When the Stripes Match Your Outfit

Stripes for 3 Generations

When the Stripes Match Your Outfit

Quote of the day: “If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you!” T. Harv Eker

Until I started blogging, I didn’t realize that stripes were such a big thing. And by big thing, I mean that EVERY blogger loves stripes. And for those of you who shy away from them because of an article you read, I’m here to say, don’t believe that article.

So I thought I’d have us wear stripes for you in some outfits. I’m starting with how I think most of us wear stripes. At least where I come from. You take one of the colors in the striped piece, and match the rest of your outfit to it. And by coincidence, we are all wearing different kinds of stripes in different pieces!

Jodie’s (50+) Outfit: My stripes are large, horizontal stripes in a jacket.

This is exactly the type of striped clothing item that so many people say they couldn’t wear. And I would say phooey to that. If the piece fits you well, then the print will not make you look big or be overpowering. Of course, I could be wrong.

So when I found this wall full of different colored stripes, I thought it’d be a perfect back drop.

stripes for women over 50

Since I was having us work with the colors in our striped piece, I chose my white jeans. Even though we are way past summer, the white jeans work great on so many days. I showed all 3 of us wearing white in the winter last winter. If your white pants are super thin, then you may not want to wear them when it’s cold, but otherwise they are a great way to pop other colors.

big stripes for petite women

I decided to keep the accessories as part of the same color scheme.

This necklace is part of my set that I keep receiving from Rocksbox. I put together an entire post about the pros and cons regarding this service when I first started using it. I haven to admit, it’s been quite fun getting new jewelry about every week. Of course, you could keep your box longer, but I want to try out new pieces after I wear what I get. I don’t get to keep the jewelry, unless I buy it. But I wear it and return it for another 3 pieces.

stripes with solids

And my shoes are probably my hardest working pair in my closet. I think a pair of black & white flats can work for almost any outfit.

If you want more of an interesting vibe, then this pair could be fun. Or this printed pair seems very elegant. Of course polka dots will always make me smile, and then gingham could work too.

stripes in front of stripes

Jeans: LOFT (similar here)~~Jacket: Gap (similar here)~~Top: Banana Republic-thrifted (similar here)~~Shoes: Lifestride (similar here)~~Necklace: Perry Street from Rocksbox get your first month free with the code Jtouchofstylexoxo (here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Nancy’s (60+) Outfit: Nancy’s choice of stripes was this tunic that she loves to wear in the winter.

I think one of the best details about this tunic is that the sides hang longer than the front and have slits in them. That and the fact that the stripes are diagonal and color blocked with the black material.

stripes for women over 60

You can see that most of the time, Nancy does end up wearing a layer under this tunic for warmth. She’s worn it often with a black turtleneck under it, but this day, she layered a black t-shirt under it.

I also thought it’d be fun to add in longer necklaces with this top, so we grabbed a couple of her tassel necklaces. The tassel detail is still going strong if you’re interested. This necklace has a couple of colors in one piece, or you could have them stretched across the neckline instead. Either way, the tassels always seem to make me smile when I see them.

stripes in a tunic

As for Nancy’s leggings, I won’t tell on her, that she wore her workout leggings.

But does it matter? Because what is the difference between workout leggings and non-workout leggings really? As long as they aren’t see through and fit great, you could get double duty from them.

Of course there are many types of black leggings now that they’ve become so popular. There’s the moto version, the faux leather version, and the lace up version. All are super fun ways to add some interest to your legging game.

stripes worn by women 60+

And what footwear goes best with your leggings? Well, I think there are many that would work, but the black booties are probably the most popular. We just styled our ankle booties along with our sweaters for the colder weather.

At least where we live, they sure get a lot of wear. So all 3 of us on the blog have quite a few pairs in our closet. I think most of us have the black ones, and maybe another safe color. But why not have a fun pair too? Like this pair or this pair.

Any size women wearing stripes

Leggings: Paradox (similar here)~~Tunic: Lior (similar here)~~Boots: Crown Vintage (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Charlotte’s (70+) Outfit: My mom was extremely happy when I told her to match her outfit to her stripes.

