This Open Shoulder Trend is Perfect for Older Women

open shoulder shirts for women in their 50's, 60's & 70's.

This Open Shoulder Trend is Perfect for Older Women

Quote of the day: “It’s not the face, but the expressions on it. It’s not the voice, but what you say. It’s not how you look in that body, but the things you do with it. You are beautiful.” Stephenie Meyer

Shoulders are having their day this summer. If you’ve been in the stores or perusing the magazines, you’ll have seen the off the shoulder shirts available. And as much as I love that style, I’m not a huge fan of strapless bras, so I’ve been gravitating toward the open shoulder trend instead. The open shoulder trend or cold shoulder shirts may not be quite as prominent as the off the shoulder shirts, but to me, they can be more functional.

Being able to  wear a regular bra is the key! I wrote an article for Margaret Manning’s Sixty + Me (see the article here) regarding some of the pros & cons of this trend. And I was surprised at many of the comments on Sixty + Me’s Facebook page that stated how many women didn’t like this look on women of any age. So tell me….do you think it’s silly or fun?

For this post series, I decided to do the three standard styling options of the casual, smart and dressy versions.

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Jodie’s (50+) Outfit: So this is my Covered Perfectly shirt that I also wore styled casually when we first received our shirts. I did have to shorten mine so that when I wanted to leave it untucked it wasn’t a dress! But the company’s shirts are made for women over 40. I think what that means for this shirt, is that it’s relatively looser and the sleeves are 3/4 length. It was a tad chilly when we took these pictures so I threw on my white denim vest. I didn’t want to wear a jacket because then it would cover up the best part of the shirt.

This fabulous coral bracelet was a gift from Nancy from Split, Croatia when she vacationed on a river cruise just this year. I love that it goes with my new loafers so perfectly! Walking loafers were not something I was looking for, but I just loved the color and the price was right! I should’ve had these shoes for all of our trips taken in the last 10 years, but no, I buy them now that we’ve decided we’re not travelling as much!

Skirt: LOFT (similar here a tidge longer)~~Vest: Apt 9 (similar here but only in a L or XL)~~Top: Covered Perfectly c/o (here right now in black, white & violet)~~Shoes: Mercanti Fiorentini (similar here in red with a bow)~~Scarf: (similar here)~~Earrings: Stella & Dot (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here–hard to find a close match, but at least this one has more the nugget look)

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Nancy’s (60+) Outfit: I bought this open shoulder shirt for Nancy because it was a crop top, thus I figured I wouldn’t need to shorten it. And I was right, it’s the perfect length!! It could still be a crop top if Nancy decided to wear a pair of low rise jeans. However, since she’s not planning that in the near future, we can be safe to say her mid drift will remain covered! See there are advantages to being short!!

I know many women would have stuck with the black & white theme for this outfit, but it’s summer, so I threw in a little orange to the mix with the shoes & jewelry!

Pants: H & M (similar here in small or medium)~~Top: Romwe (similar here in a tee material)~~Shoes: Franco Sarto (similar here in a heel)~~Necklaces: (similar here cheap enough to get two!)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here the small one in this set)~~Watch: (similar here definitely a deal!)

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Charlotte’s (70+) Outfit: Mom’s sporting some different glasses. She was having the lenses changed in her other ones, and thus had to revert back to an older pair. But don’t you just love these? To me, they have a load of personality just like her!!

Which is what you want people to think when you’re wearing leopard sneakers, right? I wasn’t a huge fan of sneakers, until they started making them more interesting. Just like my silver glitter pair and a bunch of others I found “shopping” below.

Jeans: Lands End (similar here on sale in many colors)~~Top: Romwe (here under $10)~~Shoes: Mossimo-thrifted (similar here-ha, I threw this in to show you what a great deal mom got comparatively, but even these aren’t cheap )~~Scarf: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here-sorta)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

This open shoulder trend may not be your cup of tea, but there are certainly good points to it. There is more coverage than a standard tank top. If you like your arms covered, then you can have that yet still expose your shoulders.

