The Sheer Top Gets a Casual Spin

 Sheer Tops for women in the 50's, 60's, & 70's age groups.

The Sheer Top Gets a Casual Spin

Quote of the day: “To desire is to obtain; to aspire is to achieve.”  James Allen

It’s summertime, right? So why would we want to cover up more than we need to? Well, as much as I am trying to love on my body, warts and all; I still hear plenty of women out there that don’t want to bear arms (and I don’t mean guns & ammunition…ha ha). Thus any clothing item that has a sheerness to it, could be the answer to this issue.

Luckily for the sake of variety, our sheer tops are quite different from one another. Thus you can get an idea of different options, hopefully. My top is actually a tunic, Nancy’s is a button up blouse & mom’s is a pullover blouse.

If this isn’t an item you already have in your closet,  getting a similar piece could certainly prove to be versatile. I’ll style our three sheer tops in 3 different ways and you tell me the verdict!

Sheer Tops for women in the 50's, 60's, & 70's age groups. Sheer Tops for women in the 50's, 60's, & 70's age groups. Sheer Tops for women in the 50's, 60's, & 70's age groups.

Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: My sheer tunic is one of those items I decided to purchased in order to get to a required dollar amount so I could use my coupon—silly, right? But let’s rationalize, that I wouldn’t have this gorgeous tunic otherwise! The tunic came with a matching tank top for underneath it, and you’ll see that in the last post of this series. It actually has an asymmetrical hem which is one of the things that attracted me to it (you’ll see that in the next post), but for this version, I wrapped an elastic hairband around the ends to shorten it.

The sandals are a recent purchase (you might have seen them on Instagram—feel free to follow me here) that I bought when shopping for white sandals. Needless to say, I didn’t find any white shoes, but I’ve worn these olive green gladiators a ton! I need to learn not to go shopping for something in particular—it never seems to work out!

The bracelet was actually an accessory that came with a pair of boots that was intended to be worn around the shaft of the boot—but there was only one in the box, so now I wear it twisted around my wrist!

And if you are one of those that still wears shorts, you realize this is the time to buy them, right? The end of the season is when you can get some of the best deals. Both of the denim shorts I linked to below are on sale!!

Shorts: Ann Taylor–shortened (similar here in a lighter wash and here darker)~~Tunic: WHBM (similar here or here in white)~~Shoes: GC Shoes (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here in red)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

Sheer Tops for women in the 50's, 60's, & 70's age groups. Sheer Tops for women in the 50's, 60's, & 70's age groups. Sheer Tops for women in the 50's, 60's, & 70's age groups.

Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: Nancy’s blouse is the one we received from the New Chic website when we styled in our print blouse series here, here & here. I did try to switch up how she wore the blouse in these three posts. I feel like this can be an advantage of a button up blouse. There can be a couple of different ways to wear the piece. For this casual look, we left it open as a lightweight jacket or covering. We also had her roll up the sleeves for these outfits since it’s been pretty warm outside!

Since the blouse is such a pretty print, we could layer it over a variety of different colored tanks or t-shirts.

As for her footwear, we had a couple of options too. Nancy’s yellow sandals would have looked great. But since I’ve had her wear those sandals all last week on the blog, I changed it up. Therefore we varied her look with her metallic flats!

Jeans: Gloria Vanderbilt (similar here)~~Top: Zanzea from NewChic (similar here in its print, but here in the shape)~~Shoes: Ecco (here)~~Necklace: (similar here double stranded)~~Earrings: (similar here different pattern and a great price)~~Bracelet: Mauzies (similar here)

Sheer Tops for women in the 50's, 60's, & 70's age groups. Sheer Tops for women in the 50's, 60's, & 70's age groups. Sheer Tops for women in the 50's, 60's, & 70's age groups.

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: Mom was originally going to wear a yellow tank under this sheer blouse, but it made it harder to see the subtle print of it. So we settled on a beige one instead and left it hanging out. You can see part of it peeking out a little in the full body shot.

Mom’s shirt was a Mother’s Day gift when I took her to Charming Charlies for the day. She also loves the color yellow almost as much as I do! And I loved it due to the asymmetrical aspect. I figure that she used to dress us alike when I was young, so now it’s my turn!

She’s gotten a lot of wear from this tassel pendant that she made from embroidery floss and a lobster clasp. She made three different colored ones and can hang them on a variety of different chains & necklaces! I probably should have put the red one on this time, to make it stand out more?

Jeans: Faded Glory (similar here)~~Top: Charming Charlies (similar here in a floral)~~Shoes: Keds (similar here in a print)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Even though a sheer top may feel somewhat dressy, I think they can be made casual relatively easily. Just add shorts or capris along with some denim or sneakers, and you are good to go!

I realize you have many options for your time, and I really appreciate that I’m part of that.

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I rounded up some sheer tops for your pleasure! The colors in the Chico’s one are so pretty to me!!

