Ankle Pants 1 (Casual)

Ankle Pants for women ages 50, 60 & 70

Ankle Pants for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: The Casual Version

Quote of the day: “What seems to matter in the end is not so much what happens to us, but how we perceive what happens to us.” Elizabeth Gilbert

The idea for this post started when mom and I went shopping a couple months ago at Goodwill. I had her try on the blue trousers you see her wearing in the picture! They fit great and she liked the color, but she considered them too short and was going to lengthen them. Even though the label on these pants says “ankle length,” mom thought they felt like high waters! Of course I didn’t agree, and I have convinced her to keep them this length (at least for now).  Thus I figured this would make a great topic for a blog series! Especially after publishing the article on 60 and Me’s website about the ankle pant, I’ve been thinking more about the silhouette and shape of this type garment. As I was pondering this topic, I came up with a theory that maybe my mom would like the length of these pants better with a pair of strappy shoes. Adding strappy shoes would make the pant leg end at the top of the shoe. What do you think? (Although I know she’d also say that the shoe ankle straps make your legs seem shorter—I say not really, especially with pants—am I wrong?)

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50’s Outfit: I knitted this wrap just this winter. It’s called the 3 button shawl and I came upon the pattern when a friend asked me to knit one for her. I had this red yarn in my stash, but not quite enough, so I ended up striping it with another red for fun! The buttons are my favorite part of it! I was trying to show how the back portion is shorter–but you can’t see that very well…sorry!

I would normally have put a white tee on under it, but I wanted to add extra color. Do you like the orange & red together?

My bracelet is actually a necklace that I just wrapped around my wrist a bunch!

Pants: Banana Republic (similar here)~~Wrap: I knitted it (similar here as a one button cardigan in different colors)~~Top: Mossimo (similar here)~~Shoes: Missguided (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

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60’s Outfit: I had a reader request more pictures of the details of the outfits that can sometimes be hard to see in the full body photos. I wasn’t sure if this would end up being too many pictures for my readers or not? Let me know what you think!

Nancy just purchased these ankle pants a month ago. I absolutely love how many different colors are in them, yet for this post, we paired it with a neutral tee! You’ll see them again later in the week with different colored shirts!

Pants: J.Jill (here–they come in tall & petites!)~~Top: Gerard Darel (similar here)~~Sandals: Kelly & Katie (similar here)~~Scarf: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

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70’s Outfit: And here are mom’s new aqua ankle pants. This aqua blue coloring is perfect for the spring & summer.

I had mom throw on a knit shirt for this casual post, and then we accessorized with orange for pizzazz!

Pants: Talbots-thrifted (here)~~Top: High Sierra (similar here)~~Shoes: Impo (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

I really appreciate the time you take out of your day to read my blog. 

It’s that time of the week again—Katherine’s corner is continuing her “Between the Lines” series featuring bloggers ages 50 and up. Every one of these bloggers would so appreciate any time you might have to read and comment on their hard work. Part seven can be found here.

The link up parties I participate in can be found here!

So here’s some strappy shoes that would work with your ankle pants. Otherwise, with your normal length pants, you can’t appreciate all of the wonderfulness of these shoes, right?

  • Kathleen McDermott

    Gorgeous wrap. Love the buttons.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Kathleen!! I forget to wear this tons—thanks for reminding me!! 🙂

  • Everyone looks amazing! Ankle pants are great for every age and the shoes really compliment the pants. Would love if you can link up to

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Rania!!

  • I like the photos of the outfit details!

    Everyone looks great, but I totally get the “high water” pants worries. I think it was such a no-no for so long that’s it’s hard to get over…

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It is hard to retrain the rules that were inbedded for so long in our brain, Andrea!! To me, it’s like having your bra strap show—it’s so gauche!! But I don’t worry about it as much now…and same with the “too short” pants!
      thanks for reading!!

  • SO lovely ladies, beautiful ways of styling.

    Thank you for linking up to “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me”
    Rachel xo

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Rachel…I really appreciate the nice words!!

  • You all look lovely! I think ankle pants are my favorite length. Thanks so much for linking up with Style Perspectives!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Lana!! I have to agree, just for the fact that you can interchange the flats & heels easily!!

  • Judy Gramith

    Your caplet is really charming and the subtle stripe is one of the best features outside of the buttons which make it so unique!

    Please tell Charlotte that I have the same trepidation about “high water pants” but Jodie you are so RIGHT! They’re the best way to feature cute shoes or booties. I’m thinking Charlotte needs some open toe booties to show off. Earth Shoes makes a nice one with a low heel that I purchased recently. I think your mom looks great in her blue crop pants.

    Nancy has her most lovely smile and clearly loves her print mix. A great outfit!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I guess I’ll just have to take mom shopping soon!! I know she considers these pants for the spring & summer because of their color…but I’ll work on her wearing them in the cooler months!
      BTW—I gave her that owl ring today and she was overjoyed. I think she’s already planning when she can wear it out!!!
      Thanks so much for being part of this fun!!

  • Casual is the way that I most often wear this style of pants! Love the bright colors in each look

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Michelle! Since retiring , I’ve been mostly casual—but it’s still fun to dress up at times!!

  • Wow Jodie! Call me impressed. I do not have a crafty bone in my body, even though I was a girl scout! I was going to ask you about the wrap and the pretty buttons, love the style, shape and that you added such cool buttons! I really like ankle pants and think that pointed shoes elongate the leg and looks great with the pant. I bought a couple, and when we were a kid I remember someone saying I was wearing “floods”. Ha!
    Thanks for linking up with turning heads tuesday
    jess xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That was such a faux pas when we were younger, wasn’t it Jess? You just couldn’t have your pants short—but I think we’re very used to the look now, and I really like it!
      Thanks for the nice words about my wrap. It was an easy knitting project though—really, any beginner knitter could do it!

