How to Copy What the Younger Girls are Wearing and Make it Yours

How to copy What the Younger Girls are Wearing and Make it Yours.

How to Copy What the Younger Girls are Wearing and Make it Yours

Quote of the day: “This is who I am. I’m not perfect. I don’t want to try to be perfect.” Michael Strahan

Many of us worry that we would be trying to dress too young if we copy what the younger girls are wearing! But I want to show you how you can copy outfits, using what you already have in your closet!

We are joining with Madelyn from ADD…and-so-much-More! again to explore the idea that fashion can be good for your brain. We started off in the last post, here, by trying to convince you that restyling our clothing items makes our brain healthier.

Now, we want to try to suggest that you can recreate some of the looks that you see on the younger women without “looking like mutton.” Sometimes it just about taking an element or detail and running with it! All 3 of us used the same photo of Michelle! Michelle may be much younger than we are, but I love reading her blog and seeing her style. I picked this outfit of Michelle’s for the exact reason that I knew the 3 of us did NOT have items just like hers! So I’ll tell you our thought process as we go along! Again…Madelyn is giving her two cents in the brown font!!

Not just fun, Jodie – brain benefit!

Not only would we look quite out of date in exactly the same outfit that looks so trendy and attractive on someone as young as Michelle, our brains wouldn’t get much of a challenge from sheer duplication.

To keep our brains young and vital as we grow older, the goal is to build a choice of strong pathways to get it where it needs to go should a metaphorical detour become necessary.

What our brains crave is exercise, which means it needs to get out of its pattern recognition rut to send out some feelers to a few neurons that otherwise might not have been recruited to chime in. 

Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: My first thought when I saw Michelle’s outfit was all about the distressed jeans and strappy shirt.

I started with the jeans. I know many of you frown on distressed denim. And I’d be the first to admit that I’m not a huge fan either. But I did find and fall in love with these jeans, and since they didn’t have a non-distressed version, I decided to take the leap. Besides, if I’m standing up, then you hardly notice the torn knee, right?

Then to incorporate the strappy shirt (which is how I interpreted Michelle’s shirt), I found an open shoulder shirt in my closet. With these shirts, I feel like they tend to gape when I lean over, so I made sure to wear a camisole under it—that’s why you see 3 different straps in the photos.

How to Copy What the Younger Girls are Wearing and Make it Yours.

Madelyn’s Thoughts:

I had a ball with this one, Jodie, from your straight hair, red lips and sunglasses all the way to your strappy sandals with the chunky heels (and my favorite leather jacket purse which you had introduced in an earlier post)!  You kept the ruffles in the top as well – and covered your upper arms (an area a lot of us would just as soon not put on display at 50 or older).

I hope everyone noticed that you didn’t pay attention to duplicating the colors at all, even in the purse and shoes, concentrating more on the silhouette.
That’s what interpretation is all about!  Any brain can replicate without breaking a sweat.  Interpretation takes some creativity – especially when you are limited to what you already have in your closet.

How to Copy What the Younger Girls are Wearing and Make it Yours.

Now I realize that Michelle’s outfit is 2 solid colored pieces. But I decided to go big and try for some real live print mixing. If you checked in last week on the blog, you saw how I tried make this concept more basic for those of you who think it’s too “out there.”

But let me be truthful. Actually I grabbed the two pieces because of their individual details. The distressed knee on the jeans. And then the spaghetti straps on the shirt. It’s not like I have a lot of these details in my possession. Then when I put the two pieces together, I questioned the fact that they were two prints. Should I wear it? Is it too much? But I decided to give it a go…what do you think?

How to Copy What the Younger Girls are Wearing and Make it Yours.

After putting together these two pieces, I stopped trying to recreate Michelle’s look. I thought about trying my beige ankle boots. But the thought that I should work on making my outfit more cohesive won over. I thought the darkness on the sandals played off the darkness in the shirt. And then with the purse I added in more black!

