Dressing Slimmer 3 (Pants)

 Dressing Slimmer for the 50', 60', & 70 year old women.

Dressing Slimmer for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: For the Pants

Quote of the day: “So plant your own gardens and decorate your soul instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.” Jorge Luis Borges

In the last post of this series of dressing slimmer, I wanted to show the difference between baggy pants and fitted pants. I started this whole journey by comparing our tops (here) and then shoes (here). You’ll have to excuse the blurry pictures and funny expressions. I wanted to use pictures where our poses were very similar from one version to the other, to try to and remove the possibility that we looked slimmer because of how we were standing (that’s definitely one way to look slimmer in pictures—real life doesn’t work that way though). Thus I couldn’t always be picky on the quality of our pictures—as we took our own photos for this adventure. Since we didn’t have the exact same colored pants that fit the two criteria, you’ll have to give some leeway to the different colors and prints–hopefully you can still the difference and form an opinion. I recently read a couple of articles that the skinny jean is going out of style, yet many of us still love them. Maybe this will give some logic to the reason you like or dislike them. I’m not saying what I think is better—you tell me!

Dressing Slimmer for the 50', 60', & 70 year old women. Dressing Slimmer for the 50', 60', & 70 year old women.

50’s Outfit: I thrifted this necklace from She She’s Corner in Denver. I ended up doing surgery on it (ha ha) because the middle part wouldn’t stay put–nothing a little superglue couldn’t fix!

Trousers: Ann Taylor (similar here)~~Jeans: Banana Republic (similar here)~~Cardigan: Gilli (similar here)~~Top: Banana Republic (similar here)~~Shoes: Christian Siriano for Payless (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

Dressing Slimmer for the 50', 60', & 70 year old women. Dressing Slimmer for the 50', 60', & 70 year old women.

60’s Outfit: Nancy wasn’t sure she liked this shirt after she bought it, but I think it’s the bomb. It has a great structure and beautiful colors!

Black Pants: Bill Blass (similar here)~~Green Jeans: Chaps (similar here)~~Cardigan: Casual Corner (similar here)~~Top: Cable & Gauge (similar here)~~Shoes: Merona (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here in blue)

Dressing Slimmer for the 50', 60', & 70 year old women. Dressing Slimmer for the 50', 60', & 70 year old women.

70’s Outfit: Mom and I are always talking when we take pictures, that’s why her funny face in the one picture!

Black Print Pants: A/M Sport (similar here)~~Grey Floral Jeans: mom made (similar here)~~Top: Hanes (similar here)~~Shoes: Anne Klein (similar here)~~Scarf: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

Did you like this segment? Should I do some more like this? Linking with Visible Monday, Monday Mingle, All About YouA lovely a la modeStart the Week Stylish, #iwillwearwhatilike, & Over the Moon

I found both palazzo pants & skinnier pants depending on which you liked more:

  • Jennifer Abel

    Skinny pants, I love them. Thanks for sharing on #overthemoon

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Me too!!

  • Well, I think all the looks are winners, but generally the more fitted trousers look more slimming. That said, I love and wear loose trousers all the time, for the fun of it! Thanks so much for sharing these fun shots, xox


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Exactly!! Because I’d hate to always be worrying about do i look my thinnest?
      It’s hard enough to try to look good some days—ha ha!!

  • I think all styles look good. Skinniest going out of fashion ? I think you can wear any style of trousers nowadays and still be in fashion. My favourite style on you though Jodie are the black skinny trousers

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for the thought Laurie!!
      Besides one thing we didn’t talk about is the fact that much of what we wear depends on the occasion, right? I would never have worn this tight of a trouser to work…but on my day off certainly!!!

  • Shwetali

    I love these pants 🙂 Very fun to wear in summer specially

    • Jodie Filogomo


  • This was such an interesting & fun series!

    Oftentimes a slimmer pant can make you look slimmer (and many don’t believe it…). I think wide legged pants can often work with the right top and shoes, but they are MUCH harder to style. I love your mom in the wide legged pants! (As well as in the slim pants.)

    Again, great series! I would definitely enjoy reading more posts like this! 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Just like with the shoes….I’m sure the style can make a world of difference also! I’m sure the material plays a big part too!!
      I’ll have to figure out some more ways to continue this theme—it was a great challenge!!

  • The skinnier pants definitely make all three of you look thinner. Good job!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Darlene!!!