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

Charlotte’s photography by Kari Strand Photography

It’s the final edition of Between the Lines—the blogging series featuring bloggers 50+! Today is the day that the coordinator Katherine, answers our questions! See it here!

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I rounded up some fun sneakers for your casual day for the open shoulder trend outfit!

  • Kathleen McDermott

    I like all of these outfits very much – except for the gaping holes on the shoulders! I just hate this look and it makes me so angry when I find a beautiful blouse or top then discover it’s been maimed! I like shoulders and styles that expose them, but not this one – not ever. Strong feelings, I know! I ❤️ Charlotte’s sneakers and scarf, Nancy’s tassel necklaces and your earrings.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      What a hilarious way to put it Kathleen—to find the shirt has been maimed!!!
      Through all your comments, it seems like you are very stylish and love experimenting—so why not the open shoulder shirts???
      Although, I do say that it’s good we all like different things. It’d be so boring if we all dressed the same, right?

    • Charlotte Miller

      I have to agree with the COLD shoulder dislike. I do find it chilling–in fact when I wear the blouse on my own–I cover the shoulders with a cotton ruffle scarf.

  • I have to just say it…while I am seeing all of you lovely ladies rocking your off the shoulder and cold shoulder tops, I am not a fan for myself! That is not saying that you all don’t look fabulous because you do! It’s just not a style that I would wear confidently. Like Sherry said, I can’t even put my finger on it, it’s just not my thing! That being said, I love how you put a vest over the top leaving your shoulders to peek out. Super cute! And those loafers are gorgeous! I love how Nancy is rocking those printed pants and her orange accessories. And Charlotte is so adorable with those leopard sneakers….that’s a trend I can definitely get on board with! Keep doing what you do because you do it beautifully!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I sincerely appreciate the opinion Shelbee! Because we don’t all want to be clones, right? It’s so refreshing when there are differences of opinion—it makes us more interesting!!
      But thanks for pointing out what you did like about the outfits!!

  • PetiteOver40

    Hello, my friend! I must admit, the open-shoulder trend doesn’t do much for me. I can’t put my finger on why — and it’s not your style or your outfits at all! But I have yet to see an open-shoulder top that speaks to me in a positive way.

    What I can positively say, however, is that I love all the colors you have combined in each of these outfits! If the tops were just regular tops — no open-shoulders — I would totally vibe on each one. I love the purple in your outfit combined with the coral shoes. I keep looking at your mom’s outfit and thinking what a great job you did combining the print from her shoes and accessories with the orange/red of her pants and the green top. It’s quite a statement outfit! And I love her glasses! Nancy’s outfit may just be my favorite, though. I love her printed trousers with the black top and pops of color! It’s a classic look with a personalized twist!

    Even if I can’t get excited about the open-shoulder trend, your styles always inspire me in some way.

    – Sherry

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s refreshing to hear the opinions of people that don’t like the styles, as much as the ones that do like them!! Because really, we are all so different, so how could one style work for us all?
      And you point out a very smart fact—even without loving the specific trend, ideas can be gleamed from many other avenues!!

  • Trina

    All three of you have shown how classy this look can be, great job ladies!!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Trina!!

  • I love the open shoulder and off the shoulder shirts that are so popular now. However, I have not found the right one for me yet. Still looking! 🙂 gwingal . com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      There are quite a few variations, huh? I actually really liked the JCPenney’s at the bottom of my post because I’ve been loving stripes lately and it doesn’t seem so fitted like the Last Call one!!
      If you find one, you should email me a pic of it!!

  • I love Nancy. How cool is her outfit?? I think it’s something that’d look equally edgy on a teenager as well as on 40 something me GRIN and can you just please squish Charlotte for me?? She looks stunningly Golden Girls in that get-up. So impossibly adorable. Having lived in SEA for the most part, open shoulders are a very common (and appreciated) sight. They’re the perfect hybrid top in my opinion.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’ll tell Nancy you like it!! And give mom a big hug for you!! They really appreciate the good vibes!!
      So here’s my ignorance—-where is SEA?

