Lilac 1 (With Brown)

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

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

Quote of the day: “There are no ordinary moments.” Dan Millman

I haven’t posted a series on dressing with color combinations lately, so I thought it was high time! I picked lilac because I started planning this in early spring and springtime is when one imagines wearing pastels. But then, lo and behold, I didn’t have any lilac items so I had to buy myself a lilac piece (can you believe I was without?). I realize that one could easily pair their lilac pieces with white—since these are the warmer months, but I wanted to challenge us using this color with different combinations. So voila! here’s lilac with brown. It may not seem very summery, but I could argue that it helps tone down the pasteliness of the purple? I searched for 3 different lilac items for us to wear—-I found some jeans, mom has a cardigan and Nancy’s wearing a blouse (although because her blouse is unbuttoned in all of the pictures, it doesn’t seem much different than mom’s cardigan really—but buttoned up you could imagine it as a shirt, right?) And even though I classify all of these pieces as lilac, you can see they are still somewhat different in saturation & value!

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50’s Outfit: I love this silk shirt that I picked up years ago—I was trying to show the fun embroidery that comes down the sleeve!! I originally bought it because of the embroidery that runs down the front trim so it would show nicely under my blazers that I use to wear at work. But the best part about it, is it’s machine washable!!

As for the jeans, they have quickly become my favorites,  one reason being because they don’t stretch out too much at the end of the day! And I think they are a pretty good length with these booties (some of my jeans, I have to cuff up). I also like the slits at the hems—the side seams actually curve around to the front, I’m not sure why the company did this, but I like that I can see them more!

And this necklace? Definitely one of my great finds at Ann Taylor many years ago for $10! I wasn’t sure I’d really wear it much, but I find I reach for it at least once a week!

Jeans: Free People–thrifted (similar here)~~Blouse over top: Da-Nang (I couldn’t find anything like it, here’s the closest I could get similar here)~~Top: Frazier Lawrence (similar here)~~Boots: Indigo Rd. (similar here)~~Necklace: Ann Taylor (similar here)~~Earrings: Bauble Bar (similar here)

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60’s Outfit: Nancy’s lilac blouse is one of those great basics. It’s stiff enough to hold it’s own, yet nicely fitted with the darts. Nancy always loves a shirt with 3/4 length sleeves so they don’t have to be shortened—it’s her pet peeve to have sleeves too long!!

The brown print capris have been a great staple in Nancy’s closet. I know there have been many articles written about how capris are hard to wear and unflattering, but I truly think the piece is just like any other item of clothing. With the correct silhouette and fit for your body, they can be fabulous for the warmer months!

Pants: Chicos (couldn’t find any in a brown print but this one comes in solids and other prints-similar here)~~Blouse over top: Apt. 9 (similar here in many colors–no darts though but that’s easy to add)~~Top: Mossimo (similar here)~~Shoes: Blowfish (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

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70’s Outfit: I’ve decided that mom likes the idea of this blog, so she can show off her great creations—and who blames her? So the question is, what did she make in this outfit? It’s the skirt and blouse! The trim she added to this skirt is actually leftover material from a dress she shortened for me about 5 years ago (and yes, I still have the dress—you can see it here under my sweater!) She hates to throw out any material, so this is one way she uses up the scraps!

I never used to love the fabric flowers that mom has a ton of in her closet, but I’m starting to see the light—I think they add a nice touch on this ensemble! The flowers are another way she uses up scrap material although I don’t think she made either of these that she is wearing. She’ll correct me in the comments, if I’m wrong—I’m allowed to forget these things now that I’m 50!!

Skirt: Mom made (similar here-not with any trim, but the same shape–and if you think it’s too short, you could always add trim to lengthen it. Here’s one that looks like it has trim!)~~Cardigan: Hillard & Hanson (similar here in shape but a tad more pinky)~~Top: Mom made (similar here)~~Shoes: Nine West(similar here)~~Flower Pins: (similar here in pink, here’s one in metal)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

I truly hope you enjoyed reading this! 

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Of course, I have all your lilac needs covered—here’s some items for the bottom half of your body:

  • Kathleen McDermott

    Oh, glorious lilac! Such an exquisite color. Lovely paired with browns. Love all three outfits. I want your jeans, Nancy’s blouse and Charlotte’s entire outfit.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I really have grown to like this color so much more since we’ve styled it!! It’s one of those colors that seems to work with almost everything. Now that I have these jeans, I’m always surprised at how much I wear them!!

      • Kathleen McDermott

        I just ordered a pair of lilac jeans online from TJM. Hope they fit right – you never know till you try them on!

