Lilac 2 (With Another Purple)

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

Lilac for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: With Another Purple

Quote of the day: “Count your age by friends, not years.” Susan J. Decuir

On my quest to find some fun and maybe somewhat different combinations of colors to wear with lilac, I decided to see the result by pairing it with a darker purple. For many of you, this might not seem very adventuresome or distinctive—actually, maybe you do this all the time. But, my confession is that as much as my mom will want to match her colors in her outfit, I am just the opposite. Therefore, I rarely put two of the same colors together! And since I am the styler for all three of us, you can see I decided we each needed some sort of print to break up the color! At least we all got to wear different print items! The first combination I put with our same lilac pieces was brown (here).

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50’s Outfit: I may have told many of you how much I loved my new silver sandals in the post series about silver shoes (here)—and I wasn’t lying. Of course, part of the reason could be I really love them with the lighter colored jeans, and since I have a couple pair now, it’s a no-brainer! One of the reasons I opted for this sandal when I was searching for silver shoes, was the fact that they sorta look like Birks, but not as bulky! They are probably not as comfortable as the real Birks, but since my feet aren’t finicky when it comes to shoes, I don’t mind.

My shirt I’ve had for at least 5 years. It is a tank shirt that has 3 silver chain links at the shoulder straps, which I think is quite fun (you can’t really see it in these photos since I have the cardigan over it). What I really like about the shirt is the elastic at the bottom band, so it doesn’t cling to my midsection.

I added a pearl necklace with my plain silver one because the silver one looked so lonely by itself! The pearls were a bridesmaid gift from my fabulous friend’s wedding 11 years ago! Happy almost anniversary Stacy! And Stacy gave me these earrings forever ago—what a great friend!!

Jeans:Free People–thrifted (similar here)~~Cardigan: Mossimo (similar here)~~Top: Banana Monkey (I couldn’t find anything exact but here are a couple that are somewhat similar here or here or here)~~Sandals: Dr. Scholls (here)~~Pearl Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

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60’s Outfit: To break up Nancy’s purples, I had her wear a black & white print (which is a theme for a special partnership coming up next–stayed tuned) which I think goes with everything and anything. I’m not sure why we rarely pull out this skirt…it is slightly longer than many of her other skirts, but I still think it’s flattering.  In fact, I almost think she looks taller in these pictures!!

Her shoes are certainly not new, but I grabbed them because they remind me of the newer styles that are showing fringe on the top. Personally, I think skirts tend to look better with heels (especially this length of skirt), but I’m not sure if that’s myth or fact. Maybe I should do another installment of dressing slimmer and study that thought?

This necklace is one of my first picks in many of Nancy’s outfits because of the uniqueness of it—I love how it’s not the same on each side and it is a neutral so it can go with almost everything.

Skirt: Classics (similar here in a pencil shape or here in an a-line shape)~~Blouse over top: Apt. 9 (similar here in many colors–no darts though but that’s easy to add)~~Top: Dressbarn (similar here)~~Shoes: MPS (similar here in beige with a bow & here with fringe)~~Necklace: (similar here and it’s under $30)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

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70’s Outfit: In order to break up the solid purples in mom’s outfit, I had her pull out one of her many scarves! Since it’s a silky, lightweight scarf, it didn’t seem inappropriate for the warmer temperatures! We didn’t even try to get fancy tying it—we just put a knot in the middle of her chest and let the ends hang down.

These pants were gifted to mom last year when we received our colored jeans from Fabrizio-Gianni—the colored jeans post can be seen here. They still have this exact same color of this style—it’s called bamboo and can have a greenish tint in some lighting–although it looks darker on the website. Mom has worn them quite a bit considering she has many pants in her closet. She has needed to take them in for the rear to fit better, so if you’re considering a pair, I’d size down. The nice aspect of this company is they are a Made in the USA company and everything is machine washable. The pricing is more than what I normally spend, however, they always have some sale items that are under $100!

Pants: Fabrizio-Gianni (similar here on sale in burgundy)~~Cardigan: Hillard & Hanson (similar here in shape but a tad more pinky)~~Top: No label because it’s reversible (similar here)~~Shoes: Calico (similar here)~~Scarf: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

I truly hope you enjoyed reading this! I’m going to be interrupting this lilac series with a collaboration—but you’ll see the last installment of lilac at the end of next week!!