      • You’re one of the last persons on this planet that I’d ever associate with ignorance, my friend 🙂 it’s unfamiliarity with a term that I’m familiar with, that’s all 🙂 SEA stands for South East Asia xoxo

        p/s I confess, I missed working with you three powerhouses 🙂

        • Jodie Filogomo

          Of course we all have areas of ignorance—I choose to stick my head in the sand about many issues and areas of learning—I just know what I know and am eager to learn more about what I like!
          We miss you too!!

  • Well Nancy is smashing it here! Sooooo sexy without being at all trashy. Brilliant!
    And your Mum, proving that shoulders never age and even in your 70’s you can still rock a trend. Loving her trainers too.
    Your purple top is perfect for you….I bet it will look great in cooler weather too, with a fine gauge roll neck underneath…just a thought ;oP

    • SO agree. On every point, Sam.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Great idea Samantha!!
      I probably wouldn’t have thought to wear it when it gets colder since the whole idea is to show off the shoulder—but it would be fun to have a different shirt under it!
      Thanks for the love!

  • So elegant outfit, the combine is amazing!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Evelyn!

  • Laura

    I definitely think cold shoulder shirts work if worn in the right way. These are all perfect examples of cute outfits! I agree about fun tennis shoes as well. I love all the colors and patterns available now!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laura!!
      The fun sneakers are a great item for us older women especially. I can’t tell you how many times I hear women say, “but I need comfortable shoes” and so these fit the bill!!

  • Versatilestylebytracey

    This one has eluded me as I’ve been trying for two years to get a top like this I like and they’ve all been returned… Great job with these, which are all great. I have to say I am wild about your earrings!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tracey! My earrings certainly don’t get worn as much as I would like–they are awfully heavy for an all day wear, but I love the colors so much.
      I must have totally lucked out with our shirts then, because this was one time I didn’t have to return anything!!

  • Nancy’s outfit is magnificent. I would literally wear the entire look right now. I need Charlotte’s shoes though. :]

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    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Carmen!!
      When mom told me she bought some leopard sneakers, I was a bit apprehensive on what they would be like—but lo, & behold they’re fabulous!!

  • Loved your outfits today, your mum looks particularly funky! I love this style of top and I think it really suits you all. I am yet to fins one that suits me … I’ve tried on so many but haven’t bit the bullet and bought one as yet. Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Well at least you’ve tried some!! I think that’s been an important factor for me is the willingness to try other styles!!

  • Lovely on the three of you, you daring queens, yeahhhhhhhhhhhhh. It doesn´t do me any favour, I have narrow shoulders and big hips. Fatty pear me, lol

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks love!!
      It’s good that everyone is a different shape….it’d be so boring if we were all the same!

  • I also like the cold-shoulder trend as an alternative to the off-shoulder trend because you can wear a normal bra! Nancy’s look is my absolute favorite. The swingy crop top is perfect with the slim leg pants. That’s where a crop would hit on me too! I’d love to recreate this look. You know I love the long tassel necklaces, so I would style my outfit the same way she has. Great roundup of styling possibilities for an off-shoulder top! I like that you showed layering possibilities too with the vest and scarf. Yes, these tops can totally stand alone, but it’s nice to see ways to layer them too.

    <3 Liz

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Liz!
      I even said to myself since I have a couple of these tops now, I don’t need to try the off the shoulder version (of course, that may change) because then I don’t have to deal with my strapless bra!!

  • Yes, shoulder details are definitely having a moment in fashion — it’s nice to see off-shoulder, cut outs, and even embellishments in some new styles too. Love these outfits. <3/Madison
    Summer Champs

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Madison!

  • Your mom’s sneakers are too fun and perfect with this look! I am not a huge fan of the cold shoulder look, but have seen one or two versions I think I would wear. I do think your purple one is pretty and I would consider giving it a try. I prefer the longer length sleeve for this trend. I enjoyed seeing each of you giving this a try!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s so nice to hear your perspective Jennie!! I’ve seen some with very long sleeves and even in sweaters, but I haven’t tried those. It is very different for each person, huh?
      Thanks for your voice in the matter!!

