The Fab Collab Brings You Pastels at 60 Plus

Wearing Pastels for Women Over 40

Pastels for All Ages With Nancy

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 with Memories of their Pastel Items When they were younger.

We started our series with Sherry, our 40’s generation model, here, where she shared the southern traditions about wearing pastels..

Next up was me, Jodie, the 50’s generation model with a pastel period in my younger life, here.

Now we get to see some of Nancy’s favorite pastel shirts that she has worn when she hangs out with the LaLas! Who are the Lalas? I’m glad you asked….keep reading to find out!

Nancy’s Fun (through her words):

“As a young girl, I never wanted to wear pastels, particularly pink, because it was too ‘girly’ and I did not want to be seen as a ‘girly girl’.  I didn’t play with dolls but I also didn’t play with trucks.  I liked playing jacks, jump roping and roller skating.  Then as a teenager I was asked to be in a fashion show by my neighbor who had a dress shop.  Guess what color the dress was that I wore? PINK!!  I loved it.  As time went on, I also noticed that people complimented me when ever I had on shades of pink or other pastels.  So I began to change my color scheme.

The Fab Collab with Memories of their Pastel Items When they were younger.

I now love to wear pink, especially the rose shade!  I even have trouble getting rid of my pink items when they are out of style or worn.  Somehow they are just special to me.  These particular pictures makes me smile because the people with me in them bring me such joy.  They are 5 of my high school girlfriends from Indiana and we call ourselves the LaLas!

I now live in Colorado but we get together at least once a year through travel (mostly to places that have wineries!). If we aren’t going somewhere new, then we’ll all join up at one of our homes.  When we turned 60 we even took a cruise together! We also keep very close via email and Face Time through thick and thin.  Between being with people I love dearly and wearing a color I feel wonderful in, these pictures always bring a smile to my face!”

The Fab Collab with Memories of their Pastel Items When they were younger.

As Nancy’s step daughter, I need to chime in! These 6 women together are a force to be reckoned with and a barrel of laughs!! They know how to have a good time and make sure that everyone else is having fun too!! Just so you know, I was indoctrinated into their group as a “junior” LaLa probably about 7 years ago—of course, for some reason that age span is seemingly getting smaller and smaller–ha ha!

Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: This pink blouse of Nancy’s is truly one of her favorites. She’s had it many, many years and wears it for countless dress up occasions.  Since she tends to wear it more for the nicer events, I wanted her to start considering it with other items! Thus I steered her in the direction of these ankle pants for this outfit!

With the ruffle in the front of this blouse, it reminds me of all of the off the shoulder shirts the young girls are wearing. However, I know most of the women in Nancy’s age group aren’t running to the stores to purchase this style. So instead, I found a sleeveless top here, that has a front ruffle. Then, again, I know sleeveless is not always the favorite style either, so how about this one? And as one other option, I considered the fact that many of you don’t want extra material where “the girls” are concerned. That’s where this shirt can fulfill your need for ruffles, just not in the front!

The Fab Collab with Memories of their Pastel Items When they were younger.

This pink blouse came with a bow on it when Nancy bought it. Of course, you realize that means I wanted to remove it and do something else to it, right? In case you ‘d like to see either the shirt alone or the original flower alone, they are here & here (the pin is on the denim vest)!

These flower pins have never been my favorite accessory although I am becoming more and more open to wearing them. This one that I consider similar, is actually leather & metal, which is definitely more my style. My mom (the 70’s model) has a bazillion of these pins in her closet (and if you think I’m exaggerating–you’re wrong!). Of course the fact that she makes many of them with leftover scraps of material from her sewing projects is her reason to have so many. In fact, if I’m not mistaken, I think that Charlotte made this black flower for Nancy. It even had a pin and a clip on the back of it!

I even had one reader comment that she will make these pins from hair clips and other jewelry (did I say that correctly Kathleen?). Well, if you love these accessories as much as my mom & Kathleen, then here are a couple others that might interest you here with pearls, here & here with perforations, or here with straps.

The Fab Collab with Memories of their Pastel Items When they were younger.