It’s that time of the week again—Katherine’s corner is continuing her “Between the Lines” series featuring bloggers ages 50 and up. Every one of these bloggers would so appreciate any time you might have to read and comment on their hard work. Part eight can be found here.

The link up parties I participate in can be found here!

Here’s some lilac pieces for the top half of your body (including a couple dresses!!)

  • Kathleen McDermott

    Since I love all shades of purple, pale to deep, I’m a big fan of all 3 of these looks, Nancy’s in particular. Also a big yes to silver footwear, pearls, Nancy’s necklace and Charlotte’s scarf and shoes.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’ve never really worn much purple, but I do really like it!!

      • Kathleen McDermott

        Well Jodie, you should! It looks great on you.

  • Happinessatmidlife

    I love the mix of purples in each of the outfits. I don’t own much in my closet in this shade, it’s always a tough color for me to pair.

    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you soon!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I don’t have much of this color in my closet either Alice!! I wonder why? But it was a fun experiment!!
      Thanks for reading!

  • I saw you post this purple on purple over on Instagram, and I had to come check it out. I like that you’re really explicit about the theme or outfit formula you’re tackling in each post. You don’t even know how many “Duh!” moments I’ve had where your posts inspired me to be more intentional with pairing certain items. This is a good reminder to play with different shades of the same color. Pink should be no problem for me knowing my closet, but now I’m inspired to try a different hue!

    <3 Liz

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Hah—that’s the anally organized part you’re talking about. Really, it can be a pro, but also a con! Sometimes, I need to be more “let it be” in my clothing…but that’s like not planning what to eat for the entire week. I’m getting better at spontaneity though…thanks for the love!!

  • I don’t wear much purple but these pics are making me think I should give it a go! I absolutely love those earrings in the 70s outfit too – very cool!

    Thanks so much for sharing over at #FridayFrivolity 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for sharing Jess….I feel like there’s not as much purple in the stores lately, maybe that’s one reason you don’t wear it? But I’m a firm believer that it’s fun to have every color in our closet!!

  • I’m right there with you, Jodie, on wearing similar colors. It is something I rarely ever do, as I prefer contrasts. I really like how you chose prints to break up the look and prevent them from being too matchy-matchy.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It is funny, because it’s exactly the opposite with my mom. Pretty soon the styles will change and it’ll be back to matchy matchy, and we’ll be fighting it (just like my mom fights the contrasting)!

  • Love these looks-purple is one of my favourite colours x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Vicki!!
      I’ve never really worn the color much, so this has definitely been pushing me out of my usual box!!

  • Kristin & Megan

    Lilac has always made me happy! I wore it to a formal in college and have been in love ever since. I even decorated my baby girl’s nursery in it!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Ooooh…what great memories!!
      Thanks so much for sharing!!

  • Lilac and purple are two of my favourite colours and it was nice seeing them work so well together – loved the shoes and scarf in the last pics xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Leanne!! So do you always pair the two with a print? I have probably never put these two colors together before, so it’s been interesting!!

  • Janet Annas Vinyard

    Enjoyed the post as I’ve loved all shades of purple since childhood! I personally didn’t care for purples with the black & white skirt but that’s just my opinion. Everyone looks great! Blessings, Janet

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much for your insight Janet!! I have a friend who is a purpleholic—so I notice it quite a bit, but don’t have a ton of it in my closet. So this has been fun to see what we could come up with in terms of styling!

  • Such a pretty color and flattering on most complexions. All of you guys look fab!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Nora….I appreciate the say so!!

  • Rosemond

    Lilac looks so fresh and bright this season. A great idea to add that to our summer mix!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Rosemond—tis the season for pastels, right?

  • I LOVE this color for summer…everyone looks gorgeous!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Tara!!

  • My daughter pulls off this color beautifully. Me, not so much. You all look so lovely in this color and accessories are done very nicely.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You’re not a pastel person, Michelle? Of course, we could get you in a pair of lilac jeans, and then it wouldn’t matter!!!
      Thanks for stopping by–I appreciate it!

  • I love the purple on purple look! I really like it paired with the black and white! And look at your mom rocking those trendy lace up flats! Purple is an amazing color for all three of you!
    Come check out my new Friday link up tomorrow (On the Edge of the Week Link Up)!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Shelbee—I’ll be there!!

