The Fab Collab Brings You Pastels at 40 Plus

Style & Fashion for Women over 40

Pastels for All Ages Starting with Sherry

It’s that time again when Sherry, from Petite Over 40, is joining us in a Fab Collab. Since it’s springtime, we thought we’d investigate a time in our life when we wore pastels and how we’d wear them now! 

The fab collab wearing pastels then & now.

I hope you all love reading our stories that we tell about an item or fashion style. If you are new to our blogs, I’ve even included links to our previous Fab Collab series for your enjoyment.

We started last April with the Pearl Necklaces, 1, 2, 3, 4. I know many of us have pearls in our collections but if you’re anything like me, then you usually “save” them for the weddings and dressy events. In fact, I just published an article on Sixty + Me, here, about how to wear our pearls more often!

Then for the summer months we came out with some sundress memories: 1, 2, 3, 4

As the season changed to fall, we went mad for plaid: 1, 2, 3, 4

And then as the winter approached, we talked about our Christmas outfits: 1, 2, 3, 4

So now we are back to the time when spring has sprung, the grass is growing, and we tend to see more pastels at the stores. But how about in your closet? Do you wear them with reckless abandon or shy away from them?

I hope you’ll check in each day this week to see how our love for pastels has changed and evolved! And we would absolutely love it if you want to share your own pastel fashion memories in the comments below or on our Facebook pages. Pictures are always welcome because I’m a firm believe in the more, the merrier! 🙂

Here’s a  preview of Sherry’s Story about her pastel memories. Make sure to click over to her blog to read it in it’s entirety because she’s a fabulous story teller!

The Old Rules of Pastels

Growing up in the South in the Seventies there were two fashion rules everyone knew and abided by.

Rule one:
On Easter pretend you’re a Monet painting and swath yourself in pastels.

Pastels for Women over 40

On the left, a Monet painting. On the right, my sister and I in pastel dresses with matching capes. My mother made those outfits and she assures me it was a battle to get me into mine–lace collar and all that.

Rule Two:
After Labor Day, lock those colors away and act like you’ve never heard of them.

Okay. So I’m exaggerating. Kind of.

But we did (and do) love our pastels for Spring. Below is the outfit I wore to the graduation ceremony for my dad’s doctoral degree in Memphis, Tennessee. The ceremony took place sometime in May or early June and I made sure to have a pastel-colored outfit to wear to it.

The fab collab wearing pastels then & now.

Sherry goes on to explain how traditions do change especially depending on where you live. But she still equates pastels to this time of year. Here is the rest of the story….

Thanks for coming along on our memory journey with us! And definitely join in and tell us about your like/dislike of pastels!! 

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I found some more pastels for you in the shape of dresses–mint, yellow, light blue, lilac and pink–what more could you ask for?

  • Mother Daughter

    I love pearls and pastels. I always save my “real” pearls for dress up,lol, but my faux ones I have for everyday. But having said that I still hardly ever wear either. I love the look on others but am unsure of it on me.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I know that feeling Victoria. But I’m starting to realize that if I like the look on others–then it’s probably just as good on me (although it’s only taken me 50 years to figure this out–ha ha)!
      You should wear them this weekend—-I bet it won’t be as strange as you think!!

  • bluecottonmemory

    I love pearls with casual – so I popped over and checked your articles. I love pastels and navy! BTW – what was rule #1?

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Wow, I’m so glad you pointed that out—for some reason Rule #1 didn’t copy over from Sherry’s email. You’re the first to notice—good job!
      It’s Rule one:
      On Easter pretend you’re a Monet painting and swath yourself in pastels.
      And how nice to hear that you love your pearls for casual outfits!!! That’s so fabulous!!

  • Looking forward to seeing what the rest of the week brings with the Pastels post. I’m loving Baby Blue’s and Pinks. I never have thought of Lilac though! Bet that will be the next trend! xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laurie! I have so many pastels in my closet—except min! So bring on the lilac–I’ll be ready! 🙂

  • dan

    It’s always nice to share fashion ideas with a friend!
    I like pastel tones, they are perfect for a feminine look besides they add a spring vibe to the look…

    • Jodie Filogomo

      They are a nice transition to the warmer weather, Dan!! Well—at least once we get warmer weather—we just had snow last night!!

