Fab Collab: Fall Styles with Plaid at Forty 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 shaing 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 a excerpt from Sherry’s (the 40’s model) perspective on plaid:

Deep in a back corner of my mother’s closet is a small time capsule. It is filled with fashion treasures she wore as a girl and young woman. During a recent visit, she opened that time capsule and revealed a plaid skirt that had been handmade by my grandmother. It was red and gray with perfect pleats sewn into the waist. Other than needing a little ironing, it was pristine.

With eager hope of trying it on (and possibly wearing it forever), I held the skirt up to my waist. It was tiny. Like 18-inches tiny. Suffice to say I haven’t had an 18-inch waist in at least a couple of decades. Sigh.
Fast forward to the late 80’s when I was wearing this plaid dress….

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

I hope you click over to Sherry’s site to read the rest of the story! She is quite the story teller!!

I was so impressed with Sherry’s outfit she styled for the present picture. I’m sure we all think of plaid as masculine and a serious print. But Sherry took it to a new level by pairing her plaid trousers with this fabulous print sweater for her present day look. Not only is it a great lesson in print mixing, it’s also a perfect way to make the plaid more whimsical!! In fact, it makes me want to call “mulligan” and restyle my look that you’ll see tomorrow!!

What do you think?

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Thanks for joining all of us in our plaid remembrances!!

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And if you don’t have a pair of plaid pants in your closet, here’s a couple options:

  • Kathleen McDermott

    I love plaids. So colorful, varied and interesting. Can add a masculine or academic or western or retro or classic feel to an outfit. Also a seasonal or holiday vibe. Love all the outfits above – the plaids all have different airs.

    • It’s true how you describe the plaids, Kathleen!! I never really thought about how varied they can be!!

  • I love print pants and these plaid ones are no exception! Great look.
    🙂 gwingal

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Aren’t they fabulous Nikki?
      Thanks so much for giving your voice to the matter!!
      Happy weekend!

  • Melissa Ruddy

    Love plaids. I also like that you presented a pictoral of how it can be worn by anyone.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Melissa!!
      It’s been my goal lately—style is ageless and most prints are too!!

  • I’m so loving the stories behind the clothes. Very touching indeed and just shows how are memories are tied up with particular pieces and patterns.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jacqueline!

  • Kelly M
    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Kelly!!

  • ADA

    The 40s model is rocking those nice plaid trousers. Love the whimsical, fun graphic tee. =)

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Aren’t they so fun?
      I just love this outfit that Sherry put together!! I’m totally going to have to copy it!

  • Love,love, love this look from Sherry! The top is so whimsical and a perfect contrast to the plaid trousers. I have loved plaid my entire life and have always had a soft spot for plaid pants. Looking forward to reading about the stylings this week.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jennie!!
      I think Sherry nailed this look!! It really makes me want to rethink my future plaid outfits! I need to add in more fun & pizzazz—like sequins or something!!
      Thanks for reading!

  • It’s so lovely to see Sherry joining you here Jodie. Such a lovely lady to have on board. You all look fab in your Plaid.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Laurie! We have a great time putting these collabs together! It’s definitely out of my box, but it always turns out fun!

  • I do remember wearing plaid since 4th grade, had a pair of polyester plaid brown pants! Love Sherry’s look with the mixed pants and how all 3 of you ladies styled plaid. I have a plaid mini I am excited to wear when it gets cold enough!
    Have a great week!
    jess xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Ohhh…I can’t wait to see your plaid mini—will you wear it with OTK boots?
      We have such interesting remembrances of certain clothing, huh?
      Thanks for adding in your thoughts—I’d love to see a photo of that 4th grade time!! They make me smile!!

  • So very nice! I also love plaid!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It is one of those prints, we all have had some experience with, huh?
      Thanks Nancy!!

  • I love plaid, and it really never goes out of style… Looking forward to reading more of Sherry’s story!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I so agree Andrea!!
      When I look back at my old pictures, I do see a lot of it!
      It makes me wonder, is it because my mom liked it, so picked it out for me too? Or was it popular at the stores?
      Thanks for stopping by—I’m trying to get caught up after a mini vacation, so I’ll be over to read your post soon!!!