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 Holiday Collaboration for 4 Generations.

Holiday Styles for 4 Generations From Charlotte’s Perspective

Holiday Collaboration for 4 Generations.

 It’s that time again when Sherry, from Petite Over 40, is joining us in a Fab Collab. This time we’re going to take you back to our holiday memories and the clothing we wore for the occasion. If you missed the earlier versions, you can see Sherry’s (the 40’s model) history here, Jodie’s (the 50’s model) story here, and Nancy’s (the 60’s model) memories here.

Charlotte’s Story about her Christmas Picture Memories

The picture below is from Christmas 1966 in San Mateo, California at my sister-in-law’s house. Jodie was an infant and Joe & I had flown west from Ohio to attend the Rose Bowl. Why, you ask? Because our Alma mater, Purdue, was finally playing in the big game. Not that Joe & I were the hugest football fans, but it was an exciting time for us Purdue alumni. We thought it’d be a fun time to see the parade and visit family.  Jodie’s aunt Nancy (her dad’s sister) hosted this open house since we were staying with her. It was my first time visiting California so we also got to be tourists while we were there.

Holiday Collaboration for 4 Generations.

I had made this dress a couple of years before and it was a very soft light blue wool. It’s really such a classic dress, as I could imagine wearing it today and still being stylish. The thing that I notice about this photo is how dressed up we were. Even though I still enjoy putting on nice clothes, it seems like events are usually more casual!

My in laws always went to California also to spend the holiday with their daughter and her family. The evidence is on the table with all of the Hungarian pastries my mother in law used to make.

Charlotte’s (70’s) Present Day Outfit: I let mom pick out her own outfit for this post. I’ve told you how that blue is her favorite color, right? But it’s also quite appropriate since she was wearing blue in the photo from her past!

Holiday Collaboration for 4 Generations.

I’m sure you’ve noticed, but my mother certainly likes her accessories and bling. There’s even some metal detailing on her shoes!!

Holiday Collaboration for 4 Generations.

The large ring is actually an owl that was given to her by our blogette, Jude. Mom put it on so it faces her, so it’s upside down to you & me. But here’s a better photo of it from a different post!

Holiday Collaboration for 4 Generations.

This skirt she’s wearing is a velvet material. It’s such a beautiful print and could certainly be worn casually too!

Holiday Collaboration for 4 Generations.

The gold jacket, mom bought from that online company, Blair. It came as an open front shirt, but mom added the closure on the front which gives it a little interest. I didn’t love this jacket when she bought it…I considered it too old fashioned for her. But she looks wonderful, so what do I know?

Holiday Collaboration for 4 Generations.

Skirt: Moa Moa (similar here not in velvet and here in velvet)~~Jacket: Blair (similar here with sequins and here without)~~Top: Field Manor(similar here)~~Shoes: Jasmin (similar here for a hefty price and here under $100)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)~~Owl Ring: (similar here very blingy)~~Blue Ring: (similar here)

Feel free to share your Christmas outfit memories—it makes my day to hear other people’s stories! 

There are affiliate links in this post. What this means is that when you click on a linked item, I receive a couple of cents. Those couple of cents can certainly add up! So I appreciate it if you keep clicking to help support Jodie’s Touch of Style!

Since mom’s favorite color is blue, I rounded up some blue fur items—under $100, of course!

  • PetiteOver40

    I thought I had commented back when you posted this, but I must have only dreamt that I did. It does happen! 😁 What I though I said originally was how much I admire your mom’s skirt! It is so shiny and pretty–so classically elegant. Although your mom can rock some pretty modern, music-festival styles, she knocks it out of the park when she dresses up.

    I owe you an email and will be in touch soon!

    Hugs,
    Sherry
    http://www.petiteover40.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You made me laugh with dreaming about commenting!!
      I did check my spam when I read your comment, but it wasn’t there….:)
      Mom is definitely a dresser upper—and we know the nut doesn’t fall far from the tree!!

  • I love the throwback photo! Thanks for sharing this with us at #FridayFrivolity this week!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Lisa!! They are so fun to look back on, huh?

  • I love these old pictures and old styles. Thank you Jodie for being so creative with your blog!

    Julia

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for stopping by Julia!
      It’s also been fun to hear these stories from both mom and Nancy…life is so busy otherwise, that I’m not sure I would have taken the time to listen (bad daughter…)

  • Versatilestylebytracey

    mom is fabulous and I adore all her accessories. I agree with Laura’s comment. I have two cruises booked for this Fall and look forward to dressing up every evening for them. So glad I have a husband who likes to do the same.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      How fabulous you get to go on some cruises, Tracey! I think for some reason we feel more special when we take the time to get dressed up! And really, we all need that in our lives!!
      Thanks for the wonderful compliment—mom will enjoy it dearly!

