Out for a Dressy Affair in our Open Shoulder Shirts

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Out for a Dressy Affair in our Open Shoulder Shirts

Quote of the day: “It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.” Tom Robbins

The last post in our open shoulder shirts series puts all three of us in leg baring pieces! I realize I’m still old fashioned when it comes to thinking that dressing up means a skirt or dress, but I also love the fact that it gives us women so much variety with our dressing options!! Even though mom’s shirt & my shirt are both t-shirt material, I think they can be gussied up perfectly.

The fact that my shoulders are seeing the world is considered dressy for me!! Did you have a chance to read my article on Margaret Manning’s Sixty + Me (see the article here)? I really was pleasantly surprised at how sexy I felt just by baring my shoulders.

One of the concepts of my blog, is to show how one item can be versatile in many situations. Thus we all wore these exact same shirts for different occasions. The casual version and the smart version were our attempts at making this shirt work for many different occasions. Are you joining in on this trend? Tell me below in the comments!

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Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: Even though this shirt is a t-shirt knit, I think it looks dressier just because of the rich coloring. You can see how I styled it for the same occasion here in our series about the Covered Perfectly shirts.

I wore two different shoes for this outfit because I wasn’t sure which I liked better. The flats are in the top picture with the three of us. It’s always amazing to me how shoes can make an outfit seem so different, and I think the heels certainly make the ensemble fancier. For the record, I wore this for Mother’s day dinner with the flats. Although everyone kept commenting how short I was, which is funny to me!

Skirt: Banana Republic (similar here in a couple different gorgeous prints)~~Top: Covered Perfectly (here right now in black, white & violet)~~Flat shoes: Banana Republic (similar here in other colors or lighter blue here)~~High heeled shoes: Sam & Libby-thrifted (similar here)~~Scarf: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Blue Bracelet: I knitted it(similar here)~~Green Bracelet: (similar here)

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Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: Since Nancy’s shirt is relatively short, I thought we could style her open shoulder shirt over a dress. Considering her dress is sleeveless, this worked nicely to still be able to bare her shoulders!

The three of us showed this same concept in a post (here) to make our dress appear as a skirt. This is one of those ideas I would never have thought of before blogging. I mean, certainly I’d worn a jacket or cardigan over my dress, but never a shirt to cover the top portion. If you’d like to see what Nancy’s dress looks like underneath the black shirt, you can view it here.

The necklace and earrings were a recent purchase from her trip to Greece. I always think that jewelry is such a nice souvenir since it doesn’t take up as much room in your suitcase and it’ll always fit your body! The open metal work of the jewelry even pulls together the lace edging of the dress—unplanned but nice!!

Dress: Peter Nygard (similar here but with short sleeves)~~Top: Romwe (similar here)~~Shoes: Prabal Gurung for Target (similar here in patent leather & high, here in a wedge & suede)~~Necklace & Earring Set: (similar here a good deal for both)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

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Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: When you have as many necklaces as my mother has, it’s time to start layering them so you can make sure you get good use out of each and every one of them! Of course the long one got turned around in one of the photos.  I was thinking the turquoise added a different element to the look?

Mom’s shirt has an asymmetrical hem which I consider very flattering!! I do have to be a tattle tale and say that I bought this shirt for mom for this series. Her first reaction was that this style was for the younger kids. However, she admitted soon afterwards that she really liked the shirt! I was very proud of her for being so open to it. Of course, I would have made her wear it for the blog anyways, but it’s nice she likes it enough to wear it in real life!

Skirt: Investments (similar here textured in larger sizes)~~Top: Romwe (here under $10)~~Shoes: Auditions (similar here)~~Long Necklace: (similar here)~~Shorter Necklace: (similar here with gold, under $10)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

These open shoulder shirts really can add a sexy look to your date night or fancy evening. The advantage is you can wear your regular bra and still feel young at heart!

I really appreciate any comments and discussions! Thanks for reading!

Charlotte’s photography by Kari Strand Photography.