To finish up talking about the rest of Nancy’s accessories, we decided to keep the earrings simple. We chose her black pearl earrings that are small studs so they didn’t compete with the large flower!

Now I’m sure you could spend a lot of money on pearl earrings, but if you only wear them a couple of times a year, there are some inexpensive versions. I found these for under $50, and even these for under $20 for two pairs-a black & a white version.

As for the arm candy, I had Nancy pile on the bracelets. I have decided that every woman out there needs to do this more often! And why not? Especially if you have bracelets in your jewelry box, why only limit yourself to wearing one at a time?? I feel like it’s such an easy way to bring in all the colors of your outfits!

Now you may not need any more bracelets, but it’s super fun to see all of the newer varieties out there. I think that it’s nice when the retailers sell the bracelets already grouped together. Like this example with pearls & gold, or this one with rose gold.

The Fab Collab with Memories of their Pastel Items When they were younger.

As for Nancy’s floral pants in this outfit, they have been one of those much loved items. Nancy bought them on a whim from J.Jill when she was looking for a sundress. She’s actually worn them many, many times on the blog, including for our ankle pants series here, here & here.

I think one of the reasons that these end up getting worn so often, is there are so many different colors in the print. And sure there are pastels in this print, but the background is dark, so it doesn’t seem too garish! In fact, they must have been extremely popular because it wasn’t that long after Nancy bought them that they were sold out online.

One of the pair that I found similar to these aren’t floral at all. They are a paisley print instead. Of course, many of you would rather have a more muted bottom half, so that’s where this pair comes in. But just in case there are some of you out there that love the bright colors, I had to include this pair too! They may be more money than you want to spend on this item, but it’s fun to see the different varieties that are available, right?

The Fab Collab with Memories of their Pastel Items When they were younger.

Now I can’t forget to mention Nancy’s shoes! The ankle strap shoes have been quite popular lately and for a good reason! The strap makes them stay in place so much easier when you walk.

I think we all know the advantage of a nude colored shoe by this time. And if you live in the part of the country that is a little colder, then you might appreciate these since they have a closed toe. If you rather have an open toed sandal, then this variety is being sold everywhere! For some reason there aren’t many heels available through my shopping program that are two toned, but I did find these!

Pants: J.Jill (similar here)~~Top: CDW (similar here)~~Shoes: Anne Klein (similar here)~~Pin: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelets: (similar here)

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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Here are more pastels in the shape of blouses to consider if your closet is lacking!!

  • Bernadette Laganella

    Nancy’s outfit is fantastic. I especially like the black pin at the neckline. It is unexpected and fashionable.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Bernadette!!
      Sometimes I do get it right, huh?? 🙂 🙂

  • I’ve never really worn pastels. Oh, hang on, there was that phase in the 80s where I wore pastels with light grey. Oh those were the days.
    Nancy always wears it well.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m an 80’s girl too!! They were the days, Leanne!!!!
      But why no pastels anymore?? You know that blush is quite popular right now, and pink jeans are super fun!!! 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Oh, I enjoyed reading about the LaLas. They sound like such a fun group! I am also not a pink or pastel girl, but I am realizing with my hair color change, a softer palette works well at times. I really do like the small floral print of Nancy’s whim purchase and think her pink sweater is a great choice with them. The rosette really stands out against the pink nicely.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jennie!!
      See—that’s a great reason to change our hair color throughout our life! Then we can try out shades and colors that we wouldn’t normally wear!!

  • Such a romantic look. Love it xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laurie!!

  • Kathy Marris

    I do like that soft pink on Nancie. I think soft colours look good on us as we age and they are oh so feminine. 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s so nice, Kathy!! Thanks for saying this!!
      I’ll make sure to forward this to Nancy too. And happy Weekend!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    This is the perfect outfit for Nancy. It’s pink and I love the way it goes with the cropped pants. A great look! – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Didn’t this turn out great, Amy?
      Thanks for your support and have a great weekend!!