How to Copy What the Younger Girls are Wearing and Make it Yours.

Jeans:Articles of Society  (similar here darker & capris or here without the ripped knee or here in a cropped version)~~Top: Fabrik (similar here or here or here)~~Shoes: Chinese Laundry (similar here)~~Purse: (similar here)

Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: I let Nancy translate the photo, and this is what she came up with. Her first thought was the tighter jeans & flowy top, so she wore leggings and a tunic!

I thought this was a smart way to copy Michelle’s outfit. Sometimes it’s interesting to see the first item that you notice in a look and then compare it to what’s in your closet. I know from my article on Sixty + Me about leggings that many older women have embraced wearing leggings. So I felt like it was only natural that Nancy went this route!

The tunic that Nancy chose was more colorful than Michelle’s but it’s one of her favorite tunics. I think we need to remember when we are “copying” another person’s outfit, it doesn’t have to be exact! It can be an idea that floated through our heads when we first saw the other person’s outfit. You’re still getting inspiration from another person, you are then just making it your own!!

How to Copy What the Younger Girls are Wearing and Make it Yours.

Madelyn’s Thoughts:

Good for Nancy!  The “strappiness” of the inspiration top would probably not have suited her style much at all – and the double layer of ruffles might well have looked a bit too girly on her. Had she distressed a pair of jeans to look exactly like the pants in the photo, I think she might have looked like a garden party gone bad. 

So she grabbed her fabulous tunic and tossed it on over a pair of leggings.  Take a look at some of Nancy’s outfits from other weeks and I think you’ll agree that she came up with a super way to honor this challenge without betraying her own sense of style – right down to her chunky heeled pumps as well as her black booties

How to Copy What the Younger Girls are Wearing and Make it Yours.

For Nancy’s shoes with this outfit, we went 2 different ways! First we pulled out her silver shoes, since Michelle had styled lighter colored footwear with her outfit. By doing this, I think Nancy shows a more spring time look. There’s a couple of you that may not realize how silver shoes go with everything! If that’s you, then these sandals might be perfect!

The other option we photographed is her black ankle boot. This is a choice that I think makes sense to most of us, since the leggings are black. Do you have a preference?

How to Copy What the Younger Girls are Wearing and Make it Yours.

Nancy bought this butterfly tunic while she was in France a couple of years ago!! This style of tunic works so well for the warmer months since it’s lightweight and flowy! Just like a couple of tunics I found when looking for similar ones. Check out this one or this one if you don’t believe me! I think these are perfect for vacations because they can double as swimsuit cover ups!!

How to Copy What the Younger Girls are Wearing and Make it Yours.

Leggings: Paradox (similar here)~~Tunic: (similar here with butterflies or here in a grey print)~~Boots: Crown Vintage (similar here)~~Shoes: Chinese Laundry (similar here with a kitten heel or here with a block heel)

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: My mom tends to be more literal in copying an idea, so she opted for her pink/purple pants. For the top, I was surprised she didn’t pick a pink one, but she wanted to pull in the ruffle feature.

But I do think my mom looks fabulous in this color combination. It’s definitely a spring time look and that’s exactly where I found Michelle’s outfit in her categories!

Since my mom isn’t comfortable baring her arms like you might see on the younger women, this yellow top of hers covers her up but is light and airy for the warmer months!

How to Copy What the Younger Girls are Wearing and Make it Yours.

Madelyn’s Thoughts:

I loved the way Charlotte reinterpreted the inspiration top’s ruffle in lace — and I’m not surprised at all that she choose to mix up her colors this week.  After all, she primed her brain to more easily accept the “mismatched” look with last post’s challenge. 

Notice the creative manner in which she picked up on the inspiration outfit’s purse and boots, shape and color both —  in other words, she kept the same colorway for both pieces, but didn’t feel constrained about changing the color family.  Also notice how the mix of bracelets reinterprets Charlotte’s own preference for matching — picking up the tones of her top, purse and boots and pulling them all together in a more subtle manner than her brown look last week – but still very “Charlotte.”

