Dressing Slimmer 1 (Top)

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

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

Quote of the day: “I think getting dressed should be a very joyful and creative experience.” Iris Apfel

I had a request from a reader to do a series on dressing slimmer—thanks Jeannine for your suggestion! I’m sure we’ve all read many articles and how-tos about making our bodies appear better. But have you really compared these points side by side? So that’s my goal in the next three segments…style everything exactly same except for one twist. I’m not saying which way is better in theses examples….that’s for you to decide. Because in fact, I think every rule has those pesky exceptions. And I’m certainly not saying you should follow the “rules” all the time—even if you are convinced it makes you appear slimmer. Because remember a couple things: 1-a picture is only a 2-D representation of what is really 3-D, 2-I’m not entirely convinced looking slimmer is always better ( I like the saying that we should dress our bodies to it’s best by accentuating the positive–not just to appear thinner) and 3-Wearing clothing is also about your “visual voice” or your personality (and I’ve never heard anyone describe their personality as slim)!

For the first post subject, I went with the thinking that keeping your blazer, jacket or cardigan open creates that vertical column of color down the length of your body–and creating a longer, leaner line. I feel like I’ve heard this thousands of times….is it true? I tried to add some variety by having my blazer be long and unstructured, Nancy’s jacket is short and more fitted, and mom’s cardigan is a print.

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

50’s Outfit: I bought this blazer for $10–there are a couple small stains on it, so I figured I’d dye it! Then I did surgery to my pants by adding the black seam binding along the inside seam to make them a tad roomier!

Pants: Banana Republic (similar here)~~Blazer: Banana Republic (similar here)~~Top: LOFT (similar here)~~Shoes: Sam & Libby (similar here)~~Pin: (similar here)~~Earrings: (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: This jacket is such a soft, creamy suede. And the sleeves were 3/4 length so we didn’t have to shorten them—-yahoo!!

Jeans: Gloria Vanderbilt (similar here)~~Jacket: Coldwater Creek (similar here)~~Top: The Limited (similar here)~~Shoes: BCBG (similar here)~~Scarf: (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.

70’s Outfit: Yes, my mom has an owl sweater along with all of her owl jewelry! And this was before they were so popular.

Jeans: DG2 (similar here)~~Cardigan: Design Options (similar here or here in a pullover)~~Top: Style & Co. (similar here)~~Boots: Madeline Stuart (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

I’d love to hear your opinion on which versions of these “dressing slimmer” outfits you like better! Go and try it on yourself too!  Linking with Confident TuesdayWednesday Showcasea little R & RTrend SpinBloggers Who Have Inspired Me, Tuesday TalkTurning Heads, Trendy Wedsnesday, Senior Salon, Fresh Fashion Forum, Brilliant Blog PostsWIWW, & On Trend Tuesday

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  • Bernadette Laganella

    It sure does seem like from the pictures that th open jacket is the more slimming silhouette.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      But then I wonder is that only because we’re looking at it from the front? What about from the other angles? But as long as you feel good in your clothes…that’s what should matter!!

  • Very nice tips and tops Jodie! Love the merlot color on you and of course those cute t-straps. The idea of the vertical line is very good as your eye is drawn downward. Check out the fringe beige jacket , looks great and yes I love your brooch. need a close up view! 🙂

    Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday

    jess xx


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jess!! The brooch is actually this material flower that my mom had pinned on a purse she made me. I figured I might as well keep it in my jewelry area so it’s gets more viewing!!

  • This was interesting to read, and I did study the open vs. closed looks. I feel like you might think closed is more slimming because it’s nipping you in, whereas an open jacket is boxier. But I see your point about creating a long vertical line by wearing the jacket open.

    I appreciate your disclaimer about dressing slimmer as being an “option”, not a “must.” I’m right there with you on an outfit being your visual voice and dressing for yourself!

    Love those resourceful changes you made to your clothes too!

    <3 Liz

    • Jodie Filogomo

      This is my reason why those articles on how to dress to take off 5 pounds off can be wrong. Besides the fact of correct fit ….perception is truly individual and so dependent on many things. It was interesting that most comments seemed to like them “open” on the blog, but on instagram the opinions thought “closed” was better (however, this picture was not full length—so that could’ve been a factor).
      Conclusion? It depends—ha ha!!

