Fab Collab: Fall Styles with Plaid at Fifty Plus

Plaid Collaboration with women in their 40's, 50's, 60's & 70's.

Fall Styles with Plaid for 4 Generations:

Plaid Collaboration with women in their 40's, 50's, 60's & 70's.

The Fab Collab is back! Sherry from Petite Over 40 has joined us this week to feature a pattern many of us associate with fall — plaid! 

Pretty much all of us have some personal experience with this classic pattern, even if that experience goes back several decades. For this collaboration, we are sharing our stories and photos of wearing plaid in the past and then we show how we wear it today.

The Fab Collab is made up of four women, each in a different decade in life. Sherry is in her 40s, Jodie’s in her 50s, Nancy’s in her 60s, and Charlotte is in her 70s. Although the decades may have given us different experiences with plaid, we are connected through our stories, our curiosity, and our love of fashion and style. 

Here’s Jodie’s (the 50’s model) perspective on plaid from this old photo:

Plaid Collaboration with women in their 40's, 50's, 60's & 70's.

As I looked back among my old photos searching for ones that I was wearing plaid of some kind, I was drawn this one of my grandfather and me. It really is interesting how a photo can bring back feelings and emotions that you’d totally forgotten. But this photo reminded me of such wonderful times that I had with my grandpa—I had to be about 5 in this photo.

I was definitely my grandpa’s favorite grandchild. LOL. Of course, that probably had more to do with my location rather than my personality. My grandparents lived only a half an hour away from where I grew up in Toledo, Ohio. Thus I got to see them more than just the occasional holiday or birthday. In fact, I remember many a Sunday dinner at their table with soup first, relishes to snack on, and then the meat & potatoes!

This photo was taken in front of their house! My grandpa was from the day where you always wore a suit & tie…no matter where you were going (it reminds me of the movie The Intern—I loved that movie!). Grandpa used to own his own concrete business before I was born, but when I was young, he became a lay minister. I always remember travelling around with him in his car while I would sing to him. It’s a good thing he was hard of hearing, since my singing voice has not changed much in the last 45 years! He’d take me to church with him and the women of the church would ogle over me (at least that’s how I remember it!!).

I especially remember the times I would spend the night at their house. I had to be about 7 or 8 years old—it was at the time I would fall out of bed while sleeping, so there was always a chair on the side to prevent that. After waking up in the mornings, grandpa would be reading his Daily Word publication. He’d pull me up on his lap and have me read the day’s inspiration to him; helping me with the words I didn’t know. And even though he’s been gone over 20 years, I still remember some of the phrases he would always say. Like “you don’t have to like it, just eat it.” And the fact that he called my first car a “puddle jumper.”

So in memory of my grandpa, I wore an outfit that reminded me of the dress in this photo. I don’t have a ton of plaid in my closet, but this shirt is one of my favorites because it’s pastelly!

Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: We were touring around Castle Rock for the Parade of Homes, when we found these paintings under an overpass! I figured it would be a fun backdrop for these photos!

Plaid Collaboration with women in their 40's, 50's, 60's & 70's.

I realize that most of us think of plaid as casual and masculine.  Thus I added in my pearl earrings for a little dichotomy!

Plaid Collaboration with women in their 40's, 50's, 60's & 70's.

The other yin yang element I wanted was my sparkly necklace! I can see that it doesn’t stand out much against the plaid, but I still love it!

Plaid Collaboration with women in their 40's, 50's, 60's & 70's.

Since we were walking tons on this day, I added my newest pair of brogues! Because they are such a great neutral, I have a feeling you’ll be seeing a lot of them!

Plaid Collaboration with women in their 40's, 50's, 60's & 70's.

Plaid Shirt: Maurices (similar here)~~Skirt: LOFT (similar here)~~Shoes: Aldo (similar here in two toned)~~Jacket: (similar here in a moto version or here regular)~~Necklace: Bauble Bar (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Thanks for joining all of us in our plaid remembrances!! Do you have great memories of your grandpa? If you missed Sherry’s story from earlier—check it out here!

