Layering as a Transition to Fall

Layering Pieces for 3 Generations of Women

Layering as a Transition to Fall

Quote of the day: “Accomplishment is something you cannot buy. If you have a chance and don’t make the most of it, you are wasting your time on this earth.” Roberto Clemente

Layering is something I’m sure we are all very used to doing by this stage of our life.  So I’m sure it comes as no surprise that this would be a category to join the others about transitioning our summer skirts for the fall months.

For some reason, I love the modern look of styling skirts with ankle boots, so that’s how we started this idea. Then I joined with the Ageless Style Group where the three of us concentrated on incorporating darker colors with our summer skirts.

And welcome back Karen who is also wearing the same skirt that she wore in the ankle booties post. You might notice that the 3 of us styled the same skirt for these 3 posts too!

Karen (blogette): Karen incorporated the darker colors from her skirt into her cardigan too.

But I love how she wore a longer, lighter necklace that sits over top of the fronts of the cardigan.

Layering with our summer skirts

Jodie’s (50+) Outfit: My goal was to use the layering trick, but try to keep the colors somewhat lighter.

Therefore I grabbed my white cardigan. Doesn’t every woman have a white cardigan in their closet? Hmmmm…it could be the theme for an upcoming post sometime?

Yet even though you already have one (or two) of these pieces, they are what I’d consider one of those items, that should be updated occasionally. Even if they don’t have stains or spills on them, they tend to get dingy. If you like the basic version, then this is a great deal! Or if you want something a little more modern and different, then this one is fun.

Women over 50 Layering clothing

This skirt was the bottom portion of a dress that I ended up changing. When I first altered it, I was at a loss of what shirts to wear with it! But slowly, I’ve found some great options.

Layering a Sweater with a summer skirt

And here’s a lesson for you when you go shopping.

I found this great purple top while I was thrifting recently, and brought it home. I tried it on in the store and thought it was perfect. However, in the store, I had a camisole on and didn’t realize how low cut the top was by itself. Luckily I had my Mod Loop nearby, and decided to wear it instead of a cami.

Layering for fall

Since my cardigan was white, I decided to accessorize with white jewelry too. This necklace has been one of my favorites since I bought it. And the earrings are a pair from my Rocksbox set that I get to try out almost weekly. I figure, I’m going to take advantage of wearing some different jewelry while I’m trying out this service, so I keep exchanging the pieces every week.

Women 50+ and Layering

Skirt: Jamsworld–remade from a dress (similar here)~~Cardigan: LOFT (similar here)~~Top: Cabi-thrifted (similar here)~~Shoes: Calvin Klein (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: Slate from Rocksbox-get your first month free with JTouchofstylexoxo (here)~~Purse: (similar here)~~Sunglasses: (similar here)

Nancy’s (60+) Outfit: Nancy picked out a suede jacket for her layering piece.

This suede jacket it perfect for these transition times since it’s quite lightweight and 3/4 length sleeves.

Layering for Fall for Women over 60

If you worry about wearing your suede pieces in the weather and ruining them, then that could be the best reason to go the faux suede route instead. And then you can also get them in many different colors and style.

Like I talked about in the fall trends post, blush has been such a popular color and really looks great with everything. Or you could choose the biker style of jacket instead. And of course, there’s the longer and softer silhouettes too.

Layering as a transition

The shoes we decided to keep on the light and airy side for this outfit.

I’m sure if you are worried about layering with your tops and jackets, you might think it’s silly to keep wearing your sandals. But then again, it could be a great way to regulate your temperature too.

Layering with Summer Skirts

Then for Nancy’s accessories, we kept them simple with gold. I wanted to forgo a necklace since the shirt has decoration on the trim, but Nancy thought her decolletage felt bare without one.

Women 60+ and Layering

Skirt: Mad Style c/o Trendz (similar here)~~Jacket: Coldwater Creek (similar here)~~Top: LouLou (similar here)~~Shoes: Aldo (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Charlotte’s (70+) Outfit: Layering is my mom’s superpower!

Maybe it’s from all of the practice, or maybe it’s because she’s always cold and has to do it out of necessity! But this category was a walk in the park for her.

And what I really love is that even though this topic is for the fall season, my mom was open to wearing a peach colored cardigan which could be considered more spring like.