  • Mummabstylish Mummabstylish

    I love pastels, but not sure they totally suit me! Really liking Nancy’s trousers, such cute colours and I love florals! Jacqui

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s true that pastels aren’t for everyone’s complexion, Jacqui!! But—there are always ways around it, if you rationalize like I do—shoes, purses…ha ha!!

  • Dawn Lucy

    I love that old photo of you, Jodie! Except for the hair, you look the same! Pastels are so pretty and so on trend right now, but they aren’t very flattering on me. If I wear the right makeup I can “get away with” a pink. ;P.

    Thanks so much for linking up with Fun Fashion Friday!


    Dawn Lucy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I probably look the same because all you can see is mouth!! Sometimes I feel like my smile takes up my whole face—maybe not the worst thing, but ….
      That’s how I feel about black, Dawn—I can get away with it as long as I work really hard with my makeup and accessories!!

  • I love this series you are doing on pastels! I never thought about not wearing pastels because I am older but I keep seeing that some people think that way. I personally love deep rich colors but have been playing around with the pastel trend and have to say I love it! Peace! Cheryl

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m the same way—-the only color I really try to keep away from is black—but even that i have enough of in my closet!

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    I love the pale pinks that are popular now. They are flattering to most skin tones! Everyone looks great!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Terri!

  • I was never that into pink as a kid either, although I love it now! 🙂 I really like the black pin on this top, it’s a nice touch, as is the extra bracelets. Stacking bracelets is my favourite thing to do – I wear 5 on my wrist every day, they never come off, and I like to add others to it when I can (although not often lately as they are too tempting for baby to tug on and break!)

    Hope you are having a really good week.

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for joining in on the conversation Mica!!
      Heck—maybe the stacking bracelet thing can be the baby’s new toys—then you can rationalize buying more because they are for the baby—ha ha!!

      • haha yes! I have bought a few baby friendly ones, otherwise my good ones end up broken! 🙁

  • writeofthemiddle

    I love pastels!! Love all the outfits in this post. How fab is it that Nancy still keeps in touch with her friends from high school?! Love that they get together once a year and go away together – usually to somewhere near a winery LOL You’ve hit the jackpot Jodie being indoctrinated into their group! Also – how cute were you when you were a wee bit younger!! 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Min!! It is fun being part of a group of gals—and Nancy revels in their closeness!!
      I’ll forward this over to her so she can appreciate your words!!

  • Ingrid – fabulous and fun life

    I love pastels. They are so flattering to almost everyone’s skin tone.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      You’re so right, Ingrid!
      Thanks for the love!

  • Fabulous choices. I’m a huge fan of layering on the bracelets too. Mostly though, I love the stories you tell.Stories in style. #teamlovinlife

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jo!
      It is a fun departure from just showcasing the clothing—I’ve always enjoyed the old photos, and it’s amazing what we remember from looking at them.
      Thanks for joining in!

  • Nobody would ever accuse me of being a “girly-girl” – my younger go-to was more Broadway showgirl/femme fatale, lol – with tons of NYC black and quite a few brights but hardly ever pastels. But I have *always* loved pink – it casts such a lovely glow on the face (and certain shades are stunning with black, btw!) 🙂

    I don’t wear ruffly things (I’m busty and, as an ADDer, I find them distracting) – not on others, but they seem to flop around on me and I can always see them in my peripheral vision. So my style on top is more “quiet” and close to the body. Those print pants, on the other hand, would be a find in anybody’s closet. I could wear them with every single top I own – pink included!

    LOVED the La-La story and photos (I ditto the comments already under this post) – and stacking bracelets is something I LOVE to do. I can’t wear them when I’m at the computer, of course, but if I’m going out to dinner or just to play, the more the merrier – even with the cuff type, and on both arms.

    I stack necklaces too – especially during hot weather months when I can’t accent with a scarf without suffocating. Still haven’t gotten friendly with pins though – except for a few on my many hats – and I LOVE hatpins (the kind that keep the hat on your head).

