Fall Styles with Plaid for 4 Generations:
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:
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.
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.
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!
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!
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: