’t even think about the fact that I was keeping the same colors with the new outfit–funny, huh? But I paired it with my bow tie blouse because these blouses seem more office appropriate and not as party stylish! These blouses are perfect for any season ranging from sleeveless, here to long sleeved, here!

And then I figured pairing the gold jacket with my jeans, made it much more casual and every day! Flare jeans may take you back to the 70’s, but maybe if you bought a pair in white, like these, they’d feel a little more modern?

I’m not sure if you could tell in the photos above, but since both tops had ties, I thought I’d tie them together!

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And we can’t forget a mention about the shoes, right? Strappy sandals may be somewhat on the dressier side, but I also thought they were fun! If you don’t love wearing high heels any more, then strappy flats like these, could be your saving grace!!

Restyling Pieces of clothing for Women over 50

Jeans: Gap (similar here)~~Bolero jacket: (similar here)~~Top: The Limited (similar here or here)~~Shoes: Payless (similar here)~~~Earrings: (similar here or here)

Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: I picked out the item for Nancy to restyle was the skirt from her matching set. We originally did a series about matching sets here, where we styled the set and then broke it up!

Now if you notice in this original post with Nancy’s skirt, I’m also wearing my gold bolero jacket. I didn’t plan for this to happen, but hilarious, right? I really have been trying to get myself to wear this piece more. But this is proof of how keeping it dressy is my first response.

My motive for giving Nancy this skirt to restyle, was to try to give her other options for styling this skirt. You may notice that it seems a little shorter in these photos!! It is, because I altered the skirt in length and width. It’s not super obvious in the earlier photos, but the skirt seemed almost overwhelming on Nancy’s small frame!

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Madelyn’s thoughts:

Nancy’s changes might seem, at first glance, to be not quite as global as the example on you, Jodie.  That might be so if ALL she changed were the colors of otherwise identical fashion pieces. But taking a closer look says otherwise. 

It is only the recognizable print of that great black and white skirt that might fool the unobservant eye into thinking she didn’t change much at all. Count how many decisions went into this outfit change: profile and face framing, accent jewelry and footwear included. Every single decision forced her brain to be able to accommodate change in other environments more easily. 

Even if Jodie picked out every single element, Nancy’s brain still had to reconfigure itself as she tried them on and got used to the new look.  So if you partner with a friend as you change things around, that kind of play will be good for BOTH of you.

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You might recognize this pink blouse of Nancy’s from our pastel collaboration earlier in the month, here. It truly is one of her favorites, so when she suggested this top with the skirt, I thought why not? It’s only realistic to wear our items more than once, and sometimes more than once in a month or even week, right?

I know from our discussion about pastels a couple of weeks ago, many of you don’t wear them much. But then how about a compromise? Here’s a darker shirt with pastels in it! Or even this one, could add in just enough pink to make you think spring!!

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And Nancy’s shoes are those perfect heels for the dressier occasions. If you notice, the heel is only 2 inches which makes it extremely walkable. That and that ankle strap are the right ingredients for stylish yet functional shoes. Here’s a pair with a block heel or here’s another pair that would be fabulous!

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Skirt: Studio 1 (similar here as a maxi skirt and here as a wrap skirt)~~Top: CDW (similar here or here as an OTS)~~Shoes: AK (similar here just nude and here with some black)~~Necklace: (similar here or here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: My mom’s piece to restyle was her snakeskin bomber jackets, seen originally here! Bomber jackets are everywhere again this season, so what a perfect item to showcase this!

I know my mom will tell you that she likes “matching” her clothes because that’s what she has done for 70+ years. I’m sure many of you feel the same way. But after talking with Madelyn, I’m on a mission to change this up even more.  Not only is this good for style reasons but also for our brain!

So when I told mom to restyle her bomber jacket—I had to “push” her to not wear it with the same color clothing as the first photo. The snakeskin jacket really could be a neutral, so I pulled out the mint jeans for my mom to wear. Fun colored jeans can really add so much pop to an outfit. I mean, look at these or these! We all know how color in our house can affect our moods, so why would it be any different with our clothing?

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Madelyn’s thoughts:

Charlotte SEEMS to have changed least of all but, again, it is only the print of that stunning snakeskin jacket that might fool us into thinking so.  Even though both are pants outfits put together in a similar manner, the overall effect is completely different. One is a bit “dressier” and the other more casual – as would be the places where each would probably be worn.

