Making Our Sheer Tops Look Good for a Fancy Time

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

Making Our Sheer Tops Look Good for a Fancy Time

Quote of the day: “It’s one thing to be envied and quite another to be admired” – Anonymous

I didn’t mean to style all 3 of us in white along with our sheer tops for this category.  It’s usually a surprise when it happens like this!! Of course it is summer, and to me that means pulling out the white items even more than normal!

Since we showed our sheer tops in a casual styling and a smart styling, then we’re left with the dressy version!

Let’s talk about sheer tops for a minute. Of course there are tons of variations. You can probably tell from all of the photos that none of ours are extremely sheer. However, they are also sheer enough that none of us would be comfortable wearing them without something underneath (besides just a bra). I can imagine some women thinking that they don’t want another layer in the summer. Thus, I found some tops in the shopping section below that are only sheer in the sleeves! See—I am good for something!!

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: So here’s the tunic with the matching tank underneath it. It’s hard to tell, but the tank has the same floral pattern on it, and almost makes the print look shadowy. The bonus was that I didn’t even realize the tunic came with the tank when I purchased it, so it was like a free gift!!

This was a date night (or should I say date happy hour?) at PF Changs for hubby & I! I usually put on a skirt or dress, but I thought I’d change it up and stick with jeans. Besides this was actually the first time I wore this sheer tunic, and I wasn’t sure how it’d look with other items since it was so long in the back. (It took me days to figure out the “tie it up at my waist” trick that I showed in the casual post).

This purse was my grandmother’s purse—she had given a bunch of her clutches to my mother in the past, and now they are being handed down to me! Don’t you just love sentimental items?

Jeans: Lou & Grey (similar here)~~Tunic: WHBM (similar here or here in white)~~Shoes: Chinese Laundry (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: The Limited (similar here)~~Purse: (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: Ever since I did the post about layering a shirt over a dress (see it here if you are interested), I try to remember this option for styling! It’s a great way to make our dresses more versatile! For Nancy’s look we just tied the ends of the shirt in a knot in the front.

So really Nancy’s shirt has been the most versatile, because she got to wear it opened like a jacket, closed like a blouse and now tied at the waist!

And does everyone have a fit and flare dress? I think this is one style that can look wonderful on most body types! It has great movement in the skirt portion, yet isn’t so overpowering on the top portion. You’ll get to see this dress even more in two weeks!

Dress: Xhileration (similar here)~~Top: Zanzea from NewChic (similar here in its print, but here in the shape)~~Shoes: Chinese Laundry (similar here in opposite colorway or here with a wider strap)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~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.

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: I think that yellow and white is such a summery look for anyone! Of course I wanted to add in another color for some pizzazz and interest. Three colors seems more adultish to me—definitely a personal opinion!!

Mom thinks the necklace is older than I am—it’s those plastic beads that were very popular in the 50’s? (so yes, then they’d be older than me!!).

Although I really like this color combination, I think this is my least favorite of mom’s sheer tops outfits. The skirt is not huge on her, but it’s not as fitted as the other looks and since the shirt is more loose, I feel like she almost gets lost in it.

Skirt: Virtue (similar here with fun slits)~~Top: Charming Charlies (similar here in a floral)~~Shoes: Dana Buchman (similar here with a gold toe)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here fantastic deal!)

While sheer tops may be thought of as a sexy item, I think we’ve shown how they can be dressed up, yet very modest!

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

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I found items with sheer sleeves only—thus if you love the idea of having your arms covered, but don’t want to wear something else under your shirt—I’ve got you covered-ha ha!

  • Kathleen McDermott

    Oh, this is my favorite styling of these 3 sheer tops! I adore them with the pure white bottoms – it shows them off so perfectly. The coordinating cami really enhances yours. Love all 3 pairs of shoes, your earrings and your lipstick – great summer color on you. Just got one very similar (Max Factor Dusty Rose). Charlotte’s orange beads and earrings are delightful – I want them.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Kathleen!!
      I even took this sheer top to Vegas for our Christmas trip because it’s really quite versatile!!

