Borrow from the Boys: 2 (Accessories) Continuing the Collaboration

Borrowing Men's Items for Women's Fashion.

Borrowing from the Boys for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: Using one of their Accessories

Quote of the day: “Fashion in the armor to survive the reality of everyday life.” Mike Tucker

In the second category for the borrow from the boys series, I figured that men had some accessories also. Maybe not as many as us women, but enough to give us some variety! And we’re continuing the collaboration with Sheela, & Eve. Make sure to check out their respective blogs to see all the details and fun!

For this category for the 3 of us, I grabbed one of Rob’s pocket squares, a belt that used to belong to my dad which Rob now owns, and Rob’s fedora hat.

Here is a picture of my husband, Rob, since he allowed the three of us to raid his closet!

Borrowing Men's Items for Women's Fashion.

We started this series by “stealing” a couple of Rob’s shirts to wear in the post, here!

Now let’s see how everyone wore their men’s accessories:

Eve from The World According to Eve: So Eve wore a tie as a hairband. My husband reports they used to do this on recess at his Catholic elementary school!! Who would’ve thought?


Sheela from Sheela Writes: I love that Sheela is wearing a man’s tie around her neck. The booties even have that spectator feel to them, yet in no way does she look masculine!


Silk Tie – borrowed from husband~~Bowie Tee – thrifted~~Velvet Duster Cardigan – Boohoo~~Leather Leggings – Nordstrom~~Clutch – Betsey Johnson~~Booties – Jeffrey Campbell~~Jewellery & Sunnies – Poshmark

Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: I let mom and Nancy pick out which accessory they wanted to style first. But I was secretly glad to wear the pocket square as a neck scarf, since I’ve worn this one already a couple of times this way!

Borrowing Men's Items for Women's Fashion.

I love the yellows & oranges in this pocket square, but I didn’t want to match it too much. So instead I reached for a burgundy sweater, so the scarf would stand out more.

Borrowing Men's Items for Women's Fashion.

I also wore my new pink cape from Jacket Society as my coat for the evening. It was the last one in her stash, and I love the drape on it!

Borrowing Men's Items for Women's Fashion.

I have found myself wearing these small neck scarves more and more lately. One rationale is they can cover up a multitude of sins, and they don’t get in the way like a longer scarf can.

Borrowing Men's Items for Women's Fashion.

I even wore my tweed shoes with the orange tips! I used to wear these for work quite a bit back in the day.

Borrowing Men's Items for Women's Fashion.

Jeans: LOFT (here)~~Cape: Jacket Society (similar here made as a dress or here as a cape)~~Sweater: JOA (similar here as a cowl neck)~~Shoes: Isabel Toledo for Payless (similar here in all brown)~~Pocket Square: (similar here in an interesting print)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: Nancy chose the belt from this collection, since it used to be my dad’s (her husband), before he passed away. Instead of getting rid of it, she kindly passed it on to my husband many years ago.

Borrowing Men's Items for Women's Fashion.

Of course, I didn’t realize we had in on upside down until I was inspecting the pictures on the computer. The buckle is from the US Mint, where my dad worked for over 15 years.

Borrowing Men's Items for Women's Fashion.

We accessorized with some simple hoop earrings.

Borrowing Men's Items for Women's Fashion.

Nancy doesn’t usually wear belts much, and since it’s pretty wide and heavy, I thought to style it over a heavier piece. That’s why I grabbed the fur vest! We also let it hang down in front, instead of being tight around her waist.

Borrowing Men's Items for Women's Fashion

Leggings: Coldwater Creek (similar here)~~Vest: (similar here)~~Top: St. John’s Bay (similar here with a funny message)~~Boots: Kelly & Katie (similar here)~~Belt: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here in hammered copper)

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: Mom chose this hat from Rob’s collection to wear for her outfit! Even though this is Rob’s hat, I probably wear it more than he does, so I was glad mom picked it to showcase, since you’ve seen it on me already!

Borrowing Men's Items for Women's Fashion.