If you want to build a couple of additional pathways in your brain, think about how many places you might wear each of the “new” outfits you style. And how you will feel about yourself when you wear each of them.  Strut your stuff!

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Even though I’m that annoying daughter that pushes my mom outside her color box & style many times on our blog, I’m really not all that mean! I mean, I did let mom wear her brown shoes & jewelry to “match” the outfit, right? And doesn’t this seem like a lighter outfit for the spring months?

We talked about leopard shoes in detail when we challenged ourselves to mix our prints starting with our shoes last week! If you don’t have a pair yet, then make sure to check out these or these! I bet you will wear them more than you think!

Restyling Pieces of clothing for Women over 50

I know many times you don’t really style your outfit around your coat. You get dressed and then figure out the jacket to put on as you’re racing out the door, right? So a fun bomber jacket could be just the thing you need if you are one of those women that stick with solid colored clothing. Because then you’ve added in your print and interest in a quick & easy fashion!

Truthfully, I wasn’t loving the bomber jackets at first. They tend to be big and boxy in their shape. But not that I’ve seen them more and more, I think they can be fun! And who needs to have everything tight and fitted all the time? And since there are so many fabulous bombers available, I showcased a bunch at the bottom of this post for you. You can thank me later!!

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Jeans: Fabrizio Gianni (similar here these are brighter but not as skinny as most of them on the shopping site)~~Jacket: Silk Club (similar here)~~Top: (similar here)~~Shoes: Montego Bay (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here in a rope version)~~Earrings: (similar here)

I hope this article sends everybody reading to “shop your closets” to come up with some brand new ways to recombine your favorite pieces.  Be sure to try things on as you “shop.” And don’t worry about changing your mind as you change various pieces repeatedly.  Keep reminding yourself that it’s GREAT for your brain.

Changing how we dress ourselves is one of the quickest and easiest ways to build some new pathways in our brain.  So we can all take shopping and fashion off our “guilty pleasures” lists.  No need to feel guilty – it’s actually good for the brain!  And there are so many fun ways to change things around, as this post illustrates beautifully.

Make sure to also click over to Madelyn’s blog to read more rationale on how changing your clothes can be good for your brain! 

Charlotte’s photography by Kari Strand Photography

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  • Your outfits are always put together so thoughtfully, which really shows in the details. I love how you tied the two tops together. The alteration to Nancy’s skirt is subtle but makes a real difference! I love your mum’s necklace and snake print bomber.

    Emma xxx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Emma!!
      I do like adding in tons of details, it seems!! One of these days I might try a more minimalist approach….well, maybe!! LOL

  • Again, this is so fun! And this has given me some major inspiration! I have a gold bolero very similar to yours Jodie, and I only wear it for special occasions. After seeing this I’m certainly going to try to style it more casually! Thank you for the idea!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I can’t wait to see you how you style yours, Lindsey!!
      It does make me feel better to actually wear most of the clothes in my closet, so I’m going to work on this with some of my other items, too!!

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    I just LOVE your little jacket (if that’s what you call it)! All the outfits are so versatile anyway! I think not only choosing new ways to wear outfits stimulates our brains, but wearing them does something for our brains and ego as well! Thanks for linking in #AprilFlowers!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You’re exactly right, Terri—it does boost our ego too!! And really, it makes me feel better about the fact that I purchased this item since I can wear it often!!
      Thanks for the love!! 🙂

  • Anna Marcus

    I totally agree with you Jodie, I also have some pieces of clothes saved for the “good occasion”, I also recently blogged about it. Re-inventing your wardrobe is not good for the brain but also for the valet, wouldn’t you agree. Love how you re-invented the “special” clothes into every day wear

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m glad we finally realize this Anna…ha ha! It seems silly to save our pieces and only get to love them occasionally!! Glad you’re on board!

  • I love this! This is so much of what I try to do with my wardrobe. I love to pull out a piece I haven’t worn in a while and make it something new again. In fact, I have a pleated skirt I’ve been meaning to pull out and restyle… you’ve inspired me.

