Here’s How to Make Your Velvet Item “Work” Harder

Style & Fashion for women in their 50's, 60's & 70's.

Velvet for Any Ages: The Smart Version

Quote of the day: “You cannot live your life looking at yourself from someone else’s view.” Penelope Cruz

I’ve seen tons of velvet clothing items in these last couple of months. From booties to chokers and everything in between. In this post, the 3 of us are showing our velvet pieces for “work”.

Since velvet is such a rich looking material, I think it’s perfect for a smart or business look. Of course, this can all depend on the style of the item too, but here’s my interpretation of the 3 of us wearing the exact same pieces that we wore earlier! If you missed the previous posts, we wore them for dress up, here and a casual day, here.

And I had a reader join in for the fun on her own blog. Make sure to click over to visit Gail from Is This Mutton to see her interpretation of the theme!! And I had another women send me a photo of a velvet dress she loved as a child. Because of that, then I included one of me as a 4 year old below—-enjoy!!

Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: Now this I can positively say that this is a “failed” outfit that didn’t work! You may have noticed that the top photo in the collage is different from the first 3 below. I had this stubborn thought that I wanted to wear this LuLaRoe skirt for this post. And then to make it look business appropriate, I added in a neutral blazer.

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Now who knows what I was thinking when I looked in the mirror, but when I checked the camera, I realized it was a great example of a bunch of hodgepodge of items that were not cohesive at all!

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I really like each piece separately; however, there is nothing that ties them all together. In my closet, the turtleneck & scarf did look closer in color, but they still don’t go with the skirt at all! In the back of my head, I knew that I should change out the skirt, but my bullheadedness won out!

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Luckily I was able to quickly change into jeans at home and have Rob snap a couple of photos of me in my jeans. Don’t you think it’s better with the jeans? It’s a great lesson to me, to stop being so stubborn about a particular piece!!

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Jeans: Makers of True Originals (similar here)~~Skirt: LuLaRoe (similar here with white polka dots)~~Blazer: Ann Taylor (similar here)~~Top: Ann Taylor (similar here)~~Shoes: Mix No. 6 (similar here)~~Scarf: thrifted (similar here more red)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: For Nancy’s last outfit with her velvet tank, I again wanted to show it off. This time I layered a button up blouse under it and had her wear these wool trousers.

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We could have certainly styled a white blouse under it, but *spoiler alert* we’ll be doing a blog series on that blouse in a couple of weeks!! Besides this blouse tends to gape open if Nancy wears it buttoned, so what better reason to layer over it?

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This necklace really is a beautiful piece which adds in some interest to the 2 solid colored shirts. If you like it, I linked to one below that is almost identical, and under $10! And the glass bracelet is a fabulous souvenir from one of her river cruises recently.

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Did you notice Nancy’s painted nails? She had just the tips painted in a light blue color for something a little different! I was thinking about doing this to my nails too, but with all the typing I do, the ends are the first to wear off—ugh!!

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Pants: Worthington (similar here)~~Blouse: Apt. 9 (similar here–this one is sure not to gap)~~Top: Alex Evenings (similar here in black or here in a red)~~Shoes: Dexflex (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here with colors)

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: Since I consider a blazer a very businessy item, I wanted to add in more pizzazz  to it in this category. Thus I brought out mom’s metallic leopard jeans! In real life, they are actually quite dark and sometimes you don’t even notice the print on them. But in this light, you can see how fabulous they are!

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Being that the jeans are dark and so is the jacket, I really wanted a shirt that had colors which popped a little more. We found a blue top in her closet and located a beautiful blue purse to match!

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There were plenty of necklaces we could have chosen for this outfit, but we went with a fun, fuzzy scarf instead.

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The blue shirt (which she always refers to as a shell—any older women out there will recognize that term, I bet) was made by mom, of course!! She fashioned it out of some remnants that she came across at the store years ago. This woman is nothing but resourceful, if you ask me!

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Jeans: DG2 (similar here)~~Blazer: Mom made (similar here)~~Top: Mom made (similar here with a lace insert)~~Boots: Bandolinos (similar here in a suede)~~Scarf: (similar here with beads)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Purse: (similar here)

Here’s Carmen from Fashionable Over 50 showing a photo of herself in her red velvet dress. Isn’t it gorgeous/

And here’s my photo in my velvet dress from when I was 4!! Hilarious, huh? See…velvet never goes out of style!!

