Fab Collab with Plaid at Seventy 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 Charlotte’s (the 70’s model) perspective on plaid from this old photo:

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

I picked out this picture for my mom’s plaid piece. Of course you realize that many of my mother’s pictures have me in them also, right? You could say that it’s an advantage of being an only child; you get all of the attention (good, bad and otherwise…ha ha)

As soon as I saw this photo, I asked my mother about these plaid pants. These pants looked like leggings to me, and she told me that of course they weren’t leggings. There wasn’t such a thing as leggings back in the 1960’s (or so said my mother). They were cotton pants—no ounce of stretch to them (we should be very thankful for spandex in our pants right now!!)

Mom told me these were pants she would put on when she came home from teaching. Basically, I’d call them our version of comfy clothes or even sweatpants! Or in my grandmother’s case, as seen in this picture, a housedress!

Heck, my mother told me, she wasn’t even allowed to wear pants to teach at her school until the middle 1970’s!

I think we wear trousers so much now, yet it really wasn’t that long ago that it was inappropriate in many settings for women to wear pants. Shocking, right?

Yet I would consider plaid trousers to be quite masculine and one of those pieces that many of us could wear to work. Maybe not the big, obvious plaid like these pants my mom is wearing in the past photo. But those subtle plaids that you see in many conservative work places! Or like the ones Sherry wore in her outfit!

Another fun fact is the grandmother shown in this picture refused to wear pants even though we were sure they’d keep her warmer during the winter months. She finally broke down when she was 94 and would wear a pair of sweatpants around the house. She’d never wear them in public though; that would be so unladylike!

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: My mom has quite a few plaid pieces in her closet. Of course most of them have been hand made by her, so that’s why we picked this particular skirt as the one for the theme.

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

I know my mom’s first instinct is to try to match a color from her skirt for her shirt. So I went with one of the darker colors for contrast.

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

The bracelet is really one of mine. I won it from Michelle and have worn it quite a bit. Since mom was lacking in the red bracelet department, I let her borrow it!!

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

We added in a scarf for her neck accessory. I really like how the colors in the scarf echo the colors in the skirt!

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

Skirt: Mom made it (similar here with no red in it, or here a little shorter)~~Shirt: Hanes (similar here)~~Shoes: Anne Klein (very similar here)~~Scarf: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: 100 Good Deeds–I won it and let mom borrow it (here)

Thanks for joining all of us in our plaid remembrances!! What do you change into when you get home from work or the day’s events? And if you missed the other three installments—Sherry’s (40’s model) story is here. Jodie’s (50’s model) is here. And Nancy’s (60’s model) is here.

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There are quite a few plaid skirts available! They seem to be a popular print for skirts!

  • Kathleen McDermott

    Ever elegant and beautiful Charlotte shines in this classic outfit. Stunning head to toe.

    • You’ve just made her day, Kathleen!! I always forward the comments to mom & Nancy when you mention them, so they can totally appreciate the love!!

  • Love the plaid!!! I am totally in love with that print this year!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Stephanie!!
      It sure has been around a long time—but that’s a good thing!!

  • I’ve always loved plaid! Maybe cause I grew up in the sixties, but it never goes out of style! 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think you’re exactly right Laurie—it really never goes out of style. Of course it helps to pair it with modern items or styles—but the print is so many people’s favorite!!

  • Love this!! Your mom looks terrific! I’m so glad you shared this at our Dishing It & Digging It Link Party! Looking forward to seeing you around more! 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Lori!!
      I have to admit, that sitting down and “interviewing” mom for these collaborations has been fun. It’s just not something you normally do and I would have missed out on many of her life details!

  • Jodie your mom looks fabulous. Be careful or Vogue is going to steal her from you. My mom also never wore pants. The only time I saw her wearing was in the dead of winter when she had no other choice because it was freezing.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I actually told mom that maybe we look into her modeling for the older generation!
      She’s slightly interested, but then thought it would take time away from all of her sewing projects she’s like to do!!
      I’m so glad I’m from this time period, when it’s okay to wear pants or dresses—-I love the variety!!

  • Melissa Ruddy

    Just wanted to mention you are gorgeous! Really love so many of the skirt choices. Makes me want to go shopping!. Think the red and black is perfect for Christmas!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      What a fabulous compliment for my mom Melissa—I forwarded the email so she’ll see it too! It’ll make her day, so thanks for taking the time to say it!

  • Absolutely love the pencil skirt and the past photo of you and your mum. Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gemma!!

  • That old photo is precious! Love the colors in that plaid skirt!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tara!!
      I’m a huge fan of the old photos—we didn’t take an many as we do nowadays, so they are extra special!!