  • Kathleen McDermott

    I’m back! Still following your blog post by post to the present. Will be there soon!

    P.S. I also love wearing a sheer blouse as a jacket.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      :)…so glad you’re back!! I missed you!!
      I hope you are doing okay??

  • Kathleen McDermott

    Sheer tops are so pretty and feminine. So delicate and light – they look and feel airy and ethereal. And yes, they are particularly nice in warm weather when you want something light and comfortable. Pretty outfits. Love your green sandals and Charlotte’s earrings and sneakers. Nancy’s blouse is a gorgeous color and pattern.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Hi again Kathleen!! I’ve so missed you recently!!
      The sheer tops are something I would have never really thought about until my mom was complaining about her arm—but they work so perfectly for any age!!

  • I’m in love with your look here, Jodie, and the little details of Mum’s look. SO clever.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Sheela!!

  • I’ve found that sheer, mesh, and lace fabrics strike the perfect balance of providing coverage while still showing peeks of skin. I have a number of occasion dresses with sheer collars and sleeves for the exact reason you stated. They keep me cool in the heat, but they still provide coverage. I love that you knotted your top on your hip. It almost looks like a scarf sash that you tied on to accessorize. Like Charlotte, layering a solid cami under a sheer top is my go-to tip for making a sheer top more modest.

    <3 Liz

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Really—these are the perfect materials for us—then I wonder, why did it take me so long to discover them? Ha ha!!

  • Debbie Stinedurf

    Ooo….I love your top tied up like that. See, you do need to leave it longer! Those sandals are fabulous by the way. 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Debbie—the sandals are one of my faves lately—silly, but they make me feel younger!!

  • I love the possibilities with sheer tops you show here! First, how great that you made the long tunic work with shorts by shortening it! (And how funny that you “had” to add the tunic to an order to be able to use a coupon – but it’s gorgeous so it was worth it!).

    I also love Nancy’s look – keeping a sheer, light top open is a great way to add a third layer and some coverage in summer! And your mom’s blouse is so pretty – great yellow and great print!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Andrea!!
      I was using that WHBM coupon I get in the mail and it’s $50 off $100—which is a pretty darn good deal. And I was buying Nancy’s jumpsuit for the jumpsuit series we did. Since her jumpsuit was about $60…I added in this tunic (and a skirt, which ended up getting returned), so even with shipping, each item only was about $20! Talk about high finance—ha ha!!

  • Such pretty sheer tops! Love the yellow and grey and your top, the design is right up my alley! Love it with the jean shorts on you. woot woo!
    Thanks for linking up with turning heads tuesday
    jess xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jess!!
      I think the sheerness adds a little bit of elegance!! Even when we’re going casual!!

  • Those lace up sandals are so gorgeous! I love sheer tops! I have a few of them in my wardrobe!


    Tamara –

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tamara!!
      The sheer tops are a great piece for any age!!

  • Anna Parkes

    I’m a huge fan of sheer anything – tops, tunics, even dresses inspire me. I love your sweet flowery top, but the yellow of your mom’s swings the vote to her this time Jodie x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That yellow top is a great one, eh? Thanks for the vote!!

  • Girl…you scored with that sheer shirt of yours. I LOVE it! Cute sandals too. 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Darlene!!
      I am surprised at how much I like this tunic—and to think 2 years ago there wasn’t a tunic in my closet at all!!

  • Nice looks, I love how you knotted up the tunic Jodie. Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gemma–it only took me a couple weeks to figure that trick out!! 🙂

  • Okay, Jodie…I followed your comment link a couple of times and popped in…great format!
    But you won me over with those green gladiators…LOVE them!
    (And as a fellow specs wearer, those reds are SO cool!!)


    • Jodie Filogomo

      How fabulous Em!!
      I’ve really been loving my red glasses (I got them from EyeBuyDirect online)…now I’m thinking I want another fun pair!!

  • lovely tops! I love those lace up flats as well!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tianna!!

  • You ladies are so cute and stylish! I love these photos. Those lace up sandals are gorgeous!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Aracely!! I love them too!!

  • All three of you look absolutely fabulous! I really love those olive lace-up sandals!
    Fizz and Frosting

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Lauren—I have to admit, I never thought I’d get a pair….but I love this color and feel a little younger when I wear them 🙂

  • Amy D. Christensen

    I love these, Jodie. It’s so funny that we are both doing something this week on sheer tops. (You’ll see mine tomorrow on my Awesome Accessory column). Your tunic is very pretty and looks like something you can use well into fall. Love your sandals and they look so cute with the shorts. Nancy’s top is so pretty as well. And as you said she will get a lot of wear out of it with all the colors and options. I really like this look on your Mom! She looks so youthful and confident. Great outfits. Can’t wait for the next one. – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for such nice words Amy!
      I’ve decided sheer tops need to be part of my closet from now on—maybe that’s why we’re both showcasing them—because we’ve both gotten smart!! 🙂

  • Couldn’t agree more with Laura, the olive works beautifully with the muted colours of your top Jodie. Such a watercolour feel to it. I always have to be careful with sheer fabrics – all too easy for me to end up feeling hot and sweaty! But all of you look a picture of summer coolness.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jacqueline!!
      Considering I’m always cold—it’s a rare thing to feel hot and sweaty lately (except when those little hot flashes occur)….luckily there’s very little humidity here—that probably makes a big difference too!!