    Really fun post, Jodie. Got your email, btw, but will be out most of tomorrow (Thurs) so it will be *at least* the weekend before I can give it my attention.
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Isn’t it funny how your location can influence what you wear? When my friend lived in NYC—she was all about the black clothing—she said that’s just what you wore there!!
      But I never thought about how your clothing choices could be distractions for the brain too!! Possibly another collab idea??? Ha ha
      And no hurry on the post. But FYI—I’ll get the last one to you today—so they both should be in your email by this weekend.
      Then all I’ll need are your links to your posts! 🙂

  • Nancy does look gorgeous in her lovely pastels. While I do love the softer colours, they don’t really suit my complexion, which is a shame. I need stronger colours so I don’t look too washed out. #TeamLovinLife

    • Jodie Filogomo

      And it really makes a difference to wear the colors that look best on you, Lyndall, right?
      I find the same thing with black for me—but I try to get around it by pairing it with other colors!!
      Thanks so much for joining in!

  • I’m loving Nancy’s look, and that colour pink is one that I would gravitate to in the shops if I saw it 🙂 #teamlovinlife

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I have noticed a ton more pink (in the blush shade) at the stores lately. At least here in the US–how about in your neck of the woods??
      Thanks for stopping by Johanna! I’ll forward this to Nancy so she can enjoy your remarks!

  • Judy Gramith

    I remember Nancy wearing those print pants on the blog before and thought they had great versatility. I also think that the tiny print is sometimes less scary to wear if your not the big bright floral type. Subtle prints can also be pattern mixed in some fun ways!!
    Long live the Lalas! How fun to have friends who have known each other for so long. Hey! considering the fact that there was no Facebook when they started their annual gatherings, just maintaining the ties of friendship is a proud accomplishment.
    Nancy’s white hair, sparkling blue eyes and pinky cheeks make her a pastel princess.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You’re so right about the fact that we used to keep in touch with friends without social media!! Hah–it was like riding in cars without seat belts–inconceivable, right?
      These pants of Nancy’s truly are one of those go-to pairs!! And she even bought them without me—pretty soon she won’t need me anymore 🙁
      Thanks for the love…I forwarded this to Nancy, so she can appreciate your love too!!

  • Friends since high school, the La Las are amazing!! I’ve always been a pink girl myself!

    Pumps and Push-Ups

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Pink is such a great color!! I just read how younger women are embracing it more now because they don’t feel threatened by looking feminine!! And that’s a good thing!
      Thanks for the love Brooke!

  • PetiteOver40

    I’m so glad Nancy came around to pastels — they look so great on her! And how fun to have a group like the La-Las to connect with and do things like cruises and other adventures. It made me smile to read how Nancy has loved the blouse she’s wearing–which looks smashing, by the way–and to see all the touches you’ve added to make it even more flexible for different outfit pairings and occasions. Does that surprise me at all? Not in the least. Am I totally impressed? Always!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Awww…you are always so positive Sherry!!
      But I’ve been learning it’s good for our brain to restyle our outfits like I’ve been doing!! It’ll be a blog series in a couple of weeks—so interesting !!!

  • Laura

    That top and pants are gorgeous together! I love the flower you added to it! What a pretty spring outfit!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Laura!!
      Nancy will love to read this—I’ll make sure to forward it to her!

  • I didn’t like pastels mush as a kid either. In fact, I don’t wear them much now either I guess. I never really thought of myself as a pink girl until blush got big. Funny how things change. Nancy looks great in her pretty top!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It really is funny how we evolve —as long as we are able to look back and analyze it!!
      But it’s good because not only do our bodies change, but our coloring does too—so it’s good to get our of our ruts, I guess!!!

  • Nancy looks so pretty and on-trend in her top. The LaLas got me thinking – what was that book called? The Yah Yahs? Anyway, I loved it.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Nancy will love to hear this, Gail.
      And I think that’s kinda where the LaLas got their name—and you’re right if I remember correctly–it was the yah yahs!!

  • Loved this post!! She looks stunning in her pastel pink!!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks tons Liz!! I’ll tell her you said that—from one pink lover to another!! 🙂

  • This is so cute! You can never go wrong with pastels.

    Treats and Trends

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jamie!