My mom isn’t one to wear a hat much because she comments that it squishes her hair down. Of course, I tell her that you just plan to wear the hat all day then! It’s a great way to cover up when a bad hair day attacks!

Borrowing Men's Items for Women's Fashion.

Mom grabbed this scarf to cover up her neck area. She said it’s actually my grandpa’s scarf from many years ago, so how appropriate then, that she’s wearing it for this category!! I thought it would be good to use it to add some color to the outfit!

Borrowing Men's Items for Women's Fashion.

The sweater that mom is wearing is just one piece. It has the white trim that makes it look like it has a separate piece under it—almost like our lace extenders!! I also added in the red boots to tie in the red from the scarf!

Borrowing Men's Items for Women's Fashion.

Jeans: Bill Blass (similar here)~~Top: Reference Point (similar here where the white portion hangs longer)~~Boots: Nine West-thrifted (similar here)~~Scarf: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Hat: (similar here in wool)

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  • Kathleen McDermott

    Great accessorizing idea – I have several of my father’s bow ties from the 40’s. You all look adorable. I simply LOVE your white jeans with burgundy, and your shoes. Nancy is so cute in that vest. But the fedora is my favorite! (An 8-year-old budding fashionista was sporting one at our cat adoption this past weekend. I wanted to take her home with me.) Love Charlotte’s scarf. (The leaves put me in mind of your leaf pins – I found a gorgeous purple one at Goidwill last week for $2.50.)

    • I’ve been a huge fan of the hats lately, Kathleen!! They just make such a great statement!!
      Did you get another cat at the adoption??
      I was actually at the thrift store this weekend, but didn’t see any great pins!! I did get some other things, though!!

  • The Style Crone

    Wow! Your Mom looks fabulous in Rob’s hat! Borrowing from the boys looks great on the three of you. Makes me want to break out a few men’s ties and oversized jackets. Thank you for sharing with Hat Attack!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Judith!!!
      It is so fun to incorporate “men’s” things into our looks, right?

  • Victoria

    You three ladies are so classy! I love all the thought that goes into the outfits.

    Jodie, those shoes are right up my alley! Those will never ever go out of style. They look comfy too. Also, your red glasses- are they from EyeBuyDirect? if so, I have those exact ones and love them! They’re so fun!

    Also, such a cool story about the buckle! What a great piece! 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      My glasses are from EyeBuyDirect!! Aren’t they great? I love how they are so light yet add color to my face. I’m hoping to increase my variety of glasses with another colored pair soon!!
      Thanks for the kind words, Victoria. Do you have a blog too?

  • How lovely to include your fathers belt in this post. You all look great, I like to wear a neckerchief at times x

  • Amy D. Christensen

    Jodie, these are great ideas for using men’s accessories. it adds a different dimension to your outfits. I really like that blush cape you are wearing. Nora has such delightful pieces. If I had more money, I would definitely buy a number of them. Ha, ha. Love the belt over Nancy’s furry vest. A great way to give it more shape. And your mom is looking so “gangsta” with that hat on. What a great way to style it. She looks so chic in those wide leg jeans and red heels. Great looks, Jodie! – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for the fabulous compliments, Amy!
      I do love Nora’s products—so I keep an eye out for her sale items and occasional flash sales that I see on FB—I figure every little bit of savings help! I was worried that this cape would overwhelm me at first, but I’m so glad I took the risk, because it’s one of my fave lately!!

  • I love this whole idea of using some men’s accessories! I’m going to have a scout through my partner’s closet and see if there’s anything I can borrow. 🙂 #FridayFrivolity

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Might as well, right, Jess? I figure if it’s in the house, it’s joint property–ha ha!!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  • PetiteOver40

    I’m so glad you’ve included Rob in this series! It’s so cool to include the men in our lives, especially when we’re “stealing” from their closets! 😄 But seriously, Rob is such a great support, it’s nice to see him represented.

