Fab Collab with Plaid at Sixty 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 Nancy’s (the 60’s model) perspective on plaid from this older photo:

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

Here is Nancy’s story about the photo from the past. The picture is the one we all have in our collection in our basements. It’s taken showing the entire first grade class and teacher. And Nancy tells me this was her first year of teaching here in Colorado. In her words:

I have never been a successful DIY person and that includes my attempt at sewing my own clothes. My mother and I went through a period of time, when I was living at home my first semester of teaching, of trying to make clothes for me.  One problem was that we neither one had a very good eye for how certain material would look when it was sewn into an outfit.  The other problem was that almost every outfit had to be altered as my shape was just not the same as any size in the patterns. No patterns I knew of came in petites!!  The altering of so many of the outfits was our biggest challenge.   One of our attempts is the plaid vest I am wearing in this picture.  It was very simple and unfitted, thus, it was one of the few wearable successes.

Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: For Nancy’s part in this collaboration, we had to go to her footwear to find some plaid.

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

The shoes are a subtle, grey plaid, that Nancy has worn quite a bit in this last year since she bought them. Since they have a wedge heel, they are super comfortable to walk and stand in for hours.

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

Of course, I wanted to add brightness to the look, so I had Nancy wear her bright pink trousers. Many women think certain colors should be retired when the calendar changes to October, but that rule is starting to be changed!

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

I kept the grey on her top half to mirror the shoes. And this necklace is one of my favorites. I think the fact that the beads & baubles don’t match on each side is so unique. Of course the colors fit in perfectly with her outfit!

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

Pants: Liz Claiborne (similar here)~~Sweater: The Limited (similar here with a slight v-neck and here with a curved hem)~~Shoes: Payless (similar here in black with a taller heel and here’s an expensive variety)~~Necklace: (similar here with a zebra print)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Thanks for joining all of us in our plaid remembrances!! Do you have much plaid in your closet? And if you missed the other two installments—Sherry’s (40’s model) story is here. And Jodie’s (50’s model) is here.

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If you’re like Nancy and don’t have or want plaid clothing, then here are many accessories to fill the void in your closet:

  • Kathleen McDermott

    Nancy looks tres chic in this outfit. Love pink and grey together and the simple lines are so nice. The plaid shoes are perfect and I love the jewelry. (Is it WHBM? I have both pieces, or very similar!)

    • Actually I think the necklace is from Chicos!! If that’s the case, then the earrings probably are too!!
      Thanks Kathleen!!

  • Trina

    Plaid at its best. I absolutely love this walk down memory lane. Keep up the wonderful look you beautiful ladies.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Trina—I appreciate the kind words!

  • Ahhh this is so fun! I wanna be the “30s” in a future fab collab!!!! ;P Thanks for sharing at #FridayFrivolity! Off to check out those fun plaid accessories…

    • Jodie Filogomo

      If you really want to be the 30’s for our next collab—I’m sure we can make that happen!! We’ll be doing Christmas outfits (then & now, of course).
      Email me: http://bit.ly/2enSZIQ (contact page) and we’ll work out the details!!

  • Those plaid shoes are adorable! Perfect way to incorporate plaid for fall!

    Doused In Pink

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jill!!
      It’s nice because they are subtle, yet fun!!

  • Lesley Extance

    Wonderful styling to go with the shoes , I must say those shoes look really comfortable best wishes .

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Lesley.
      Nancy always comments how they are very comfy—and they were pretty inexpensive (you gotta love Payless!!)

  • Amy D. Christensen

    Love those shoes! So cute. I just need to think more about shoes, Jodie! I never think of getting prints on my shoes. Love this idea. The colors are great and I also love her necklace. Great outfit. – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Amy!!
      I think the print shoes can be so fun—it’s not like they are overpowering, yet they make such a statement!!

  • Nancy looks great and I love all the details that bring the outfit together. I appreciate that wearing plaid doesn’t have to be big and bold, it can just be in the accessories. My favorite piece of the outfit though is the necklace.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Me too—I love that the necklace is so different and asymmetrical! But you’re right—sometimes a detail can be small yet make an impact!!

  • Judy Gramith

    Somehow I’d forgotten that Nancy was a teacher(like myself) and we also share being in the same age group. I can relate in so many ways!! A first year teacher’s salary wasn’t conducive to buying a large wardrobe so I’m thinking she was fortunate to have her mother to collaborate with on creating/sewing a modest but workable wardrobe.
    It’s fun to remember those early career days, the fashions we wore and the transition into adulthood. Thanks for your story Nancy!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      When Nancy was telling me about this story—you should have seen the angst on her face—it was a little funny at how it made her soured about sewing. Although she still has a sewing machine in her possession.
      And I think this vest turned out wonderfully!
      I think we are very lucky nowadays to have YouTube—I’ve learned many an alteration technique that way. (Mom usually tells me how, but then after a couple days I forget, so I have to remind myself!!)

