Frumpy Florals 3 (With Modern Accessories)

How to make your floral shirt less frumpy.

Frumpy Floral for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: With Modern Accessories

Quote of the day: “There is a fountain of youth: It is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love.” Sophia Loren

For the closing piece of my experiment with the floral shirts, I tried to see if some accessories could change the look. This theme was the brainstorm of a wonderful reader who posed the question about how to make her floral shirts not appear mumsy! Of course I’ve used the word frumpy and old along with mumsy to create the mood!

So for this post, I wanted to see how certain accessories would affect the overall look. I’m sure there are many other factors involved too. Fit, color and even silhouette can create such differing perspectives on the same item. But here’s what I came up with for now! I also wanted to use different kinds of accessories. I styled a lace extender (we did an entire series about them here, here & here), Nancy wore a statement necklace and mom donned a choker necklace!

If you missed the other two posts, I tried to change up the look with modern pants (here). At the same time, I also explored the logic (or craziness) behind how I styled the frumpy pictures. After that, I then added various layers to our same floral shirts (here) to see if that would make you like the outfits any better! So what’s the consensus on this blog series? Helpful or silly?

Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: Now I’m not really sure if the lace extender makes the outfit better, or if it’s the jeans & shoes?

How to make your floral shirt less frumpy.

I can tell you one thing from reading quite a few blogs…these strappy sandals are everywhere!! And truthfully, they are more comfortable than you might think. They aren’t a really high heel, and since there is very little material on the shoe, there’s little chance of rubbing! And that ankle strap makes them easier to walk in than my pumps, for sure!

How to make your floral shirt less frumpy.

How to make your floral shirt less frumpy.

But I will make the case for the lace extender too. I think the lace hanging out gives the shirt more interest and texture!

How to make your floral shirt less frumpy.

How to make your floral shirt less frumpy.

Jeans: Simply Vera-thrifted (similar here)~~Top: Liva Girl (similar here with a choker neckline–that’ll make it look fun!)~~Lace Extender: Grace & Lace (here)~~Shoes: Abound (similar here)~~Earrings: Stella & Dot (here with the tassel removed)

Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: For Nancy’s outfit, not only did we add in a statement necklace, we went for a more dressy version!

How to make your floral shirt less frumpy.

If you don’t have a statement necklace in your wardrobe, it can be a great way to gussy up a casual top! Since we were adding in the bling of the necklace, I figured we might as well put Nancy in a skirt!

How to make your floral shirt less frumpy.

Her shoes are a rose gold with a little sparkle in it. Rose gold is making a comeback in the retail stores, so that’s a good tip to look contemporary.

How to make your floral shirt less frumpy.

How to make your floral shirt less frumpy.

Skirt: Plaza South (similar here in a Medium only)~~Top: Croft & Barrow (similar here in long sleeves)~~Shoes: Chinese Laundry (similar here in a couple colors)~~Necklace: (similar here with shells)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: Chokers are a huge trend right now. Many of us remember them the first time they were in style!

How to make your floral shirt less frumpy.

And lately, I’ve heard a few older women poo poo this look. But why not try it? Do you feel it focuses on your neck and that’s bad? Depending on the width of the choker, it could cover any wrinkles that you aren’t loving? Or you could try the smaller neck scarves which I’ve been wearing quite a bit.

How to make your floral shirt less frumpy.

Since mom was game to wear the choker, we tried it. And between that and the leopard print shoes, I think it makes the outfit definitely less frumpy.

How to make your floral shirt less frumpy.

Of course, I think the fun glasses help in making mom look more modern too!!

How to make your floral shirt less frumpy.

Jeans: Eric Jeans (similar here)~~Top: Laura Scott (similar here)~~Shoes: Payless (similar here in a ballet flat)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here with no writing on them)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

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

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  • Kathleen McDermott

    Love your outfit. The extender adds a modern touch to the pretty blouse, and I like the slim ankle pants and sandals. Think the sleeves would look smart rolled up on your delicate frame. Nancy’s skirt is chic and divine – surprisingly nice with the casual floral T, and the gold sandals are a perfect touch. Charlotte’s choker looks great on her pretty neck and adds a stylish touch to her outfit. Like her chunky bracelet too.

    • This is another outfit that I’ve worn even after the photos!! Sometimes I will look back at the blog, and recreate a look that I really loved. I know Nancy didn’t like the idea of a t-shirt with her dressy skirt, so I doubt she’s worn these two together. But I have gotten her wearing this fun necklace more!!

  • I love florals!