Layering for Women over 70

I’m going to tattle on my mom right here!! Her top? It’s a tank top from one of her sleep wear sets.

I think this is a great lesson. Because no one would look at her top and think it’s her pajamas. Sometimes we can take an item that is used for one thing, and make it work for other things. It’s no different than when my mom bought a jewelry box and used it as a purse.

Layering with Cardigans

For my mom’s accessories, she did stick with some gold pieces too, just like Nancy did.

These collar necklaces are some of my mom’s favorites. Which is why she has at least 5 of them that are very similar. It’s no exaggeration–just ask her. That’s why I tell her I should go shopping with her from now on. When she goes by herself, she brings home items that she already has.

Layering the summer pieces

The shoes are the prototypes of the Mochiis shoes that we were able to try out and see if it would help these young women’s Kick starter campaign. You might think that these shoes are too much with the skirt, and I could see your point. But they also have so many of the same colors that I though they might be interesting??

Women 70+ and Layering

Skirt: Mom made it (similar here)~~Cardigan: Nine West-thrifted (similar here)~~Top: Xhileration (it’s sleepwear) (similar here)~~Shoes: Mochiis (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Our layering examples are quite similar I must admit. If I were trying to give you more variety, I would have snuck a longer cardigan in somewhere and maybe a vest. But these are our initial ideas, I guess!! What are yours??

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I rounded up some great jackets or vests that would be perfect for layering.

  • Amy D. Christensen

    Great post, Jodie. I am all about layering too, especially as the weather cools. You all look lovely and did a great job making the outfits fall ready without loosing the summer feel. Love Karen’s look as well. – Amy

    • Thanks so much Amy!!
      I think I’ve always enjoyed layering, but usually a little more conservatively!! It’s been fun to play around!!

  • First off – I love all of these looks. Maybe it’s that I love a colorful printed skirt, and these have inspired such rich, vibrant looks on all three of you! I’m also drawn to the popping color combinations. Your color pairing is one I haven’t seen a lot of, and I like that. The indigo and yellow provides such a bold, striking contrast. And Charlotte’s look is something I’d totally replicate. I like how the taupe tank grounds the look for fall.

    And yes to repurposing sleepwear pieces for daytime! When I worked at Lane Bryant, the girls would buy the pajama maxi dresses alllll the time and style them with a cardigan or denim jacket for work. They came in the softest, most comfortable knits available in the store, so why not?


    • I love to hear you say this about the re purposing the sleep wear, Liz!! It was one of those things, that I thought….”why didn’t I ever think of that”. Probably because I’d already categorized it as sleepwear, so I wouldn’t think about wearing it for life!!
      Thanks Liz!

  • Mother Daughter

    Jodie I never think to wear my skirts in the fall. lol And I have ones from our Lularoe days that still have the tags on them. I will need to take a look. Believe it or not I have probably 15 cardigans and not one is white. lol

    • That’s a little funny, Victoria!! But I bet you could make these skirts work perfectly–no matter what color cardigans you have!!

  • Cathy Lawdanski

    Love your outfit and the necklace is great. You have been able to style that skirt so many ways!

    • Thanks Cathy….well I definitely tried to style it differently!!
      If you saw my IG post, you’ll see that many women from the Sixty + Me community didn’t think we were very successful….

  • Fall is definitely in the air!! Love everyone’s take on adding in layers + your cute bag!

  • Ally Shiny

    the looks are so cute!

    xoxo ally
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  • fashionistha

    Love what you are wearing more Jodie!!

  • Milica

    Lovely post! Maybe we could follow each other on GFC and instagram @djonovicmilica? If yes, follow me and I follow back as soon as I see it.
    Let me know with a comment on my Blog


  • WOW, Mochiis shoes are gorgeous! I do not think that they are too much. I love them! Your mom looks adorable. And I have o say that this time I like your look the most, Jodie. I guess because of the top.

  • I really love how vibrant each outfits are! And it’s great seeing everyone’s different personality in what they wear. I love how they incorporated complimentary colors in their different outfits!

    – Gretch of GG Memochou

  • I love your skirt! It is so Sonia Delaunay.

    • I totally had to look her up, and you’re right, Terri!! The colors and geometric shapes!!