Notice too that her pants aren’t nearly as tight as the inspiration jeans (which would probably have made her look older not younger!), but they do narrow at the hem, which is absolutely fitting for the way Charlotte usually likes to dress, even though her “style” shows signs of having subtly evolved already.

How to Copy What the Younger Girls are Wearing and Make it Yours.

Mom’s shirt is actually one of those shirts that can be made to be off the shoulder! Have you tried that trend? I think if you’re not sure about this style, then the kind that is adjustable like this one, is the place to start. Like this one, that I wore at our #LoveChico’s Event can be worn either way. Or even this one would be gorgeous!

How to Copy What the Younger Girls are Wearing and Make it Yours.

My mom certainly has many years of accumulation in her closet from which we could pull from. Because of this, we styled her beige booties, light colored purse and bangle bracelets, just like our inspiration photo!

Layering many different bracelets of different widths, colors & materials is really so easy for any of us! Of course you may think it’s easier if you buy them already combined like here or here! But if you have some laying around in your jewelry box, I bet you could do this too!!

How to Copy What the Younger Girls are Wearing and Make it Yours.

Jeans: Old Navy (similar here in a skinny version or here for plus or here)~~Top: Jacket Society (similar here as a cold shoulder version and here all covered!)~~Boots: Hillard & Hanson (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)~~Purse: (similar here in floral cutouts)

Even though I think color is a strong aspect of an outfit, the results from this experiment show that it’s not always the primary thought. Taking a detail that you admire that is being worn on a younger woman, can then inspire many other outfits! That’s why I think it’s fun to read blogs of all ages and sizes, and I hope you do too!

DO Try This at Home 

I hope everybody reading along is also playing along – and that you will take the time to pick apart the details of your own choices in a similar manner, deepening your new neural pathways as you do so by making them conscious.  If you’ll keep a journal while you play this game, I’ll bet you’ll surprise yourself when you look back over some of the changes you’ve forced your brain to make.

Extra credit if you journal your week:  what other changes have you been more comfortable as you played in your closets?

Thanks to you all! And make sure to check out Madelyn’s post for more brain facts that go with this post!

Charlotte’s photography by Kari Strand Photography

The Facts

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I decided to show you the color that seems to be everywhere lately!! It’s pink! And even if you don’t love the color for your complexion, I found it in other items too!

  • Jodie, I so appreciate all of the thought that goes into your posts. This one is a prime example. I learned so much. When I try to replicate an outfit, I can’t think beyond trying to match the colors or patterns in the original look. Now I will think more about textures, shapes, details…the less obvious particulars that make give certain clothing that special appeal.

    YOU look so svelte and youthful and perky. Love the pattern mixing, the playful length and pattern in your top. Appreciate that Nancy’s interpretation of Michelle’s darling pieces is not a carbon copy but just picks up on the fit and the length of Michelle’s outfit. So glad to see someone wearing leggings so well in their sixties. Hope I can continue to pull them off next year when I hit the big 60. And Charlotte’s palette is kind of a scramble of Michelle’s soft colors. Great idea to wear an off-the-shoulder top ON THE SHOULDER.

    You gals never cease to amaze and entertain and educate me.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      What a wonderful comment to read, Leslie!
      And really…I’m usually the same way with copying outfits! I tend to start with color….and if that doesn’t work I don’t do it. But I used Michelle’s photo for the fact that I knew none of us could copy it that easily. I wanted to make us work our brains!!
      So now I’m going to try looking at it differently. When I see an outfit on someone that I like, I’m going to ask myself, what about it do I like? Is it breezy, flowy, sparkly, colorful—and then try to copy from that description!!
      Thanks for being so positive!! That just made my day!!

