Borrow from the Boys: 3 (Jewelry) Collaboration

Borrowing Men's Items for Women's Fashion.

Borrowing from the Boys for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: Wearing Men’s Jewelry

Quote of the day: “The finest pleasure is kindness to others.” Jean de Bruyere

I’m finishing this series about borrowing some of the men’s fashions by showing the three of us wearing jewelry that is sold for men. And you even get to see more with Sheela & Eve !! Since the jewelry is smaller, make sure to link to each blog post so you can see the up close photos!!

I grabbed three different pieces from Rob’s jewelry holder—a necklace, a tie clip and cuff links. Then I let mom & Nancy pick their choice for our outfits!

When my husband and I were first dating I bought him a necklace. It was actually purchased in the men’s department but he didn’t like the term necklace. Thus, ever since then, we call it his “stud apparel!” Needless to say, he now has quite a few of these items, and wears them regularly for our outings. I included a picture from a couple years ago with him wearing one of his pieces!!

Borrowing Men's Items for Women's Fashion.

The entire week was trying to see if us women could still look good in a couple of item’s from the men’s category. See how we wore my husband’s shirts here and his accessories here.

And here’s the 5 of us showing our outfits with men’s jewelry!

Eve from The World According to Eve: It’s hard to see in this photo, so make sure to go to Eve’s blog to see the closeup shots! Eve’s wearing a cuff link on her choker necklace—I swear this girl is so creative!! I’m going to do that!


Sheela from Sheela Writes: Again, the full photo makes it hard to see the details, but Sheela is wearing her husband’s baptismal bracelets! The long duster and beret give her such flair!!


Gold Baptismal Bracelets – borrowed from husband~~Embroidered Velvet Kimono Cardigan – Jaded London~~Black Dress & Sunnies – thrifted~~Beret – Forever21~~Clutch – Ellebee~~Rings – gifted

Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: I was left to style Rob’s stud apparel from our choices above. I don’t usually style an outfit starting with a necklace, but I guess it’s not much different than starting with a pair of shoes, right?

Borrowing Men's Items for Women's Fashion.

Since the necklace is masculine in nature with the leather & silver bead, I wanted to tie in both feminine and masculine features in my outfit.

Borrowing Men's Items for Women's Fashion.

The brogue shoes and tweed jacket were the pieces I thought to be on the manly side. And then my lace shirt under the jacket seemed more girly!

Borrowing Men's Items for Women's Fashion.

I could have easily worn my blue jeans with this outfit too. But lately, I love the all white underneath. Doesn’t it pop the colors of the rest of the outfit that way?

Borrowing Men's Items for Women's Fashion.

Jeans: LOFT (here)~~Jacket: My mom made it (similar here in B&W for a nice deal)~~Top: Banana Republic (similar here)~~Shoes: David Tate-thrifted (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: Nancy picked this tie clip to style for the theme. Again (like the belt in the last post), it was originally my dad’s piece, so she thought it’d be a nice tribute to him.

Borrowing Men's Items for Women's Fashion.

I was trying to be very creative when I came up with a usage for a man’s tie clip. I was hoping it could work as a closure for a sweater. It’s probably not the best of my ideas—in retrospect, it would have worked better to hold a scarf together since that would be more like it’s original function. And as I was sitting here looking at the tie clip–I realized it could work also as a barrette for my hair! I wished I had thought of that before we took these photos!!

Borrowing Men's Items for Women's Fashion.

We went with gold accessories since the tie clip was gold with some bling. Even though the outfit itself is quite casual, I figured some dressier jewelry was fine.

Borrowing Men's Items for Women's Fashion.

Since Nancy was wearing my dad’s tie clip, she also opted for this necklace. Dad’s name was Joe, and Nancy got this pendant right after his death as memorial to him since it’s in the shape of a “J”.

Borrowing Men's Items for Women's Fashion.

Leggings: Cold Water Creek (similar here)~~Cardigan: (here)~~Top: Pleione (similar here a floral version)~~Shoes: Ecco (here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Tie Clip: (similar here)

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: Mom picked out the cuff links to wear from Rob’s jewelry stash! Rob actually has quite a few pair of cuff links in his possession, and some were even my dad’s. He has a couple of shirts that he can wear them with when we’re going out on the town.

Borrowing Men's Items for Women's Fashion.

But for the woman’s version of wearing these pieces of jewelry, I wanted a different way to style them. So I used the cuff links as a sweater closure, just like for Nancy’s outfit.

Borrowing Men's Items for Women's Fashion.

I’ve used this trick in the past (check out the post, here) and it can work great on a very loose weave sweater! The trick is being careful with the studs of the cuff links so they don’t catch the yarn when you take them out!

Borrowing Men's Items for Women's Fashion.

I layered a lilac turtleneck under the sweater and left the sweater open at the bottom.

Borrowing Men's Items for Women's Fashion.

