Frumpy Florals 2: (Layered)

How to make your floral shirt less frumpy.

Frumpy Florals for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: With Layering

Quote of the day: “Whoever brings you the most peace should get the most time.” Rev. Run

This experiment all started from a request from a reader who loves her floral shirts. Yet her concern was to not appear mumsy (her word—don’t you love it?). So I really thought about how one could wear a floral shirt to make it appear more stylish!

Along these lines, my first reaction is to add a jacket or some kind of layer to a shirt. Maybe it’s because of all the years I wore a blazer to work to set the tone for professionalism? So I thought I’d try this same trick for the floral shirts. I consciously varied our layers with a vest (or in this case, a sleeveless blazer), a cardigan and a jacket to try to give some ideas of how it could look. And again, I left off the multitude of accessories we usually wear in order to put the focus on the florals!

As I explained in the first post (here-where we kept it simple with pants & shoes),  how not to look  mumsy is an interesting speculation! I also talked about the theory behind what I picked for our mumsy looks in the first post if you’re interested. Can you take a piece of clothing that could look very old fashioned, and bring it into the 21st century? I’d love to hear your opinions on this topic—tell me below in the comments!

Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: These longer vests are really taking center stage recently. I’ve seen them on many younger bloggers (which means they are really in fashion, right?) and I’m sure any of us older women can wear them! Just think, if you have a longer blazer that you never wear anymore, you could take off the sleeves, and wear it as a vest!

How to make your floral shirt less frumpy. How to make your floral shirt less frumpy.

Another detail on this outfit of mine, is the brooch on the vest. I know I promised to keep the accessories at a minimum, but I just love this pink sparkle on the solid colored piece!


How to make your floral shirt less frumpy.

Pants: Banana Republic (similar here)~~Vest: Forever 21-thrifted (similar here in a lighter blue)~~Top: Liva Girl (similar here with a choker neckline–that’ll make it look fun!)~~Shoes: Calvin Klein (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Brooch: (similar here)

Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: I really think this is my favorite of the three of our outfits for this post. Maybe because it’s only been recently that I’ve embraced mixing my prints in my outfits–so it’s still new and exciting.

How to make your floral shirt less frumpy.

Thus I thought I’d pull out all the stops and throw a leopard cardigan over Nancy’s floral shirt. We actually used this same floral shirt in our print mixing post (you can see it here), but paired it with striped pants!

How to make your floral shirt less frumpy.

Another aspect that I think looks more modern here is the white pants. I’m sure we’ve all heard that the rule about no white after Labor Day has changed–so let’s enjoy it!

How to make your floral shirt less frumpy.

How to make your floral shirt less frumpy.

Pants: J. Jill (similar here)~~Cardigan: H&M (similar here on sale)~~Top: Croft & Barrow (similar here in long sleeves)~~Shoes: Merona (similar here almost exact)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: Not that you want to cover your floral shirt entirely, but adding a great jacket is an easy step!

How to make your floral shirt less frumpy.

Faux leather is everywhere lately, and mom really loved the two toned details on this one. We picked it up at Macy’s last year when it was on sale. Of course, she had to shorten the sleeves, but it looks so hip, don’t you think?

How to make your floral shirt less frumpy.

How to make your floral shirt less frumpy.

If you’re anything like my mom, you will question the choice of sandals in this outfit. If it’s cold enough for a jacket, why would the feet be exposed? But there’s so many times, it’s only chilly in the mornings, and then the temperatures really climb. Besides, I love the look of wedge sandals with jeans—I feel it’s quite trendy!

How to make your floral shirt less frumpy.

Jeans: Bill Blass (similar here)~~Jacket: INC (similar here in a suede, but no white in it)~~Top: Laura Scott (similar here)~~Shoes: Old Navy-thrifted (similar here–good for you looking for comfort)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Pin: (similar here)

Do you love floral shirts? Or do you feel mumsy wearing them? I love hearing your logic!

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Here’s some other fun layers to add to your floral shirts:

  • Kathleen McDermott

    All nice outfits employing potentially mumsy floral top! You – chic vest and shoes. Nancy – chic leopard cardi and print/matching. Charlotte – chic leather jacket and jeans. Well done.

    • Don’t you just love this print mixing on Nancy?? I have to admit it’s one of my faves…and in person I wasn’t so sure!!

  • I am just loving all three of these transformations! Great idea about transforming a longish blazer into a vest – I need to remember this. Nancy’s print mix is so fun and she looks great. You mom looks Fabulous and so youthful. Seriously loving this more relaxed look on her!

    Thanks so much for linking up with Fabulous Friday!
    A Pocketful of Polka


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jennie!!
      This was a fun challenge to do—I liked most of the outcomes, but it is a learning process, huh?

  • Hi Jodie! I am loving these floral looks, for sure. And apparently so did my readers from last week’s link up because you are a featured favorite again this week! Do stop by and check it out!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for such good news Shelbee—that just totally made my day!!

  • Dawn Lucy

    Love all the ideas! The vest, the moto, adding the print mixing …. great looks, Ladies!
    Thanks so much for linking up with Fun Fashion Friday!


    Dawn Lucy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Dawn! It was fun to see what I could come up with!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    I like that “blazer” vest. It is very cool. And it does update your floral shirt and make the outfit look more modern. Nancy’s outfit is perfect! I think the pattern mixing and the white pants are what updates her top. And your Mom’s is lovely. She looks so cool and edgy with the jacket and jeans. Great ideas for taking those floral tops and making them still stylish. – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It definitely was a fun project Amy!!! Lots of work, but fun!!,

  • dan

    Take off the sleeves from a Jacket and make a vest of it is a good idea. They are definitely IN at the moment! I haven’t got one … yet!
    Layering is a smart way to feel comfortable in transition seasons … You did a good job!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I learned that “take the sleeves off” trick from Kimberly of Penny Pincher Fashion…I think it can be so smart!!!
      Thanks for stopping by Dan!!