I am always so appreciative of your support and comments. Thanks so much!

Nancy’s photography by Kari Strand Photography

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  • I think mum’s 70’s outfit is a winner. I love the fact that you show cased what you thought was good and wrote how you feel about it. Very brave. The velvet pieces are really very unique, hardly what we see everyday save for the blazer. In all good job

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much for your insightful comment, Juliett!
      My mom will love to read that you liked her outfit! I will forward it to her straight away!

  • Oh my you put together so many lovely outfits! I could never pick my favorite. Velvet is such a fun element to add to an outfit and you have shown us that there are many ways to do so! Peace!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Cheryl!!

  • Jess Jess

    Love Charolette’s outfit! The colors are playful, and the textures are on point! That little bit of fringe on the scarf was perfect!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Wow…Jess!! That’s so nice of you to say!! My mom’s going to feel so special–it’s almost like you’re her fan club!! And who doesn’t love that?
      Happy Sunday!!

  • Jodie, this is a fabulous post! I love velvet so much and have added so many great pieces to my wardrobe recently. But now I am wanting to wear Spring fashions. I did acquire two adorable velvet camis that I haven’t figured out how to style but now I am so inspired by how Nancy layered hers over a blouse. It looks awesome. And those pants your mom is wearing. Oh swoon! I always love a velvet blazer, too. (I think I own 4!) And while your polka skirt is completely adorable, I do like the look with jeans better. Super edgy and cool. And those shoes are just fab! Thanks for linking up with me!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I totally know what you mean about being ready for spring fashion, Shelbee!! But I bet your velvet camis can transition perfectly!! I can’t wait to see what you come up with—but really it seems like the possibilities are endless—under a kimono, or light blouse. Or layering it over a t-shirt??
      Thanks for the love!! And happy Sunday!!

  • Judy Gramith

    Yikes! I almost missed this post entirely!!
    So, your skirt is really fun with the differing sizes of polka dots but definitely not great with the blazer. I LOVE the fact that you share the misses along with the hits Jodie. It’s just one of the reasons I love and appreciate your blog and you!
    Nancy’s jewelry is gorgeous with her outfit. Charlotte looks just classy. What great pants!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I can’t wait to find some better looks with this skirt, because I think it’s so fun!
      And showing the bad outfits it very freeing to me—i have to admit. None of us are perfect, and trying to fake that is way too stressful, right? Besides—many of the times, I get some fabulous ideas from the readers on how to make it better. As much as I love to style my clothing, I find that other people’s perspective is invaluable!!
      Thanks for the love and support!! XOXO
      ps…I’m hopefully going to update the theme on my blog this afternoon (as long as everything goes well). You’ll have to let me know what you think? 🙂

  • Nicole Mölders

    I had a brown velvet dress!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s funny how I always thought this was velvet—but my mom informed me in the comments that it was corduroy!! I’d love to see a picture of yours, Nicole!

  • Jeans are definitely better with the ensemble. Your two mothers are beautiful. I liked the 50’s and 70’s look the best, but I thought the 60’s look was saved by the fabulous necklace. All of you are gorgeous models!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for such a lovely compliment Molly—for all of us. I made sure to forward it to mom & Nancy so they could smile too!
      It’s been quite the journey, because none of us feel like models—we are ordinary women, but hopefully my readers can relate to that!!

  • I like you in the jeans, too, far better. That other look was just too much!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Yah….I looked at those pictures and wondered what the heck I was thinking??
      It kinda makes me wonder what I look like to others on the days I don’t take photos? Ha ha!!

  • Look-at-you! Cutie patootie!

    I agree that your skirt did not work and the jeans are much better.

    I often have that gaping problem with shirts so I also use a sweater vest to cover up the issue.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      See—you’re a super smart cookie!! I knew I loved you for many reasons!!

