Print Mixing 3 (Adventursome)

Print Mixing for the 50, 60 & 70 year old women.

Mixed Prints for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: The Adventuresome Version

Quote of the day: “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul.” Emily Dickinso

In the last of this particular series in print mixing, I decided to try to be a little more adventuresome and really mix it up! Now to those of you, who mix your prints all the time, this may seem very tame. But like I explained in the first post (where we combined black & white prints here), I’m by no means an expert—just a girl, trying out something new! The second post (here) was a shot at mixing prints by using a textural piece as one of the “prints.” And if you think your look could benefit from mixed prints, then check out Sylvia’s tutorial here!

Print Mixing for the 50, 60 & 70 year old women. Print Mixing for the 50, 60 & 70 year old women.

50’s Outfit: You might recognize this blouse as my mother’s from the series we did (here). I was not lying when I said I was happy to inherit it!!

Pants: Ann Taylor (similar here)~~Blazer: Gap (similar here)~~Blouse: Liva Girl (similar here)~~Shoes: Newport News (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Print Mixing for the 50, 60 & 70 year old women.  Print Mixing for the 50, 60 & 70 year old women.

60’s Outfit: Nancy said she always thought of this shirt as older ladyish—so here’s a great way to modernize it, right?

Pants: H & M (similar here)~~Blazer: Chicos (similar here)~~Top: Croft & Barrow (similar here)~~Shoes: H & M (similar here)~~Scarf: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

Print Mixing for the 50, 60 & 70 year old women. Print Mixing for the 50, 60 & 70 year old women.

70’s Outfit: My mom will be the first to tell you she’ll never wear this outfit on her own! I happen to think it turned out great—you?

Skirt: George (similar here but expensive)~~Vest: Dear Jobs (similar here)~~T-Shirt: Charter Club (similar here)~~Shoes:Evan Picone(similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

Was this too crazy for some of you? Linking with Thursday Moda, Shoe and Tell, Classy Monday, Start the Week Stylish, Hello Monday, A lovely a la mode, & Visible Monday

Some photography by Kari Strand Photography

If you love the print mixing idea but want it done for you—here’s some pieces to try:

  • Kathleen McDermott

    Superbly done, Jodie! Pattern-matching perfection in all 3 outfits. Charlotte’s is my favorite. Nancy’s top NOT old-ladyish – I love the colors and pattern. Would look great with black jeans too. And I love your blouse. Your stylings embody the credo of WNTW (Stacy and Clinton). “Color, Pattern, Texture, Shine” and “Fit is Everything”. Plus my Aunt Mary’s lipstick rule – “Wear It!”

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think I’d love your Aunt Mary!! I may steal that rule because it is amazing how it can make a difference.
      I must admit that the print mixing has gotten easier since this post. Not that I gravitate towards it every outfit—but I try to incorporate it more and more!!
      It sounds like you love putting together outfits too, Kathleen??? Would you like to join us on the blog one day as a blogette?? If so, email me at someday and I’ll give you the specifics!!!

      • Kathleen McDermott

        Jodie, I simply love putting outfits together, for myself, friends and cousins – and for random people I see (in my head only, of course!). I find it fun and joyful. I always notice what people are wearing, regardless of age, and so enjoy a woman (or man) who’s nicely dressed. While I am 63 and gravitate to my favorites, I can equally appreciate a stylish lady of any age with different tastes. I see us all as walking, talking works of art and part of the beauty of nature, like flowers or gems.

        I am very low-tech (love my iPad but have a clamshell phone which I rarely use). I will e-mail you at some point to see how that would work. I truly love this blog and will soon be joining you “in the present” after I complete my backwards journey!

        • Jodie Filogomo

          It is fun to “create” with clothing!! And I love finding others who love it as much as I do!!
          You just let me know when you want to have fun with us!! I always say, the more, the merrier!!

  • Love all your looks!
    – Ana Luiza
    Northwest Blonde

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Ana!!

  • Love the way all of you mix prints. The colors & patterns are so playful

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Michelle!!! It was fun…hard but fun!!!

  • Darcy from A Memory of Us

    I love pattern mixing and it looks great on everyone!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Darcy—I appreciate it!!

  • Laura

    I wish I had more courage to print mix with bold prints. It always looks so cute on others. I especially like stripes and floral together!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laura—-my first response was that my two prints were both too big. But I might as well try, right?
      Thanks for giving me your two cents—-I’m certainly not bold about mixing prints in real life, yet. But we’ll see!!

  • Tell your mother that she looks fabulous, as do both you and Nancy. You’ve really got a knack for mixing prints.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Rena!!! I certainly wouldn’t call it a knack yet….but I’m a true believer that most things can be learned! Trust it to say that I’ve been studying!!!

  • My favourite ones of this series. Bravo to all three of you. All have graduated from Pattern Mixing Academy with flying colours (or should I say patterns!). You’re all pros now! I expect many more pattern mixing from now on!