    Mary Colleen

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think wearing what we already have in our closets is not only financially smart & obviously brain smart—but it also makes me feel good emotionally!!
      Thanks for chiming in Mary!!

  • This was a great read and so interesting!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Joti!! Makes you feel good about what you already do, don’t you think??

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Heather!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    jodie, this was such a fun and informative post. I am so impressed! I love that each of these looks was a whole new look. Maybe it is because I am a fashion blogger, but I could see the changes immediately and could actually see how the changes affected the “mood” of the outfit. All of your changes were perfect and each new outfit was just as lovely and effective as the original. Tell your mom that those mint pants were absolutely stylin’ with her snakeskin bomber, and the white tee and necklace really pulled it all together. Great job. And thanks to your friend for her informative words. So glad I am getting some brain benefit out of what I am doing. – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s funny because this is very much what we fashion bloggers do regularly…and then to find out it’s actually good for our brain!! Isn’t that like winning the lottery? Okay, not quite as good as winning the lottery, but close!!
      Thanks Amy for always chiming in with your thoughts–I love to read them!!

  • I love this idea! I do think it’s good for us to restyle what’s in our closet for so many reasons. I’ve bought a lot fewer clothes last year, and I love challenging myself to come up with new combinations.

    You all did a great job restyling your items!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Andrea!!
      I’ve bought less clothes recently too—I already have so many that I don’t even get a chance to wear! And since I still love them…it’s so hard! Maybe I need to change outfits twice a day—ha ha!!

  • You come up with the most interesting posts and you can see how much everyone enjoys them! Always working our brains! I love it! Peace! Cheryl

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Cheryl!! I do have to give credit to Madelyn for coming up with these ideas!! But isn’t it so interesting??!

  • Joy Shiness
    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Joy!!

  • I love this Jodie, it’s great to think of different looks for the hardly worn stuff in our closets! You did so well with the bolero. I had my doubts at first but it works really well!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gail!!

  • Pam@Threading My Way

    Playing with clothes = good for the brain! I won’t feel guilty next time I’m going through my wardrobe seeing how I can mix and match clothes.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Doesn’t it really change your mind about how to feel about what we do???
      I love hearing that this has been good for me all along!!
      Thanks for chiming in, Pam!!

  • I can definitely see it being good for you and stimulating your brain!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Exactly, right?? 🙂

  • ADA

    Your chocolate tiered bolero is definitely very cute, romantic and with a retro feel. And I absolutely love your mamma’s snakeskin bomber. You ladies are bringing back some great fashions from the past mixed with today’s trends.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Ada!!!

  • What a fun post! My grandma used to say we were using our “dendrites” when we tried something a different way. Love everyone’s outfits – and you’ve inspired me to go into my closet and mix things up a bit!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Well your grandma was a smart cookie!!
      It’s always good to know that the things we do can help us in the long run!!
      Thanks for chiming in Lana!!

  • I never thought about how “playing” with clothes and fashion can be good brain exercise–I love that!! Also, all 3 of these looks are great but your mom’s look is my favorite! That bomber jacket is fantastic!

    • Charlotte Miller

      Thanks Shea.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Isn’t it nice to hear that something we like to do is actually good for us??
      Now I feel so much smarter–ha ha!
      Thanks for the kind words, Shea!

  • I love Nancy’s look, but I’m always a sucker for pink, black, and white! This was a really interesting post. As a former teacher, I was always looking for ways to incorporate “play” into the curriculum. It stimulates the brain, gets you thinking creatively, and it’s a way to trick yourself into learning and working! Ha! I appreciate your point about fashion being seen as frivolous, but when you approach it formulaically or analytically like this, it becomes a form of higher thinking. And if it’s playful at the same time, all the better!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      It is interesting, right, Liz??
      I mean, I knew it was fun for me, but to actually think that it’s good for the brain, just takes it up a level (or million…)!

  • Jacqueline Rendine

    I love styling pieces multiple ways! It is something I think about constantly!
    Stylin In St. Louis

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That just goes to show that you’re already a smart cookie, Jacqueline!!
      Thanks for chiming in!!