  • One Sage Mama

    I always love your posts! Jodie’s cold shoulder shirt is awesome. Nancy’s shoes are everything! The detail of Charlotte’s shirt is just lovely. You’re all rocking it, ladies! Thanks for linking up to #fridayfrivolity. Xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Amethyst!!
      Have a fabulous weekend!! 🙂

  • I think you replicated this really well Jodie. I do like the clash of the patterns, and I think it actually makes the outfit look more on trend.
    And definitely wearable for our age group x
    Thank you so much for linking up to Celebrating style x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laurie!!

  • I think Charlotte’s white boots are too cute! Overall, I love all the light pink! Thanks for linking up with Jennie and I for Fabulous Friday!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Nina!!!

  • These post are so much fun! I am loving this! You ladies all knocked it out of the park with this challenge too. I adore your outfit and straight hair for this post, Jodie! So fun! And your purse is amazing! I loved how Nancy and your mom interpreted it as well – they’re all perfect for spring. Great jobs! 🙂


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Lindsey!!
      I was impressed at how each of us saw this so differently!! Because my first thought was I’m not sure how we’ll do this!!

  • Simona Branca (Simy)

    Wow this is a different fashion blog ever read until now!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Simona!!

  • Michelle has amazing style! I love how all of you took her inspiration and made it your own!

    Doused In Pink

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jill!
      Have a fabulous weekend!!

  • I loved this! Your top is too cute! I need one, Jodie!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Elle!!

  • Mummabstylish Mummabstylish

    Some inspiring ideas as always Jodie, I’m loving your outfit – the jeans are so cute! Jacqui

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jacqui!!

  • I love challenging the rules about what you can wear at what age. At 63 I recently took scissors to my faux distressed jeans and actually distressed them. I wear what I feel good in and what suits me. Having said that I don’t think we all need to turn into Iris Apfel either. Good for her but not for me!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s true that we don’t want to copy someone that doesn’t feel right to us….but breaking the rules is all about what individuality is, right?
      How fabulous that you distressed your own jeans, Jan!! You go girl!!!

  • Versatilestylebytracey

    What a fun and creative post, Love all 3 and how very different each one of you went with this.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tracey!!

  • Debbie Kitterman

    Jodie –
    I love this line you wrote – any brain can replicate without breaking a sweat. Interpretation takes some creativity Love this line and not just for choosing clothes. I am so glad you linked up with me today and YES! You are more than welcome and NO don’t even think about deleting your post. I hope you will come back each week. I love this idea of showing how each age group can wear certain styles. Such and inspiration… OH man and those shoes from Nordstrom’s at the bottom wowza… oh and your purse too, I loved it!

    Thank you for linking up with #TuneInThursday today! I am so blessed to have you linking your posts as part of the community each Thursday.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for such a positive note, Debbie!! And I’d love to come back each week–I put it on the link up schedule, so I should be there!!
      Have a fantastic weekend and see you soon!!

  • Nicole Mölders

    Thanks for linking up to the Top of the World Style. Great outfit suggestions. Your hair looks great!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Nicole!!

  • I love it! It’s so beautiful and exemplifies that fashion defies any age.

    Jessica |

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jessica!!

  • Jacqueline Rendine

    What a great way to remake the look! I love all three!
    Stylin In St. Louis

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jacqueline!!
      Have a great weekend!!

  • This is my favourite post so far!!
    You did an awesome job Jodie. Love it!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Leanne!!

  • Oh, you each look fabulous! I really like the bold interpretation you took, Jodie. Those jeans are too fun and, of course, I Love the shoes. I really enjoyed seeing how each of you took Michelle’s look and made it your own.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jennie!! It was a fun challenge, although I love trying to “spin the pin”!!