Jeans: Bill Blass (similar here)~~Cardigan: Flora Ashley (similar here)~~Turtleneck: McKnit (similar here)~~Boots: Soft Style (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Cuff Links: (similar here in turtle shapes)

I really appreciate your support & time by reading my blog. Thanks to each and every one of you. Will you now think to steal from your man’s closet?

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Here’s some more examples of men’s tie clips, cuff links & necklaces!! Isn’t that guitar tie clip so original?

  • Kathleen McDermott

    Love the necklace. So cool.

  • You are so creative Jodie. Honestly, coming up with three different outfits, what, three times a week? And taking something small like tie tacks and making a post out of it. Impressive. You all look fabulous and I agree with you about the white underneath. It just looks fresh this time of the year!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      What a nice thing to say Julia!!
      There are times when I think I’ll reduce the amount of posts I put together—but right now I really like coming up with 3 different categories!!

  • I love how you take the unexpected and turn it into something else. If my hubby wore jewelry or cufflinks he would definitely be looking for them. I feel inspired enough to go check out the mens dept. in thrift stores and see what I can fund for me! Thanks for sharing this at the DI & DI Link Party.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It could be better that you find your “own” men’s jewelry—ha ha. I’d hate to start a fight about whose it really is! Although I told my husband that everything in the house is community property. And if he wants to wear my things, that’s just fine. 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by and giving your voice!!

  • Wonderful looks. Such great ideas you are sharing at DI&DI. I hope you and yours has a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Linda!!

  • Kirsten Wick

    This necklace (or ‘stud apparel’ as your hubs likes to call it LOL!) looks perfect with your outfit. Love, Kirsten x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Kirsten!!
      I do have plenty of my own jewelry, but most of mine is not leather—so I’ll be wearing Rob’s again (as long as he’s not wearing it!!)

  • Great post, liked this series. It’s a great idea with the cufflinks. Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gemma!!

  • This series was fantastic and this post was a great wrap up on “borrowing from the boys”. Your styling of men’s jewelry was inventive and I really like how you used it in all three looks. Thanks for adding your post to my Fine-Whatever link up.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for the love Rena!!
      This series certainly took some brain power and creativity—which is usually fun!!

  • AModernMomBlog

    Such a fun and creative challenge! All three of you look great. I’m definitely with your hubby…..stud apparel sounds way better than men’s necklace

    Carly at A Modern Mom Blog

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Carly!!
      You’re right that stud apparel sounds better. And every man loves the sound of the word “stud” when we’re referring to him and his things!!

  • The tie clip idea is genius! My husband will FREAK if I start raiding his closet when he is away.

    You are such an adorable couple.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Hey…what happens when he’s away is only between us, right? Does he read your blog?
      I actually have been wearing the tie clip since this post as barrettes—they work marvelously!!

  • Tessy Onyia

    Beautiful outfits and jewelry as always Jodie.Nice one.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tessy!! This was a fun challenge!!

  • Such a wonderful post! You and your husband are a gorgeous couple. And I love the bits of menswear you’ve all incorporated. xox


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Patti—I decided that if it’s in my household, I might as well get good use out of it—even if it’s in Rob’s part of the closet!!

  • Omg this is such a great post I can’t not believe how creative you women are, I love you all, how powerful you all look!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Passant!!

  • I have to say that Eve is stealing the show here with that fantastic idea! Chokers are such a big trend at the moment, and how clever is that idea?!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Isn’t it brilliant??
      I’m totally going to try that trick!!

  • So true, I very rarely create a look around a piece of jewelry, but I think it worked out quite well. I love your creative repurposing of the cuff links.
    Chic on the Cheap

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Lydia!
      I have so many of my dad’s cuff links that I have been trying to figure out how to make them useful!
      My husband used to wear them occasionally, but there just aren’t that many shirts that need them.
      So this was a great realization—now if I can only figure out some more ways!!
      Happy Sunday!

  • Debbie Stinedurf

    Well aren’t you just pulling out all the stops on being creative and crafty! I love the tie clip and cuff links ideas…I would’ve never thought of that! Nancy and your mom are looking super stylish here, both looks are fabulous! And your hair is looking mighty fine too, btw. 🙂 I often steal (borrow) things from my husband. It’s typically shirts or sweaters, but I’ve been known to lift his watch on occasion as well.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Really, our men should consider it a compliment that we want to wear their items, right, Debbie? Especially being that we are fashion bloggers and only want the best on our bodies—ha ha!!
      Thanks for the wonderful compliments!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    Such great ideas, Jodie. I love that picture of you and Rob. You guys are so cute and look very happy together! i love your oxfords!!!! And wearing white does bring out the other pieces in your outfit. Great ways to use men’s jewelry. I love that Rob calls it his “stud apparel”. That made me laugh! Have a great weekend! – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It is funny how the name of something can change how you feel about it! Because even though it’s been ages since we started that tradition of calling it “stud apparel” he still puts his nose up if I accidentally call it a necklace! Silly boy!!