She’s all about keeping the colors the same, so she pulled out her blue, vertical striped blouse to wear with her blue suit. At least I twisted her arm to add in some orange to the outfit, and we kept with a neutral shoe.

Stripes for 70+ Women

Everything my mother is wearing here has been in her closet for a long time. Except for the earrings. This is her pair of earrings from the Happiness Boutique site. The company gifted all of us a pair of earrings, and is offering you a 10% discount off any order of 19 euros or more with the code jtouchofstyle until December 6. That could work perfectly for any holiday shopping you may need to finish.

If you want to see Nancy’s earrings from Happiness Boutique, she wore them when we matched our booties with our sweaters. And I’ve worn my pair many times like when we contrasted our booties to our sweaters and in this Instagram post.

Older women with stripes

Here’s a trick to keep your scarf in place.

If you can see that the top button looks orange. That’s because my mom stretched the scarf over the button before putting it through the hole. Of course, you can only do this with thinner scarves and button down blouses, but isn’t that smart?

Stripes for senior women

I really like this purse with the outfit. Instead of matching the shoes like we used to do, it’s more of an orange brown that kind of pulls together the orange of the scarf and earrings.

As for the metallic shoes, they are ones that truly go with everything. Maybe you can tell that these are older by their style, but you can find some newer ones in a couple of different metallics. There are silver, gold, bronze, and even rose gold.

stripes that match your outfit

Skirt: Peck & Peck (similar here)~~Cardigan: Peck & Peck (similar here)~~Top: LA Alexander (similar here)~~Shoes: Evan Picone (similar here)~~Scarf: (similar here)~~Earrings: Happiness Boutique c/o (here)~~Purse: Pelle Studio-thrifted (similar here)

Let me know how you like this showcase of stripes. And how you would style the same items, if differently.

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Because stripes come in all different shapes and sizes, I rounded up a couple that you might like.

  • You all look fabulous, but I would snap your outfit up in an instant Jodie! That’s right up my street. Love it xx

  • Adriele Dixon

    Jodie, I always love your three looks and I always ALWAYS suggest your blog to my mom’s friends that comment “There’s no one over 50 with a blog.” Haha, NOT TRUE!!! Love the stripes, btw!!

    I would love for you to join our linkup on Monday!


    • That’s the nicest thing I’ve heard all week, Adriele!!! Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for suggesting my blog to your mom’s friends!!!
      I will definitely be joining the linkup!!

  • I never get tired of stripes, I love how versatile they are, which you show with your outfits. I love your jacket, and your mom’s pop of orange looks great, especially with the little button trick. Gorgeous earrings too. Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx

    • It’s true that stripes seem so perfect for almost every occasion, Emma!!!

  • Nicole Mölders

    Thanks for linking up at Top of the World Style.

  • I love stripes and these outfits show them to their best. I love Nancy’s boots-so simple and classic. Charlotte’s bag reminds me of one I had back in the 70’s and I wore it ragged and was really unset when I finally had to just say, enough.

    • My mom is the same way with her things, Terri….she’ll never give them away until she absolutely has to. And then I hear about them for years!!
      I, however, look at it as a fabulous reason to go shopping and get something new….ha ha!!!

  • donnanance

    Fun outfits! Stripes seem to be able to go where a floral print cannot…does that make sense? You gals all look fab! I would love to be a fly on the wall when you have a conversation with your mom about the day’s “assignment”. Looking at the outfits again, I really love the accessories you all have chosen. Now I need to pick out an outfit to go to the market…I know, the excitement…oy vey… xoxo

    • You always crack me up, Donna!!
      Lately I’ve been sending an email a couple of days ahead of time about what our theme and outfits will be. Then when I get there to take photos, she’s already dressed and ready to go. Sometimes I tweak the outfits, but I’m trying to let both mom and Nancy be their own stylists lately!!
      Have a fabulous day and weekend!!

  • Stripes are timeless and everyone needs stripes! I have several striped tops and love them! Cute shoes!



  • Franci Hoffman

    I love stripes and your ideas. I love your shoes, Jodie. They look like spectator shoes.

    • They do look like spectator shoes, Franci!!! Maybe that’s why I love them so much??

  • Katie D

    Love all of the stripes! That jacket is gorgeous and matches the background perfectly!