  • Tina von tinaspinkfriday

    Oh so fabulous. Thank for linking up to our Russian winter fairytale. Wonderfull skirt.
    xxxx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tina!

  • OMGGGG!!! this is the best post ever yet! Happy new year Jodie!!xxx

    http://www.fashionparadoxes.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks and happy 2017 to you too !!

  • Your Mom is a beautiful, radiant and very elegant woman in all different stages of her life! I absolutely love and admire that! Thank you for joining MODISH MATRONS!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      My mom will be tickled pink to read your comment Natalia!! Thanks for making her day!

  • I read your post with Transalte but I like very much your story and Charlotte’s outfit is perfect!!! I wish you a very happy new year my dear!!! Kisses from Italy and thank you for your visit,
    Eni

    Eniwhere Fashion
    Eniwhere Fashion Facebook

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Eni!!
      And a fabulous and happy start to 2017 to you!!

  • I echo Charlotte’s sentiment, I feel many people are far too casual these days. Dressing-up and going formal is such a wonderful feeling, creating beautiful memories that are so much more special than just going for, say, smart casual attire. This year, I had the fabulous opportunity to dress up a little more than usual because I attended a debutante ball on the 30th. Although half the women in attendance wore short dresses (I guess they don’t really understand the concept of black tie formal), the other half went to town with lavish gowns and accessories. It was truly a beautiful, sparkly night.

    And yes, your Mum certainly loves her bling and I adore that in her. As I adore that velvet skirt, how gorgeous!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      How fabulous to go to a debutante ball!!
      I understand some of the reasons for wanting to be more comfortable during certain situations, but I abhor the casualness of society right now! Of course, needless to say, I wear my jeans quite a bit too, but I do try to wear skirts & dresses at least once a week!!
      Mom will love your compliments, Sheela!! Thanks for making her smile!

      • Yes, my very first debutante ball. And thank the style gods above for Rent The Runway. Not many of us stash Monique Lhuillier gowns in our wardrobes. My middle son, Gabriel, his girlfriend’s mother’s family is very affluent in the local society scene hence the coming out party. If you wear dresses and skirts on a weekly basis, Jodie, you’re far better than I am. I’m in jeans and yoga pants for the most part, otherwise it’s only for blog shoots GRIN

        • Jodie Filogomo

          I love Rent the Runway! Then I don’t feel guilty for not wearing a dress over & over!!
          How was the party? I’ve never been to one, and I don’t even know what it’s about!!

          • It’s immensely posh and formal BUT slightly less informal than a regular debutante ball because, in this instance, it was purely for the girlfriend. Traditionally, it’d be a slew of debutantes, and it’s usually held at places like The Waldorf or in Paris. For this one, it was hosted by her grandmother (typically, it needs to be hosted by a close female relative who herself was a debutante and is currently a socialite), she was the only debutante so we had an informal buffet and dance floor for everyone. As versus traditional ballroom, only waltzing, sit down.

          • Jodie Filogomo

            What an experience….so tell me, what is the definition of a socialite? Are there many in Houston?
            I know one of my friend’s daughters did the debutante thing, but I’ve never really understood it—just call me gauche!

  • Dawn Lucy

    What a beautiful lady!

    Thanks so much for sharing with Fun Fashion Friday and wishing you the best in 2017!

    OXOX

    Dawn Lucy

    http://fashionshouldbefun.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Dawn…mom will really appreciate reading that!!

  • I love the throwback picture and story! Charlotte is and still is gorgeous! Happy holidays beautiful ladies!

    XoXo,

    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Tamara!! Thanks for making my mom’s day!!

  • What a beautiful woman Charlotte was. She still is of course, but you know what I mean. I love all the items she is wearing. Although I think she might want to take the jacket in a bit on the side. as now we cannot see her fantastic figure.
    Greetje

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think that’s a great idea Greetje—and she could easily do that alteration. I wasn’t a nice daughter when she bought that jacket because I really didn’t like it. But maybe that’s the reason—it’s so boxy!!

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    Oh the joys of dressing to the Nines…pun intended because of my last name, lol!! So wish there was more proper attire these days. Amazing dress, your mom is a doll!! Love the blue!! Happy New Year to you alll…lovely ladies indeed!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I do miss the dressing up idea (loved the pun, BTW)!!
      Thanks for the love, Andrea!!

  • Nicole Mölders

    Happy New Year. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for stopping by Nicole!!

