Spring Graduation 1 (The Ceremony)

What to Wear to Graduations for Women in their 50's, 60's & 70's.

Spring Graduation for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: The Ceremony

Quote of the day: “There’s nothing as liberating as getting to that point of knowing who you are and who you want to be. It’s only when you embrace yourself in entirety, from the frayed edges to the smooth lines, then and only then, can you aspire to be the best that you can be.” Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha

May and June are the most common months for graduations and their celebrations, so I thought I’d post this subject with plenty of time for any of you who might need some inspiration. Much of the decision of what to wear will depend on the weather (duh) and where the graduation ceremony is being held. When I was a graduating high schooler (long, long time ago) we just had our ceremony in the high school gymnasium. Now, however, I hear of commemorations being held outside at different venues! Thus, location details could be extremely important in your choosing of footwear and layers! I tried to show variations of formality by having me wearing a skirt, Nancy wearing pants & mom wearing a dress.

What to Wear to Graduations for Women in their 50's, 60's & 70's. What to Wear to Graduations for Women in their 50's, 60's & 70's.

50’s Outfit: For a fun & cheerful occasion as such, I went with brightness!!

Skirt: LOFT (similar here)~~Cardigan: Mossimo (similar here)~~Top:H & M(similar here)~~Shoes: Calvin Klein (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

What to Wear to Graduations for Women in their 50's, 60's & 70's. What to Wear to Graduations for Women in their 50's, 60's & 70's

60’s Outfit: Nancy’s shirt is quite sheer so we layered a camisole under it. For this post we chose pink!

Pants: East 5th (similar here)~~Top: The Limited(similar here)~~Tank Under: Merona (similar here)~~Shoes: Mushrooms (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

What to Wear to Graduations for Women in their 50's, 60's & 70's. What to Wear to Graduations for Women in their 50's, 60's & 70's.

70’s Outfit: Mom was dismayed I had her put a belt on this dress, as she’s never worn it that way before. It’s good to try new things, right?

Dress: Steven Stolman (similar here)~~Belt: (similar here)~~Shoes:Shelby (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here or here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

Are you lucky enough to get to attend a graduation this spring? Links with Turning Heads, Confident Tuesday, Trend Spin, WIWW, Oh hey, Girl!Fresh Fashion Forum, Senior Salon, Brilliant BlogsAll About You & On Trend Tuesday

Charlotte’s pictures by Kari Strand Photography!

Katherine’s corner is continuing her “Between the Lines” series featuring bloggers ages 50 and up. Every one of these bloggers would so appreciate any time you might have to read and comment on their hard work. My turn will be on May 17th!! Part two can be found here

Finding great dresses under $100 that would work for this function was relatively easy—and think of how versatile these could be….weddings, parties, dates!!

  • Love them all – I love seeing colour, it gives everything such a lift! Thank you so much for linking up to #allaboutyou on Mama-andmore.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thank you! I’m on a mission to get us away from all the black clothing I see—it really doesn’t do us many favors especially as we get older!!

  • Very nice looks!

    I love the purple & yellow together!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Andrea!!!

  • Stunningly chic outfits, you all look wonderful x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thank you —that’s so nice!!!

  • I think it is great to try new things!

    Purple and yellow is such a fun colour combination.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      You can say that again Suzanne!!!

  • as always, you all look fabulous. Jodie, I love the bold colors you chose for yourself, Nancy looks very nicely put together, and the color blocking of your mother’s dress is very pretty.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Rena! What a nice compliment (because sometimes I think we can be very self critical and I look at the outfits and think “ugh”)!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    Perfect choices for a graduation. You are so daring with your bright yellow. I don’t think I could wear a yellow skirt, but you pull it off beautifully. My style is probably more in line with what Nancy is wearing; nice blouse, dress pants. And I have a pair of heels just like your mom’s that I was thinking of getting rid of, but now I might have to keep them. Great post, Jodi! – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      First off Amy….of course you could wear a yellow skirt—-I’m pretty sure there wasn’t a label in it that said “Not allowed for Amy”—ha ha!! But it is certainly bright—I realize that! Of course, my theory is 1-much of the time, people only see my shirt & up if I’m sitting and 2-I’m so short that I need to get some attention!!
      And definitely keep those shoes if you have room —they’re a great basic!!

  • Great outfit ideas! Springy & fresh


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Michelle!

  • Completely unrelated but the staircase in your pictures? The Cullens from Twilight just popped into my head. And what Edward said about all the framed high school diplomas on the wall, “We matriculate a lot.” Hahahaha!!!

    By the by, I adore Nancy’s top. And please tell your mum the belt makes her look ever so svelte and slim 🙂 xoxo

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Oooh…loved that series of books (of course)—funny how certain images bring up sayings from movies or books, huh?
      Thanks for the love Sheela!

  • Wow, the third look, is very elegant, and I love chunky/block heels, as I can’t walk in really high heels!

    The Flower Duet

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Marie!!