  • Charlotte Miller

    I hate to break the velvet bubble–but Jodie’s dress at 4 yrs. of age was really brown corduroy-very washable. which I made. After she was older there was a long Christmas dress with black velvet top and plaid blk/wht taffeta skirt. Always quite practical. Mom

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Hah—I knew I should have asked you first!!

  • I love the look with the jeans and blazer!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks!! I am so glad i came back home and changed —the other outfit seemed so off (what was I thinking?–ugh)

  • It is a lovely skirt! But oh gosh, I know what you mean. I do that a lot too – really wanting to wear a particular piece and then when I look at my photos..I regret it. Haha, oh well! I love your mom’s purse and Nancy’s nails look lovely. 🙂

    Hope you ladies all have a great weekend!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m so glad to hear you say that Lindsey!! It makes me feel so much better to hear other fashionable women say that. Now if I could only figure out the why—I’d be good!!
      Have a fabulous weekend too!!

  • Versatilestylebytracey

    Lol, I always say that mirrors lie and the camera tells the truth. Nancy’s top really is so versatile as clearly shown in this series. I Love Mom’s pants and the added punch of color in her scarf.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Why do you think that is, Tracey? I’m always the why girl, and I want to figure out how to look in the mirror and see that it’ll look good on the camera too!!

  • Linda Hobden

    I love your skirt Jodie but I didn’t think the top half went well with it – however, wearing jeans instead with the jacket & scarf was just perfect. BTW, your mom’s metallic print jeans are totally awesome! 😊

    • Jodie Filogomo

      My mom’s jeans were one of those items she bought and I was like—woah—way to go mom!!

  • Laura

    I think I like the jeans more because they allow the scarf to shine! I really like the color combination in Nancy’s outfit and your mom’s scarf is gorgeous!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laura!
      Now I just need to figure out what to wear with this skirt since it’s so cute!!

      • Linda Hobden

        I would suggest a plain tunic top the same colour as the polka dots. I had a skirt in the same design but it was bright green with sugar pink polka dots! 😊

        • Jodie Filogomo

          I’ll definitely have to try that…of course, it could mean shopping!! (not a bad thing in my book!!)
          Was your skirt a Lularoe?

  • sue

    Hi Jodie, yes I prefer the jeans to the skirt in this ‘look’. I’m also loving the pop of colour with Charlotte’s handbag and scarf. It is one of my favourite colours.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Sue!!
      My mom has quite the collection of scarves AND purses!!

  • Although the skirt is so cute , I agree it doesn’t work with this look and it needs to be the only statement piece of an outfit! It happens to me all the time and end up changing my clothes mid shoot as well!


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    Try On Haul

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Well, I’m so glad to hear I’m not the only one, Tamara!!
      Now, I need to style the skirt so I can wear it!!

  • Rina Doria

    It’s funny how that can happen hey? You have a look planned in your head, even looks good in front of the mirror then you go to photograph it and it turns out terrible on camera! That has happened to me once before and thankfully it was just with a layering piece so I just slipped it off and was able to make it work. I definitely prefer the jeans babe, way to remedy the outfit!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Rina!!
      Sometimes I wonder what I am really seeing in my mirror—maybe I need better lighting?? Ha ha!

  • Such a cute picture of you aged 4! And respect for admitting you didn’t get it quite right. The jeans are spot on. Love Nancy’s necklace!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gail!!

  • Christina Amore

    I love velvet. I have a purple velvet blazer that you just reminded me I need to wear soon!
    PS love the shoes!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Right? Because it’ll be too warm soon enough Christina!!
      Thanks!! 🙂

  • Anthony Lozzi

    These are some sharp outfits. I like how velvet looks – it’s got a texture you can almost feel with your eyes. Really cool!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Anthony! But I bet you don’t have any in your closet 🙂
      We could change that, of course. I just saw a velvet jacket in a high end’s men’s store!! It reminded my husband of the jacket he wore to his prom back in the 1970’s!! LOL!

  • Velvet is such a fun texture to play with! I’m absolutely loving the pretty purple tones in Nancy’s outfit. Happy Friday!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Liz!!
      Have a fabulous weekend!!

