Matching Set 1 (Together)

Matching Set for the 50's, 60's, & 70's

Matching Set for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: Worn Together

Quote of the day: “The only preparation for tomorrow is the right use of today.” God’s Little Instruction Book

Ahhh…the matching set.  A skirt (or pants) made out of the same material/design as it’s top partner.  It’s not a suit but a collection that was designed to go together.  Are there any in your closet?  It was quite the trend in the 1970’s and I can see the appeal—it’s like a dress where you don’t have to think about what to wear with it! In fact, I just saw the matching set being touted as a “two-piece dress.” But it can also come across as too “put together” or “matchy-matchy” as the young kids say! I tried to modernize these matching set looks with accessories.  I used a thin scarf for my set, a thick necklace for Nancy’s & a black polka dot belt for mom’s outfit.

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50’s Matching Set: Thanks to Whorl Boutique in Denver, I was able to participate in this post  because I did not have a matching set in my closet. I would normally not buy a crop top, but the skirt is high waisted, so I decided to gamble and get it!

Skirt: The Coverii (similar here or here)~~Top: The Coverii (similar here or here)~~Shoes: Aldo (similar here)~~Scarf: (similar here in black/red)~~Earrings: (similar here)

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60’s Matching Set: We planned to wear a red cardigan with this ensemble…but you know how plans go, right? We shortened the skirt and took in 2 inches from the waist to make it less overwhelming.

Skirt: Studio 1(similar here)~~Top: Studio 1 (similar here)~~Shoes: Lifestride (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)~~Ring: (similar here)

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70’s Matching Set: I had mom wear a black polka dot belt with her top & skirt. We then added a cardigan since the shirt is short sleeved. Mom’s necklace is a shoe clip on a black cord (you, too, can make your own jewelry in seconds).

Skirt: Mom made it (similar here)~~Top: Mom made it (similar here)~~Sweater: K Studio (similar here)~~Shoes: Anne Klein (similar here)~~Belt: (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Are you a fan of matching sets? Why or why not?

Linking up with Wearing With Wisdom, Shoe & Tell, Fresh Fashion Forum, Turning Heads & Hello Monday link up.

So if you do have a matching set in your closet and want to wear it….one way to update the look could be with a pair of more modern/contemporary footwear—check these out:


  • Kathleen McDermott

    LOVE all 3 outfits. These “2-piece dresses” do not look matchy-matchy. They clearly are made to go together AND, of course, they look great together. You’ve styled them very nicely, and all 3 sets lend themselves well to any number of stylings. I’m a fan of sets and suits. What’s not to like about being able to wear them together in a multitude of ways and as separates? Charlotte’s original polka dot number is charming, as is Nancy’s sweater/skirt combo. Your set is edgy with the crop top.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s so nice to hear you say this, Kathleen! I think I tend to sway totally against what my mom likes —maybe to be different? So I know that I’ve never been a huge fan of matching set mainly because she loves them so much! Isn’t that a terrible daughter?
      But seeing them here on the blog, reminds me how nice they can look!!

      • Kathleen McDermott

        You’re in a different age group – not bad daughter! You are open to fashion and styling that wasn’t necessarily in vogue with your “generation”. Which is why I love this blog, in addition to the styling for ladies of 3 different decades. Many or most elements of style or fashion never really go out of style – they just get reborn or reimagined. A stylish person like you gets this and enjoys mining all the opportunities, past and resent, for fun, flattering and pretty outfits.

        • Jodie Filogomo

          Well aren’t you good for my soul, Kathleen??!!
          It’s true about style cycles. That’s why my mom never wants to give anything away—ha ha!

          • Kathleen McDermott

            Oooh! I’ve given things away that I now wish I hadn’t, ever since I became a fan of refashioning.

          • Jodie Filogomo

            I totally get it—but I have to let you know I’m not forwarding this conversation to my mom AT ALL!! I’ve been trying to reduce the size of her closet and things for years—ha ha!!

  • dan

    I remember my mother had a matching set in the 70’s:it was a lovely trousers and blouse set in the shades of blue!
    I find matching sets very feminine, and yes,you don’t have to think what to match!!! They are perfect now if updated with modern shoes, as you suggest …

    • It’s funny, how the matching set can bring back such nice memories!!!

  • Favorite things: the yellow heels in the 50’s look, the whole 60’s look, and the black cardigan in the 70’s look. (Cardigans in black and white are staples in my wardrobe since they go with everything!)

    • What a great way to say your comment…it reminds me of the song in “The Sound of Music” (one of my fave movies)!

  • The polka dot outfit is my favourite:)


  • I don’t have any sets in my closet that I can think of. I do like the polka dots in Mom’s version and your crop top with high waist is on trend.

    • Again…my point that you are so like me! I had to buy my set for this series of posts!! I’m still not sure I’m a huge fan of the concept…I’ll probably wear the skirt by itself the most—time will tell!

  • I always check out the matching sets while thrifting. After all, they are on trend! I’m in love with Nancy’s set.

    • I’ll tell Nancy you said that!! Do you have a routine when you go thrifting? Check out shoes first, then this, then that?

      • If it’s for a client, I always start with the bottoms and then go from there. For me, it all depends on what is on my thrift list.

        • You go in with a list? Interesting! I feel like when I’m looking for something in particular, then I can never find it. But if I’m just “looking”…I find gobs!!

  • jaymieashcraft

    I love these looks!! 🙂

  • samantha4blair

    I read this post with an awful memory of my childhood and “old ladies in sets” shuffling into church….not very stylish at all!
    Then I realised….”sets” are EVERYWHERE just now! It’s only the name for then that has changed.
    Co-ords! Every trendy store is selling them. Every boutique. Even high end designers!
    Just re-name it and it becomes cool again. :oD
    I totally agree that footwear is the secret.

    • See…we are alike!! That’s why I didn’t have one in my closet (the memories give me the shivers). The question is…are you going to buy one?

      • samantha4blair

        I am having a browse just now Jodie! You are a bad influence on me ;oP