  • Love old photos! Your mom’s plaid skirt looks like Dress Stewart tartan. I made a skirt with Dress Stewart tartan too in the ’70s. Dress Stewart has a white background and Royal Stewart has a red background – one of my favourite tartans. I loved plaid and tartan then, I love plaid and tartan now. Always in style, a pattern that has been around for centuries.

    I had two pairs of “leggings” in the ’60s although they weren’t called leggings, they did have stretch in the fabric. There’s a picture of me somewhere if I ever find it. I remember I was in grade 6 and a friend got them first. Loved those pants, so comfy.

    The red bracelet looks pretty and the colourful scarf really brings this outfit to perfection. Your mom looks fantastic: a real lady that your grandmother can be proud of since she was such a lady herself. Good taste and style runs in your family. 🙂



    • Jodie Filogomo

      You have to find that picture of you with your plaid leggings—I’d so love to see those!!
      It’s always so amazing to me, how certain items can bring back so many memories, right?
      Happy Sunday and thanks for reading!!

      • So true Jodie, memories are woven in the fibres of our clothes and I’m glad we have pictures of some of our favourite clothes and times in our lives. I will look for the picture, but my leggings were not plaid, I had a green pair and a burgundy pair. I remember I was 12 years old and shortly after that, bellbottoms came into style.

        Have a wonderful week! 💕

        • Jodie Filogomo

          Ahhh…the bell bottoms!! I have a great picture of me in a pair when I was about 10 or 12. I always laugh because they totally overwhelmed me…but I loved them!!

  • Tessy Onyia

    Aww! as always your mum looks gorgeous dear.I love plaids too.Lovely family pic, so cute.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Tessy!!

  • Cathy Lawdanski

    Your mother is so lovely. We weren’t allowed to wear pants in my very conservative high school until I was a senior in 1976! And my grandmother NEVER wore pants – always a dress, stockings and matching costume jewelry! Great post – love the story!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Sounds just like my grandma Cathy!!
      And I always told myself I wouldn’t be so rigid in my clothing like she was—so here I am trying to roll with the punches!!
      Thanks so much for reading!!

  • I love, love that pic of you as a baby with your mom and grandma! And the modern plaids suit you all very nicely. I think plaid never goes out of style. xo


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I do feel like it’s quite the everlasting pattern!!
      Thanks for reading, and stay safe Patti!

  • Anna Parkes

    Plaid has clearly been an enduring fashion over the years, and for a Scottish exile I love to wear a bit of that wonderful pattern, even though we call it tartan. I love your mom’s skirt and neckerchief with your red bracelets – it all ties in beautifully.
    Have a great week x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s funny how different people call the same print different things!! I love the name tartan though—it conjures up images of “the outlander”!!
      Happy Sunday Anna!!

  • dan

    How nice of you to share an old photo of your family!
    Many things have changed through the years and now fashion rules are different. Surprisingly plaid goes on being modern and beautiful…who haven’the got at least a piece into the closet?
    Your mom looks lovely now as well as in the photo! The plaid skirt suits her…

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Dan!
      I love that my mom still enjoys wearing skirts and dressing up!
      If anything, I have to coerce her into going more casual at times!!
      Thanks for reading and Happy Sunday!

  • Lesley Extance

    I love your mum outfit and I just love plaid ! Best wishes Jodie .

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Lesley!!

  • Mother Daughter

    I have always loved plaid. I remember those plaid pants, and so right they were cotton with no stretch at all. lol Great styling as always Jodie.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That is a great reason to update our closets, huh, Victoria?? My mom always says that styles return….but sometimes the new versions are better for some reasons….like spandex!!
      Thanks for reading!!

  • Oh she still has the same charming smile! Her trousers are so timeless! I would love to wear them and her skirt too!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You’re exactly right Nancy—the trousers are timeless!!
      Happy Sunday!!

  • Suzanne Dennis

    I’m a fan of your mom. 🙂 She looks elegant and so well-put-together in every single outfit she models!

    I graduated from high school in 1970. We girls were never allowed to wear pants of any kind while I was in high school (public school). Three years later when my sister was a senior, there was a “walk-out” by students (our tiny town was taken aback by this!), and as a result, girls could begin wearing pants.

    The only time I ever saw my mother in pants was when my father was very ill in the hospital and she was staying night and day. She felt it was unladylike-like to sleep in a chair in the waiting room in a dress, so her sister brought her some pants to wear while there.

    It’s amazing to think how much clothing styles have changed throughout my lifetime. I’ve enjoyed the pictures and stories in this series.