    And, once again, you’ve all outdone yourselves with these great looks! I love all the ideas I’m picking up from you, Nancy, your mom, Sheela, and Eve. I really love how Sheela’s shoes pick up on her tie and then there are your shoes, which I am totally in love with!! They’re adorable–and not too high-heeled, so they could be worn walking for miles around town…. Hmm…. Maybe don’t bring those with you to Seattle. They might not go home with you! 😄

    It was also touching to see Nancy’s outfit because of your dad’s belt and your mom’s outfit, which included not just a Rob accessory, but something of your grandpa’s. This is the kind of styling that goes right to my heart–it fleshes out the stories of our loved ones and carries them into our present-day lives. ❤️


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Your comment about not bringing those shoes to Seattle made me giggle—because at first I thought you might mean that for some reason they wouldn’t be appropriate!!
      I really have been wearing Rob’s pocket squares for my neck scarves since I don’t have many that are that small!! I’m so glad I burrowed around the drawers to try to find something that would work!!
      As for the sentimental items—it feels so good to find ways to make them useful. How sad it is, when they just sit in a box somewhere!!

  • I love this! My hat is the fave. I love the tag line on your blog too … “ages 50 and better”. LOL. Perfect.
    Thanks for joining the Lovin Life Linky.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much for stopping by Leanne!!
      And the wonderful words!! Happy Weekend!

  • Lovely idea. As I’ve commented before, I’ve long stole my husbands shirts. Now I’m starting to see some possibilities for his ties, scarves, belts, etc…

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’ve decided that if these items are in my house, they must be community property—ha ha!
      Thanks for your thoughts!!

  • Nicole Mölders

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. The belt of Nancy is interesting!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Nicole—it seems very manly to me, but that can be a good thing!

  • What a fun idea!! Men’s wear can be so fashionable on women! I especially love the hat!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s so true—I just have to remember to not limit myself—especially when shopping!!
      Thanks for stopping by Joti!

  • Anna Marcus

    Well, Jodie, whe re should I begin. I love all three outfits: your shoes are simply divine and so it the cape. I also developed love for smaller scarfs, you are right, not only they punch a colour, you can hide a lot of staff behind them. Your mom and step mom’s outfits are great too, I chuckled over the story with the buckle

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for your kind words Anna!!
      I just submitted an article to Sixty + Me about these neck scarves because I think they can be the perfect accessory for us older women—now it’ll be interesting how it is received!!

  • onyejekwe Ethel

    You all look beautiful.I love those boots.By the way those hats are beautiful Jodie.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much!!

  • All three of you look lovely! I love the pocket square styled as a neck scarf! You Mom looks fabulous in that hat!

    Doused In Pink

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Jill!! It was a fun challenge!

    • Charlotte Miller

      Thanks for the lovely comment!

  • great outfits!! love it!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Stephanie!!

  • Laura

    Your mom looks lovely in that hat! I like the idea of a pocket square as a neck scarf, too. The colors in your outfit work so well together! And your shoes are fabulous! I never would have guessed they were payless! You all wore these items so well!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Laura!!
      I’m just like you when it comes to wanting a great deal on my footwear–so payless used to be my go-to. I still shop there, but I think DSW gives it a run for it’s money!!
      Thanks for such kind words and happy Thursday!

  • I love this!! Such fun items to borrow. Also, LOVE your cape Jodie!

    xx, Elise

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Elise!!
      I was worried when I ordered this cape that it might be overwhelming on me—but I’m so glad I tried it because I’ve already worn it so much!!

  • Wow, you ladies are so versatile! I love the pocket squares being used as scarves! You all look great! I love those tweed heels, Jodi! Fun, fun post! xo

    Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Luci!!
      My husband has quite a few of these pocket squares and he hasn’t been wearing them lately…so I’m definitely going to keep putting them to good use!!

  • It’s always fun when you’ve got a significant other you can steal from! I love that a few of the items go back generations as well, that makes it so much more special.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It is that sentimental thing kicking in for many of these items. I’m not even sure why we kept my dad’s tie clips since Rob doesn’t wear them now—but since styles change, who knows!
      Thanks for stopping by Lydia!