  • She is too cute!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Isn’t she? Thanks for reading Shelly!

  • Melissa

    I love these series! All you ladies look amazing!! Those pink pants look perfect with shoes and tops. I would definitely be created this look myself 😉


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Melissa!!
      Happy Weekend!!

  • Versatilestylebytracey

    Such a fun series! Love a plaid shoe and the bright pants. I agree rules don’t apply anymore,lol

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Exactly—we might as well have fun with what time we have left!!

  • Dawn Lucy

    Yay for plaid! Thanks so much for linking up with Fun Fashion Friday!


    Dawn Lucy


    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s truly a classic print!!
      Happy Weekend Dawn!

  • Did I forget to post on your plaid look?? I love the photo with you and your grandpa. Plaid is one of my favorite patterns! I love the fact that through these photos and stories, we get to learn more about the three of you.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It really has been fun with these old pictures.
      I mean, they sit there in the closet and get no attention otherwise!!

  • What a fun picture of Nancy! Love seeing throwback pics! The gray plaid is so nice and looks great with the pink pants!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Ruth!
      I think Nancy’s finally liking these pants a little more. When I first twisted her arm to buy them, she felt awfully conspicuous in them!!

  • Nicole Mölders

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Of course, Nicole—thanks for hosting it!

  • Those are fun shoes! And I love the pink & grey outfit – Nancy looks fabulous!

    And what a fun story about her and her mom’s sewing attempts. The vest looks great!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I loved her story too Andrea!
      I could see how frustrating it could get if you didn’t have a teacher to help you, and the patterns weren’t the right size!
      And there was no YouTube to go to at the time!!

  • Plaid is such a timeless pattern. Always in style, especially in autumn!


    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It really is!
      Thanks for stopping by Tamara!

  • What a fun post!! Plaid is the way to go this fall, again!!! Xx Susanne – http://bagatyou.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Susanne!! Happy Friday!

  • Love the subtle plaid in the shoes. How fun! And still loving the throwback pics.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      This is Nancy’s only plaid in her closet–and I always forget that it’s plaid because it’s so subtle!!
      I think one of my fave things about doing this collab with Sherry (the 40’s model) is that I look through our old photos—I mean we have them. And they usually just sit in the closet!
      Thanks for stopping by Amy
      Happiest of weekends!

  • What a beautiful color combination! She looks great in this outfit! (She always does of course!)

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Nancy!!
      I think it’s fun to add in some unexpected colors in these fall months!! I mean, I love the burgundies and browns, but bright pink is always a fave!!
      Thanks for reading!

    • Nancy Nagy

      Thanks so much. It must be something about the Name!! Ha Ha!

  • Doesn’t Nancy look darling? I had a vest like that when I was about 5 with the little chain. Ahhh…memories!

    I adore her plaid shoes.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Did your mom make the vest for you?
      It always amazes me how certain clothing items can bring back such great (or bad) memories!!
      Happy Friday Suzanne!!

  • melody
    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Melody!

  • Laura

    I used to have plaid shoes I wore a lot until they finally had to be tossed. Nancy is making me want another pair! So cute!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      They are so fun!!
      At least you got great use out of yours!! It always makes me feel good to wear things enough that they are worn out!

  • What a fun post this week – I love seeing how trends change and yet, stay the same! I never thought of plaid shoes! Such a fun accessory! Now I want a pair for the fall!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I know, right? I actually had a pair of black plaid flats, but I never wore them. But I did just get a cute purse, which will get a lot of love!!

  • Nicole Mölders

    Thanks for linking up!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for always hosting!!

  • Charlotte Miller

    Love the shoes Nancy.

    • Nancy Nagy

      Thanks, Charlotte. You two are rubbing off on me. I am becoming quite the shoe horse!!

  • Nancy look so stylish in this grey and bright pink ensemble! The plaid shoes are adorable and perfect for fall. I enjoyed seeing the cute photo from her first year teaching and hearing about their sewing experiences, as well.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jennie!!
      I love these pink pants of Nancy’s—I know I had to twist her arm to buy them, but I think she’s okay with them now!!

  • I love the old school pic with her now! Omg she was fabulous then and she fabulous now

    Life is just Rosie

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Isn’t it so funny to look back at all the old styles—even the hair!!
      Thanks so much for reading Rosie!!

  • Marci Vaughn

    I love this pink and gray combo! ‘Very pretty! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Marci!!
      Nancy was not the biggest fan of these pants when I twisted her arm to get them last year—-but I think she’s coming around!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Floortje!!