    My favorite plaid memory is of a predominantly black and white plaid, a-line maxi skirt I made while in college. It was cut on the bias, and I worked very hard to match the plaid on the side seams. I’m 5’10”, and then it was difficult to find the length I needed, so I sewed a lot. I really enjoyed that skirt! I’d forgotten about it until your series.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Gosh…I so love hearing about those memories Suzanne—thanks so much for sharing that! That was definitely the advantage of sewing your own clothing—you could get things to fit correctly! It’s funny you say that, because we expect the manufacturers to make things to fit us now off the rack, and we get upset when they don’t fit well. But really—everyone’s body is so different!
      When my mom told me this about teaching in pants…it was quite an “aha” moment. We take things for granted now, yet they weren’t always that way not so long ago! I’m sure we’d function just fine if we still “had” to wear skirts & dresses, but think how much easier some things are that we’re able to wear what we want!
      Thanks so very much for sharing your memories—-I love hearing the stories of others and it’s funny how it brings back so many memories and thoughts!!

  • I would have to say that this is my favorite look on your mom of all time!! I love the plaid pants too! #momrocks

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Isn’t she great? Thanks!!! 🙂

  • I’m a big fan of plaid and have enjoyed this series.

    I think it is incredible that they weren’t allowed to wear pants until the 70’s!

    You really do look like your Mom. What a brilliant photo.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I know, huh, Suzanne…..when mom told me that about wearing pants, it just made such an impact!
      And yet, we wear them ALL the time now! It really goes to show how times have changed!!
      Happy Weekend!!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    Love this outfit. Mom looks so stylish and upbeat! And yes, love the pattern mixing in the scarf with the plaid in the skirt. Nice contrasts and pulling together of differing textures. – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      She really is so happy to be stylish—that’s what I love about her!! Might as well be as great on the outside as she is on the inside!!

  • sue

    I love a plaid skirt Jodie but sadly Queensland is too hot ATM bring back winter so I can wear one. You all look great!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s funny, because this skirt of mom’s is wool, so she always thinks of it for winter. But I did have her wear it for a warmer post sometime this year with a short sleeve shirt, and it turned out great. And because it’s a skirt…it really wasn’t that hot wearing it!!
      Thanks for reading Sue!!

  • Great post! I love a beautiful plaid skirt for fall! xo

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    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s so nice—thanks Luci!!

  • Charlotte Miller

    Hi Rena, Funny that you mention matching the plaid at the side seams. I avoided that by making this (and another skirt that Jodie now has) out of one piece of fabric to avoid having side seam. It’s one piece with a zipper and seam up the back. Fitting is achieved by side darts.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Ahhh…mom—you’re brilliant!!

      • Charlotte Miller

        Jodie–your skirt is the camel and navy wool lined one.It even had a matching small scarf with it.

        • Jodie Filogomo

          Of course there was a matching scarf!! You crack me up, mom!!

          • Charlotte Miller

            Well Crack Crack–I don’t like to waste fabric.

          • Jodie Filogomo


  • I’ve always loved a plaid skirt but nowadays, it’s hard to find ones where the pattern is matched up on the seams. I’m a stickler for that detail in any plaid item. I love the plaid pattern of your mother’s skirt and I’m sure that this made-by-hand version has perfectly matched seams! Jodie, congratulations on another fabulous series and I really like seeing the old family photos. It’s a wonderful added touch to the story telling. Thanks for sharing and adding your post to my Fine-Whatever link up.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s funny, because I’m not sure I really notice that detail, but yes, I betcha mom’s seams line up—she’s definitely one who notices those things too!!
      Thanks for the lovely words Rena—we all really appreciate it!!

  • Jean Ann

    Great style Charlotte looks so chic I am amazed you found the perfect scarf to compliment the plaid. I usually change into leggings when I get home. The kind that have loads of stretch!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      The stretch is key!! I’m usually in sweats–the ones that I can fit over another pair for warmth–ha ha!!

  • Judy Gramith

    The tri-generational photo of Charlotte, baby Jodie and your grandmother is the BEST! I see for the first time how much you look like your mom. Your features are perhaps a bit more delicate (dad’s side?) so you’re certainly a bit of both, but it’s just fun to see these family moments!
    Have I also mentioned that I too am an only child? As you said it has a light and dark side. One advantage is how CLOSE my relationship was with my parents. (although at different points in our lives)
    This “plaid theme” has been wonderful for evoking a ton of memories eh?
    Thankyou for that and all the fashions then and now!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It was interesting growing up that whichever parent I was with at the time, people would say I looked like that one!
      Growing up as an only child, I always wanted a sibling—funny, huh? But, you get what you get and there are definitely advantages!! I always tell mom I was her favorite daughter–ha ha!
      Thanks for your lovely words Jude!
      We really are quite alike!!

  • amy loochtan

    Her outfit is fab! I would totally wear this!
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    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Amy!!