  • PetiteOver40

    All fun and inspirational looks!! I’m especially drawn to your look, Jodie, because of the way you’ve styled the masculine with the feminine. I love that whole play of yin and yang that’s happening in fashion these days. Your tweed and more masculine shoes, along with the necklace, are a perfect balance to your white, lace foundation. Also, when I first saw your post, I thought you were wearing a jacket by Vince that I have been salivating over recently! And to think–your mom made it first! 😃


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for being so positive about my challenge Sherry!!
      This blazer was actually one mom was creating for herself—and unfortunately for her (but good for me) it ended up being too small for her!! I do love the tweed materials in almost anything, for some reason!

  • Nice work ladies! The cuff links work really well. All the outfits look great.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for joining in on the thoughts Gail!!
      I appreciate the kind words!

  • You ladies are sooo awesome! What a great post! =)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Cielo!!

  • Cuteness and cleverness all around in today’s looks!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Darlene!!
      Gotta keep up with you…. 🙂

  • Judy Gramith

    Very creative thinking on this post Jodie. The use of a tie clip as a barrette is really a cool idea.
    ALL of you look very feminine and I don’t think the casual observer would even realize that the cuff links weren’t buttons and the tie clip just a bar pin.
    A self challenge successfully met!
    Charlotte’s blue sweater is so pretty and I like your tweed jacket a lot Jodie!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It was quite fun to figure out some interesting ways to wear these pieces differently!
      I’ve been wearing the tie clip as a barrette lately (since having that brainstorm)—I’ll even show it on the blog in a couple of weeks!!
      Thanks for weighing in on this post—it’s so nice to hear your thoughts!!

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    I would have never thought to wear cuff links as pins, my husband collect cuff links and I should really try this! Brilliant! Also, I didn’t realize that Nancy was your step mom! That is really cool that they both have such a great relationship and you all work together on these photos. My kids have a step mom and dad and I love seeing when families get along so well! I love that you buy your husband necklaces/jewelry. 🙂


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Does he collect the cuff links just to collect them. or does he wear them too??
      It has always been a blessing to have my family get along so well! I know many that don’t, and the stories are incredible. My husband marvels at the fact daily—since he is Italian—and that’s not how Italians (especially Silician’s) roll!
      Thanks for the love, Carrie and happy weekend!!

      • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

        He wears them, but not as much as he used to… his work is more casual now. Well, I think it is great and lol at your husband!! 🙂 I’m sure it makes your life (and everyone!) much easier that y’all get along so well! 🙂

  • How cool, I like the idea of wearing the cuff links as pins. Very well played.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Lorena!!

  • Jacqui

    Hi Jodie
    I love the way you are being creative here. I particularly like the cuff links as a sweater closure that your mom is wearing, but you all look great!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I was so glad to find a way to wear men’s cuff links—I have quite a few of my dad’s and I hate to just keep them in the box!
      Thanks for stopping by Jacqui!!

  • all of u have such different styles and pull off the look so well!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Chichi!!

  • Loving that tweed jacket! Perfect for fall/winter! Have a great weekend 🙂


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Jamie!!
      My mom actually made this jacket for me, and we’ll be doing a blog series on the tweed jackets in the middle of December—I hope you stop by again to see it!!

  • “Stud apparel!” lol However you have to word it to accept it, right? I really liked your approach of using the men’s necklace to inspire a masculine-meets-feminine look. I think this tip would help women be more intentional with how they piece together an outfit, being careful to select a balanced mix of masculine and feminine elements to create a thoughtfully eclectic look.

    I also like the tip of using cuff links as a sweater closure. I feel like this would be a special way to honor a passed love one on his birthday or on a holiday. I know we have cuff links from grandfathers and great-grandfathers, and this would be a way to use them and honor these men in small, thoughtful ways.

    <3 Liz

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It is always a conundrum of what to do with some of our sentimental items. If we just put them away, then they never get appreciated. So I’ve been trying hard to figure out some functional uses for these items that I’m not quite ready to get rid of yet! I really have been using my dad’s old tie clips as barrettes ever since I wrote this post—they’ve been working great (and I’m showing it on the blog in a couple weeks!!)
      Does your husband have any “stud apparel?”

  • Wow, girls, you’re all look so great! I love every little thing you’ve styled! The necklace is amazing! Love this post!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Olya!!
      This was definitely a different challenge for us!

  • Love how you ladies took the men’s jewelry and made it your own!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Aracely!! It was so fun!!

  • Queen of Rods

    I love the cuff link as a sweater closure idea. I learn so much from you!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Janet!!
      That really made me smile!!

  • So much fun ! It must be very nice to put these posts together! Happy weekend!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Nancy….it was fun to think differently about these pieces!!
      Happy weekend to you too!