  • I am loving this shade of purple right now! I bought a pair of shorts and a tank recently that were both this color 🙂


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I love it too—I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve worn these jeans in the last 2 months that I bought them!!
      Thanks for the love!!

  • Lilac and brown or tan…or beige… is a great combination!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Samantha!!

  • Lovely ladies in lilac! Such a great colour for spring when lilacs blossom!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Wow…I didn’t even think of that—of course for the lilac blossoms!!! Thanks for stopping by Carmen!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    Jodie, I love this color pairing! I am a brown eyed girl so brown is a staple in my closet, but I love the look of it with the lilac. All three outfits are perfect for summer. I love your jeans, booties, silk shirt and necklace….did I mention, I love your whole outfit? Ha, ha. Nancy looks quite svelte in those capris and I think part of it is the fitted structure of the blouse. And your mom looks beautiful as always. Great looks for all three of you! And once again you inspired me to put colors together!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Amy!! Considering I had to buy lilac for this series…I’ve been wearing it at least once a week—good jeans are not always easy to find, right?
      Thanks for being so positive!!

  • I ever would have thought of this color pairing either, but it is so fabulous! I recently bought a pair of lilac skinny jeans that I have yet to wear and a lilac cardigan also unworn. I’m thinking maybe monochromatic lilac with brown accessories. Okay….so here come the compliments. Your shoes and jeans are fabulous! Nancy’s capri pants are amazingly cute and comfy looking and I love them with the lavender button down. And your mom’s entire outfit is fabulous! The skirt, the white blouse, the lilac cardi, and the fabric flowers! Go mom!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Well, you definitely have to wear those jeans soon—I can’t wait to see them on the blog!!
      It’s not in one of the posts, but I did just wear these jeans with a navy & white sweatshirt (it was a cold day) and my navy & white striped wedges—I really loved that combo too!
      Thanks for checking in and I’ll be keeping an eye out for what you put together!!

  • I would have never thought of pairing lilac and brown, but can see how it really works well together here. I love how your mom incorporated the extra fabric into a trim on her skirt, as it is quite the eye-catcher. I also like her cute fabric flowers. 🙂 Your fringe booties and tassel necklace are so stylish.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jennie!! Since I didn’t even have lilac in my closet, this was new to me too—but I was thinking about it when I did the brown series this winter–how it pairs so nicely with pastels!!
      Thanks so much for reading!

  • I don’t wear lilac/purple nearly enough but seeing you ladies in the shade makes me want to go out and buy something in this color immediately!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I have to admit, it’s not the easiest color to find in the stores right now!! But I think with the Pantone colors being two pastels for the year —it really makes me appreciate it!!

      • I have a purple dress from Banana Republic that I recently styled with neutral browns – inspired by you!

        • Jodie Filogomo

          Oh my gosh Michelle…that made me so beam!! Thanks for telling me!!

  • Kathy

    I love to see what all three of you wear, but I have to admit that your mother usually steals the show for me. She has such a great smile and really takes wonderful pictures. I just want to go to her house and talk over a cup of coffee. I love the pastel and brown combo. The colors look great together. Thanks for your blog. It helps me stay out of a clothes rut.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      What a nice comment, Kathy—thank you!
      I’ll tell her you said this—she’ll be elated!!

    • Charlotte Miller

      Thank you so very much for the lovely comments! I’m afraid it would have to be a cup of tea as i don’t drink coffee. Weird I know.

  • dan

    It’s hard yo believe that you were at a loss for lilac items!! 🙂 It is a sweet colour which I love too but not largely present in my closet…
    Beautiful combination with brown in the three versions…I wear lilac with burgundy colour, which seems to work nicely as well…
    Those jeans fit you perfectly…you look great!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Now that’s a combination I wouldn’t have thought of Dan! What a great idea!!

  • Versatilestylebytracey

    I love lilac and added a paor of corduroy pants in that shade this past winter. I love it with navy and don’t think I would have tried this color combo, but I found myself pleasantly surprised!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Ahhh…you’re right, navy & lilac is fabulous! Maybe I’ll do that for the next series!!

  • I didn’t think I was going to like this color combo, but I was wrong! Great pic of your backside! 😉

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Told you you’d get to see my rear soon!!

  • Laura

    I used to have more lilac in my closet and loved pairing it with brown and tan. I agree that the brown helps to grown the pastel and keeps it from being to feminine. Love the detail in your mom’s skirt. What a fun way to use scraps and great detail to make the skirt more special!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Did you get rid of your lilac? I kinda feel like I really don’t see it at the stores all that much recently? That’s why I got these jeans at the thrift store!! (Besides the fact, they were less expensive!)

