Breaking up your Matching Set by Wearing the Bottom Piece Only

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

Breaking up your Matching Set by Wearing the Bottom Piece Only

Quote of the day: “When the winds of change blow, some people build walls, and others build windmills.” Chinese Proverb

I have to be perfectly honest in saying I’m not a fan of matching sets.  Even though I over analyze everything else in my life, I still haven’t figured out the reason for this aversion.  But maybe I’d like them better by breaking them up. And here’s where we tried just that!

Considering I found a plethora of matching sets in both Nancy’s & mom’s closets, I figured there are still many of them out there in other women’s closets. This post will show the bottom portion of the set styled with non-matching pieces. The first in the series was the set by itself (here) and then I showed the top of the set styled (here).

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

50’s Matching Set: Since the skirt is truly high waisted, I tucked in my t-shirt and paired it with a short jacket.  I actually have quite a few of these shorter jackets, so I should have a lot of options to go with this skirt.

Skirt: The Coverii (similar here or here )~~Top: Loft (similar here)~~Jacket: (similar here)~~Shoes: Steven Madden (here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

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

60’s Matching Set: Since the skirt is basically black & white, I thought a bright blue top would make the outfit pop!  Besides, Nancy wanted to wear her Lala’s ring!!

Skirt: Studio 1 (similar here)~~Top: Loulou (similar here)~~Shoes: Franco Sarto (here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Ring: (similar here)

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

70’s Matching Set: This is one of those outfits my mom said “I would never wear this”…but she did acquiesce and say, “but it is what all the young kids are wearing.” I want to know who doesn’t think she’s young?

Skirt: Mom made it (similar here)~~Top: Mom made it (similar here)~~Jacket: Guess (similar here)~~Boots: Madeline Stuart (similar here)~~Scarf: Land’s End (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Do matching sets remind anyone else of garanimals?

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And then some current tops to pair with that skirt from your matching set:

  • Kathleen McDermott

    Again, love all 3. Charlotte’s is particularly cute, especially with the booties, but I think I’d like her black top untucked and showing beneath her short jean jacket. Your little lacey jacket is lovely as is Nancy’s sweater.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think you are so right Kathleen. Having mom’s black shirt be longer, might break up all the blue!
      You’ll actually be seeing this skirt of Nancy’s & my lacey jacket again in a couple of weeks! We’re going to do a series on brain biology, and one of the exercises was to take a piece and recombine it!!

  • Well, you had my turquoise! The fact that Mom made both the skirt and the top is music to my ears! Fabulous!

    • It is funny….I almost think my mom likes doing this for the blog because we get to showcase all of her sewing projects!! Just like you, she’s an amazing seamstress!!

  • Aw, well done to your Mum for acquiescing! It was definitely worth it as she totally rocks this outfit. She looks fabulous in it – a hint of the 50s with that skirt and the boots. Tell you lovely Mum that denim does not come with an age tag!
    I’m like you, I’m not crazy about matching sets but I love what you’ve done with them in this series.

    • Thanks Jacqueline! I forwarded your comment, so mom can read your wonderful praises!!

  • Cathy Skelly

    So far, many comments about your Mom and Nancy. I think that you look great. I am inspired to wear my matching sets as separates, as I too, have an aversion. I don’t think that matching sets are in style, but look great as separates. The three of you have shown that.

    • Thanks Cathy!! The funny thing about the matching set, is I just saw a Banana Republic email advertisement touting it as “A two piece dress”….so, much to our chagrin, they may actually be returning into style (ugh).

  • I absolutely love the concept for this blog, Jodie. You all three are lovely and it’s very interesting to see the different age group styles modeled. Well done, ladies! 🙂

    • What a fabulous comment to read today, Lisa! Thanks for your input and I hope you’ll keep reading!

  • dan

    Lovely combination in the 60’s look! I like the bright colour of the top and the matched jewelry …

  • Another hit Jodie!
    Your Mum….she is one amazingly stylish lady.
    I mean, she is just too cool for school in this outfit.
    I love the whole look on her…that skirt with the denim jacket is brilliant.
    Who say’s denim is for the younger women?
    Denim looks great if you wear it with style and that is exactly what is happening here…and those boots are a genius touch.
    Bravo Jodie!!!

    • Oh yippee…I’m so glad you liked it! It was definitely out of mom’s box, but that’s the whole idea, right? And she has these things, so she might as well wear them!!

      • I think our Mum could pull anything off, with style.
        Please encourage her to be more adventurous, it suits her!

  • Love all three looks! Your mom totally pulled that look off. Way to go mom!!

    • Thanks for saying that, because it was me pushing her into it!! Maybe she’ll start believing me, now….nah, I’m just the daughter!!