  • Bernadette Laganella

    Jodie, I understand the point you are making about fitted clothing being so much more slimming. Somehow, I just can’t get past the mirror. The best I can do is big top over fitted pants.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I totally understand Bernadette as I would never wear tight pants for the longest time. (Although there is tight & too tight). But really the cut and style can make all the difference. If you’re looking for new pants, you might try a personal shopper to explore options/brands/styles you’ve never thought to try? (I used to think, how could one spend the money on that, but some stores have it as a complimentary service, and really it’s not that expensive if you find a couple great pair that make all the difference)
      That and body love helps—I’ve given up being perfect (with hair like mine—that’ll never be a worry, ha ha!!)
      Thanks for giving your input—I love to hear it!!

  • PetiteOver40

    This is a great series, Jodie! I can definitely see a difference in each of you, although I keep asking myself if what I’m seeing is layered with my own expectations of trends and so forth. To give an example of what I mean, when I looked at the photos of your two outfits, I thought the skinny pants gave you a taller, thinner appearance. But then I wondered if it’s because I expect to see skinny pants with a top like the one you’re wearing. And I wondered if this was a different era where longer, looser pants were high-trend, if I would see things differently. I also wondered if you had paired your looser pants with pointed toe shoes, if that would have made a difference in how I saw the second outfit. See what I’m learning from your blog? 🙂


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Isn’t it all so interesting??
      But I do think even the camera and the angle can make such a difference, so how does one really know how things appear in real life?
      That’s where the whole idea of wearing what makes you feel good comes in, I think!!
      And what a wrinkle to think about it all in different times….do we train our brain to like what’s “normal” and “stylish”? We’ll have to look back on these in a couple years and see how things have changed!!

  • donnaduck

    I agree with what Samantha said- and I was surprised too by the looks. I truly think it depends on the person’s body-type. I know for myself, I’m short and have heavy legs. But long, baggy pants only add to my weight. You’d think I shouldn’t wear slimmer pants, but when I do, I look thinner. You look longer and slimmer to me in your looser pants but your mom doesn’t. How funny is that! I guess the bottom line is to find what looks best on you and be true to yourself.

    Since I’m new to your blog (having only seen your comments through Liz’s with wonder and whimsy blog -love her!), I have to tell you I really enjoy seeing you use you, your mom, and Nancy for your models! So good to see “everyday” people in pictures! And I really like your blog topics! Have a great weekend, Jodie!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Donna for reading and commenting with your opinions!
      This has been quite a learning experience and I think you’re absolutely correct…the bottom line is to find what works and doesn’t (and keep trying in the process).
      I’m very lucky to have both Nancy & mom close by and willing to work with me on this blog—I think for the most part they enjoy it!!

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    Amazing the difference in baggy vs skinny. Wearing small on top and baggy on bottom is a great way to balance it out. Now that I am 17 lbs thinner, I can rock the skinny jeans. Beautiful choices!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Terri—although I think any size can rock any style—as long as it fits great! Congrats on the weight loss!!!

  • This post is really interesting Jodie and has highlighted another phenomenon…as it were!
    The baggy trousers, on you, make you look thinner because you are lost inside the fabric. This is a problem I can have with certain wide trousers, if I am not careful with the top I wear. They can make be look like I need to eat a decent meal or have no legs!
    The cropped and fitted trousers make you look much curvier and more shapely…I like that look so much more!
    You always look slim anyway, but it is so much better to have a feminine shape.
    (i love those shoes BTW)
    Nancy looks more shapely in her fitted trousers, despite them being a lighter colour…which (if you believe the rules, which I know you don’t!) should make her look larger. They don’t, she looks great.
    As for your mum…I love her in both trousers. She can really rock these patterns, can’t she?
    The second, slimmer cut trouser works better with her shoes but as far as the over all look goes, either are a winner!
    A great series Jodie.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You hit each point so well Samantha!
      So if this were a science project, our conclusion would be what? There is no one way to dress slimmer? The rules are hogwash? Or it all depends on your perspective?
      It was a fun project, I must admit—first to try to figure out what to showcase, and then to figure out how I could do it with the limitations of each of our closets! And then to see the pictures side by side was very interesting and not always what I thought!
      FYI….next week is print mixing and you get a shout out on Tuesday (because you’re such a pro at it!!)
      Happy Weekend and thanks so much for the opinions!!