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If I could find this many open shoulder shirts—then you know it must be quite popular!! And these were just the ones under $50! See any that you like?

  • Kathleen McDermott

    Jodie, I think they look like weirdly placed gaping holes in what could have been a nice garment. To me it looks like the garment batch was badly made in a cheap, overseas factory with no QC. The look appears reminiscent of bad 80s clothing with a hint of streetwalker, grunge and punk. I think shoulders are lovely and there are many pretty styles to show them, but not this one. In addition, I don’t this look is flattering to the shoulders or figure overall. It makes the shoulders look droopy. My final thought is that these holes look no less unappealing than big holes in the stomach or shins or whatever weird portion of a garment. There’s my thesis! 🗣

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s always so enlightening to hear other’s opinions on items or trends—so thanks for this, Kathleen!!
      I don’t have any more post scheduled for the open shoulder trend, so you can breathe easy…ha ha!
      Do you like the off the shoulders shirts?

      • Kathleen McDermott

        Yes. Lovely. Though I don’t wear them because I don’t like my shoulders – wish I had broader, more chiseled shoulders.

  • Kathleen McDermott

    Again, no to the shoulder holes, but love your skirt, Nancy’s skirt and Charlotte’s jewelry. She looks great in that smoky olive color and it is stunning paired with the berry colored skirt.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m going in descending order of comments lately Kathleen!!! So since I’m starting here, I had to laugh at your no to the shoulder holes!!
      I know many women think they are silly (including my mom—although I think they are growing on her a tad…)
      And maybe you answer this in another comment, but I have to ask what about them don’t you like?
      I kinda thought older women would like them because our shoulders still look nice? Obviously I was wrong, but I’m always the “why” person!!!

  • Love My Mess

    Every one of the ladies looks GORGEOUS! Love these tops – I have a gift card to TJMaxx that I’ve been saving so I can purchase one of these! 🙂 Beautiful job!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much—I’d love to see what you end up buying!!!

  • Hard to pick my favorite. I guess I will jsut have to feature you to get more images pinned! Thank you so much for linking at #overthemoon! I look forward to seeing what you share every week. Please come back for #WonderfulWednesday or #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Don’t forget to comment your link #’s so I can be sure to visit and you get a chance to be featured! Pinned and shared.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for such a nice comment!! I’ve been forgetting to comment with the link #—ugh (I blame my advanced age–ha ha!!)

  • EdyeNicolesMakeup

    All three ladies look gorgeous! Love the outfits <3


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    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much!!

  • As always, a great collection of lovely women and modern looks – I love your mom’s accessories! xo


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Patti! I appreciate the positive feedback!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    Great outfits, again. Love how you threw that scarf on with yours instead of a necklace and yes, the heel gives you a dressier look, in my mind. Love styling dresses as skirts by throwing a shirt over top. Looks terrific. I think I love your Mom’s outfit the best. I love the asymmetrical hem on the shirt with the pencil skirt and the color combo is great too. She is so stylin’! Well, you all are. And congrats on the article. It was great! See, you write very well! – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Amy!
      The asymmetrical part of mom’s shirt is one of my favorites things about it—for some reason I think it makes it so flattering!!
      And how nice of you to be so positive about my writing—maybe it’s getting better, but I certainly wouldn’t say it’s getting easier—but like everything–practice, practice, practice!!
      Happy 4th and I want to say that I really appreciate the support you give. It means so much to me!

  • Mother Daughter

    These all three are great looks. I love the blue of your top and in the skirt.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks!! It’s such a vibrant color—I’m sure that ‘s why I love it so much!!

  • Versatilestylebytracey

    A great trio of dressy looks. I too think of dresses and skirts as more dressy and a chance to celebrate famininity. Your skirt print is fabulous as is Nancy’s vibrant color skirt. As always, Mom dazzles in her jewelry and a nice autumnal tones in her look.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tracey!!
      It always amazes me when women say they never wear skirts/dresses—I mean, I felt that way as a kid, but now it’s so much fun!! Glad I’m not the only one that thinks that!!