  • Mother Daughter

    Back before I shrunk and inch and a half I felt like ankle pants look like “high waters” on me, but now I love ankle pants. You all look great and your Mom will maybe get use to the shorter length.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I wonder what the difference was before the shrinking and after? One blog I read awhile ago, said our eyes get used to the new styles after we see them awhile—so maybe it was more the frequency of seeing it on others?
      Thanks for your voice in the matter!!

  • great styling of the ankle pants and i love the bright colors and prints!

    cute & little

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Kileen!! They are great for us petites, huh?

  • Love all of these looks so much. I think it’s my favourite post of yours so far! Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gemma—how nice!!

  • The length looks great on all of you!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Tara!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    You all look great! I love your red shawl and shoes. So cute! And yes we both had our white crop look today! Ha, ha. I love Nancy’s print mixing with the stripes on her scarf and the floral pattern on the pants. And your mom’s pants are perfect, especially with her orange accessories and shoes. These are all perfect summer looks!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Nice call on the print mixing—funny how sometimes you just do it and don’t even realize it—so maybe it’s not as adventuresome as I thought?? I guess it’s easier when they aren’t really touching?
      Thanks for your input Amy—I really appreciate it!

  • PetiteOver40

    Everybody looks great, Jodie! I still can’t get over how talented you are — love your knitted wrap with those cute buttons!! I’m researching the 1930s now and novelty buttons were all the rage then. Your wrap would fit right in, I think!

    Your mom, by the way, looks great in her ankle pants and pointy-toed shoes. As discussed in a previous post, pointy-toes make a difference in the look of the leg! Your shoes are a good example of that as well.

    As for pictures, the more the merrier, I say! I like being able to get a close-up glimpse at all the details. You’re a master at those bright little touches that bring together an outfit.

    – Sherry

    • Jodie Filogomo

      My husband would bop me on the head if I didn’t say thank you for the compliment on the wrap—but, if you’ve ever knitted, you could see that this is quite the easy piece—no shaping or anything!! Sometimes the simple ones, turn out the best!!
      We’ll have to track mom through the summer and see if she likes the pants better the more she wears them. I know she loves the color, but she seriously had the hem undone and was ready to lengthen them before I yelled at her (nicely, of course—although she probably doesn’t think I was nice about it–ha ha)
      I sincerely appreciate your input Sherry–you are the master at storytelling, so I can’t wait to read about the 1930’s!!

  • Debbie Stinedurf

    I’m all for more pictures…I’m totally guilty of including too many…lol! But detail shots are definitely a must have. Love Nancy’s pants and the print mix with her scarf. I hope your mom grows to love the length because I think they look fabulous on her…actually she’d be beautiful no matter what with that smile of hers! And you crafty thing you…that wrap is perfect; I think the stripes are a good thing.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I did notice mom wearing her pants the other day when she was out on the town—so maybe she’s getting more used to the length! She says it’s hard to break the fashion rules that she’s been following for so long—that’s why it’s nice we threw out those rules, right?
      Thanks for reading Debbie!!

  • Laura

    I am a huge fan of ankle length pants! I think they elongate your legs much more than capris and are more versatile! I get skinny ankle length pants and then I can even wear them with boots in the winter! You’ve styled all 3 outfits beautifully!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think they’re very versatile too!!
      Funny, because another reader commented yesterday how she thinks they are easier to tuck into boots too!! Guess I’ll have to try that!

  • Lorena Lorena

    Hi Jodie, in my case, I love a good ankle length trouser. The problem is that I am so short that if I want to get them to really hit at the ankle I have to get them altered.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I feel your pain!! The white ones I’m wearing in this post are a little too long (but it changes depending on my weight too!!) Maybe if we get the cropped version–then they’ll be ankle length! Ha ha!

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    Great styling on these! I love my black ankle pants. I think I will get another pair in a different color. I can wear these through October here in California!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Aren’t they wonderful Terri? Thanks for the love!!
      One reader commented that she likes wearing hers in the winter because they tuck into her boots easier—I thought that might be something to try this year instead of only wearing them in the warmer months!!

  • You can never have too many up close pictures! Love that wrap you knitted, you are very talented! I’m enjoying this series. 👍🏻😃

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You think? (about the pictures). sometimes I think there are too many—I’ve seen it already, and I don’t need to see it ten times more (guess I’m in the minority, huh?)
      Thanks for the compliment…but in reality, this knitting was quite easy!!!

  • Queen of Rods

    I’m in love with your wrap. The details are awesome. I do like red and orange together, but I like pink and orange even more 🙂 The ankle pants all look great in the photos, but I wonder how much the ones with the wider legs will crawl up when sitting…some of us prefer to cover that area. Great post; cant have too many pictures 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Janet for the suggestion again!!
      So when you say cover that area—you mean the lower leg area? Or are you talking about the crotch area?
      Either way, I don’t think I took any photos of any of us sitting in this series….but it is a good point!

      • Queen of Rods

        I was thinking of the pants crawling up at the bottom when seated. Sometimes they ride up much too high to look attractive.

        • Jodie Filogomo

          How interesting you say this—I’ve never even thought about it! Of course, being that I have the answer for everything (ha ha), you could make sure to wear them only when you know you’ll be seated and the pants won’t show as much (you know—like at a restaurant or a desk).
          I notice that some of my ankle pants (especially the tapered ones) tend to get stuck on my calves after I’ve been sitting and then I have to adjust them. But I probably adjust at least one thing when I get up—so it’s not a deal breaker for me!!