  • You all look so lovely as usual but I have to say that I adore the layered tunic that you are wearing, Jodie. I’ve seen the shadow effect in person in the stores and it certainly adds extra interest and style to an outfit. Thank you for adding your post to my Fine-Whatever link up.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Rena!!
      I’m so glad I bought this—funny how some things you like better after you buy them!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    Jodie, I see what you mean about your mom’s outfit. I think it might have worked with a a more fitted skirt or even a pair of leggings/jeggings with heels. It is still a cute outfit and I like the color mix. Your outfit is tres chic and great for a date with hubby. Nancy looks sexy in this outfit! I love this look on her…the swingy skirt, the tied shirt, the heels…so fresh and youthful. Great looks. – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think you’re right about mom’s outfit—but then I vacillate about whether it’s really important to look “perfect” every time. One reader suggested that maybe in person it wasn’t so boxy because of movement—and that could be true too! When we evaluate our outfit with a static photo—who know what is really correct! But sometimes I think as long as we look nice and put together—that’s a great day!!
      I think this is one of my fave outfits of Nancy’s. This dress just is so flattering on her—I’m so glad we got it for her!!
      Thanks again for your lovely comments!!

  • Laura

    These outfits are all stunning! Jodie, your accessories are perfection with that top! I love the color of your mom’s jewelry with her top!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much for the kind words, Laura!

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    Jodie, these looks are beautiful! Love yours! I have a couple of sheer-sleeved tunic blouses and love how they look. I went shopping and trying on clothes I actually thought of some of your stylings. 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Awww…that’s the best compliment ever Terri!! Thanks for telling me that!
      I can’t believe I didn’t have sheer in my closet before this—it seems so perfect!

  • Wow Jodie, youre looking fabulous! The tunic with the pants are great and a very beautiful print and the bag is gorgious! I also love your shoes! Nancy s skirt is a very stylish one! And your moms shoes are very nice. But I defenitely adore youre outfit! Have a great Sunday.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Nancy!!

  • Did I forget to comment on your last post? #oldagesettingin
    I LOVED your tunic styled over a dress. I would have never thought of that.
    You are SO lucky to have the handbags passed down to you. Your shoes are #everything. In fact, everyone’s shoes are on point!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I know I’ve said it before, but you crack me up with your hashtags, girl!!!
      Thanks Darlene!!

  • Suzanne Dennis

    These are great looks for all of you in different ways! You look very chic in the long top, jeans, and heels! As another commenter wrote, Nancy looks so youthful in hers, and your mom looks wonderful in yellow with the orange necklace and earrings! I’m thinking this particular outfit might look more “boxy” in the pictures than it does in real life when she is moving – if that makes sense. At any rate, you all three look pretty and come across as nice people who would be just as pleasant in person as you are in pictures!

    And I had a red pop-bead necklace which I wore in my first-grade picture in 1958 with a gingham dress. I thought it was just the coolest thing! 😊 Thanks for the memory!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I totally remember those pop bead necklaces—if I didn’t have one then my mom did for sure because I remember changing it to be different lengths!!
      And I bet you’re exactly right Suzanne—mom’s outfit looked fine when we were trying them on—and I always tell myself to remember that a picture is only a 2-D representation of what is really 3-D!
      Thanks for the wonderful support, I really appreciate it!!

  • PetiteOver40

    Your “night out” outfit is perfect, Jodie! I love that you went with the original tank plus white ankle pants with heeled sandals. It’s so chic! And you KNOW how much I love that purse, especially since it’s an heirloom! (Maybe another Fab Collab–Family heirlooms we wear?)

    Nancy’s fit and flare dress is so flattering–those are my favorite kinds of dresses for the reasons you mentioned and Nancy looks great in hers! In fact, I think this look is my favorite of Nancy’s 3 sheer blouse outfits because I love how the dress and top work together to create color, a cinched waist, and layered fun and elegance combined.