  • The title of this made me chuckle! You ladies are too cute. I love all of these outfits and can I say that you look so amazing, Jodie! This look is wonderful on you!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Liz!! You made my day!! 🙂

  • Oh I really like the butterfly T and the pink Noordstrom boots too. What a fun idea to draw inspiration from someone else too. We so that a lot as teens by looking in magazines etc why not when we are older too. Great job ladies. Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Catie!! It’s true…we did this exact same thing as younger women, so why not now??

  • Fantastic! What a lovely serie! What a fabulous idea! I want to do this with you too!😁😁😁😁😁😁 I love your pants and Nancy s tunic is fabulous! I just ordered a butterfly dress. And Charlotte s bracelets are so nice, such a Summer accesorie!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Nancy—we should do this one time—but you know I’d challenge you terribly by grabbing a photo of a woman with jeans (since I know you “love” wearing them so much—ha ha). 🙂 🙂

  • Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    I love this idea. I find inspiration all over the web and in magazines, but then realize that the pieces may not work well for me, now I can visualize how I could swap pieces but still keep the same feeling! Love all these outfits. Really inspired!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Wow…thanks Nikki!!
      It’s true, I’m probably the first person that looks at a photo of some of the younger girls and thinks “I would never wear that”. That’s why I picked Michelle’s outfit really—I knew the 3 of us couldn’t easily copy it! But it was fun to see what we’d come up with!! 🙂

  • Rebel

    Great post, I love all the different takes on the outfit.. You all look amazing! ^^.


    • Jodie Filogomo


  • I love how you all took one look and interpreted it so differently. You all look so great and age appropriate! I think so much of dressing for your age has to do with dressing for what is most flattering for your body. You all did that very well. Michelle always looks so cute!!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Amy!!
      It certainly was a challenge since we don’t have the same items…but it does make our brain work!! 🙂

  • Such a fun idea! Love the different interpretations.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Mary!

  • CathyLynchLawdanski

    I love this whole post! What a clever idea. And your outfits are great. I even see your striped jeans as kind of a neutral. I’m going to be a pattern mixer yet! Just you wait…

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I can’t wait to see you start mixing your patterns!! I think once you start it’ll get easier and be fun, Cathy!!
      Thanks for your voice on this and happy Thursday!!

  • Young girls always look amazing in whatever they wear (within reason) but there’s nothing stopping us from looking great too – it’s just a matter of working out what looks good on us and giving it a fun twist. Loved the outfits on all three of you (although you looked about 23 years old Jodie 🙂 )

    • Jodie Filogomo

      First Leanne—you are now considered my new best friend with that comment about looking under 30 (ha ha)!!
      And I think you are so right—we can look great no matter what our age!!!

  • Wow! This post is so nice. Hahaha! I had fun reading it. Love it!

    April of:

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks April!!

  • Min Write of the Middle

    Love your top in this one Jodie! Off the shoulder is HUGE out here. I have a couple of off the shoulder tops but not one as strappy as yours. One of the tops I’ve got is so annoying to wear though as I’m constantly pulling it back off my shoulders – it doesn’t want to stay there so it’s been cast aside sadly! #TeamLovinLife

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Min.
      I know exactly what you mean with the shirt you described. I have one like that too—it’s fine if I don’t move, but once my arms get going—whoosh—it’s up again! When you find a solution–let me know. Either that or I just can’t do any work—(now that’s the answer I like, LOL)

  • Sue Loncaric

    Great post Jodie and proving that age is just a number. With a little creativity we can look just as good as younger girls without looking like ‘mutton dressed as lamb’ as we say in Australia x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You’re exactly right Sue!!
      Thanks!! XOXO

  • I love this post and how each of interpreted such a different version of Michelle’s outfit that still fitted into your own style! You all look amazing!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Ingrid!

  • Your off the shoulder top looked great – I love that print. It’s not a look I’ve done much with – mainly because of the straps & not liking strapless bras – but I think you’ve inspired me to give it a go. #TeamLovinLife

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jo!
      I wasn’t sure about the strappy shirts at first either, but then I saw another blogger with her bra straps showing and it looked great. I figured since my bra straps match the shirt (basically)…that it’s not something people will focus on! And if they do–shame on them, right?