  • Great accessories! I think it’d be OK if we (women) will take these items for good! :)) They look so nice! I love the way you’ve styled them

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think you’re right Olya—hey, if they are in my house, they must be part mine, right?
      Thanks for the lovely comment!!

  • Such cute looks! I’m loving the bandana scarf!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Annessa!!

  • You borrowed great accessories! Did you give them back?! 😉

    I absolutely love your shoes, Jodie! And what a beautiful cape!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Ha ha—I did “put” Rob’s things back where they belonged, but I think i’ve worn that pocket square more than he has in these last couple of months!!
      Thanks for joining in, Andrea!

  • You are always so creative, these all work so well!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tara!!

  • You’ve shown us some great options here Jodie. I love the Tweed shoes with the orange tips! #TeamLovinLife

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Lyndall!
      I appreciate the kind words!

  • Your shoes are stealing the show in today’s look! Loving that pink cape/jacket too!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Darlene!
      I used to wear these shoes a lot, but somehow they got forgotten in the last couple of years ….I’m glad I “rediscovered” them!

  • What some awesome ideas! I’ve never thought of raiding my husband’s closet, but I shall now. I do remember when I was much younger wearing my Dad’s old shirts with the collars turned up, big belts around the middle and trotting out in my retro mini skirt! It wasn’t a good look as I remember though!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m sure you rocked your dad’s shirts back then—it’s just when we look back at our older photos—we always think the styles look so funny!!
      Thanks for your nice comment, Johanna!

  • Great outfits! I really love your shoes and that cape. Lovely! The pocket scarf is a great touch.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Whitney.
      I have been loving the neck scarves so much lately—it keeps me warm & looks good!!

  • Kathy Marris

    I love all of these outfits. Your cape is gorgeous and so are you shoes! What a terrific post showing all 3 age groups looking so stylish and elegant.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I appreciate the kind words Kathy!!!
      It’s a family project between the three of us—and very fun (usually—ha ha)

  • Great ideas. I’m not really a scarf or belt wearer and I’m not really a hat-wearer (other than a cap when in the sun) but I love the look of the hat. It’s so stylish and such an easy way to change-up an outfit! #teamlovinlife

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much for stopping by Deborah!
      I didn’t wear hats much before my blogging days, but I have to admit how great they’ve become in my repertoire of wardrobe items. As a curly haired girl—they can cover up that mess on my head so easily—and the hat looks stylish! It makes me wonder why women stopped wearing them…ha ha!!

  • I never thought about a pocket scarf as a scarf! How genius!!?

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I figured it out when I couldn’t find a great color one for me awhile ago—so I was searching through the drawers to see what else I could use—and ta da!!
      Most of them fit just perfectly, although Rob does have one that’s too small!

  • Subject matter aside, you all look so fabulous in your outfits and photos. Jodie, I first thought that yours would be my favorite but then I saw Nancy’s vest and belt but then there was your mother with hat and scarf … and now I’m on overload! Great feature and I love that you included a picture of your guy.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Rena!!
      It really was interesting putting this series together—especially since I let mom & Nancy have first pick of the items!

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    These really are great ideas and you all model them very well!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Terri—it was awfully fun trying to figure out what us “girls” could wear from Rob’s stash!!

  • mummabstylish

    Lovely Jodie, super styles and I Love your look, super with the throw Hun – great job. Jacqui

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Jacqui!!

  • Charlotte Miller

    Actually the scarf I’m wearing belonged to MY Grandfather (my Dad’s father) and in those days it was considered an ascot. In fact I have some of his stick-pins which I wore in the 70’s and they will return to style one of these days.

  • Kristin Kohler

    What a cute idea! I don’t think my hubby has enough style to steal from his closet haha

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Well…you’re just the person to correct that, right Kristin?? Ha ha (except they don’t always listen to us, huh?)
      Thanks for stopping by!!