  • Love seeing you all style such a trendy item in such chic ways. I love the cold shoulder. It’s easier to wear than off the shoulder.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Amy! I think it’s definitely easier than off the shoulder—but I really should try one first before I say that– ha ha!

  • You all look adorable, I love open shoulder and off the shoulder both, cant get enough of this trend!! Love the leopard thrown in as well! Take care!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It is fun, isn’t it? It has been interesting hearing all of the voices that don’t love it—but I think that’s life and what makes up unique!!

  • I like the look, but I have yet to buy one for myself. I don’t know why. I’m like Andrea, by the time I get around to buying one, the fad will have passed. Love your mom’s sneakers. That to me is a perfect way for those of us over fifty who want to wear fun items, but still be comfy and practical.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I totally get it Amy. I know when I got this one from Covered Perfectly, I was thinking that maybe I could cut off the sleeves and make it a tank if I didn’t like it!!

  • This is such a fabulous post, proves that fashion doesn’t distinguish between ages as long as you have confidence and style! I’m hosting my first ever Wednesday Linkup and hope you can stop by!

    xo Sheree
    IG: @poshclassymom

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Sheree!! I always say, that if someone is lucky, they’ll get to be old too—so they might as well look good!!
      Thanks for the invite!

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    These are all great outfits and I never though to layer a vest over my cold shoulder top! Love this idea and I’m going to try it!!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Carrie!! I had to laugh because it was quite chilly for my photos, and my husband said why don’t you put on a jacket? And I was telling him how the whole idea was to show off my shoulders, so he actually is the one who suggested the vest!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    I guess I’m still not sure about the cold shoulder style. I’ve tried a few on, but still haven’t made up my mind. So while the verdict is still out for me, I think you gals all look great. How can you go wrong, when you all have beautiful shoulders? Ha, ha. Love your orange loafers. They look so comfy and Mom’s shoes are awesome. Great looks. I have run into some problems with my blog link taking people to a porno site, so I am going to leave that off for now. Not sure how that happened and I am mortified!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      OMG Amy—sorry about the blog link thing—that’s so crazy!
      I thought I’d pass on this style too at first, until I saw an older lady at church who was wearing one, and I thought it looked fantastic! Sometimes seeing it on others, is what I need to visualize it better!!

  • lulu82143

    Love to see Mom in this shirt and love her “new” glasses.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks!! I’m so glad you likes her new shirt!!

  • I think all three cold shoulder tops are very flattering. I’ve been meaning to get a cold shoulder top but haven’t gotten around to it yet. By the time I pick one up, the trend has probably passed.. 🙂

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I know that feeling, Andrea!! But I do think that the blogosphere is definitely ahead of what everyone else wears—so you still may have quite some time??

  • I am such a fan of these top styles. I love off the shoulder & cold shoulder tops/dresses lately

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Michelle! It really makes me feel younger when I wear this style, for some reason!!!

  • you all look great. it’s amazing how you each are wearing the same version of cold shoulder and yet look so different. I really like the high-low hems on Nancy and Charlotte and the shorter length on Nancy makes her legs look a mile high.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Rena!! It really is fun to see the varieties that can happen with different versions of the same style!

      • and thank you for sharing your post on my Fine-Whatever link up. 🙂

  • I am loving these “cold shoulder ” tops. Like you I prefer a normal bra, so this would be my style choice instead of totally off the shoulder. Your all looking fabulous here. I really like Nancy’s leggings too x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laurie!

  • Each lady looks fabulous if you ask me!! I have broad shoulders, so this style doesn’t look the best on me, but they are rocking it!

    pumps and push-ups

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Brooke!
      I never thought about the broad shoulder aspect—it’s nice to hear everyone’s take on it–so thanks for your voice!

  • I’m not a fan of this look. I think it cuts up the upper torso too much and looks cluttered. That’s why I’ve stayed away from it. As soon as I put on a top like that I looked like a quarterback.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Ahhh….but a cute quarterback—ha ha!
      Thanks for the no vote—I love to get an idea of how many older women really like this (of course, you’re far from older!!)