  • Judy Gramith

    Like many others I LOVE your skirt Jodie. What an interesting print!
    I also like your “long sleeve”, cold shoulder top. I think a longer sleeve is a key element to an attractive and interesting shoulder, cut out, shirt. When the sleeves are short they end so close to the open shoulder that I find it visually confusing. With your skirt and top I think I’d like a necklace instead of the scarf. Love the color of the scarf but I think your neck should be uncovered with this top.
    I really like Nancy’s pretty laser cut skirt and Charlotte’s jewelry is great. They are both well styled ,except for the sleeve length.
    I love the length and proportions of the last top from Nordstrom’s Rack.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Ahhh…the sleeve length is such an interesting point to consider Judy!! I wonder if that’s why some people like certain ones better than others!!
      I can especially see the difference when you point out the Nordstom Rack one that I showcased (and can you believe it’s only $9)!
      And I do think you’re right about my scarf—it was chilly that day so that’s why I threw it on instead of a necklace, but it’s such a wide scarf that it’s quite overpowering!
      It’s so amazing to me how seeing my outfits in pictures, makes me think so differently about them!
      I really appreciate your candid comments—it’s quite enlightening!!

  • PetiteOver40

    You ladies are so beautiful! Well done on the dressier styles! I especially liked your heels with the skirt/top combo. It does elevate the look to a dressier level — and it elevates you at the same time. Ha ha! 😀

    It’s impressive how well the color of Nancy’s shoes match her dress! And so clever to layer a dress under a top to change the look of it.

    Had you not mentioned your mom’s double-necklaces, I would have thought they were a single, multi-strand necklace! As someone who rarely remembers to wear a necklace, I have great admiration for those who not only know how to style them but can make them versatile like you did.

    – Sherry

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I have to admit shock & wonderment of the confession that you rarely remember to wear necklaces….it’s such a habitual part of getting dressed to me that the few times I don’t wear one, I feel naked! I’m sure there’s a nice medium between us though. In fact, some of the bloggers I see, look so classy and what I realize is they don’t have all the accessories that I pile onto us! One of these days, I’ll try that too!
      Thanks for your wonderful, long, hairy comments!!
      ps…I really like the pictures of me in the heels better, but it’s funny, because in real life I thought I liked the flats (probably because they were more colorful)—-it’s still so interesting to me the difference the camera brings to the table!

      • PetiteOver40

        Hee hee — I don’t think I can make a short comment. I try but it never happens!

        I do like your flats and I meant to say that before. Do they have fringe on them? The heels are metallic, though, and I am so ga-ga over metallic shoes these days. Plus, they’re heels and I always associate that type of shoe with dressing up. Oh! And they’re pointed-toe, so they elongate your leg! (See? I remembered from your other posts!)

        • Jodie Filogomo

          I know….I love your long comments—-but really…it’s you!
          My flats are fringe! I think they are so fun, but the heels are great, aren’t they??

  • I love the colors you are wearing together! And Nancy s shoes! And your mom looks great again!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Nancy!!

  • Your skirt is #EVERYTHING ! I’m loving Nancy’s jewelry and I swear your #divamom is looking younger in each series you do!! What’s her secret?!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Mom will love to hear that Darlene!! (personally I think the fun glasses make a difference—besides wearing a fun trend!!)
      I do love this skirt—I need to wear it more, huh?
      Nancy always gets such fun jewelry on her trips. She’s been getting more adventurous in the longer earrings too!! (She used to only wear short ones)

  • I love your outfit here. That skirt especially.

    I also really like your Mom’s outfit and the colours look fabulous on her.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I really fell in love with the print of this skirt at Banana Republic. They had it made into shorts also, but I felt like I’d wear the skirt more (besides there was more material to show off the print!)
      Mom’s been such a great model—since she loves to dress up, she’s a natural!!
      Thanks Suzanne!

  • Bernadette Laganella

    Great styling.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Bernadette—I always appreciate your input!