  • Visually just giving a “peek” at one long lean column of colour is slimming. I like what you wrote about describing our personality as “slim”. LOL. Who wants that?

    That owl sweater is pretty spectacular!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Now I wish I’d varied the tops so they all weren’t the same color as the pants to see if that would influence how the jackets looked?…
      Mom loves her owls and she just wore that sweater yesterday too (I think she forgets about things in her closet until I pull them out for our photo shoots!!)
      Happy Thursday Suzanne (are you feeling better?)

      • I was feeling better yesterday. Today I seem to have relapsed a bit. Pleurisy they think. Thanks for asking : )

        • Jodie Filogomo

          Ugh…so sorry!

  • Julia Nyanyo

    I think with the longer jacket open is more slimming but with the shorter ones closed looks great – interesting. What I notice more is the scarf, accessories and details which make all the outfits look stylish.
    I usually just close my jacket or cardigan if it’s windy or cold!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You’re so right about closing the toppers especially in the wind!!
      And great observation about the details & accessories—I think looking stylish can be better than looking “thinner”??

  • You all having similar colored tops and bottoms definitely creates a slimming effect…everyone looks fabulous! I’m especially loving your pants!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It bums me out that I did it this way—I really wish I’d varied the color of tops to give a better representation of the open vs. closed jacket! Live & learn!!

  • You look thinner with your jacket open…like SUPER thin! Nancy and your mom look thinner with their jackets closed. Great job on your pants and I love your shoes!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Darlene!!
      My husband actually liked the picture with my jacket closed—it’s so interesting how the opinions can differ!!

  • PetiteOver40

    You have made my heart happy with that first paragraph–such a loving reminder to dress to make yourself feel good, to express your personality! One of the many, many reasons I love you as a person and love your blog!

    You have blown my mind with the surgery you did to your pants! I can barely thread a sewing machine myself, much less imagine making the cool changes you did to your slacks. I really do like the unique stripe! It really makes your legs look long and, with those pointed toe shoes, I’d say you’re about six feet tall! 🙂

    As for appearing slimmer with an open jacket, I do think you’ve achieved that! Or, at least, there’s a different feeling between the open jacket vs. closed for all three of you. Maybe it’s more a psychological difference, though. One thing I noticed as I looked at your photos was this sense that you all three appeared more open and friendly with the open jackets and, when they were closed, there was just a small shift in that gave off a little less accessible vibe. I’m going to remember that going forward in my own dressing!



    • Jodie Filogomo

      Such an interesting observation about seeming more friendly with the jackets open Sherry! That subject has certainly been taught over & over again in regards to crossing your arms in front of your body, so why not the clothing? Are you a psychologist in disguise-ha ha??

      As for the surgery on my pants—I had bought them one size too small (on sale, of course), and I’m hoping others couldn’t tell, but they just felt so tight. Luckily, I’m a fix-it kind of girl, and I had this black seam binding leftover from lengthening some of Nancy’s pants. So I just sewed it down the inside seam—certainly not expert sewing—but at least now the pants are functional!

      Thanks for the love!!

  • Laura

    I think you are right about exceptions because it depends on the fit of the blazer. I am impressed with your sewing skills with those pants. They look amazing on you!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laura! Fit is such a big factor in clothing looking good—maybe I should do a series on that!

  • dan

    First of all, I like the idea of adding the black seam to the pants and adore the t-bar shoes… then, I think that women should learn to love their body and feel confident whatever its size. Beauty has little to do with weight…

    I like your long jacket! Especially when you wear it unbuttoned … very cute your mom’s jacket too …

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You are so right about beauty Dan!!
      Thanks for the nice words.
      I was so proud of myself for “saving” these pants, but I actually think they look better in person—the pose in this post doesn’t show the black seam that is already there on the outside of the leg. And they actually have a very small black & burgundy print to them. But at least I can wear them now and not have them be so tight!!