  • Debbie Stinedurf

    Yesss!!! I knew that all of this playing with my clothes served a purpose…it’s good for my brain! I actually find all of this really interesting; the human brain fascinates me, it always has. And you know I love what you did with your bolero since I’m a huge fan of sequins paired with denim. 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I love figuring out the why’s all the time too, Debbie! Thus when Madelyn started talking about this awhile ago—I was totally engrossed!! It makes sense and it’s works in my favor! Two of my favorite things!!!
      Thanks for the kind words!!

  • Helen Hobden

    I really enjoyed looking at these outfits, and I love the fact that restyling items helps the brain – proof then that I don’t need to try and have a capsule wardrobe!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      OMG—maybe that’s exactly the reason I don’t ever want a capsule wardrobe!! I know when I go on vacation, I tend to get so bored by the clothes I bring along—so I’ve never tried that experiment!
      Thanks for chiming in—this gets me thinking…..

  • Jodie – this is such an interesting post and so thought provoking. I’m reading it again because it really intrigues me. Love the things you address and pursue in your posts.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Carrie!
      It really does make you think, right?

  • Amber Temerity

    I so LOVE both your outfits, Jodie! Such beautiful colors!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Amber!!

  • I definitely see restyling your wardrobe as a use of the brain and a creative endeavor. I think this is especially true if you wear a layer in a unique way or do something really different than the last time. These are things I often see you all do on your blog!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You’re right, Amy—this really is what I try to do on the blog many times!
      Of course, I thought I was just being creative….okay, sometimes silly! But to think that this is actually good for my brain? Shocking!! I guess that means, I’ll have to keep doing it—for the sake of my brain, of course! 🙂

  • Hey Jodie – my i’net is back up – AGAIN – so I’m climbing back on the horse, only a few hours behind. Cross fingers it stays up this time!
    I’ve loved reading the reactions of your readers to the brain-based rationale – almost like something in us knew it all along.

    In other species it is the male that “dresses up” – in humans it seems to be the females who lead the fashion parade most often. (We see the drive to dress up in school girls who must wear uniforms to school – and to dress DOWN from their male counterparts – lol).

    The point is the same, however, It’s all about choice and CHANGE.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Yippee that your internet is up again!!
      I think this has been so enlightening, Madelyn. I feel like even though I’ve been touting the idea of wearing the same item different ways, it means more when there is scientific fact behind the reasons it’s good for us!!
      I’m sure I’m going to need to “pick your brain” more down the road!!

  • Kelly M

    How do you do it? I am always inspired to see you come up with similar and complimentary looks for women from all different decades! It leads me to believe that age really is all an image we construct in our minds.. Isn’t it?

    kellmenow |
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    • Jodie Filogomo

      What a fabulous comment to read, Kelly!! And I hope that’s exactly it—the numbers that constitute our individual age are only that—numbers! It’s what is inside that counts, and hopefully we are all showing our fabulous personality with our style!!
      Thanks for the wonderful thoughts…it really made my day!

  • Love all these outfits! You’re right that women often can “play” more with clothing than other things, so we should go for it. 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Absolutely, Lisa!! Thanks for chiming in!!

  • I love restyling pieces in different ways! I feel like it challenges my creativity and allows me think in a different way. Plus it’s fun!!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      And doesn’t it make you feel so good to know, that what you’ve been doing all along is good for you??
      That’s why you’re such a smart cookie, Liz!!

  • Jess Jess

    I love everyone’s style, but it just always seems to come down to Nancy and I should be shopping besties…everytime!!! 😀 Love that sweater!!!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Well, Nancy will love to hear that!! Thanks!!!

  • PetiteOver40

    I’m in such agreement with Madelyn’s comments about how we have put ourselves down for having a more female form of play (fashion/style) while the more masculine forms are the ones that are seen as real or valuable. This is one of the reasons why I’m so grateful to you and Rob for doing the men’s series. It brings the guys into our world and shows how what we do is real and fun and valuable–truly artistic and expressive of who we are–and the guys can do it and have just as much fun.

    I’m also grateful for Madelyn’s input on this post–and your willingness to try it out for us, Jodie, Nancy, and Charlotte! What a fun way to make our brain healthier! This is reason enough for me to give this a try on my own!

    Great looks for all three of you!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think it’s always so reassuring to think that some of the daily efforts we do, can pay off in the long run!!
      Learning about how our brain can benefit from shopping our own closets and switching things around, made me so happy.
      Therefore, if you can’t find me for the rest of the day…………ha ha!!