      • Yea, i guess that was an art teacher thing…..:-)

  • Nicole Mölders

    Great looks. I like that they are all so colorful!

  • Your Mom’s creativity delights me. LOVED that jewellery box/purse.

    How fun that you have a reader participating and looking so amazing.

    You have showcased very well how layering not only adds warmth but interest to an outfit.


    • My mom is definitely a one of a kind, Suzanne!! Who you’ll be able to meet in the flesh in October!! With all of us there, it’ll be like a circus!!
      Thanks and have a fabulous weekend!!

  • They are all beautiful outfits, and I like the colour combinations, but Nancy’s look is definitely my favourite! I love the blues together and the suede jacket compliments them perfectly – such a good outfit! 🙂

    Hope you are having a great weekend 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Thanks so much Mica!! It will make Nancy’s day to read this comment (I’ll make sure I forward it to her!)
      Enjoy your weekend and thanks again!!

  • Judy Gramith

    Our “walk in the park Charlotte” has nailed this look so beautifully. My goodness there’s even some pattern mixing with the shoes having a geometric pattern in the same colors as that great maxi skirt.
    All of you are clearly ready for cooler evenings. I’m loving Karen’s skirt so much!! Her outfit is also very well styled!

    • I know….isn’t it fabulous how my mom is starting to “not hate” a couple of patterns in the same outfit!! So see, you can teach an old dog new tricks (and I mean that in a nice way!)
      Thanks for the lovely comment Jude!!

  • Very lovely layering for Fall, but I’m kind of obsessing over the accessories here! I love the pearl necklace and the blue bag, and the sandals. Gorgeous!!

    Krisztina |

  • Cindy

    You’re ready for this transitional season! Looking good ladies!

  • Layering is so key for fall! I love how you layered over your dress Jodie! Love all these looks.

  • Pauline Starsmore

    Jodie you have found the one person who doesn’t have a white cardigan in their wardrobe.!!!

    • Actually, now I find that you are one of two!!! Someone else said the same thing….and I have to ask you…is there a reason?? I guess I consider it a staple, kinda like black pants!!

      • Pauline Starsmore

        I have never really liked white, don’t like white shoes or handbags,I have been told my colouring is Autumn, so I think I need to find things that are ivory or off white.

  • So, I love the faux suede because it’s lightweight and inexpensive. I bought one real suede jacket about ten years ago and grew out of it in like a year, plus the cut and color went out of style so I never got my money’s worth. I really like the blush option you linked to. That is so pretty. Your mom really freshened up the peach cardigan by wearing it in the fall. I think mixing up the traditional seasonal colors now are really refreshing, like the white after labor day thing. I think it makes our outfits more modern versions too. Have a great weekend ladies!


    • I totally agree Julia—but I will be a tattle tale and tell you that my mom isn’t always happy about mixing things up like this. But she is a good sport about wearing them for the blog. ha ha!!
      Thanks and have a fabulous weekend!!

  • mummabstylish

    Fabulous fall outfits Jodie, love them all especially Charlotte’s, and I love a couple of those jackets. This year I plan to get a coatigan and a stripy jacket – lets hope they come to fruition! Jacqui

  • Great looks! I like Nancy s look a lot and the fact that she has polished her nails in the perfect color for this outfit! I wish you all a very good weekend!

    • Thanks so much Nancy—it will makes Nancy’s day to hear you say this!!
      Have a great weekend!!

  • Lovely looks, have a great weekend. Gemma x

  • Laura

    Love your layering! Your purple top is adorable! I really like the detail at the neckline!

    • Thanks so much Laura!! I thought the ruffles were so cute!

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    A great round-up of mixes. Makes sense to add darker to the light colors.

    • Thanks Terri!!
      I always love the contrast of light & dark as opposed to monochromatic—but I’m trying to style both ways occasionally!
      Have a great weekend!

  • All about the layers once fall hits! Love your lightweight cardigans! I have started adding a few of these to my outfits as well 🙂

    • I used to always wear blazers at work, but about 8 years ago I decided cardigans would be great also!! Therefore, I have a ton of them like this. Now I need to extend my collection to longer silhouettes!!
      Thanks Michelle!!
      Have a fabulous weekend!