There are affiliate links in this post. What this means is that when you click on a linked item, I receive a couple of cents. Those couple of cents can certainly add up! So I appreciate it if you keep clicking to help support Jodie’s Touch of Style!

I found many other plaid blouses available—it’s truly a staple in retail in the autumn months!

  • Kathleen McDermott

    Maxi Jodie as cute as mini Jodie! Like everything about your ensemble. The soft colors of the plaid and your necklace are feminine, the cool leather jacket and brogues give it a student vibe and the plaid with your denim skirt has a Western feel. Great mix.

    • Thanks Kathleen…this is definitely one of those outfits I’d easily wear again!! The blouse is one of my faves because it’s not your “normal” plaid colors!!

  • Awesome outfit, and I love your spunky pose in the first photo! That graphic wall background is the coolest… And your memories of your grandfather were so sweet! Adorbs five year old you. 😉

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Don’t you just love these old photos, Sarah?
      But i want to know why someone didn’t pull my dress down for this picture? Geez!!! 🙂

  • Lesley Extance

    Lovely reading your memories of your grandpa ! A great outfit Jodie best wishes .

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Lesley!!
      It was so fun to come across this photo! My grandpa was such a great man!!

  • Cute, cute, cute … then and now. What a lovely story about your grandfather. I don’t remember much about mine but I did get to witness both my father and father-in-law as grandfathers and it was truly heartwarming to see these men interacting with their grandchildren in unexpected ways.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think having both male & female mentors/role models can help us in so many ways! It such a blessings to have both in our lives no matter what the age!

  • I love this series with the old family photos and stories! This post theme is such a sweet way to remember your grandfather and bring his legacy back to the present. The photo of you two together is a classic! I’m on the lookout for more pastel plaid this year. You know me – anything pink is where it’s at! And I have a pair of brogues on my list after visiting Scotland a couple years ago. Women rocked them with everything, especially pleated skirts. I think they’re a fun and retro alternative to the ballet flat.

    <3 Liz

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s really a great way to look at the brogues Liz—a fun alternative to ballet flats!!
      I’m so glad that Sherry thought up this idea…because it gets me to look through my old photos occasionally. Otherwise they just sit in the closet!
      And it’s so fun to go down memory lane!

  • Alysan Azman

    Bought a blouse with a similar plaid to yours at Kohls in August – love it! Looks great with denim! You are inspiring me to wear more jewelry!

    When I was in college, my mom made me a gorgeous black watch plaid knife- pleated skirt! It was a fav!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I love this plaid too—it’s truly become my go to lately—and I know this because it ends up in the washer every week! Ha ha! I think the colors are so different than many of the plaids out there!
      And how fabulous that you’re wearing more jewelry—especially if you already have it, why not wear it?
      Do you still have the skirt your mom made you? I bet it was great!!

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    Oh, what adorable photos from the past! I am sure I would find some plaid if I digged through some old photos. I do not have a pair of brogues, but I love yours!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I bet you would too Carrie! Because I wasn’t even sure I had some, until I started looking!!
      My mom even thinks she made this dress for me!!
      Thanks so much for reading!

  • I love the plaid, both times! Such a great post and great outfit! My grandfather was like my Dad; he was the best. Miss him so!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Whitney….it is so nice to have a good role model in our lives!! It’s always too bad it’s for a short time!

  • Jodie, you look so cute in plaid! I love your memories with your grandfather. My grandfather was by best friend when I was kid … I miss him so much sometimes xo

    Carla a.k.a Mrs R @ SimplifyLifeWithMrsR.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s so true—we don’t realize how lucky we were at the time!!
      Thanks for reading Carla!! Still coming out to Colorado ?

  • You were such a cutie! No wonder the church ladies ogled you!
    Love that you have such fond memories of your grandfather, and it’s nice that your grandparents got to be a big part of your life growing up.