  • I’m all for pastel colors! I’m not one that likes bright bold colors so pastels are definitely for me! I think they’re classier that bright colors and easily wearable as well!


    Tamara –

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Pastels certainly look great on you Tamara!! And you’re right–they aren’t as bright and bold. Yet they can add more color than our neutrals–what’s not to like, right?
      Thanks for the love!

  • Judy Gramith

    I believe in pastels. Perhaps they don’t have the same power, kick, punch, and pizzazz as a bright red, cobalt blue, or vibrant orange but they are the quiet, reserved, subtle and pretty cousins. Here again is a yin yang to embrace!
    Our color prejudices and preferences are made of memories and ultimately we should embrace those along with the colors that adorned them.
    I can’t wait to hear your stories Jodie, Nancy and Charlotte. Sherry did an amazing job with her segment of this collaboration. Who knew it would be such fun to recall the impact of color on our life experiences?!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You are so right Jude—our memories do affect how we react to certain colors or items. Yet realistically, it can seem silly!
      And really you describe pastels almost like a poet. They are more subtle, but that’s what can make them fun!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    i love your collaborations with Sherry. Whether we like it or not pastels are here to stay for all seasons, so we might as well be friends! Ha, ha. Love the stories. Keep them coming. – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Now that’s a great way to think about it Amy!! It’s not like pastels are going away—so let’s have fun with them!
      Thanks for the positivity!!

  • Laura

    I love pastels especially around spring! You picked some gorgeous pastel dresses!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think pastels are great for spring time too. Laura!! It’s such a nice departure from the darker colors of the winter!!

  • Pastels are so pretty and perfect for spring! I am loving the pastel purple color! Thanks for sharing this with us at On Mondays We Link-Up!

    Trendy & Tidy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I do think that pastels are the perfect antidote for the dreary winter months!!! Thanks Sarah!

  • Love pastels! I’m guest hosting a linkup where we are all wearing pastels! Such a great Spring look!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I added my post to this linkup!! I did think it was a coincidence that we were all on the same page!! But then again, pastels are perfect for spring!!

  • Tina von tinaspinkfriday

    Ohh Monet! Love his paintings 🙂
    Pastels are great in te springtime. I love it soo much! Great post Jodie!
    XO Tina

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tina!!

  • Pastels made an appearance in woollens this winter. It felt so wrong but so right like eating chocolate cake on a diet. Love the imagery btw. Fab pic of the girly outfits.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I love how you say that, Anna! Felt wrong but so right!! LOL
      We just need to change our perspective of what is wrong, I guess!! (Because chocolate is never wrong..ha ha)

  • Oh you know how much I love pastels! This is such a cute post and I enjoyed these photos. Happy Monday!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I do know your love for pastels—and really, it’s making me love them more!!

  • Oh my gosh I love that picture of you and your sister! My how pastels have evolved. I love the softer tones these days.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Isn’t that a great photo Amy? I’m always a sucker for the old pictures–especially the embarrassing ones!!

  • I absolutely love pastels for springs, unfortunately with the exception of blush I found them hard to find this season. I did find a lovely lavender sweater that I will be wearing Easter weekend that I really like. You all look beautiful in your pastels.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Ohh, I hope we get to see that lavender sweater, Amy!!
      It does seem like blush is the color of retail recently. I won’t complain because at least it’s better than black…but I’d love if there were more colors to be found!!
      Thanks for your voice and nice words!

  • I think I fall into the category of those who wear pastels with reckless abandon, haha! I am loving everyone’s fabulous looks!

    Glass of Glam

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s the best way to put it, Roxanne!! Thanks!