  • Love the lilac and purple together and you are right Jodie the light lilac look gorgeous next to your silver sandals. Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gemma!! Right? Because what other color would I wear with them? I did brown in the last post and I have on nude ones in the next one…but I’m not sure what else in my closet would work? (thus the reason for searching for white sandals the other day!!!)

  • Great looks! I love your top, Nancy’s jewelry and your mom’s scarf! Love how you added a pattern to all three looks. It makes them more interesting. 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Darlene—I didn’t realize I like print so much until I put these three pix next to each other! I should go back and see if I ever style just solids?

  • The lilac looks fabulous with the darker purple. And the addition of the prints is prefect. You should wear different shades of the same color more often!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You’re absolutely right, I should! I think I’ve leaned too far away from the matching thing at times—it’s good to have variety, including matching every once in a while!!

  • Versatilestylebytracey

    I love the two shades of purple together in all three looks, you were smart to include prints in the mix!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I like the addition of a print also…but it’s funny because I didn’t plan it!!
      Thanks Tracey!!

  • great outfits! I really love this color!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Tianna!!

  • Bernadette Laganella

    Great outfits and Nancy’s for some reason is so slimming.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I thought so too!! And yet, I look at that skirt in her closet every time I’m there and never pull it out!! Glad I finally did!!

  • I really like what all three of you have come up with. I don’t even have one piece of lilac. Back in the 80s I made a lilac summer blouse with a huge white collar where I embroidered lots of flowers-I have no idea where it is.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s true that you can’t always find every color in the stores—that is a huge advantage of thrifting in my opinion!
      Do you take pictures of the items you make? I’d love to see that lilac blouse!!

  • Mother Daughter

    I like all three outfits. I have done two of the same family of colors before. I like the scarf breaking up all the solid.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks!! I know some women wear solids with no prints, but I must have an issue with it…as I look at what I’m wearing today—I have on two solids with a print neck scarf!! Habits die hard, huh?

  • Diana Petrillo

    Hi Jodie–thanks for visiting my blog yesterday 🙂 I poked around yours and thoroughly enjoyed all of the great fashion tips. Your mother is such a sweetie to be your model–and she looks just terrific. Hope you’re having a great week–

    • Jodie Filogomo

      So glad you stopped by Diana!!
      It is so nice to have moms that’ll put up with my shenanigans!!

  • Another great trio Jodie!
    Lilac and other shades of purple works really well.
    It makes the whole outfit a lot more vibrant.
    I am loving your Mum’s ghille shoes, and your silver sandals.
    My feet are the type that are picky so I am always a little wary of anything that needs a bare foot. Even the softest leather can rub…especially if there is a rogue thread!
    I am a big fan of birkenstocks. I find the chunkiness of them quite appealing, even with my skinny ankles!
    Although, it is raining today so no Birks for me! :oD

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Maybe it’s better to wear your Birks in the rain…then there’s not as much shoe to have to dry out later??? 🙂

      • Hahaha…very true! BUT it’s only 10 degrees here today…brrrrr

        • Jodie Filogomo

          Golly gee—-10 degrees????
          I won’t rub it in that’s it might hit 90 degrees here today!!

  • donnaduck

    Oh so funny- my 87 year old mom wears lilac capris and the same dark purple tee with it all the time! These colors you showed made me think of that outfit immediately! We’ve been looking for a printed top to go with the capris, but as my mom is definitely a “matchy-matchy” kind of gal, she wants the same shade of lilac. I’ll have to show her your pics and tell her she CAN go for a darker shade, or even a neutral (black, white, silver). Love the outfits today!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      My mom always initially goes for the matchy matchy too!! It’s been such a struggle to have her wear contrasting colors! (She blames over 70 years of training that’s hard to change)!
      Maybe she should start with lilac and white—it’s very summery!! You should definitely send me her pic!!!
      Thanks for reading!!

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    Ohh, I love those purple shoes in the 70’s look! And, I need a light pair of colored denim in a color other than mint! That colorful top looks great and those shiny metallic sandals are nice, too!! 🙂


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Carrie!! It’s funny because now I have pink & lilac jeans (my only light colored ones) and I was just thinking that maybe I needed mint ones!