Spring Graduation 3 (A Formal Outing)

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: A Formal Get Together

Quote of the day: “Character, like sweet herbs, should give off its finest fragrance when pressed.” Anonymous

The graduation season is soon upon us and if you’re lucky enough to get invited to the formal party, you’ll want to throw on a dress and join the fun! I explored what to wear for the graduation ceremony (here) and a casual party (here). Now we’ll think about the possibility of a more formal get together. Of course, one of us could have worn pants, but I thought it’d be more cohesive if we all showed off our legs! There is some variety in the fact that I styled mom in a skirt with a t-shirt (and dressed it up nicely) for a somewhat more casual vibe. Then I styled Nancy in a knit dress with a polished looking jacket for a little more elegance, and I got extra gussied up with a metallic 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: I bought these heels at the end of last season for $12—I’ve been dying to wear them since!!! Thank golly for warmer weather!

Dress: Fashion Union-thrifted (similar here)~~Cardigan: Charlotte (similar here)~~Shoes: Christian Siriano for Payless (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: This jacket has the best ruching at the waist, so even if the dress wasn’t fitted, the jacket makes it look great!

Dress: Merona (similar here)~~Blazer: Joseph Ribkoff (similar here)~~Shoes: Michael Shannon (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here in neutrals)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: Mauzies (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 has a matching shirt to go with this skirt, but, of course, I had her pair it with something unmatchy!!

Skirt: Mom made it (similar here)~~Top: Rafaella (similar here)~~Belt: (similar here)~~Shoes: Anne Klein (similar here)~~Scarf: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

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Charlotte’s pictures by Kari Strand Photography!

Here’s some skirts that would be perfect for almost anytime (all under $50):

  • Looking lovely ladies!
    – Ana Luiza
    Northwest Blonde

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Ana!!

  • What great graduation/formal outfits. All have such nice accessories & thought that you put into the outfits


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Michelle—as an accessory junkie, I always wonder how people can leave the house without them? I always feel naked otherwise!

  • Laura

    I am in love with your metallic dress! I am so impressed it’s thrifted! Great deal on your shoes too!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Hey…this could be one of those magazine articles—this outfit for less than $50 (except for the cardigan—ha ha)
      Thanks for your sentiments!!

  • dan

    Gold and bronze colours remind me the summer! Of course the gold dress is perfect for a spring celebration! The cardigan with the dark details seems to be born to match the dress!
    Sales at the very end of the season offer the best bargains!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I do love a bargain Dan!! Thanks for reading and always taking the time to chime in!!

  • Anna Parkes

    Don’t you all look terribly smart? I love your gold sparkle dress, but think I couldn’t wear something so short as my legs aren’t as slim and long as yours Jodi. You look fab x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Well that made me laugh Anna! I think that’s a perfect example of how pictures can be deceiving since my legs have never been called long before (some days I can stretch to be 5’2″)!!
      Thanks for making my day!!

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  • I like that you’ve offered such a range of looks. My definition of “dressed up” is much different than my mother’s and aunt’s. But you’ve shown that all three looks are appropriate for a formal graduation party and that we can take liberties with what “formal” means. Of course your look is most what I’d wear myself, what with all the sparkles and statement accessories. It looks like something out of an Anthro catalog. I’d also wear something like this around the holidays because it could skew frosty and festive and wintry with tights and a closed-toe pump.

    I love that you’re so on top of helping us dress for seasonal occasions. And you go one step further by showing us how to dress for different levels of formality. Thank you!

    <3 Liz

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You’re so right Liz—it is amazing how when I say “dressed up”…the images that cross different women’s minds are so diverse.
      thanks for noticing…as I have been trying to show more variety at times (although sometimes I get stuck in a certain look–ha ha)
      And what a great suggestion about winterizing my metallic dress—-I think I’ll try pairing it with my OTK boots since it’s quite short! I certainly wouldn’t have thought of it as a winter dress since it’s sleeveless, but I am getting better about removing the “self imposed labels” about what season & what occasion for which I can wear an item.

  • Cathy Lawdanski

    Love them all – especially your metallic dress & the way you styled it. You are all beautiful, but your mom is just stunning!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Cathy—isn’t she? We just went shopping this morning, and she always dresses so nicely!!

  • Debbie Stinedurf

    All beautiful, but this time you are really the standout! That dress is stunning and perfect with the cardi and sandals. Fabulous graduation looks!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Debbie—I do love this dress—I just wore it to a gala a couple weeks ago!!

  • I’m totally in love with the shimmer in your dress!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tara—the gold colors always seem to look halfway decent on my complexion, so that’s why I was drawn to this dress!!

  • Trang Do

    Great look! Love the bracelet!!

    Love from http://www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Trang!!! I appreciate your time to read my blog!

  • Loved this one, it’s my favourite post of the series and love all three outfits. I’m so impressed with your mums dress making skills and that skirt. Also love your outfit Jodie, the dress is lovely and you have great legs, I wouldn’t be able to wear that short haha. The sandals are gorgeous and loved how they co-ordinate with the cardigan. Nancy’s dress is also lovely and love the bright blue with the chevron stripes. Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Gemma!! My knitting friend just commented how she liked this outfit on me because the shoes did coordinate (unlike the times I use them as a pop of color). The skirt is somewhat shorter than I usually feel comfortable with, but I decided oh well (although I am thinking about adding a layer of another material to lengthen it—I just need to find the right material!!)

      • If I had legs like yours I wouldn’t lengthen it lol. The length looks great!

  • Oh, your gold dress is gorgeous! Your touches of turquoise look perfect with it. I can see why you would be dying to wear those amazing heels. Nancy and your mom look great, too!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jennie!! I have a feeling these heels will be center stage for awhile (once the snow melts!!)

  • You are all so festive and gorgeous. I love, love your gold dress, Jodie. xox


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Patti—I was lucky to find this thrifting as it was new with the tags still on even (for $8). My husband was a little surprised thinking that it was too short—-but I decided to go with it anyways. And then seeing your dress and how great you looked in it, makes me feel so much better!!!

  • All looks are fabulous! I love your shoes!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Aren’t they sexy? I just love them!!!

  • Oh my gosh…I LOVE your dress and cardigan! Two thumbs up for it being thrifted! Nancy and your mom’s looks are spot on too!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I do love thrifting—I mean, really, it is shopping at a great deal!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    You ladies are absolutely gorgeous! I love your shiny dress and those heels are so cute. Nancy looks chic in her stripes. I’m glad you added the jacket. And your mom looks lovely as always! I like the addition of the scarf and belt. Great outfits! – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Amy!!! I think it’s usually fun to get gussied up!!

  • Bernadette Laganella

    You look fabulous in that outfit. Hope you get to wear it someplace special. Very last minute suggestion – Kentucky Derby Day Party.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’ve never even been to a Kentucky derby party!!! Maybe I should put one together next year!!!

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    How cute is yours, Jodie, and you have great gams! The others look mahvelous too!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Terri!!