  • donnaduck

    I’m in the “ugh” camp on these shirts- at any age! I just think they look like someone took a tee shirt and altered it. Yes, it’s great that if you like them, you can wear it without showing bra straps (oh goodness, how I hate seeing women’s bra straps- lol!), so more power to you!! But for me, never! I like my shoulders alright, so it’s not that. It’s just not my style!

    That said, I adore your mom’s sneakers and scarf!! Yup, like those glasses a lot too! And YOUR loafers!! As far as Nancy, I’d have broken up the black/white combo with a pop of color too- she looks just fine!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for your voice Donna! I love hearing both the agrees & disagrees—it really makes life more interesting, right? And we’d be so boring if we all liked the same things.
      Do you like the off the shoulder trend any better? I didn’t think I would because I don’t love my strapless bra, but I decided I should try it before I knock it (you know, take my own advice–ha ha)

      • donnaduck

        I actually do like the off the shoulder trend- probably because we were all doing that in the 70’s!! Like they say, everything old is new again! Of course, that “boho chic” look is what my mom used to call “dressing like a hippie”… hahaha! But, having just turned 60 (ugh on that too!), I’m not going to go back and revisit what I used to wear. Doesn’t feel right somehow! Another cliche- that was then, this is now. I might still wear and love my jeans, but peasant blouses, crop tops, etc. aren’t in my wardrobe anymore! And that’s okay! Oh, and don’t you know, when WE wore off the shoulder, we went braless… hahaha!!

        • Jodie Filogomo

          Oh Donna….you so made me laugh with this!!
          I read a great post over at You Look Fab (at least I think it was her—I was going to give you the link, but I can’t find it) awhile ago where she was stating, if you liked a trend years ago, it was probably because it looked good on you, thus it shouldn’t be bad to wear it again! I thought it was interesting, because I’ve heard many others (like you) say I’ve worn it once–enough!!

  • Love love love these! So many gorgeous patterns and colors.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Mary!!!

  • Mother Daughter

    I for one like the cold shoulder look and for the reason you mentioned, I can wear my bra and still show a bit of skin. Love you mom sneakers, cute cute. Of course like everything that is animal print.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s nice to hear that other over 40 women like this style!!
      I don’t think mom wears these sneakers that much, but we’ll have to get her to have some fun with them!!

  • Love these looks! Thanks for linking up!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laura!

  • Candace

    I am so inspired. I love seeing different trends being worn on all ages. Possibilities are truly endless when it comes to fashion. Love these looks!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Candace—I certainly have been more open to trying the new styles since I started blogging—it’s quite fun!!
      Thanks for being enthusiastic for us older women!

  • Bernadette Laganella

    God forbid.

  • Bernadette Laganella

    Love Mom’s sneakers. I cannot wrap my arms around the blouses. The lack of covering calls attention to a part of my body that I choose not to highlight.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I heard that a lot on the comments from the Sixty & Me site. But I do think that is the nice thing about fashion—we can all be different! Otherwise we’d look like the Stepford Wives, right?

  • I found a cold shoulder shirt just the other day! But I didn’t buy it… Love all the jewelry, shoes and glasses. They really make the outfits POP!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Why didn’t you buy it? You found it at the thrift store? I actually have two of these now—it’s funny how trying something out can lead to an addiction….

      • Yes, at a thrift store. It was a cold shoulder, long sleeved beautiful Italian made sweater. I tried it on and it fit perfect! Then, I saw that the whole side seam had come undone… I suppose I could have had it fixed but the prices at this particular thrift store were too high IMHO.

        • Jodie Filogomo

          And they wouldn’t give you a deal since it was damaged? Ugh!

  • It is fantastic to see that you can wear a cold shoulder top in every age! Great outfits and I adore your earrings! Have a great day!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Nancy! I’m sure we think of them for the younger kids, because that’s all we see—-so if all of us older women start wearing them, it’ll seem more normal, right?