  • These looks are great for upcoming events! And I especially love Nancy’s look with the sheer top. There is something so easy about a blouse and pants and it looks so put together. Your yellow and purple outfit is so cheerful! And I cracked up when you said mom was dismayed over the belt. I get this reaction when I make suggestions to family members about wardrobe questions. I think it’s easy to get stuck into wearing something a certain way and anything else feels strange. That’s why I love following blogs because they open my horizons to trying new ways of styling things. Every time I think I know it all, someone goes and blows my mind with usually something really simple.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Janeane—you speak such truth!! Not only do we get “stuck” wearing an item one way, but also for one occasion or formality! I just had my mom wear a graphic tee with her blazer and pearls—and I got the same reaction. At least she laughs about it now—she calls the outfit “confused” because in her days there were rules!!
      Thanks for stopping by!!

  • I love that everyone is wearing bright, happy colors…perfect to celebrate in!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Yes—color, color, color—none of those boring neutrals (although Nancy has black pants on)—ha ha!!

  • Judy Gramith

    Your fashions are cheerfully appropriate for one of those”life transition occasions” . My favorite are you mom’s darling earrings. These Oragami earrings are philosophically perfect (if I’m remembering their story correctly) for graduation!!
    What a fun post of such lovely ladies of spring!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I don’t know the story about oragami earrings—do tell!! I used to love doing oragami as a kid—it was so amazing to be able to transform a flat piece of paper into a beautiful object!!
      Thanks for the wonderful compliments!

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    All perfect for an outdoor or indoor ceremony!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Terri!!

  • Cute cute cute cute cute! Loving that yellow skirt!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I told you I have a lot of yellow!! But isn’t it cute—-don’t you need one???
      Thanks for checking in!!

  • Your look is divine! The combination of royal purple and sunny yellow is so unexpected, happy, and fresh. I like that you encourage us to have fun shopping for a graduation dress and to really make it a special, fashionable occasion. It’s easier to indulge in a fun new dress when I know I can wear it to weddings too.

    <3 Liz

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Liz—I figure if you’re going to buy a new piece, why not think of it for more than one occasion? For most of us, real life means wearing things over and over!!
      I’m such a color person—at first when I saw these pictures, I was wondering if my clothing was too bright? (I have this memory of a “What Not to Wear” episode where the woman never wore neutrals—haha). But hey—might as well stand out sometimes (besides I’m so short, that people can’t see me in a crowd anyways!!)

  • dan

    Nancy’s outfit has a beautiful combination of colours:I love the pink shirt with the aubergine shade of her trousers!
    Your mom is wearing the cutest earrings! And the dress suits her nicely with the belt …
    Bright colours are very nice on you!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Dan! This was a fun post, since we all had items that seemed to work nicely!!

  • Some great colours and options here Jodie. I love your purple and yellow outfit. What a lovely combination. The weather can play havoc so it’s great you’ve given a variety of choice for ideas. Clever!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jacqueline! And even if you don’t have to worry about the weather because the event is inside, then I worry about the air conditioning or my hot flashes!! Life is good though!!

  • I love those paper crane earrings and I think the belt totally works! My sister will be graduating next month and I have not yet given a thought as to what I will be wearing!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I was wondering if I posted this too early, but I usually want to know if I should go buy something (and then I’ll have to alter it so I need time there) or can I put something together from my closet (and is it clean???)
      Thanks for stopping by Lydia—I appreciate it!

  • PetiteOver40

    You all three look so lovely yet again! What a great topic to write about! You always have such clever themes.

    Your different choices for each lady covers all the bases for different graduation venues in the Spring. I had a graduation in June that was unseasonably warm. The stadium where we graduated was like a giant frying pan. Your skirt outfit and your mom’s dress would have been perfect because you can layer warmer, if necessary. Nancy’s sheer top would be good for a day like that as well and, if it is cool outside, she can just throw a jacket over the top to be comfortable.

    One last note — I really love all the colors you’ve chosen for each outfit! Your skirt and top with cardi go so well together and they’re so fun! Nancy’s jewel tones are right up my alley — that top really flatters her skin tone. And your mom’s dress is fabulous! She looks like a high-paid model!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Sherry—-have I told you lately that your comments make my face light up?
      The way you analyze the outfits makes it worth the time and energy it took to create different looks!!
      I really appreciate your time and think you’re such a gem!!

      • PetiteOver40

        We are members of a Mutual Admiration Society, then, Jodie! Because I really get a lot out of your posts and always come away having learned something new and/or been inspired in some way. 💕

        • Jodie Filogomo

          Awwww….that’s so sweet!
          I told Rob the other day we might have to come out to Seattle to meet you—it’s a foodie town, right?

          • PetiteOver40

            That would be great, Jodie! I’d love to meet you both! And, yes, Seattle is a foodie town! Hubby and I have some great favorites to share!

  • Bernadette Laganella

    Everyone looks great and I really like the color combinations. I think the jewelry on Mom’s dress really makes it pop.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Bernadette!!

  • Laura

    I love the bright colors you chose. I think it’s fun to wear bright colors in the spring, especially to a celebratory event like a graduation! Your mother’s earrings are beautiful! And I like her dress belted!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laura!!
      I do love colors—in fact, I’m working on not buying anymore black for my closet—I already have some and it doesn’t look great with my complexion!

  • Love them all!!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jaymie—I really appreciate it!

  • There are all lovely outfits to attend the ceremony, Jodie your outfit is on another level today you have styled it to perfection. Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gemma!! It certainly is bright!!