Styling an Apple Picking Outfit

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Staying stylish while at an apple orchard

Styling an Apple Picking Outfit

Styling an apple picking outfit is not something you need to think about daily, but it’s one of those occasions that can be so fun. Just think, these are the kinds of outfits you could wear to almost any outdoor event.

Quote of the day: “Love wholeheartedly, be surprised, give thanks and praise-then you will discover the fullness of your life.” David Steindl-Rast

I love this quote because it reminds us of how good our life really is. That perspective is everything. Because even though this apple orchard was a little different than the orchards of our past, we still had a fabulous time.

The apples were green and small, and there weren’t a ton of apple trees. But really? This was an orchard in the desert. How often do you see that? Along with the fact that my mom made a wonderful apple pie for us from these apples. So a good time was had by all. Make sure to see how Lesley almost matched my mom. While I decided to be a rebel. Along with some practical tips for other outdoor events.

Apple picking outfit for older women

Pants: Lands End~~ Top: Souvenir from Guatemala~~ Shoes: ~~Earrings: Complete Gourmet~~ Hat: from a Florida college trip ~~Purse: from the Dollar Tree

Charlotte’s Apple Picking Outfit

Leave it to my mother to think about wearing red as her apple picking outfit. Well the joke was on us because the apples weren’t red. They were green apples. But that’s okay because at least she was easy to find among the trees.

Having fun in an apple picking outfit


I love the story behind this straw hat. This one is from the 1950’s when my mom and her 3 girlfriends traveled down to Daytona, Florida (from Purdue University) for spring break.

The day after they got there, they found these hats being sold on the beach for $1. And even though my mom used an entire bottle of Coppertone, she got second degree burns on her ankles. That’s why she and I don’t try to tan anymore!!

The Top

Mature woman in apple picking outfit

I’ve talked about how my mom gets her souvenirs in clothing and jewelry forms. This top is no exception. It’s from her Panama Canal Cruise when they stopped in Guatemala. She and her roommate decided not to take a tour, so they went into the shopping area.

My mom found this top, but didn’t want to buy it because the price was too high. So the owner of the shop asked her what she’d be willing to spend and she said, $15. And that’s the price she paid for it. Isn’t it amazing she can remember those details?

The Prop

Woman over 70 in apple picking outfit

I thought you might be interested to know a little more about this prop. If you have fruit trees, you may be familiar with it. It’s called a fruit picker and makes getting the apples off the top branches so much easier.

The funny thing is when we lived in our one house in Littleton, we did have apple trees. But never knew about this device to help get off the apples. We heard about this apple picker from our friends here in AZ. So right when we moved into our Sun City home, we bought one of these at Home Depot to get the oranges and grapefruits off the trees that are in our backyard. And if you notice, they aren’t cheap!


The right shoes for an apple picking outfit

These loafers are at least 30 years old. Back when they were in style in the first place. I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but loafers are making a huge comeback. So you may already have a pair in your closet too.

My mom has kept these and finds herself wearing them around the house many days. She feels like they have better support than many of her slippers.

Now the reason she wore these shoes is because of the note on the website for this apple orchard. It read: ” We are rustic, a real working cattle ranch. Our orchard is a bonus to having this wonderful land to manage. We run our pigs through the orchard so there will be; mud and occasionally poo. Wear outdoor shoes!” Thus all three of us have on such kinds of footwear. You’ll see.

Charlotte’s History

Wearing the colors for apple picking outfit

My mom actually grew up on a very small farm in Kokomo, Indiana. It had an orchard but no apple trees. There were peach trees, a pear tree and cherry trees.

She remembers climbing the trees as kids, and the fact that the pear tree would attract Monarch butterflies when the pears fell to the ground.

The other memory my mom has is the family would pick the cherries and had to work to pit them before the kids were allowed to go see the 4th of July fireworks. Her mom would make cherry pudding with walnuts in it! That’s probably where my mom gets her baking skills!

Photo credit: Rob Filogomo

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