  • OMG…I recently thrifted a Cabi top too! I’m having the same problem as you…I wear a tank top when thrifting and my tops that I try on look good, until I put them on without the tank underneath it! Oh well, I’ll just wait for the cooler weather and layer a cardigan over it!

    • Well, I’m glad I’m not the only one, Darlene. I guess I should be smarter when I try things on, but I always figure I can make it work somehow!!
      Maybe all Cabi tops are low cut??
      Have a great weekend!!

  • donnanance

    Great post on transitional outfits! Would you believe I don’t own a white cardigan? Jodie, your white cardigan is the perfect topper for the purple top and the top is perfect with the skirt. Nancy is getting lots of mileage out of the skirt. Love the top with the embellishment and the suede look jacket. Your mom is just plain creative! Gotta think outside the box… The shoes are great with the skirt. This is a wonderful post on wearing different pieces in different ways. I remember the days when you bought an “outfit” and wouldn’t dream of breaking it up in any way. xoxo

    • Thanks so much for all of your kind words and thoughts Donna! You really know how to make all 3 of us feel special and included!!
      And first I can’t believe you don’t own a white cardigan. For any special reason? I used to have 3, but I decided that I could get rid of one–but they come in so handy for many outfits.
      And secondly, my mom still has a hard time switching out “outfits”. Can I tell you how many times I hear something like “but I would never wear this with this?” I get it….that’s not how we were brought up, and habits die hard….
      Have a fantastic weekend, Donna! See you on IG (instagram)

  • Beautiful job layering and keeping some of the summer colors around! I love all your outfits! You make me want to go get a skirt out and style it right now!

    • That’s so sweet, Cheryl! It is so fun to see how we can change up our summer items!
      Have a fabulous weekend!

  • I love fall layers! So perfect with your skirts. Pretty outfits!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Thanks so much Amy!!!
      ps…aren’t you at fashion week?? You are amazing!!

  • Bev @ Walking Well With God

    I needed some lessons in layering….loved the pj top as a camisole!! Thanks for always tugging me outside my comfort zone. You’ll be proud of me – going to a wedding at the end of September and am wearing a sleeveless dress with a shrug sweater to transition it to fall…. 🙂
    Bev xx

    • I am so proud of you Bev, and you’ll look and feel fabulous in that!
      Have a fantastic weekend, and thanks for being such a great supporter of my blog!

  • Karen

    What great looks! I love that necklace you’re wearing Jodie! Wow, that’s really a stunner! And isn’t it great how the purple tops have really changed up that skirt? They really do make it look more “fallish”, I think! White cardigans are always good, and that’s a good point about updating/replacing them. White has that way about it… I love how Nancy’s jacket brings out that color in the skirt. I didn’t notice it before until she added the jacket and shoes. Gives a whole new look to the skirt and this is just perfect! Cute nail polish on her toes! That’s a fun touch!! Your mom’s necklace is gorgeous and I love how her shoes mimic the pattern in her long skirt! That’s are very pretty touch! I’m starting to make friends with transitional wear since participating in this post. Trying new combinations that I didn’t try before, and really stretching the length of time I can wear some summer things. I’m doing a few dresses for work next week with sweaters and jackets and looking forward to having some fun with it! You come up with great ideas!

    • Thanks for all of the wonderful compliments, Karen!
      And thanks so much for being a participant. I’m glad this has gotten you to try new things. I totally think that has been the best thing about blogging. I started out thinking there was only one “right” way to dress, and now I feel like it’s more fun to try many ways!
      Like your skirt—I bet it’d look fabulous with a navy or black pair of OTK boots!!

  • Layering may not be new, but how to layer can still be very tricky…for some of us.

    You know me, I dress with fear, lol…so looking at each of the two top layers, you would know I’d be very hesitant to pair them for assorted reasons in my head…BUT with the skirts as the base, they are each totally meant to be!

    • That’s so interesting for me to hear you say, Em. But I kinda think, the more you do it, the easier it becomes. The hard part it getting some of the “rules” out of your head and having fun!!
      And once you put it together…if it doesn’t look right, you just take it off. That’s the best part—it’s not permanent like a tattoo!
      Have a fabulous weekend!!

  • Mireille

    I love your mom’s look! And that collar necklace is so cool!

    • Thanks so much Mireille!
      You’ll have just made my mom’s day when she reads this!