      • Laura

        I did unfortunately due to fit and wear and now you are right-it’s so hard to find in stores!

  • I always love to see your Mom’s creations. As soon as I spotted the skirt I knew she’d made it.

    It’s funny because people don’t realize how well pastels work with most shades of brown. You’ve shown it very well here.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Suzanne!!
      I’ve decided that the blog is really an avenue to show off my mom’s creations—ha ha!

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    I have always paired brown and tan with pink (lilac is close, but I have very little lilac, too). These are great pairings of colors, Jodie! Your mom is a talented seamstress!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Terri!! I do think brown & any pastels are great together!!
      And you’re so right…pink & lilac are very close to each other! But having very little lilac is a good reason to go shopping, eh? Ha ha!!

  • I have plenty of brown, but no lilac. It looks great together, so I may have to try this x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s funny, huh? Because I didn’t either…..I’m sure I did at one time because, like you, I certainly like the color. And it is fun to try new combinations!!
      Thanks for checking in Laurie!

  • Debbie Stinedurf

    Lilac and brown are perfect together. It’s unexpected and the brown grounds the lighter lilac. I do love the embroidery on your shirt…it’s a gorgeous detail! I love that your mom never lets fabric go to waste. My grandma used to be the exact same way!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s probably that generation, right? No waste but me? I’m all about throwing things out–ha ha!!
      Thanks for the love!

  • All here is a pairing that I didn’t think of before but it really does look lovely! Jodie those boots are amazing! Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gemma!! I really love my boots considering I had to buy them for the fringe series—ha ha!

  • Judy Gramith

    This is a really unusual color combination. Because you already had some garments that combined those two hues (your blouse, Charlotte’s skirt, Nancy’s capris) it makes sense to push it further. ( go big or go home!)
    One of the reasons I like scarves is that you often find unique color combinations that you might not think of!! Sometimes we need “permission” (?) to do the unexpected. We should be more gutsy with our choices but when we’re not it’s nice to find a “design professional” who took that leap first.
    I’m thinkin that the whole point of fashion blogging is to encourage a bold fashion move and support that in others. At least those are the kinds of bloggers I love.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You’ve really hit the nail on the head, Judy! Finding interesting color combinations is all the fun—I mean, I like the normal ones we always think of, but I think it’s a challenge to try something different at times! Scarves are perfect for this, and sometimes even nature or home decor works!!
      Blogging has been quite the adventure–I’ve always loved shopping and putting together outfits, but my eyes have been opened to trying things I would never have before!
      It is way more fun to encourage others with these ideas—even when one of my ideas doesn’t photograph well…it’s almost more fun to try to fix it than to just copy something I’ve already liked!
      Thanks for being so reassuring with your thoughts!!

      • Judy Gramith

        Opened to trying new things like “sparkle sneaks” from a fan? 🙂
        Oh and I forgot to mention that I also like a scarf for covering my cold Minnesota neck or hiding “the neck” (when I have the odd Nora Ephron “I feel bad about my neck ” day.)

        • Jodie Filogomo

          Exactly!!! I’m working on the post right now!!
          But it’s probably not cold (even in Minnesota) for the next couple months? (Except in the A/C!!)

  • Lilac and brown looks rather lovely here, especially in your ankle booties. I love it. x/Madison
    Organika Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Madison!!

  • I love the colour very much. The three of you are such a bunch of lilacs.
    Mil besos X 3

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Awwww, Sacremento—thanks!!

  • Love lilac!!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jaymie—I think I’ve always loved the color, but it is surprising I didn’t have any in my closet!!

  • Carylee

    What an adorable way to show the versatility of lilac! I think I need more lilac in my life!
    Carylee |

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I know, right? I didn’t have any in my closet before this—
      Thanks for stopping by Carylee!!

  • RedTagChicLA

    Wow lilac and brown seems like a perfect color combo – thanks for the inspo Jodie!

    Come check out how I styled some ruffles for work & play at the blog this week – Have a lovely week!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Rebecca!!

  • Queen of Rods

    I wore lilac and brown over the weekend. How funny is that? I love your mom’s usage of the spare fabric on her skirt…a very clever addition to a solid palette.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      What a coincidence Janet!! I probably don’t wear this combo that much—but now that I did this post, I really like the two colors together (I wasn’t quite sure at first)
      The other thing mom will do with leftover material is make a scarf out of it—she probably has at least a dozen scarves that are from shortening a skirt (you’ll see one next week!)