  • Karen

    I love pastels! And not just in the warmer months…I love pastel sweaters to lighten up the dreary days of winter. Pastel wool dresses also, if I can find them. There is something about the light colors that lifts my spirits in the excessively long winters we have here in Ohio. Your outfits are all great. I think I am always so drawn to your mom’s because she is such a classic dresser, something that is my style also. She would be right on point here in my office. And I love pink, mostly the rich tones, again, like your mom’s sweater and Nancy’s, and even darker, saturated pinks. I look horrible in blush pink and just love it, so it has to take the form of accessories away from my face (look washed out with it by my face). This is easily done with shoes and handbags. The mint green that Sherry is wearing with her husband and pooch is beautiful! I’m definitely a pastel girl! : )

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Ohhhh…I love hearing your thoughts Karen!! I have to agree that I think color can affect our mood tremendously–especially if you live in the dreary states! LOL
      I think it’s nice that you don’t totally give up on pastels even though they might not be your best color next to your face!!
      And thanks for the wonderful compliments—they will brighten up mom’s day tremendously!

  • This week’s link up theme is pastels! Seems like great minds are thinking alike 😉

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I noticed that!! Tis the season, I say!!

  • Madhubani

    This is the season of pastels.. I so adore them..

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Aren’t they the best? Thanks Madhubani!

  • Neha 14wow

    Awww, this is one cool collaboration! The pastels looks just so right in spring! Great post, xx, Neha

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Neha!! How nice!

  • Pastels are so beautiful and the perfect way to feel in the spring spirit!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I totally agree, Mary!
      Thanks for chiming in!

  • Rhona Crouthamel

    Pastels are beautiful! They were certainly my go-to growing up in the 70’s and 80’s, but even then I don’t recall restricting them to the spring and summer. I had some wonderful soft, fluffy pastel sweaters for the winter. I still love them, and live the recent trend of blush pink that’s going on, but find I really do look better in deeper jewel tones so simply don’t wear them very much anymore.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Don’t you love some of these memories Rhona?? I remember a fuzzy light blue sweater that I borrowed from a friend for a date once—funny how those memories stay with us??
      But it is harder when our complexion changes or knowing that certain colors just don’t compliment us!
      Thanks for sharing your memories—I just love that!!

  • Rhona Crouthamel

    Pastels are beautiful! They were certainly my go-to growing up in the 70’s and 80’s, but even then I don’t recall restricting them to the spring and summer. I had some wonderful soft, fluffy pastel sweaters for the winter. I still love them, and live the recent trend of blush pink that’s going on, but find I really do look better in deeper jewel tones so simply don’t wear them very much anymore.

  • You know I wear pastels with reckless abandon! To me, it seems a shame to restrict your favorite clothes to just one season. I find that whenever I wear something that “breaks the rules”, I’ll have women approach me to compliment my outfit and say they wish they could do that. I hope by setting the example, they do feel empowered and encouraged to try it themselves. Over time, we can hopefully chip away at these silly rules.

    I love Nancy’s pink, black, and white look with the black flower pin. I think this color combo is approachable even for women who are hesitant to wear pastels. The black and white keeps it classic, but you can still add a pop of your favorite pastel to infuse the look with more personality.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Reckless abandon!! I love that term…and you’re so right. You do wear it and wear it well, I might add!!
      Little by little, we can change our attitudes and perspectives on all of these silly rules!!
      Thanks Liz!

  • donnaduck

    Ah, pastels!!! I adore them and feel those are my best colors! However, finding pastels to wear in winter requires a lot of effort because those aren’t the colors designers usually put out in the cold months. I do have a pastel pink, very warm fleece top I wear, and sometimes you’re find me in a pastel tee shirt under a dark sweater of some type in winter, but that’s about it. So, when Spring comes around, I’m dying to get my pastels out and put those dark colors away! Because yes, I’m still one of those people who has a hard time wearing white and pastels in winter! Old habits die really hard!!

    Looking forward to all the pastel stories this week, Jodie!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You’re right, Donna! Old habits are very hard to break. Especially when they weren’t just rules but the law!! LOL
      I’m glad to hear you like these stories from the past—it is super fun to put them together since it’s a little different from our normal posts!!

  • There are still ladies around here that hold strong to the no white/light colors after labor day. I don’t but I get the side eye when I wear my white jeans a little too early for some, lol.

    Pumps and Push-Ups

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That made me laugh Brooke! I guess it’s hard for some women when it’s been told to them over and over!! You just have to get them reading our blogs, so they’ll realize that times have changed—ha ha!

  • I love these throwback photos! Love this collaboration. I love pastels in spring. It just feels right!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Kathrine!