  • I do like it with the jeans and love Nancys look with hers as a vest, and your mom’s layered.. it certainly is fun to play around and see what works. Cute, kiddy picture!! :-_)
    Have a nice weekend Jodie!!
    jess xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It has been definitely fun to play around with different looks and styles! It really has opened up my idea of what looks good and what doesn’t! And it’s been such a great way to spend time with mom & Nancy on a regular basis (even when they think I’m crazy, ha ha)!

  • Karen

    Just noticed Carmen and your picture from age 4. Both are sweet pictures, and you’re right, velvet is a classic. Just the way we wear it changes!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I just added these this morning, when Carmen forwarded me her photo!!
      Isn’t is so fun to look back at the styles from yesteryear?
      I’m always open to your fabulous contributions, Karen. Just let me know if and when you’re interested!!! 🙂

  • Well the good thing is you can try again !
    I love the idea of wearing the tank as a vest, my fave’s was Nancy’s-

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Exactly, Lorena—they are only clothes. And even if we did look crazy for the day—there’s always tomorrow to change that thought! ha ha!!
      I’ll tell Nancy your comment—it’ll make her day!
      Happy Friday!

  • donnaduck

    LOL! You cracked me up with that skirt! I love the skirt, but not like that!!! However, putting the jeans on was the best idea instead. Outfit SAVE! I really love all three looks and your mom’s slacks are fantastic! She’s rocking the leopard! And you when you were little- how adorable!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Yes—I need to now wear this skirt with something else!! I do love it, but who knows what I was thinking with the velvet and blazer—(my glasses must have been extremely dirty—yea…that’s the excuse I’ll use!!)
      I’m sure there is a good story about the velvet I’m wearing as a kid, but I didn’t have time to ask my mom before adding it in this morning! Maybe she’ll comment on it later!!
      Happy Friday, Donna!! And thanks for always being so supportive!!

  • Thank you for inviting me to join in. My mom is wearing her turquoise dress in this photo, but she also had a red velvet dress (she had our dresses made by a seamstress). You look so cute in your little velvet dress!


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    • Jodie Filogomo

      How fabulous that you two had matching dresses, Carmen. My mom would make us matching outfits from time to time—but I think I wasn’t as excited about them when I got older!!

  • Mimi

    Definitely better with the jeans. I must admit though, that the only time I will ever wear velvet is as an evening dress and then only in the winter.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I have to admit that velvet is thought of as a dressy material—and it’s usually very warm, so I can see where you’re coming from Mimi!!
      Thanks for stopping in today, and happy Friday!

  • Jocelyn (@ReadingRes)

    It does look better with the jeans, I like that you were stubborn, though! Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You would think after 50 years that I would learn….ha ha!!
      Happy Weekend, Jocelyn!!

  • Julie Wunder

    So much fun! The outfit does work better with jeans. I have a couple velvet jackets from my business days that I still love.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      They really are a fun piece, huh, Julie!!
      Thanks for the love and happy weekend!!

  • Karen

    I like your jacket and scarf with the jeans best too. But what the heck, might as well change things up and take a few pictures, that’s the best way to know if something is going to work or not! You’re just keeping it real! But the look with the jeans is even good for places where they can do business casual. (Where I work, things are pretty uptight and we can’t do denim or a whole lot of other things! Very formal!) Nancy looks amazing! Definitely “business” attire, and I love that necklace! Your mom, I know I say it a lot, but she is a wonder. I love her blue shell. People don’t use that term anymore? I’m sure I’ve seen it in catalogs! But those jeans! Sure do love those! Initially I didn’t see them as jeans, and could see them working in an office too. That’s a great way to pull in an animal print in an understated way! Great outfits today!!

  • First of all, I love that you show us the outfit with the skirt too. We all have that , you know I have too. But with the jeans it’s way more relaxed! I love Nancy’s outfit, the colors of the blouse and the tank are perfect with the color of her hair! And the nails are lovely. And your mother…..what can I say about your mother….She is just wonderful! She Always looks fabulous, and she shines something, I don’t know how to say that…uhm….I havn’t got the translater in reach. Well something like a great appearance. Well, let’s just say that she must be such a strong woman!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Nancy—what a wonderful comment, and your message came across loud and clear! It will make both mom & Nancy smile from ear to ear today!!
      Thanks for being such a great supporter—I really do appreciate you!