    Your mum’s smile is knockout!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s actually quite funny you say that, because I was thinking that maybe this was too far out there, and I should dial back somewhat…it just goes to show that style is very individualistic!
      I do want to incorporate more print mixing—-it just takes a little more thought right now!!

  • All the individual elements are so pretty, Jodie, but yours is my fave outfit. I’m actually imagining it worn with a pair of printed pants like Nancy’s 🙂 perhaps for a subsequent session? xoxo

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Boy, Sheela…your asking for a lot there—remember I’m still quite the newbie when it comes to this!! But I am planning another series about it, so we’ll see (maybe I’ll call it Sheela’s ways!!)

      • Hahaha me too, Jodie, me too 🙂 I still experience palpitations at the thought of having to put prints together, pinkie swear. But I try to ignore them and just go for it and hope for the best. I do think it’d look amazing though, with those pants. Wait, you and I, we need to do this together. What do you think??

        • Jodie Filogomo

          I’m game….(I say it in a low, squeaky voice). But (in my normal, high energy voice) life would be too boring without taking risks and having fun!! So bring it on! What’d you have in mind?
          Want to do a post together with 3 prints? (Although I do want to point out that my pants in this post are the subtlest plaid which makes it 3 prints!!)

          • So cute!! I’ve a few ideas I want to brainstorm with you 🙂 email you later? xoxo

          • Jodie Filogomo

            Sounds good, but warning—I’ll be at my knit retreat all weekend, so if I don’t get back to you right away…it’s because I’m boozing (oops, I mean knitting) it up in the wilderness (my internet connection is not always the best out there)!! Have a great weekend!! 🙂

  • All three of you look wonderful! I Adore your bold look – the floral top is amazing and I can see why you will be glad to inherit it. I don’t know why your mom wouldn’t wear this look on her own, she looks fabulous.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jennie!! I am hoping that with all of these compliments, maybe mom will repeat this (although she has so many clothes—there is very few repeaters—ha ha)

  • All wonderful, and I have to say, your mom is brilliant! I think her gorgeous smile has a lot to do with it! Thanks for sharing, xo


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Patti—She’ll be very happy to hear that when I tell her!!

  • Your mum is always so on trend! Love the mix of prints and your striped jacket too. Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gemma!!

  • So fun! I think yours is my favorite with the stripes and floral combo.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tara—I’m pretty sure I copied that from you!!

  • Rosemond

    Great job mixing patterns, I’m still trying to master that concept myself. Tell your mom that her outfit is wonderful!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Rosemond—I’ll let her know—maybe she’ll believe you!!

  • Versatilestylebytracey

    Fantastic job! A great series, so glad you broke into pattern mixing!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for the love Tracey!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    Love, love, love! These were perfect choices and you did great pulling each outfit together with a key piece: your striped jacket pulls in the black on the blouse and compliments your gray pants, the scarf that Nancy has on brings together the color of the pattern in her pants and also goes well with the shade of pink of her shirt and your Mom’s vest brings the two pieces together pulling in the blue of the tee and minimizing the difference between the floral and striped patterns. Well done! Now you inspired me to see what pattern mixing I can do! – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for such nice words of encouragement Amy!!
      It was definitely more challenging…but maybe that’s what made it fun?

  • Now, THAT”S what I call print mixing! Well done! 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Darlene!!

  • PetiteOver40

    For someone who is just experimenting, I’d say you have knocked it out of the park! I’m so impressed! I really like how your stripes intermingle with the floral pattern on your shirt. If you had shown them to me on the hangar separately, I wouldn’t have seen how well they go together, but put them together and –POW!– Super cool outfit!

    Nancy’s outfit was more subtle — I had to remember I was looking for pattern on pattern to catch it — but I really liked it! It’s something I could see myself wearing.

    And your mom’s outfit — she looks incredible! She looks so bright and fresh and, like Samantha said, that smile of hers just lights up the whole photo! I hope this outfit gets looped into her regular wardrobe routine because she wears it well!

    I’ve learned so much watching you play with patterns this week. Thanks for sharing your adventures!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for the compliments, Sherry!
      I’m glad you think they turned out good….but it did take a lot of work and try ons!! (although I think mom’s went together the easiest—and, to me, turned out the best!!)
      It’ll be interesting to see if I can incorporate this into my daily living—-I think I certainly notice it more now. —We just went shopping at the mall and I recognized it at many places!!

  • I don’t know why your Mum was worried. She looks great!
    And, that beautiful smile is her best accessory.

    P.S. This has been a fun series, thank you.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Samantha!
      This certainly was a challenge…just in trying to wrap my head around it!
      Now I just have to try it in my daily outfits—-maybe once a week 🙂

  • Debbie Stinedurf

    I so love your mom’s outfit! She looks so happy and comfortable wearing it. And your stripe/floral mix is the perfect way to start mixing prints. I think that combo is probably the easiest to pull off. You all look beautiful Jodie!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Debbie!! I really like mom’s outfit the best (even my husband did!!). Time will tell if she’ll actually admit to liking it (or ever wear it again—-doubtful!!)