  • This has been such a fun series. I can see where each of you got your inspiration. I love how everyone is different but inspired! You three always make me smile!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Lana!!
      Tell me again the name of your blog—(it’s my old age brain that forgets it, LOL)

  • Kathy Marris

    What a fabulous post Jodie. It helps to have a young daughter who is mad about fashion who gives you great advice when it comes to selecting clothing. My daughter will not allow me to look “old and frumpy” and selects some great trendy pieces for me that don’t make me look like “mutton dressed up as lamb”. I think the secret is to choose pieces that are on trend but not too short or tight. I love all of your trendy looks. You all look fab! 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s like you have your own stylist, Kathy!! How fun for you. But really, what’s impressive is that you take her suggestions to heart.
      I know many times my suggestions for my mother get eye rolls! Sure, she might wear it for the blog, but she won’t really wear them in public. Although having this brain coach explain it has changed her perspective a little (I think)!

  • I am obsessed with this post! Thank you so much for using me as inspiration! I am in awe of the different ways that you pulled inspiration from my pink outfit & made it your own by using pieces that were already in your closet & staying true to your personal styles. Bravo to all 3 of you!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much for allowing us to use this photo, Michelle!!
      My husband was laughing that I looked like I could be your mother in our side by side photos!! I don’t think I meant to copy the straight hair, but it just turned out that way!! 🙂

      • I love the straight hair! It was a great finishing touch.

        • Jodie Filogomo


  • This was fun! I like Nancy’s lighter shoes best, probably b/c it’s spring now. I haven’t tried the off the shoulder trend b/c I need a super heavy duty bra with thick straps and def can’t wear a strapless bra. I have seen these tops with a thicker shoulder width so there is that option. However, I’m not crazy about my sloping shoulders, so this might be something I’ll pass by. Your blog is always doing something creative and different. I appreciate that! Julia xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m glad to hear you liked Nancy’s lighter shoes better because that was my first thought!! But I know many women still like to match their shoes to their pants, so I wanted to see if there was a majority thinking on that issue!!
      I totally get it about the bra & strapless issue. I’ve always hated strapless bras, but I did just find one from Spanx (I didn’t even know they carried bras until lately) that is the best one for me so far. Needless to say, we don’t all have to try every trend, right? But I will tell you, that you’re probably the only one that really notices your sloping shoulders!! Just sayin’!!

  • Laura

    How fun! I think this is a great example of how you can take something as inspiration and make it completely your own. All three outfits are so different and you each interpreted Michelle’s outfit in a different way when recreating it. You all look fabulous!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laura!!
      It was super fun to see how different they all came out considering we started with the same photo!! Reminds me of that telephone game we played as a kid!! 🙂

  • I love your outfit and I have to say that your Mom did “bring it”. I am all about the cold shoulder and off the shoulder tops and have been on that wagon for years. Enjoy!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Neti!! My mom will love to read your comment!!

  • PetiteOver40

    This is quickly becoming my favorite series of your most recent posts, Jodie! I’m enjoying the stretch your exercises are giving to my own brain. As I read through your post and look at the photos, I find myself imagining what’s in my closet and how I will recreate this look for myself. It really is fun to think about!

    All three of you deserve huge applause for your interpretations. I could see the original inspiration within each outfit. Your print-mixing outfit was genius, I must say! The light blue stripes in your jeans pick up on the darker blue in the top. It not only works–it has great street style and it’s all you, Jodie!