  • This is a great idea Jodie.
    And, I am in total agreement with your sentiment at the beginning about your “visual voice” and accentuating the positive.
    As a (relatively) slim person, I am not interested in looking thinner.
    Shapely, feminine, elegant, lean…yes to all of these.
    Thin, not so much.
    I have experienced (many many times) women telling me I am too skinny/straggly/gaunt…always with a laugh “Oh, you are so skinny Sam, Go and eat a burger!…hahahaha”
    No one would dream of calling someone fat and telling them to stop eating burgers, would they?
    I love these 3 demonstrations of subtle styling.
    There is a noticeable difference in the buttoned/un-buttoned looks but all three of you have such lovely figures that it is quite hard to see.
    And, as you rightly said, the world is in 3D.
    When I take photos there are always some where I look too thin (in my mind) and equally where I look oddly proportioned or chunky.
    Luckily we almost always look better in real life!
    Accentuating the positive is the best way.
    Being thin is not all it’s cracked up to be.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Man, your points are spot on Samantha!
      Growing up with my mother—everything was about looking thinner, yet this time of blogging has really shown me that there is so much more to clothes!
      Of course, I do believe we are all too critical of ourselves when we look at our pictures!! We need to love ourselves scars, imperfections (what are those?) and all!
      And really—in real life, I believe much of looking “better” is the fit of our clothing—and how alterations make a world of difference!
      Thanks love, for all the thought about this subject!!

  • Ana Bogusky

    Oooh, great series. I mean, almost everyone wants to look thinner, right?

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Glad you liked the idea Ana!!

  • Judy Gramith

    Each of you has a monochromatic column of color beneath your jacket /cardigan and I think that is the key slimming element.
    You all look lovely.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You’re right Judy—I think I wanted to try to put the focus on the jackets/cardigans, so I did keep the pants & tops the same color. Maybe I should have put one of us in a contrasting colored shirt as a comparison?

      • Judy Gramith

        Sometimes that column of monochromatic is tough to do. I think this is especially true when you’re not a “shopper.” It’ just too challenging to look for matching colors to fit some notion of “thinner” and what’s fun and expressive about that?
        Also, many of us wear blue jeans as our primary bottom “go to” and how boring would it be to always choose a denim type top.
        Open jackets or closed? I say go for comfort! They both look good.
        I think you nailed the “thinner concept” very nicely Jodie!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    Hmmmm! I feel like I am doing one of those optical illusion puzzles. Ha, ha. In all honesty, in your outfit and Nancy’s I think having the blazer buttoned gives you both a more figure flattering look. Mom’s not so much because of the fringe. I like her’s open better. I am wondering if a true test of this theory would have to include a monochrome look. Having the colors different causes our eye to stop at the bottom of the jacket, and I think that is why I like them closed better, as it keeps my eye traveling down your whole figure, not stopping at the bottom of the jacket. Maybe I am just weird! I get if the point is the long and lean, then open would be better. If the point is figure flattering, I would say closed and again, I think that would depend on the outfit colors, type of jacket and so on. – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      This was my conundrum—I don’t think there’s a fast & true rule. There are so many different variations that can make it look better or worse. That’s why I read all those “rules” and think nonsense!!

  • I think it works well with the unbuttoned blazer unless you have a very tailored blazer that’s shapes to enhance then it’s best fastened. Love your mums cardi she looks lovely 😀 Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I do think that the unbuttoned is better normally—although I do love the tailored blazers buttoned And with a belt at the waist—-I should’ve tried that too!!

  • donnaduck

    Morning! I really think wearing a cardigan, sweater, etc. UNbuttoned tends to give a longer line to an outfit. Your eye is kind of drawn from neck down with the colors of the top and pants. It seems more casual too, so maybe on dressier/office situations, the buttoned-up styles would work better. And I was prepared to say that the longer blazer you’re wearing makes the look longer, but Nancy’s short one makes her look “longer” too! And by the way, I like your mom’s sweater! So cute!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for your input Donna—It’s funny how the camera and real life can look different though. Because I was going to post the fact to leave them unbuttoned as a “rule”, but when Nancy buttoned hers in our try-on session—I thought it actually looked slimmer (maybe because it’s more structured?). That’s when I decided to give readers the chance to weight in! Like I said in the beginning—a picture is only two dimensional—so I think it can be deceiving at times!!

    • Charlotte Miller

      Thanks Donna, I actually had to shorten the sleeves from the top so I wouldn’t loose my hands in the fluff.