    The plaid I love offset with the sweet rhinestones and pearls.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Lydia!!
      I don’t think we realize how lucky we are at times—I know many people didn’t get to have time with their grandparents!!
      And they have such a different perspective on things!!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Oh, I loved this adorable photo of you and reading about your memories. So sweet! You look great in this casual look with the mix of plaid and denim. Fun backdrop and fabulous new shoes!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s kinda sad that most of the time, I’ve really forgotten about my grandpa since he’s been gone so long.
      I guess that’s one of the best things about doing this collab—otherwise all of those old pictures just sit in the closet!!
      Happy Thursday Jennie!

  • This is very nice post Jessie. Plaid is again such a big trend. I love your pictures with the grandpa. Thank you to share with My Red Carpet.

    Anna xoxo

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Anna!! It’s funny how plaid makes a resurgence almost every year, huh?

  • Debbie Stinedurf

    What a fabulous post Jodie. I absolutely love the photo of you and your grandpa. I was grandpa’s favorite too, but that’s because I was the first girl born into the family in over 35 years. Plaid is in the top 3 of my favorite prints.Love your top and the whole look. The backdrop is so cool!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      First girl in 35 years? That’s craziness!!
      My husband was just saying that he loved how these photos turned out—yet he was squeamish when we were taking them, because it wasn’t the greatest part of town!!

  • Pam@Threading My Way

    A lovely photo of you with your Grandpa! The photo shows how dress lengths have changed over the years. In Australia, we would call this check, or checked fabric.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Pam!!
      I didn’t realize that there were different names for this print—-thanks for the info and visit!!

  • Such a lovely memory! And great photo of you and your grandfather! I love how photographs can transport us back in time and bring back memories we had all but forgotten…

    I like that you added some quite feminine elements to your plaid outfit! Looks great!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Andrea!!
      I do think the best thing about this collab with Sherry has been going back into my old photos—we keep them but rarely revisit them otherwise!!

  • Vanlun

    I love wearing plaid. It’s timeless and can be dress down or up. Lovely and so happy you shared at Dishing it and DIgging it link party.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Plaid really has gone through the days, and still is so well loved!! Thanks so much for stopping by Vanessa!!

  • Molly Hogan

    That photo of you and your grandfather is adorable! Love how you recreated it. So sweet.




    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Molly!
      It was so nice to write this post, as I’ve forgotten a lot about the time with my grandpa—it brings back such good memories!!

  • I love your style selection so much. It is paired quite well and gives the right amount of signature 🙂 http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2016/10/falls-hottest-label.html

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much for reading Heather!! I love to hear your thoughts!!

  • I have a few plaid items in my closet, but have a distinct memory of a pair of brown plaid pants I wore in the 4th grade! I got sick in class and had to be sent home. I love the memories of your grandpa the picture invoked. Love the plaid top and great brogues with the outfit.
    jess xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      So then did you associate those brown plaid pants with being sick?
      It’s so funny the things we remember!!

  • Stevie Turner

    I’ve never thought of wearing plaid until now! Great picture of you with your grandfather by the way.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Stevie!!
      Nancy has very little plaid in her closet too!!

  • Karuna

    Your post reminds me of how much I used to love plaids. I will keep my eyes out for a plaid blouse. Or maybe I will make one. I haven’t sewn for so many years!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You should definitely get back into sewing—then whatever you have made will be an original!!
      Thanks so much for reading!!

  • How fun! Plaid is such a classic print. Love the older pic. You all look great in it!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Amy!!
      I’ve had plaid in my life, but I didn’t think I had a ton of it now–until I started really looking!!

  • How sweet is that old photo! Love this past and present post 😀


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Erica!!

  • Aditi Oberoi Malhotra

    I love the look!! And you look so cute with your grandfather!
    Adi xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Aditi!
      He was a special man to me! I even have some of his cuff links in my collection!

  • Judy Gramith

    I just love the way that picture of you and your grandfather inspired you to share those special memories. I think extended family members hold a unique place in our memories because they’re the way we learn to have relationships beyond mom and dad. It matters a lot that we can learn to trust other people, and grandparents have the key role in making that happen.