    Can’t wait to see what’s next!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      It is a fun exercise, because I have to confess I’m one of those that looks at some of the younger bloggers and thinks “i would never wear that”. But many of the items could be similar to what I have, so training my brain to think differently is the whole idea!!
      Thanks for the positive thoughts on my print mixing. I’ve really been trying to combine them more (I’m even wearing 2 prints today in real life) because it’s “good for my brain”, right?
      Now wait until you read the next in the series—talk about everything I always wanted to hear !!! 🙂

  • Judy Gramith

    Your creative personal reinterpretations of Michele’s outfits are really inspiring. Each of you stayed true to your own tastes and comfort level.
    I think many women write off certain looks because they believe they need to do the exact copy when that’s just not the case! You have beautifully illustrated that with this post.
    Jodie, I love your striped jeans and the pattern mixing is so cute. I’m not liking the heaviness of the black purse. ( I love the purse itself however)
    Nancy’s tunic is so pretty and has great length! The fact that it’s a souvenir makes it even more special!
    Charlottes entire color scheme is so pretty!!! The blouse does a great job of camouflaging what she doesn’t like to reveal but looks so on trend and springy!!
    Madelyn’s tutorials are spot on and very “age appropriate”. Those of us who are 50+, and love fashion can appreciate the fact that our brains actually benefit when we shop our own closet after seeing a trend we want to try.
    “THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON FASHION” comes to mind. =-)

    • Jodie Filogomo

      OMG—what a perfect title you came up with Jude!! I’m totally going to use that for a post sometime!!!!
      I thought this idea was particularly helpful to me, because I’m the first one to look at a photo and think “i wouldn’t wear that”. But I’m finally learning that if I love something about the photo or look, I can certainly recreate it differently!!
      And I totally see what you mean about the purse—I thought about wearing my apricot fringe one, but I thought the fringe might be too much. What it really means is I need to go purse shopping—all for the sake of my brain, I’m sure!! 🙂 🙂

  • I like how the three of you interpreted the look in such unique ways. I probably would never pair printed pants with another print, but it works really well here too!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Lydia!!

  • This is the cutest idea for a post and really valuable advice! I love that you were able to take some younger trends and make them your own, at every age!

    Pumps & Push-Ups

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Brooke!!

  • Can I tell you again how much fun it is to visit your blog? You all have so much fun with fashion and I love the creativity in this post. It is so true that fashion inspiration doesn’t just come from copying an outfit exactly, but in the tones and feel of the pieces. Great post!

    Mary Colleen

    • Jodie Filogomo

      What a wonderful comment to read, Mary!! Thanks so much for saying that!!

  • I love that you interpreted Michelle’s style in you own ways! I totally believe that inspiration can come from anyone’s look. What a cool post Jodie!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Kathrine!!

  • Tina von tinaspinkfriday

    Stunning post Jodie! I love it so much that all of you shopped her closets.Great! All looks are sooo amazing. I am really in love with your striped pants!
    XO Tina

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Tina!! I am glad I bought these jeans—now I just have to wear them and not feel a little silly that the knee is ripped…..

  • ADA

    Michelle is such a great inspiration. I love her style. She looks fabulous in the head to toe pale pink look. I love each of your own interpretation of it. Every single tops you ladies have on is beautiful. I particularly love your look Jodie. It is sublime, one of your best!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Ada!!

  • Rhona Crouthamel

    Interestingly, just I saw your last post about restyling being good for your brain, I had just read an article on that very thing myself. Now I’ve read a study showing that weekly shopping has been proven to keep us younger….well, I could have told them that!😉
    You have all done a wonderful job of making this look your own. Jodie, I really love your pattern mixing. It’s still an area I struggle with, though I love the look!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I know exactly how you feel Rhona!! I did wear this outfit out and about all day, and I felt fine….but when I put it on in the morning, i really had doubts!! I keep trying to practice my print mixing (in fact, I’m wearing it today in real life too) and I think the more I do it, the easier it becomes and more normal it seems!!
      Thanks for the love!!
      And wait until you read the post on Friday—it’s totally what you just read!!:)

  • Karen Del Tatto

    Thanks for sharing this very creative approach to looking at an outfit on a younger person and making it age appropriate for an older person.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m glad you liked it Karen!!
      I know there are many times I look at outfits that the younger girls are wearing and think “i’d never wear that”—but after talking with Madelyn about our brain health, it makes me want to look at it differently!!