    • What a great comment, Sherry. I also love seeing posts with/about Rob (what a cutie!)

      There are always exceptions, of course, but I think we ALL need to encourage play in as many forms as our loved ones are willing to try, because it will keep our brains younger longer. That means men push to appreciate our fashion fascinations in addition to expecting us to stop pooh-poohing their “sports obsessions” lol.

      According to the science, however we play is good for our brains — and guilt and shame are lousy for them.

  • I never thought of the ‘clothes tornado’ that results when I’m trying to find a new way to wear something as being a healthy activity, but I will now, haha! I think it’s so easy to fall into the same way of wearing something too, and partly that has to do with what the garment is, sometimes it’s hard to move dressy items into casual wear and vise versa, but it can be done!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I love your description Lydia–a clothes tornado!!
      And I think one of the reasons we can make dressier items more casual (and vice versa) nowadays, is because so many of those pesky rules have gone away!! Yippee!!

  • Love seeing the side by side photos of all of you showing different ways you style the same piece! You should do more posts like this! So interesting

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Michelle!!

  • Pam miller

    Hi Jodie. When you first wore the bolero jacket, I told you that Bethany would have loved it. I still think so with the new look. You have come so far with your blog and it is clear you put great effort into it. Keep up the good work. Pam

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for such a heartfelt compliment Pam!
      It’s funny how certain items remind us of another’s style—and ever since you said that, I do think of Bethany whenever I pull out this bolero! I really think that’s why I’ve kept it, even though it’s not something I think to wear often!!
      I’m so glad you can see the improvements on the blog….I have been working very hard to make it better, and it’s nice to know you can tell!!

  • Judy Gramith

    Rethinking conservative or typical styling preferences and “playing” or “brainstorming” are good ways to activate new neural pathways in the brain. Fashion choices should be fun, creative, uplifting ways to express who we are and many women feel restricted by ” styling rules”. Perhaps if we think of our clothing choices as a way to improve brain function as well as a way to expand our wardrobe we’d be more inspired as we gaze into our closets each day!!
    A very “OUTSIDE THE BOX” post Jodie (and Madelyn)!!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I do realize that kicking the fashion rules away is so hard for some women—but changing our perspective on the entire idea of switching things up is the best way to get others on board, I think!!
      I mean…this is something I’ve been trying to do the whole time on the blog, but to realize there’s a good reason for it is truly a bonus!!

    • Judy, this comment made my day. You got our point and expressed it SO well. Thanks.

  • This was so interesting! Especially taking fashion and shopping as our form of play. I’d never thought of that before even though I find it fun. Wow. Also, I do try to tell myself that “you will adjust” or “you can handle it” when I’m facing a change so that I don’t get resistant to change. Plus, I understand where your mom is coming from. We’ve been taught to match our outfits and now to change that up is hard. Good for her and you and Nancy for doing this exercise! Julia

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m like you, Julia—when there’s something I don’t like or look forward to, I have found that changing my perspective and thoughts about it can help tremendously!!
      Thanks for giving mom & Nancy kudos too! Because I know my mom is quite resistant to it—maybe not because she doesn’t want to try it, but just because it’s not her habit!!

    • Good point, Julia. I’d probably be right there with Charlotte on the change resistant scale if my grandmother hadn’t been such a martinet about outfits! She did my oppositional teen brain a real favor, huh?

      NYC “all black” may well be in my genes now, however. lol – I almost feel like a maverick wearing white jeans with my black sweater and boots today!

  • When I read the title, I immediately shouted yes! That’s what I try to do with all my clients. Love all the reworking here Jodie. I adore Nancy and your mom’s necklaces especially. Amazing post!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Well that’s exactly the response I love to hear, Kathrine!! That just made my day, so thanks!!

  • What an interesting way to look at how the brain works when it comes to style! I think I’m going to challenge myself a bit more to style pieces in different ways! Thanks for sharing.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It feels more worthwhile if we think of styling our clothing this way, right, Aracely??
      Thanks for chiming in!!

