Wearing Ankle Pants for a Dressy Occasion

Ankle Pants for women ages 50, 60 & 70

Wearing Ankle Pants for a Dressy Occasion

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Ankle pants may not be your first thought when you think of dressing up for a special occasion. But like I pointed out in the last post, the shorter length makes them ideal for switching from flats to heels. This is perfect  if you’re going from a casual outing to a more formal one later. Besides, I have recognized that our society has become very casual, even in it’s formal definitions!

We paired these exact same ankle pants with t-shirts for a casual look and then with toppers for a smart look.

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Jodie’s Outfit: This is one of my favorite silk blouses that used to be my friend Bethany’s (see her story here). Unfortunately, the sleeve seams started pulling apart. Thus mom and I came up with a solution. Mom sewed in this sheer material for new sleeves and even added back the existing wristbands on them. I think the sheer sleeves make it quite dressy when I’m going for that look, yet I could wear a blazer over it, and it’d still be office appropriate!

I especially love the ankle pants with these shoes. If I wear normal length pants with them, you can’t appreciate all the straps! And the fact that the shoes were only $12 make them even better!!

Pants: Banana Republic (similar here)~~Top: LOFT (similar here)~~Shoes: Christian Siriano for Payless(similar here)~~Belt: The Limited (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

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Nancy’s Outfit: For this post, I had Nancy wear pink on the top portion to pull out the pink flowers in the pants. I really feel like you notice the pink in the trousers more this way!

We accessorized with the gold to try to give it a more formal look. For some reason, I’m very drawn to the longer necklaces with the opened cardigans.

Pants: J.Jill (here)~~Cardigan: Claudia Richard (similar here on sale too!!)~~Top: Pantology (similar here)~~Shoes: Lifestride (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

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Charlotte’s Outfit: When I see mesh items advertised, they are usually with sporty or athletic pieces. However, I placed mom’s mesh top over a silky, sleeveless turtleneck along with a statement necklace. I was hoping that keeping it all black & white with the turquoise pants would add the desired dressiness look.

Pants: Talbots-thrifted (here)~~Mesh Top: from Japan (similar here this one even has an applique)~~Shirt Under: Mom made it (similar here)~~Shoes: Charter Club (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet 1: (similar here)~~Bracelet 2: (similar here)

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Since a great necklace can be the perfect accessory to dress up your ankle pants, I thought I’d hunt some down for you (and they are all under $40 so you could get two!!):

  • Kathleen McDermott

    Love all 3 outfits, though Nancy’s does not look dressy to me. Your blouse is stunning, and I love Charlotte’s mesh vest and delicate blouse. Your outfit is my fav again, with Charlotte a close second!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I have to agree with you about Nancy’s outfit! But it’s always amazing to me how casual some people are in reality! Even when I say “dressy” some people still think jeans—ugh!!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    Great looks! I agree, the length of your pants really shows off the pretty sandals you have on. Your mom is so talented. Those sleeves are so pretty and really dress up the shirt. I love the longer length necklaces too, especially with the open front cardi’s. Mom’s outfit is very nice and I think the mesh really makes it look dressier than it might have with another type of top. – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Amy!!

  • Wow, so many fabulous ideas in this post. Jodie, you are so right about cropped pants so versatile with regards to choice of shoes and I think that shorter length really allows the shoes to shine. Love how you and your mother swapped out the sleeves of your blouse. That was a brilliant solution. Thank you for sharing your post on my Up Down All-Around link-up.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Rena!!

  • Laura

    The sheer sleeves in your top was such a brilliant fix! It really makes the top much dressier. And I love how you layered the mesh top. The statement necklace over top is made for it!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laura!!
      I’m really glad I saved this shirt—I just love the colors of it!!
      My mom loves her statement necklace—I keep telling her to wear it more often!!

  • Love love love each look! The sleeve fix? Pure genius!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Daenel!
      I must be hard on my silk shirts, because this happened to another one of them, and for that one, I had mom add a sliver of another material at the juncture! I usually don’t have issues getting rid of things, but …

  • All gorgeous! I have really enjoyed this series. Have a great day! Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gemma!!

  • Mother Daughter

    All three great looks. Your mother did a wonderful job on the sleeves of your blouse. I also have a thing right now for long necklaces, my problem is I buy but forget to wear. lol

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I used to have that problem about forgetting to wear some of my accessories—until I finally put them all in one area—now I feel naked without them!!
      Thanks for the love!!

  • I can’t get over how cool your mum looks. Hers is an outfit I’d happily wear, with maybe switching the pants to jeans. Look at those cuffs and her necklace. I die.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      She has amassed an abundance of fabulous pieces over the years! And I think she’s been trying to stop matching everything lately!! I plan to grow up to be just like her 🙂

  • I really like the ankle pants with heels! Great looks! I love Bethany’s blouse with the sheer sleeves! Your mom did a fantastic job! She has amazing sewing skills!


    Wellness Notes

    • Jodie Filogomo

      My mom is quite amazing Andrea!!
      Thanks for the wonderful compliments!

  • Judy Gramith

    Lovely ladies!!
    You are wearing my favorite styling this time Jodie. Love the teal colors and the story behind the blouse makes it a great treasure. What a uniquely loving way to honor Bethany’s memory and your friendship with her.

    Charlotte is looking especially hip in the black mesh top and what a cool necklace! Might be fun to add that owl ring when she wears this outfit (to sip a cocktail ) at some event.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Judy!! I am a huge fan of teal—it usually looks good with my complexion! And knowing this blouse used to be Bethany’s makes it quite sentimental!
      Mom can’t wait to wear her new ring—-it’s funny how she loves owls so much!!

      • Judy Gramith

        Hadn’t told you yet but I had a thing about owls with MY mom ( owls, chickadees, turtles and owls) Please tell Charlotte that “I get it” I don’t collect them in quite the way that she does but I think they’re a very nobel bird!

        • Jodie Filogomo


  • Pam miller

    Really enjoyed your discussion on ankle pants-among my favorites. Bethany would be loving what you’ve done to her blouse. It always touches my heart when you mention her. Love, Bethany’s Mom, Pam

    • Jodie Filogomo

      So nice to hear from you Pam….This was one of my favorites of Bethany’s–(of course, she had such great taste, that I liked everything), but this blouse was especially wonderful. You can’t really tell in the photos, but the way it shines always looked so nice! I really was upset when I saw it tearing…that’s why I wanted to fix it!
      Thanks for commenting—I love that you still read my blog!

  • All three looks are winners! Love the refashion on your blouse and your mom’s mesh top and statement necklace.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Darlene!!
      Refashioning the shirt is almost as good as going thrifting, right?

  • Queen of Rods

    Love all three outfits; especially the refashion of your silk blouse…and those shoes!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Janet—my mom is amazing with her sewing skills—it’s truth!!
      And I do love my heels!! I’ve decided one of my goals is to go to my grave with them—no old lady shoes for me—ha ha!!