  • Even though you are all rocking the stripe look in your own way, my fave here is yours J !

  • These are such great ways to rock stripes! You all have made such beautiful outfits that showcase the perfect amount of pattern. Charlotte looks so lovely in that shade of blue!
    Thank you for linking up this week!

    ~xo Sheree

    • Thanks so much Sheree!! My mom will absolutely love reading this!!

  • You ladies all look amazing in your stripes! I especially love your outfit Jodie. Although I do wear stripes, I’m probably the only blogger who doesn’t like stripes. I just don’t think they flatter me.

    • I think it’s like any print Amy!! Either you like it or you don’t!!

  • I am obsessed with stripes! I LOVE anything with stripes on lol! Love these looks, they’re so different but similar.

    Raindrops of Sapphire

    • They really are fun, aren’t they Lorna!!

  • Stripes are the most versatile and the fun prints to create outfits with but it can get tricky too at times! Loving the amazing looks you have created, especially Charlotte’s look, that has to be my fav, looks so posh 🙂

    • Thanks Ankita!! My mom will love to hear you say that!!

  • Kristin McMillan

    Yes, we all love stripes! You ladies look fabulous, and so fun to see each of you rocking stripes in your own way. Loving that orange scarf with the blue!!

    • Thanks so much Kristin!! Stripes are perfect for any woman, right?

      • Kristin McMillan

        Absolutely! xoxo

  • I love stripes, fun post! Nice 🙂

  • Imastounded

    Those Lord & Taylor booties? Perfect all year round, neutral colors but with an edgy ’80s vibe. Side zip: check. Moderate heel: check. Jodie, those are perfect!

    • There really are some great booties out there!!! I almost want all of them, right?

  • What a fun post! Now I know to wear booties with leggings. Thanks! Beautiful ladies!

  • I love stripes too! I really need to get more in my wardrobe, though, come to think of it. I love that you styled your outfit with a striped wall too – perfect! Those flats are super cute as well.


    • Thanks Lindsey!! It’s nice that stripes have been around so long, because they are one item I can find at the thrift stores pretty easily!!

  • Bernadette Laganella

    Your Mom is so clever. I definitely am stealing that button and scarf trick.

    • Isn’t she smart?? I keep telling her she’s like a Martha Stewart, in the flesh!!!
      Thanks Bernadette!!

  • I hardly ever wore stripes! Pre blogging life that is! Now I love them! Great outfits!

    • It’s funny how blogging changes everything, right?
      Thanks Nancy!!

  • Julie

    Since I’m not a huge fan of prints, I love stripes (what’s my other option…ha, ha)! I think that sometimes I don’t step out of the box enough when styling my stripes, but I’m working on being better! I love how each one of you styled your outfits! You are all so cute! Thanks for linking up!

    • That is a little funny, Julie!!
      Stripes are super fun, and you’ll have to check back on Wednesday, to see how we created some print mixing with them. It’s a little more adventurous than I used to be—but it’s certainly a challenge!!

  • Brigid Gallagher

    I am a big fan of stripes. I particularly love that pop of orange with the blue suit.

    • Stripes are great for women of any age!!! I’ll forward this comment to mom, because she’ll love hearing you say that, Bridig!!

  • Looking so fab in stripes! I love your jacket Jodie.

    Gemma x

  • Judy Gramith

    You three are absolutely ROCKIN the stripes!! Your outfits are beautifully created and wonderfully individual. There’s something about striped clothing that is fun, playful and totally classic and that’s why I think it continues to be on trend.
    In reality I think stripes can be used to camouflage body imperfections or assist with a bit of smoke and mirrors around our less loved lumps and bumps.
    I love mixing stripes with polka dot accessories and other color coordinating prints. Pattern mixing has really expanded my view of stripes.
    Charlotte looks simply regal in her striped ensemble. VERY classic. Your look is also classic Jodie. What’s more traditional and fresh than navy and white? Nancy is providing the funky vibe this time and looking great doing it!

    • You hit the nail on the head, Jude—-stripes are playful!! I think that and the fact that they make it easy to mix prints is my reason for loving them lately. You’ll get to see that tomorrow!!!
      Thanks for all of the love and happiness!!!
      I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and weekend…

  • I cannot get enough stripes! Even before blogging stripes were my go to. I love that you used multiple colors!