  • Versatilestylebytracey

    I love sheer tops and kimonos. These outfits are all great , looking forward to more in this series.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m learning to love them more now too!!!
      Thanks for joining in!!

  • I love your top! That floral is so pretty & the sandals are amazing

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Michelle!!
      I really have fallen in love with the top, yet it’s not something I would have normally been drawn to! Gotta love taking a chance!!

  • Laura

    Those olive sandals are so cute and really work well with your pretty floral top! Your mom’s top is a real stunner on her! I just love the bright yellow color and crossover front!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Isn’t mom’s shirt super fun? And from Charming Charlie’s no less! Just as you know, you certainly don’t have to spend a lot to look good.

  • Again great accesories! And the color of your sandals, and the sandals, are amazing! I told you before, but I love your blog. It is just as I know all three of you! Kisses😘😘

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Nancy—you’re such a dear!!
      I do love these sandals—kinda glad I didn’t find white ones instead!!

  • Jodie, I was going to start talking about how great you all look…blah blah blah BUT I simply have to stop and just say that your mum looks amazing.
    I mean like 10 years younger.
    I don’t know if it is the youthful sheerness of the top, or the stylish shape, or that fabulous colour.
    Your mum is stunning in this outfit.
    I am giving you a mini standing ovation as the stylist!!!
    Bravo Jodie…you are a clever cookie.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Maybe it’s the cute little smirk she has on her face!! 🙂
      What a wonderful comment Samantha—I’m sure it’ll make her day!!

    • Charlotte Miller

      Thanks so much–Jodie’s right–your comment really made my day–only a day late,since I was gone yesterday and didn’t even get on the computer yesterday. Soo bad! Mom

      • I’m so glad, Charlotte! This really is a great look for you. XXX

  • Bernadette Laganella

    Your mom is so clever making that pendant. I particularly like a touch of red with yellow.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s like when you think of the perfect thing to say after the fact! The red pendant would’ve popped so much better with mom’s outfit! Live & learn!
      Thanks for the love!

  • PetiteOver40

    You all look great in your sheer tops! I like how you’ve styled them! Your mom looks especially hip and it made me think about how wrong that phrase “age appropriate” is. Her outfit is one I’d wear and I’m sure I’ve seen similar looks on women in their 20s. In fact, all three of you would look right at home at a music festival like Coachella!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Sherry—-I think you’re right!
      There are so many items than any aged woman could wear—and so much of the time, it’s not the item as much as it is how it’s styled and how it fits!!

  • Judy Gramith

    All of you look so pretty!
    I think sheer fabrics are very appealing as we age because they have that softening effect.
    I love the watercolor print (a favorite of mine) of your top Jodie and I look forward to seeing it worn flowy. I think you kept the proportions right by shortening it to wear with shorts.
    Charlotte’s yellow top is spectacular on her! She wears yellow beautifully!
    Nancy’s top is so denim friendly and the pink butterflies bring out the rosy in her cheeks!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Judy!!
      I was surprised that I didn’t have anything sheer in my closet before I bought this.
      I have in the past but it must not have made the purging cuts throughout the years! Because now I’m really loving this detail…I might just have to add to my collection!

  • Love them all, but that yellow one is really calling my name! So pretty! Thanks for linking up each week! = )

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laura—I’ll tell mom that her top is your fave!!

  • RedTagChicLA

    I am a huge fan and user of sheer tops esp. in the Summer and your top is no exception!!

    I’m excited to start a two-peat collaboration with Los Angeles-based brand TOBI this week at the blog via a sexy outfit – come check it out & lemme know what you think!

    Happy Tuesday!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Rebecca!!

  • I love sheer pieces like this because temperatures often vary so much from inside to out. You’re right, it also helps conceal. I love your top with the shorts and gladiator sandals. You all look great!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Amy!
      I didn’t have much sheer in my closet before—I wonder if most younger women don’t, because they don’t feel the need to conceal as much?

  • Everyone looks great! Sheer is a great way to go in the summer, keeps things cool, light, and flowy!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tara!!

  • Queen of Rods

    I love all three looks, all styled so nicely. I also have a penchant for yellow and especially like your mom’s blouse. I have a couple of sheer neon tops that I like to wear in this same fashion that you have captured. Have you done a series on neon clothing yet?

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Janet!!
      I haven’t done neon yet—the three of us don’t really have any in our closets (yet)—so I’ll have to keep an eye out for it this winter—it’d be perfect for next spring!!