  • La Veine

    Charlotte was such a classy lady back then, nothing has changed!

    LA VEINE

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s so true Marta!!
      Thanks for the kind words. I’ll forward them to mom and it will certainly make her day!

  • I love your mom’s story! She is right, she could wear that dress today – it’s a true classic. Her current outfit is very nice, too.

    Andrea
    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Andrea!

  • What a lovely story and post to share about the photograph and dress. It is quite sad that some people don’t dress as nice as the past. I grew up with very proper mum and we always had to dress for dinner, etc.
    FASHION TALES

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks!!
      I guess part of our upbringing is how we live our life now….but I do think society as a whole has gotten quite a bit more casual! Maybe I should just look at it as a great way to stand out!!

  • I am so impressed she made that dress! Gorgeous now and then!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for saying that Amy—it’ll make my mom very happy to read that!!

  • leah rachel

    Beautiful lady and gorgeous outfit! x

    http://cybermermaids.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s so nice of you to say Leah! I’ll forward this to my mom because it’ll make her smile!!

  • Such a beautiful lady and beautiful post! I love the old photograph and the story that goes it. I look at old family photos and get nostalgic for decades past, decades I wasn’t even alive! I loved that everyone dressed to the nines, and that the food was so lovingly handmade and beautifully displayed. Maybe that’s why I like decade-themed parties so much! Happy Holidays to you and your family!

    <3 Liz
    http://www.withwonderandwhimsy.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s funny how we tend to get nostalgic for the past!! Although we were just laughing at how we even learned anything back then because we didn’t have “google”!!
      Thanks for the kind words—I’ll forward them over to mom as she always loves to read them!!
      Merry Christmas & soon to be Happy New Year Liz!!

  • Charlotte is as beautiful as ever! Love the throwback photo! =)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Cielo—I’ll forward her the comment and it’ll make her day!!

  • Marci Vaughn

    What a wonderful post! I absolutely LOVE the photo from 1966! Thank you for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist LINKY PARTY! 😉 -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I just love looking back at these old photos!! The things you notice–like that blue fridge! Ha ha!

  • Hope you all had a great Christmas! Blue is actually one of my favorite colors to wear for the holidays!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laura!! I hope you guys did too!!

  • Merry Christmas! Your outfits are all so cute – I love how you all interpreted the Christmas look so differently!

    Annessa
    http://www.seekingsunshine.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Annessa!!

  • Jackline A

    Your mother looks fab. love the pattern of the skirt

    http://www.sincerelymissj.com/

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jackline—it is such a pretty print!!

  • Your mom looks so pretty then and now! I would wear her then dress in a heartbeat – it is such a classic. Her today skirt is so gorgeous. I still usually dress up for get togethers because I enjoy it. I really do wish men would dress more these days.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m with you Jennie!
      It just makes me feel better to be dressed up. Luckily my husband thinks so too!!

  • Laura

    I wish we weren’t so casual now days. There is something inherently special about dressing up. Love the dress your mom made and her gorgeous skirt now!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I so agree Laura! To me it feels more special to make sure we are dressed up and looking spiffy!!

  • Debbie Stinedurf

    Charlotte was just as beautiful then as she is now! And I’m loving her skirt!
    Debbie
    http://www.fashionfairydust.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      What a nice thing to say, Debbie! I’ll pass this on to her and it’ll make her day!!

  • How cool! It’s wonderful to see how stylish Charlotte was in 1966 and still is today! I adore her skirt! Hope you all had a wonderful holiday! 🙂

    ~Lindsey
    http://have-clothes-will-travel.com/

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Lindsey!!

  • Awww so stylish! What a fun story and how fun to see a throw back picture of how stylish she was then and see her now! Beautiful pictures! Merry Christmas!

    http://www.mylittlenest.org

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Ruth!!

  • Dawn Lucy

    Love seeing the old photos … so sweet. Happiest of holidays to you and yours and thanks so much for sharing with Fun Fashion Friday!

    OXOX

    Dawn Lucy

    http://fashionshouldbefun.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I so love looking back at these really old photos too, Dawn!!
      Thanks for stopping by and Merry Christmas!!

  • I love the throwback photos & story this week! Merry Christmas!

    michellespaige.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Isn’t it so fun to look back at our old photos?
      Thanks for the love Michelle!!

  • Aditi Oberoi Malhotra

    Great look!! I also love the throwback picture!
    Adi xx
    fancycorrectitude.com
    instagram.com/fancycorrectitude

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Adi!!