    • I love that you wore them even before blogging, Ruth!!!
      Aren’t they perfect??

  • Haha yes, I was totally a stripe avoider before I started blogging! I also didn’t own any leopard print, and I would have never worn the two together.
    I love your wide striped jacket – that reminds me I haven’t worn mine in a very long time… actually maybe my sister adopted it…
    Chic on the Cheap

    • I love how our perspective changes over time. I wonder if it’s the passage of time, or the fact that we see so many other women (bloggers) wearing certain items? My cousin and I just had the conversation that she doesn’t like the OTK boots with jeans. But I think once you see them over and over styled that way, it seems normal. But maybe I’m wrong??
      Thanks Lydia!!
      PS—you’ll have to “borrow” that jacket if your sister has it…LOL!

  • Anna Marcus

    You ladies certainly know how to make the stripes work best. Great look

  • I love how chic stripes are and how you ladies paired it makes for a great outfit. I feel like it be great for Christmas 🙂 http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2017/11/old-world-charm-classic-elegance.html

  • Alita Claudia

    the orange scarf add such a fresh touch to the second outfit! loving it <3

    VVEEKEND 101

  • You all look great… as usual! Love Nancy’s tunic! So fun and looks so comfy! And how great to see white all season! Such an adorable jacket! I love stripes. For some reason its all about horizontal black and white stripes for me. I don’t know how that got started, but I must have half a dozen shirts… short sleeve, long sleeve, turtlenecks…I have a dress, skirts, and a blazer! There’s something, I don’t know, so French, so Audrey Hepburn… I just love them. Silly, I know!

    • It’s not silly at all, Ronnie!! You’ll see my version of that shirt on Wednesday. And I’m pretty sure I will be buying another one pretty soon!!

  • Laura

    I am loving the addition of orange in your mother’s look! Those earrings she has are so fun!

    • Aren’t they so nice, Laura!! When she ordered them she thought they were yellow, but I like the orange even better!!

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    Your stripes all look great. I love the geometric quality of stripes in fashion.

  • I always love stripes and it never goes out of style.
    It’s one of my staple in my closet, btw you look fab!

    Much Love,
    Zarrah | The Bandwagon Chic

  • kim

    love all you fabulous ladies in your stripes

  • All gorgeous in stripes ladies!

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  • I love the two booties you suggested to buy just for fun, especially the star version. Booties get a lot of wear in my closet too. I totally understand your mom’s dilemma of matching everything. It was ingrained in us and previous generations for many many decades so it’s hard just to pull some other color out just for contrast. I hope all of you ladies had a wonderful Thanksgiving and I look forward to seeing your smiling faces this week!

    • I do understand that once it’s ingrained it’s hard to think differently. But I also compare it to men that grew up thinking women shouldn’t have “real” jobs—how hard then it is for them to change, if it’s that hard to change our ideas about clothes, right? So I think if we try hard enough, we can realize that they are clothes and we should think about it differently!!!
      Thanks Julia!!! I always love reading your comments!!

  • Len Dela Peña Parent

    You look so pretty, Jodie! Love how you styled your look! You ladies are always amazing!
    Happy Cyber Monday!
    Much love, Len

  • Your mom’s look is so classic glam. What a fun trick with the scarf! I love these soft colors on you, Jodie! And Nancy’s black boots are so versatile – I just ordered a pair today!

    • Thanks Roxanne!!
      I saw that pair you ordered on your stories—they rock!!!

  • I love all of these! Stripes are a classic staple for a reason 😉


  • I can never get enough stripes! Love all these looks and dying over your jacket Jodie. So chic!


    • The words of a true blogger, Kathrine…ha ha!!!

  • I LOVE stripes! Do I sound like a total blogger?! 😉 So fun to see you all style them and look different. They really are such a classic pattern.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Your mom is so clever!! Her shoes are totally on trend right now. The young girls refer to them as grandma shoes and wear them with ripped jeans. Those same girls are wearing elastic waist pants AKA grandma pants! Crazy how everything comes back around! Yes, I love stripes too.

    • She is a clever woman, isn’t she Darlene???
      And she’s always saying that fact that everything comes around again. That’s why she never wants to give anything away….ugh!!!