  • Love how you elevated all three of these floral looks! Nancy’s pattern mixing is so cute!

    Doused In Pink

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I really think it’s one of my faves….but funny how my husband didn’t love it !

  • You all look fabulous! That leather jacket looks fabulous on Charlotte! And I LOVE Nancy’s pattern mixing! Your heels are fabulous with that pop of color!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Ruth !! It is so fun to see how the shirt looks so different with other pieces !!!

  • I love the look of the 50’s especially the multi-color mules.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Antionette!! I appreciate the nice words and happy weekend!!!

  • OMG…your shoes, the leopard and that jacket! All three are great choices to take those looks to the next level…LOVE!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Darlene !!! 😄😄

  • All three of you have taken Mumsy to Magnificent! 🙂
    Florals are timeless and ageless!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Carmen!!

  • Nicole Mölders

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. I like how you show that it is sometimes just one item to get from blah to wow!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Nicole!
      I’m a sucker for befores & afters!!

  • Love the layers! So smart! Nancy’s print mixing is super fun

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Michelle—I really did like how Nancy’s outfit looked in these pictures!!

  • Laura

    Wow! I really love your layers in every outfit! Your shoes, especially the heel are drool worthy Jodie! And the pattern mixing in Nancy’s outfit really adds interest and edge. The same with the moto jacket in your mom’s outfit! Love them all!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Laura!!
      I really try to use what we have in our closets, but there are times, I buy a couple things for mom & Nancy to try to keep them up to date. For my mom especially, I like to shop with her because she tends to buy the same things she already has in her closet (you know, we like what we like)!! I’m so glad I got her to buy this jacket—it’s one of my faves!!

  • Tessy Onyia

    Wow! This is so gorgeous, kind of confused on which to go for, I love them all. Nice one beauty.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tessy!!

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    Nice job ladies! Nancy’s top reminds me of the Erin Condren cover I almost went with (if you haven’t heard of EC, it’s a planner!). Love that floral print! I also love your shoes, and how you even tied red in with your glasses!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Carrie—I do try not to wear my red glasses all the time—sometimes I think they can be distracting?
      But thanks for noticing and the wonderful words of encouragement!!
      ps..I did not know what EC was, so thanks for the clarification!!

  • Judy Gramith

    I’m going to keep this one brief. I’m afraid my last comment was too much.
    All of you look very cute in your defrumpified outfits.
    Jodie , your suede sandals with the colorful heels are faboo!
    Nancy’s print mix is making me purr with delight.
    Charlotte’s leather, beige and white jacket is the bomb!! I want to steal it!!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I would never say your last comment was too much Jude!!
      I love reading comments when anyone gets excited or passionate about a subject!! So never contain yourself on my account!!
      That was very punny about Nancy’s purrfect outfit—ha ha!!
      Thanks for the great support!!
      Want to join us on a camisole post the middle of October?

      • Judy Gramith

        Won’t we all freeze to death in little camisoles in mid October?

        • Jodie Filogomo

          Ahhh…the advantage of taking our photos weeks before the post goes live!
          But really—the camis will be under other things!! 🙂

  • Wow! You damn right!!!))) All three looks are really magnificient! Adore them! Great!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much!!

  • Your shoes Jodie! Your shoes! Fantastic! And Nancy s cardigan is very nice too. I love the way you wrote this and showed us the two version. Good job!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much for the nice words Nancy!!
      You know that I’m very much a shoe girl—they make me so happy!! 🙂

  • Florals is one of my favorites! Layering them with tailored pieces definitely helps pull the looks together!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Laura—I love the dichotomy of it too!!

  • Another great example. Three cheers. But I am with your mom… jacket on top means cold(er) weather, so we are not going to freeze our toes off 😂😊

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I hear you Greetje!! But I’ve also heard (from my mother I’m sure) that it’s important that you look great (isn’t that why mom wore girdles back in the day?)
      I could’ve styled her ankle boots with this outfit—but it was pretty warm out when we took these photos!!
      Mom will love it that you agreed with her! Thanks for making her day!

  • Hi Jodie, an awesome blog, especially for us older ladies. just because we are aging, doesn’t mean we have to look like a Grandma….LOL. Very stylish look. I would love if you shared this at our link party on Sunday, Dishing It & Digging It. Happy Fall.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Linda for the wonderful compliment!!
      I will be out of town this weekend (and taking a break from the blog), but I’ll definitely put it on the schedule to link up for the next Sunday—thanks for the invite!

  • Love this! I wear a bit of florals and never want to look frumpy! Love the dark denim and leather jacket on your mom, stylish! Your long vest is so on trend and perfect for a more modern look, love the brooch! Nancy’s mix of leopard and floral is interesting an pretty too! Nice Jodie!
    have a great day
    jess xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Jess!
      It was fun trying to experiment with this hypothesis!! Of course, I have one more post to try it with—we’ll see if Saturday’s post changes it much!!

  • Great styling, I love the leopard and floral one so much. Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Didn’t that turn out great? A good reason to try unexpected pairings, I guess!!

  • Bernadette Laganella

    You nailed the update with Nancy’s outfit and you are really rocking in those shoes.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Bernadette—I was really happy with the addition of the leopard cardigan. When I first thought of it, I was afraid it’d be too crazy—but even if it is, we might as well have fun, right?

  • Queen of Rods

    That leopard print really works with Nancy’s floral top…great choice. Now I’ll have to dig out my leopard sweater and see what I can pair it with 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’d love to see what you come up with. And I have to admit, it can look different up close and far away. I almost thought Nancy’s outfit was a little off when we first styled it, but the photos turned out good!!