    You may be right about your mom’s outfit needing something a little slimmer on bottom to counter the flowy top, but I still like the look and ideas. Your mom looks so lovely in yellow. The orange you paired with the top just adds pizzazz and “adultness,” as you said. I just love her shoes and that necklace that is older than you!! ❤️

    – Sherry

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Great idea for another fab collab!!
      I think I agree with you about Nancy’s outfit—it just looks so fun and youthful! We just bought this dress for our white dress series, but I’m hoping she will wear it tons! It seems so perfect for her!
      I was almost going to have mom redo these pictures—but I think what one commenter said is true—it might not have looked as “boxyish” in real life especially when she moves around! Anyway…it’s always a good learning experience, and we can’t bat 100 all the time, right?

      • PetiteOver40

        You know that outfit I posted a few weeks back — the first pattern-mixing I did? That outfit was boxy and I hated the photos of me standing still. When I danced around, though, the outfit looked so much better (though I still think it’s too stodgy for my personality). So, I think that other lady is right. I bet your mom’s outfit looked fabulous in real life as she moved around. Did your mom like it?

        • Jodie Filogomo

          You know…I’m not sure if she liked it or not—she certainly didn’t hate it because I hear about that…:)
          But I do realize that a photo doesn’t always portray us how we really are…and movement is part of life. Even when I look at an outfit while we’re styling it—there are so many other factors that can make a difference from when we take the photos with that same outfit!
          And I was just commenting on Greetje’s post about how I think we get somewhat too critical of our outfits! I think an overall nice look can be just as beneficial as a “perfect” look! Because luckily (besides on the blog) very few people will have the opportunity to examine every small detail in a split second pose. In fact, I believe that most people are too busy with their own lives to really care about how others look a majority of the time!!
          That jacket you had on in the post you’re referring to is quite stunning—it could possibly be altered (if you don’t do it before I come out, remember to have it around, and I’ll look at it). But I even bet wearing it with colored skinny jeans or a streamlined dress could make all the difference!!

  • Judy Gramith

    You look flowy, light and lovely Jodie.
    Nancy’s tied at the waist shirt is great over her very pretty white lace dress. That dress would be amazingly versatile!! How do you think Nancy would feel about sneakers with it??
    Charlotte’s orange beads are a great color on her. Very vintage, fun and great with the yellow! Do you think she’d consider a wide orange belt (scarf?) tied at the waist?
    I think creating a waist is a key here.
    Great series Jodie!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You always come up with some great ideas Jude!!
      Nancy’s dress is one I just love on her—and you’ll see three more outfits with her wearing it in our white dress post soon!! She’s not quite as adventurous with the newer ways to style items—but usually she’ll at least let me shoot it for our blog. That being said, I should’ve put her in sneakers in the white dress series, but I did it for me instead (with my fabulous silver one that I just adore!!)
      I bet belting that shirt would’ve made it look better for mom. And using a scarf is brilliant—I’ll have to try that next summer somehow!!
      Thanks for giving me such great thoughts and being so supportive—it really makes this adventure so much more fun!!

  • I know I’ve said this before, Jodie, and of white jeans as well, but you wear them ever so well!!! There’s a lovely visual paradox going on with flowy on top, figure-forming at the bottom. Something perfectly accented with the dangly earrings, and the sleek silhouette of your heels. Which brings me to your comment about Mum’s look. You’re right. She does look a little boxy in this particular pairing because neither piece forms to her body but you’re also right in how the palette works beautifully for her 🙂 and may I say I’ve never seen Nancy look so youthful and fresh and charming?? I’m loving that outfit on her xoxo

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Sheela, oh Sheela….really you are like a chef with words!! It’s quite obvious you’ve been writing for the majority of your life. The adjectives stream from your computer just beautifully!!
      And I love when you impart those fabulous words on me! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • I love sheer top!! I’m loving the purse you are carrying!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Jaymie!!
      Isn’t grandma’s purse so classic???