  • Marci Vaughn

    I love all three interpretations! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Marci!!

  • Queen of Rods

    I think that print mixing on your outfit works, Jodie, because the stripes on the pants are so pale. I also love how the ankle straps on your shoes mirror the horizontal stripes on your blouse 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Janet!!
      I actually went out in public in this outfit—and the fashion police didn’t pull me over, so I felt okay!! 🙂

  • suzy w.

    LOVE these outfits and you are rockin that look!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Susan!! What a nice thing to read this morning!

  • Karen

    This is already challenging my brain, just this exercise of choosing a photo of an outfit you like and making it your own. So often I look at pictures in catalogs or online and I think, “I could do that with my (such and such piece of clothing). Then I’ll do it and love the result. It’s kind of cool to think you don’t need to go buy all new things and be literal with this, but to take a similar interpretation of the look and still come out looking like yourself! This is what all of you have accomplished here in grand style. I have enjoyed reading Madelyn’s input – helps me realize that doing these things is keeping my mind healthy! What I have noticed in just a few days is that I feel more motivated to accomplish some goals I’ve set (and made progress on, I might add), and I feel more energetic after a session of mixing and matching in the closet. I feel pumped up I guess, happier, because it is fun! Sometimes we deny ourselves the ‘fun’ things because life can be heavy and exhausting. I’m going to keep having fun! I think I’ve learned new things already this week! : )

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Karen!! What a fabulous thing to notice and feel!!
      I know, for myself, that even though it’s something I do regularly, knowing that it’s good for me makes it feel so much better! Which helps with everything throughout the day!!!
      I can’t wait to see what you put together for our athletic shoe series—as long as you still want to be involved??

  • Missy May

    I love love the takes here. Equally oh-so-stylish and these ensemble are chic. – Especially that leather bag!! OMG that’s a winner!! 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Missy!
      Isn’t the purse just so fun? I found it in the Vegas airport of all places!! 🙂

  • Love these looks!!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jaymie!!

  • I LOVE the sandals you paired with the jeans, Jodie – and your pristine pedicure makes me want to do the same thing. The red sandals you found at Nordstrom are pretty cute too – I’m tempted. I think you most certainly can get away with the print mix, by the way. Go for it!

    I’m always amazed at how well you source your posts for us. If I needed jackets (and I definitely do NOT), I’d grab all three of the pink ones you chose to pair with white summer jeans, even light weight capri leggings. I think I need a bigger closet (not to mention a bigger budget – lol.
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie –
    ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Well, I’m glad you like what I pick out Madelyn!! Because you know, shopping is my thing!! Heck, I even like grocery shopping!
      But shopping for others is the funnest for me—then I don’t spend my money or have to figure out where it’ll go in my closet!!

      • Hey Jodie! I had to run out practically on awakening and came back late afternoon to a broken comment feed (ya’ gotta love the WordPress gremlins – not!)

        I stayed up until my eyes drooped to handle comments that came in from midnight to 3-ish, but I haven’t been able to respond to comments left under the 1/2 of this article on — AND I can’t approve them. grrrrrr. (Lucy [Porter Girl] reported a similar problem late last nite/early this morning- Eastern).

        Is Mercury retrograde or something? 🙂

        HOPEFULLY one of the Happiness Engineers will fix soon – but please let your readers know I would never ignore them on purpose!
        xx, mgh

        • Jodie Filogomo

          It’s not a problem Madelyn!! I don’t always get back to the comments right away. And I know as a commenter—I don’t mind a reply days later—it’s life!!

      • Funny – I like grocery shopping too. I’ve heard we’re in the minority. 🙂