  • Karen

    This is such a great post! Your outfit is fabulous! I have always liked to wear my really dressy things with jeans. I love the way they play off each other. I have some great sequined pumps that I wear with jeans and think it’s better than wearing them with a fancy dress. I actually like your bolero jacket better with the jeans. I love that skirt, but with the jeans it seems just right! I have always liked wearing diamonds with jeans too. Something about that juxtaposition of dressed up with dressed down that really appeals to me. I love how Nancy took a black and white skirt and added color to it. I think a lot of times you first reach for a white top with something like this, so it is good to see it with color. Your mom’s bomber jacket is great!! How on trend that is, and I love it with the mint jeans. I LOVE to pull things out of the closet and try them with things I would not normally consider. I just never knew that doing it was actually good for my brain! I was doing it to give myself more options! This will be such an enjoyable series!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Isn’t it the best feeling ever to realize the things you’ve been doing are actually good for you, Karen??
      I admit that when I first heard about dichotomy (the yin/yang aspect) in our clothing, I wasn’t totally accepting of it. Until I started trying it!
      And I think you’re right that it’s so fun to go through our closet with different eyes! It’s almost like you have to try them on because we get so used to the “usual”!!
      Thanks for such wonderful thoughts—I’ll make sure that Nancy & mom get to see them also!!

    • Thanks so much, Karen. Are you planning to play along with us? I’m eager to hear a story from somebody who changed up their wardrobe in response to our challenge and suddenly noticed that “for some reason” a change of direction in another arena seemed easier to make.

      I’m with you on Charlotte’s bomber, too – crave!

  • Interesting Jodie. I like the idea of switching things up a bit in my wardrobe! You should wear jeans more often! Love all of the changes and the blue and brown combo your mom has on.
    Have a great week!
    jess xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jess!!
      I do think it does get to be more fun to switch things up!! Not always easy…but definitely a challenge!!
      Thanks for the love and Happy Monday!

  • I love the idea of posting outfits at different ages 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Cristina!!

  • Rebecca Phillips

    Great take on training folks to think about things and “shake” up their wardrobes! Accessorizing and rethinking colors are key!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Rebecca!!
      I tend to gravitate toward colors first. But I wish I had thought to maybe have mom wear a dress or skirt with her bomber jacket for added variety!! There’s just so many options–how do you show them all?? Ha ha!

      • Rebecca Phillips

        Oh that would be a great followup post Jodie. I love dresses and jackets…..

        • Jodie Filogomo

          That’s exactly what I should do Rebecca—and make sure I focus one outfit with jeans/pants & the other with dresses/skirts!!

  • Bernadette Laganella

    I love, love, love this post Jodie. The collaboration between you and Madelyn is fantastic. Now when I am trying on and discarding 10 different combinations I will have the satisfaction of knowing I am doing brain exercises.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Exactly Bernadette!!!
      I guess this though really gives the idea of a “uniform” a run for it’s money!!!

    • YOU GO GIRL!! Work that brain. And when you have to pick it all up and hang it all back it’s even good for your heart in another manner – lol!

      Perhaps we can start a new fitness craze: clothes aerobics — fitness centers for body AND brain. 🙂

      • Bernadette Laganella

        Now that would be a fun fitness regime.

  • Michelle Leslie

    What an eye opener Jodie and Madelyn. Wow, who would’ve thought that changing a few things not only takes us outside of our comfort zones but also “juice up our brains”. So fascinating. I’m going to have so much fun playing with my wardrobe from now on. Really great read, thank you so much ladies for putting this out there

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Isn’t it fascinating, Michelle?
      Thanks so much for chiming in!!

    • And when our children and grandchildren come up with some of their [ahem!] wardrobe tweaks, we can smile sweetly and remind ourselves that they are simply doing brain exercises. 🙂

  • Some great tips here for getting the most out of your wardrobe. A couple of weeks ago I burnt a whole in one of my dresses! That’s now going to be a top! At least all is not lost, but I wished I hadn’t had that iron on too hot!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Oooohhh, what a bummer, Laurie. But at least you can “save” it —sorta!!!

    • I hate to read that you toasted your dress, Laurie, but I must admit that’s gotta’ be one of the best excuses for tossing away the iron and board I’ve ever read. 🙂 (And if anyone asks why you look like you just rolled out of bed after sleeping in your clothes you can tell them you are stretching your brain and refer them here). lol

      Any un-burnt skirt fabric that you can turn into a scarf or a cowl?