  • Rosy Flynn

    Your mother rocks her accessories, I love the old blue dress she had made years back too, it still would work today for definite 🙂

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog
    My Instagram | Instagram

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Doesn’t she Rosy? Thanks so much for such a nice comment—I’ll make sure to forward it to her!!

  • Your mother is quite the fashionista. Have a lovely Christmas! x

    Ann-Marie | http://facetocurls.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Isn’t she amazing? Thanks for the kind words Ann-Marie!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks!!

  • Lovely pics) As usual you look amazing)
    http://beyoutiful.com.ua

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much!!

  • Love the blue! I still dress up for Christmas, even if everyone else is super casual I’ll still find a way to glam it up. 🙂 such great style!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m with you Stephanie!! We’re casual almost every other day, so why not dress up??
      Thanks for stopping by and I hope you had a fabulous Christmas!!

  • Blue looks great on your mum and I can see why it’s her favourite colour. Have a lovely Christmas. Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gemma!!

  • I do agree, people used to get more dressed up back then! Now every occasion feels like a challenge to see just how casually dressed you can get away with. And I love the blue dress, it would definitely be stylish today. Oh, and the blue fridge. I would totally have that in my kitchen today.
    http://www.iamchiconthecheap.com/

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I love see how even the home decor changes over time and that blue fridge is so smile producing!
      It’s interesting how you stated that it’s like a challenge to see how casual we can dress now—because we were just in Vegas and you saw from one extreme to another!!

  • Judy Gramith

    Charlotte!!! The velvet and gorgeous paisley print of this skirt are classic and timeless. I love how you’ve paired it with the golden blouse and blue shell (remember that word?).
    I get a little thrill every time I see you wearing the owl ring. He needed to be worn and you have the perfect finger for perching!!
    The picture of you and Joe from Christmas past reminded me of how we did truly “dress up” for the holiday event even if we were just going to visit relatives. Men putting on a full suit and tie for Christmas dinner at home is a long gone tradition. You look so pretty in your pale blue dress. I still see that sweet, hopeful expression in many of your pictures.
    Also Charlotte, I so admire your talents as a seamstress. Clearly this lifelong passion has given you an eye for fashion.
    It’s also wonderful that you and Jodie share that passion for fashion and have many laughs and moments of creative fun to share!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Even I remember calling it a “shell”—I wonder why that changed??
      When we were window shopping in Vegas—we saw an owl ring almost like the one you sent mom!! It’s so amazing, how they are every where now!!
      Thanks for the wonderful compliments—I forwarded your comment to mom, so she can bask in the positive feedback, Jude!
      I hope you & your family had a fabulous Christmas!!

  • It’s lovely to hear these memories and see the photos. The skirt is bang on trend in blue velvet and the matching tights and shoes look great with it.

    Gail
    http://www.isthismutton.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s like story time when we finally get mom to recreate the past—and both my husband and I love it!!
      Thanks for your fabulous support Gail and Happy Holidays!!

  • donnanance

    Your mom looks fabulous in blue! Love the turquoise refrigerator in the older picture. Happy Christmas to all you sweet ladies!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s so funny you mentioned that because both my husband and I were commenting on both the fridge and the phone on the wall!! It’s so amusing to see how things have changed over the years!!
      Thanks for the wonderful comment, and I’ll make sure mom sees it!
      Happy Holidays!!

  • Queen of Rods

    I love your mom’s blue skirt…what a pretty print! Regarding the vintage photo, when you and your mom were in San Mateo, I was in Redwood City…8 miles away 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      No way, Janet!!! That’s so funny!! Did you live there or were you visiting??
      Mom was asking me if I thought this skirt was too long? My initial reaction was yes, I think it’d look better shorter, but now I’m not so sure….what do you think?

      • Queen of Rods

        I lived there for my first fifteen years, then my parents moved to the mountains. *sigh* I’m still a city girl, but the Bay Area is priced out of the market now and I’m stuck in a rural area. And I forgot to mention that turquoise refrigerator. Awesome! As for your mom’s skirt, I like the length but would probably choose boots or booties to wear with it. However, she looks fabulous 🙂

        • Jodie Filogomo

          It is super crazy how expensive that area has gotten. My aunt’s house (where this photo was taken) was sold about 8 years ago for over $700,00 and it was only 1200 sq. feet and hadn’t been updated!!

  • Bernadette Laganella

    As I said before Jodie, your mother is quite the fashionista. Wishing you, Charlotte and Nancy a holiday filled with peace and joy🎄

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Isn’t she amazing, Bernadette?? Thanks so much for the continued support and I’ll be sure to forward this fabulous compliment to my mom!!
      Merry Christmas to you & your family!