    Jodie: The lace extender is perfect, adds a romantic touch.
    Nancy: I love the dressed up version with this feminine skirt and pretty statement necklace.
    Charlotte: The blouse looks beautiful both ways: with yellow capris for summer and long pants for fall. BTW Your mom has a beautiful neck! 🙂


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Carmen!!

  • ADA

    First of all love that Sophia Loren quote, Jodie. I love this post and these are definitely not frumpy florals. Love your top and sandals and the 60’s model’s top and sandals. My favorite look here is the 60s though followed very closely by yours. 😉

    Happy Tuesday!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I do like how these outfits turned out Ada!!
      Nancy will be elated that hers was your first pick!!
      Thanks so much for reading!!

  • Jodie , I love the lace extender I think it makes to outfit and those sandals are gorgeous! xo

    Carla a.k.a Mrs. R @

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Carla!!
      The shirt definitely looks different with those pieces as opposed to those brown pants, huh?

  • Everyone looks awesome…and I need your snakeprint heels!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Aren’t they fun heels? It was a total impulse buy, but I’m definitely not sorry!!
      I’ve worn them a ton!!

  • Every outfit is great. But most I like your mom’s outfit, yellow-black combination is the classic!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Isn’t it great? Thanks so much Olya!!

  • Judy Gramith

    The extender is so cute under your floral shirt Jodie.
    Such a pretty skirt Nancy!! I always love a touch of lace.
    Charlotte you rock the chocker!
    I love the rich colored florals of fall so many of these defrumpers will help us going forward!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Hey—you’re just like me in making up new words! Defrumpers—-that’s a great one..I’m totally going to use it!
      Thanks for the lovely words Jude!! I do like how these outfits turned out!

  • Helen Greenwell

    I love the updates to all three of these floral tops. So well done!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Helen for giving your voice to the project!! It was a lot of work, but definitely fun!!

  • Love these outfits, I think the shoes have made all the difference. Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I always say that too Gemma!!
      I’m glad to hear that it’s not just me who believes it!!
      Happy Tuesday

  • Love the outfits and the strappy sandals certainly make it fabulous not frumpy. Love the cherry choker and your lace extender! So funny I was just looking them up on Amazon yesterday! They really add a pretty look to the top.
    Happy Sunday!
    jess xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s funny how some things, you look at and think, I need that in my life. And then other clothing items, you have to wait around and see how it grows on you. For some reason, I was so drawn to the lace extenders–now the problem is to remember to wear them!! And I loved how it turned out with this outfit!!
      Thanks for the love Jess!!

  • Very nice Jodie!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Nancy!!
      Happy Tuesday!!

  • Great looks! Everyone’s shoes, though… #LOVE This was a great series, Jodie! I’m all about that #FloralLife

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s funny how we are more open to certain prints at different times in our lives!
      When I was a kid, you wouldn’t have caught me dead in florals—-and now look!!
      Thanks for the love!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    These all work. The accessories and the wardrobe piece changes you did make a big difference in taking the look from frumpy to fabulous! Great ideas! – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Amy for being such an enthusuiastic reader!!! I can’t tell you how much it means to me!!!

  • Veronica Cooke

    Jodie – I’ve really enjoyed the floral shirt series. It’s amazing how changing trousers, shoes or tucking a top in (or out) and using the right accessories livens up an outfit. I really love floral shirts by the way.

    Have a great weekend!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Veronica !! I think I actually like floral shirts more now than I did when I started putting this series together!! It’s funny how our perception can change!!,
      Thanks for your voice in the matter!!

  • You did such a great job taking these looks from frumpy to FAB!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Joti! I really had to work hard to figure out how to do this… But it’s good for the brain, right?

  • Alysan Azman

    Hi – I am a recent ‘convert’, found you in the sixty & me email! I love florals – didn’t much care for the first post – especially that blue vest – just seemed too ‘heavy’ with the blouse. But I think all 3 of these are GREAT!. Although I am in my early 70’s, I dress more like you do. Definitely going to invest in a ‘lace extender’ – very cool! I like your posts because they are ‘down-to-earth’ and look like what me and my friends wear! Glad I found you!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      What a fantastic comment to read Alysan!! I’m so glad you found us too! Looking forward to hearing more from you in the future!! Happy weekend!!

  • Queen of Rods

    I like the lace extension with your blouse, and you mom always looks cute and stylish. My favorite part of this post is the way that the scallops on Nancy’s shoes work with the ruffles on the hem of her skirt. Wow! Great styling, Jodie 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Wow Janet… I didn’t even pick up on the scallops in both those items!! Great catch!!
      Thanks for your wonderful support—it’s so nice to hear your take on the outfits!!!