  • Judy Gramith

    It’s easy to conclude that you’re all having a great time with making men’s accessories part of your looks.
    Jodie your neck square has beautiful fall hues and those darling shoes repeat that vibe on the wonderful toes!!! Your pink cap is SO pretty on you!!!
    Nancy’s belt and fur vest make a really nice combo! I think she could tightend that belt just one more notch!
    Charlotte looks so cute in the fedora and scarf. This should be her outfit for the upcoming bridge game with her girlfriends! !
    Rob looks like he just played a round of golf with the guys!! A more conservative and sporty look this time anyway!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You’re so right Jude—this was a fun challenge! It’s good for the brain to figure out some new and interesting ways to make items work!
      Thanks for the kind words & continued support!!
      Doesn’t mom look great in this hat—I keep telling her she should wear them more often!!

  • I love borrowing from the boys!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      And buying from their sections at the store, huh, Dora!! Good for you!!

  • Nicole Mölders

    Cute shoes

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Nicole! I am definitely a shoe girl through & through!!

  • Love the pocket square color and that pink cape Jodie is so pretty on you. Looks like it was fun raiding hubby’s closet.
    jess x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      This has been a fun challenge Jess!!
      Not that I really need more choices in my closet…but why not??
      Thanks for the kind words!!

  • I love how creative you all got! A tie as a headband is a good idea. Fun post!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Amy—it certainly makes my brain work to try to figure out some of these categories!!

  • Loved this post, the accessories work well. Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gemma!

  • Interesting challenge and pulled off quite well ! One of the “mens accessories” I like to wear but have not in a while are cuffs 🙂
    I loved your quote of the day.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Hah—you’re a step ahead of me Lorena—you can see that move on Friday!!
      I think we’re very smart to use all of the fun items in our house—who cares if it’s marketed for men or women?

  • Stevie Turner

    Although this week was supposed to be about ‘men’s accessories’, I did like your red jumper and the cape!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Stevie—I got this sweater when a local boutique went out of business last spring and I haven’t been able to wear it until now. I rarely buy sweaters since I can knit them, but I figured it was a great deal and I really couldn’t knit this one!!
      The cape has been my go-to these last couple of weeks since I got it! It’s been perfect for the cooler evenings and it flows so nicely!!

      • Stevie Turner

        You knit? I used to knit for my babies, but haven’t knitted anything else in years.

        • Jodie Filogomo

          I’m a huge knitter, Stevie!! In fact I just spend the weekend at a knitting retreat with 20 other women up in the mountains. I finished a skirt when I was up there—now I just need to sew it together—and then it’ll be on the blog!
          I have a couple of pieces on the blog that I knitted. Just recently I showed a vest that I knitted mom a couple of years back (although she’s never worn it–ha ha): here’s the link: Then here’s : a sweater from last year.
          But one of my favorite sweaters is this one: I love doing intarsia especially with a ton of colors!!
          For me, it’s a great relaxing way to end the day—especially when we’re sitting watching tv!

          • Stevie Turner

            Wow! I’m impressed!

          • Jodie Filogomo


  • Queen of Rods

    What a nice picture of Rob wearing my “matching husband’s” blue vest. Another coincidence? Your earrings are the same color and shape as your shoes. Did you do that on purpose? I’m also noticing three western fashions this week; Nancy’s belt, your mother’s bandana, and your shoes from Monday’s post 🙂 I’m also in love with your cape!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s so funny Janet about our husbands!! Maybe they were twins separated at birth—ha ha!!
      I didn’t even realize the earrings and shoes matched so well—-I definitely didn’t plan it, at least consciously. I have other earrings in this amber color, so maybe subconsciously that’s why I chose these?
      And the western theme emerges again—you are so amazing at picking up these little details! Of course we do live in Colorado—so maybe it’s the state influence??

  • It was really fun to see the different accessories each of you selected and how you styled them. Love your tweed shoes! Each of you look great.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Jennie!!

  • You all always find these nice subject to show! I love these series….well I love all your series!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Nancy—it’s nice to hear you enjoy it!!