  • Thegfguide.com

    I love stripes, in all shapes and forms! You three look great in them. I especially like the pop of red in Charlotte’s outfit and the blue is gorgeous too!

    Marije | thegfguide.com

  • I love how all three of you chose to style the stripes differently and you all look fabulous!
    I love the scarf trick with the button too! Thanks for the tip!
    Julia x

    • Thanks Julia!!!
      There are so many striped items available that you can’t go wrong!!

  • Morning! Perfect timing I was hunting for a replacement stripe Breton this weekend. I will look at your list now. Love your outfit, white jeans are my jam. I’d mix in your Mom’s earrings with your jacket and were Nancy’s tunic with white jeans and those darling boots too. Guess all three of you heading to my photo book today! https://littleblackdomicile.com

    • You’re so right—I need to “borrow” my mom’s earrings!!
      And I know Nancy’s only worn this tunic with black, so I’ll have to forward this comment to her to see if she’d try it with white!! It’d certainly pop more!!
      Thanks Laurel!!

  • You all look so fabulous in stripes! I love stripes but for some reason I don’t have much in my closet. It always looks so good on others but I have trouble putting together a look for me. I will have to try this!

    • I was the same way, Cheryl! I just couldn’t understand the obsession that everyone was talking about. But I think the more you try it, the better you love it!!!

  • Mother Daughter

    I like stripes but don’t think I own anything with stripes. You all look great, I really like Nancy’s tunic.

    • You’ll have to try some out, Victoria!! For some reason, they seem more fun than solids!!!

  • you all look lovely
    The Glossychic

  • Loving all these stripes, so artfully done. And Charlotte’s idea with the scarf and button is brilliant! xox


    • Thanks Patti!! My mom is full of these fun tips!! (or at least full of something..ha ha)

  • I love your mom’s outfit so much, you and your step mom also looking pretty but your mom’s outfit is just fabulous. I also love stripes so much. I have a lot of strips tops in my wardrobe!Happy Monday 🙂 kisses <3

    • My mom will love to read this Rakhshanda!!
      Thanks so much!

  • Karen

    I for one was going to ask about you mom’s orange button, then you explained how that came about! What a great idea for thin scarves! I love the addition of orange to her mostly blue outfit, the two colors really work well together. And I LOVE those earrings!! Your earrings bring out the texture in your topper, did you notice that?! That’s such a great look with the white jeans. Isn’t it nice that we don’t have to adhere to the old “no white after Labor Day” rule any longer? I wouldn’t have known Nancy’s leggings were what she uses to work out in, and like you said, it doesn’t matter and you get more use out of them this way! Love her tassel necklace too! I think the direction of Nancy’s stripes is especially flattering, they seem to point in and down. Looking forward to the rest of the posts about how you all wear your stripes!

    • Thanks so much Karen!!
      My mom is full of these helpful tips, because she’s constantly reading her sewing magazines, and is so creative with ideas!!
      And what a great point about my earrings with my outfit—I didn’t even realize that!!
      Nancy bought this tunic at a holiday fair, and she was disappointed when the company wasn’t at this years fair because this is one of her favorite tunics!!

  • Queen of Rods

    Your mom is so clever, Jodie. I would’ve never thought to stretch a scarf over a button to hold it in place. Genius!

    • Isn’t she something, Janet??
      Sometimes I don’t know how she comes up with these ideas….but it’s smart!!
      Thanks !!

  • Loving the stripes!!

  • Mireille

    Great outfits! I especially love your top!

    • Thanks Mireille!!!
      It really stands out, doesn’t it??

  • Bev @ Walking Well With God

    I like the diagonal stripes. Another one of my ingrained fashion ideas is that horizontal stripes make you look even wider….I guess that’s why I’ve stayed away from those, but I love the diagonal ones that can have a slimming effect. As always…great ideas 🙂
    Bev xo

    • I know there’s a fact out there that hearing something over and over (I’ve heard that it’s 7 times) makes you believe it. Even if it’s not true. So I should do a side by side of shirts —shouldn’t I? Same shirt, but one would be stripes and one would be something else. It’d be interesting…..
      Thanks Bev!

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