  • I definitely always liked pastels as a kid, but then rebelled against them. Now with the outpouring of blush and mint, I’m back in love again. Blush is such a lovely neutral!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think it was college for me—that’s when all the black came out and I gave up color! I’m so glad that stage is over with (times 10..ha ha) because color really can make us feel better about ourselves!!

  • You all look ok so pretty! Isnt it nice when we step out of our confort zones and discover something that truly sparks joy? Im trying to do more of that because thats my word for the year “spark joy”

    • Jodie Filogomo

      What a fabulous word for the year, Angela!! I never got around to picking one, because it seems like every day I want something different—ha ha…maybe mine should be variety!??

  • I couldn’t agree more that Nancy looks amazing in pink! The details on this blouse are gorgeous!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Kathrine—she’ll be so flattered that you agree!!

  • I love the outfit with the floral trousers. And the bracelets fit perfect with it. And what a fabulous group of friends that is. To go on a cruise together! Fantastic!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think this is definitely one of those outfits that Nancy will wear again, Nancy!! Thanks for being so generous with your compliments—it’s always so nice to read your thoughts!

  • Lesley Watson

    Love this outfit! Perfect for spring weather.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’ll forward this fabulous comment to Nancy!!!
      She’ll love hearing that you said this, Lesley! 🙂

  • I really like these posts Jodie and honestly it’s because of the back story. I’m totally imagining Nancy facetiming her girlfriends while planning the cruise. I love that! And then your comment that the age gap is getting smaller…so true! Thanks for this morning’s read!

    Julia xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m so glad you enjoy these posts Julia!
      I think the funnest part for me is going through all of the photos (mom’s & Nancy’s included) and hearing all of the stories. We only tell you one or two quick stories, but I get to hear a bunch of others too!!

  • donnanance

    Pink is definitely Nancy’s color! Loved the story about her high school friends and how they have stayed close. That doesn’t always happen and her friends are precious.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      And the funny thing is that they weren’t the bestest of friends in high school (if I’m remembering it correctly!) But they’ve certainly gotten closer as the years have worn on!! Isn’t that so nice?

  • I love Nancy’s jumper. Pink is may absolute fav! Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      She’ll be happy that you like it Gemma!! It really is one of her favorites—in fact, I just put those clasps in it to hold her bra straps so they wouldn’t show!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      She’ll be happy that you like it Gemma!! It really is one of her favorites—in fact, I just put those clasps in it to hold her bra straps so they wouldn’t show!!

  • Federica Di Nardo

    Stylish ladies <3

    Federica Di Nardo

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Federica!

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    Nancy the beautiful! While I adore my brights, pastels have my heart for spring! Such a sweet and special post!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for such a lovely comment, Andrea.
      I’ll make sure to forward this to Nancy so she can appreciate your kind words!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for such a lovely comment, Andrea.
      I’ll make sure to forward this to Nancy so she can appreciate your kind words!

  • Stevie Turner

    Pastels and ruffles; just right! Nancy’s outfit has my vote.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      The only thing it’s missing is fringe, right, Stevie?? 🙂

      • Stevie Turner

        Ha ha, right!

      • Stevie Turner

        Ha ha, right!

  • Karen

    What a great, uplifting post about Nancy! Nancy, I love pink too, in a big way, but didn’t always. I remember when I took my youngest son for his senior pictures (eons ago now) I was wearing a pink suit. The photographer told me to be sure to wear a lot of pink it flatters EVERYBODY, she said. She said no matter what your coloring, there is a shade or shades of pink that will look fabulous. And there you are Nancy, looking fabulous in your pink! I also love the deeper shades too, but honestly love it all. The girlfriends…just wonderful how you’ve stayed in touch!! That is something to look forward to every year for sure! So fun to go someplace where they have wineries!! I think friendships become more special as we go along in life, we appreciate each other and are thankful to have that bond as we all journey along. Having a support system like that is a blessing for sure!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You’ve expressed it perfectly, Karen. Our friends are our support through life, and where would we be without them??
      I’ll forward this to Nancy, so she can read your kind words.
      And thank you for being such a good friend yourself, Karen—:)