    Plaid is one of the few patterns that is worn and equally loved by both sexes. It’s a cozy, warm, homey, down to earth fabric and I love it!
    You look very cute in your shirt and the bling says “let’s have fun with unexpected accessories! ” I started doing this last winter and love it!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I do think you’re right, Jude. The extended family can add so much to our growing up years! And with people moving far from families—I bet a lot of younger kids miss that now…
      The unexpected accessories term—perfect and exactly what makes some outfits so much fun!!
      Even though I don’t have the hugest accessories like Iris Apfel—I can see where she’s coming from now!!

  • Aw Jodie, what a sweet picture of you and your Grandpa! Such priceless memories. How wonderful that plaid brings back such great stories.
    And can I just say what a fabulous pair of brogues and beautifully teamed with the plaid!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I was just talking to my mom today, and she even thinks that she made that dress I’m wearing with grandpa. So I ask her—why didn’t you pull down my dress then? I have to laugh that it’s okay to have the skirt up to my belly when I’m a kid, but not anymore—ha ha!!
      Thanks to you and some other bloggers, I figured I needed to add some brogues to my collection of footwear!! I think they have the chance to be a leading pair of shoes this winter!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    Love the memories! I’m glad you and Sherry do these collaborations. They always bring back my own memories of growing up. Love the pastel colors in your shirt. Very feminine and a great outfit for running around. Love your shoes! – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It is a fun project Amy!!
      I’ve always loved going through my old pictures, but I would never have thought of doing a fashion post about them!
      My shoes are very much like a couple of your pairs!! Aren’t they fun?

  • Lovely! I also was my grandfathers favorite! And I loved him very much! Grandparents can be so important!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think it can be very important to have great relationships with differing generations. We can learn so much from them…and I think it’s fun for them too!!
      Thanks Nancy—I love your comments!!

  • Thanks for joining Dishing It & Digging it Jodi. Love your style! Have a lovely week.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Linda!!

  • What a great post! And such a cute photo of you and your grandpa! Yes, plaid is fabulous, especially when worn with style that has roots in such rich tradition.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Tiina!
      It is amazing that such a timeless print has lasted so long, and still so many people love it!

  • I love the photo of you and Grandpa! I love all the fall plaids on other people, but I can’t seem to find one that doesn’t make me feel like working on the farm.
    🙂 gwingal

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That totally made me laugh Nikki—and I get it!
      I’ve been speculating on how to add more bling to my plaid and I’ve decided next time I’m adding sequins! Now that might change your mind???
      Thanks for your great comment!!

  • ADA

    All of you are rocking plaid at any age. Love the soft colors of your button-down and my favorite look is the 70s’ one. =)

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Ada!!
      You can read my mom’s story on Saturday—she always amazes me with her elegance and flair!!

  • RedTagChicLA

    Plaid is TIMELESS and FOREVER and these images are priceless!!!

    I am doing the second installment of my collaboration with fashion-forward brand STAYING SUMMER this week at blog & I know you’ll like it – don’t forget to drop by & let me know what you think!

    Happy Tuesday!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Rebecca—I do love all of the old photos—they are so fun!!

  • What lovely memories this shirt brought back for you. I love these stories.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Suzanne—aren’t the stories so fun. I always wonder if I really am remembering them how they really happened!
      But the old pictures get me every time!!

  • Laura

    What sweet memories you have of your grandpa! I love femininizing plaid with pretty jewelry as you did. These photos are so fun with the background!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laura!!

  • PetiteOver40

    Oh, I love this story, Jodie!! Such sweet, fond memories with your grandpa. I have similar memories with my grandpa too, so thank you for bringing those to mind today.

    I love your outfit! And you know I adore your brogues, being a brogue woman myself. Your plaid here is very feminine with the pretty pastels, but your feminine touches just add that extra bling to brighten them up even more! It also really does call to mind your dress from when you were a little girl. Do you ever wonder if we’re drawn to certain clothes because they remind us in a subconscious (or conscious) way of special people like grandpas and good times gone by?

    – Sherry

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think it’d be hard NOT to be drawn to certain pieces of clothing because of memories!! And I think it’s a good thing!
      But I just have to tell you again (because 5 times isn’t enough) that you really inspired me with your plaid outfit this time. I’ve been mentally working on how to take my plaid to the next level over our little vaca!
      Thanks for such a great collab!!