Summer Festival Get-Away Styles Over 40

Festival Outfit

Summer Festival Get-Away Styles Over 40

It’s that time again when Sherry from Petite Over 40 and the 3 of us pool our memories and photos to create a Fab Collab that spans the generations. Over this coming week we’ll share memories of summer-get-away styles from the past as well as ways we style them today. 

 As you may realize, each of us was born in a different decade: Charlotte is in her 70s, Nancy is in her 60s, Jodie is in her 50s, and Sherry is in her 40s. As a result, our memories offer quite a range of fashion history! We each share a photo from the past that pertains to the theme. And with that photo we then include our story and thoughts about that time or picture. Then we put on an outfit of how we’d wear it today!! Some things are similar and some are very different!!

We’ve been sharing these histories for over a year now, and it’s always amazing how certain pieces of clothing can speak to us! I also love hearing stories from you my readers, about your memories of this same theme, so feel free to join in by commenting below!

Summer Getaway Styles for 4 Generations

Sherry’s Story!

Sherry’s story kicks us off with memories of The Stratford Festival and the scarves she’s worn there!

The Play’s the Thing

The first time I went to the Straford Festival it was 2003. Back then it was still called the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Hubby had gone there in high school and he wanted to relive the experience as an adult. What he hoped was to impress me with the quality of theater he was exposed to as a kid. What he didn’t expect was how I’d fall head over heels in love with it–the town, the festival, the whole nine yards.

Summer Festival Style
Last year my parents went with me. Here we are in front of the Festival Theatre waiting for the house to open. “Say SHAKESPEARE!”
The Scarf’s the Thing, Too

Like the advice in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy to always pack a towel, I always pack a scarf (or two) when traveling. Even in 2003, when I went to Stratford for the first time, I knew the value of a scarf (which is really like a fancy towel, for all you Hitchhiker’s Guide fans). Stratford in the summer is like Michigan and Minnesota in the summer–hot and humid. Outdoors, the sun and humidity combines to sear my skin and cause blisters, even with SPF-1-Million. A scarf provides a light layer of protection between me and that kind of heat.

Summer festival style with scarves

Although this photo wasn’t taken at Stratford this was an outfit I wore there.In addition, windowless, air-conditioned buildings can get chilly, especially when I sit still for two hours at a time. Never do I visit my beloved Stratford without a scarf to keep the sun off and the chill out. It is both an accessory and a necessity.

Make sure to click over to her website to hear the rest of the story….

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And you may not always think about scarves in the summer, but I’ve found some that really are smart !

  • Loved the story, thanks for sharing with us! The several scarfs you posted are very trendy! I am super into scarfs myself, so I will check them out.
    Isn’t That Charming.

    • Thanks Emily!!
      I have been finally figuring out how to wear the scarves I have! It’s only taken me 50 years, haha!!

  • I’ve enjoyed reading the posts from Sherry the past year Jodie. A scarf is an essential item in my book! You can do so much with a scarf and totally switch an outfit with them. My collection is growing!

    • I think I’m finally seeing the benefits of scarves—the advantage of getting older, I guess!!
      I’ve always had some because my mom would buy them for me, but I never appreciated them as much as I do now!!
      Thanks Laurie!!

  • PetiteOver40

    Thank you for doing this Fab Collab with me, Jodie! I love reading all the comments from others and seeing how I’m not alone in my hesitance around traditional festivals. The Stratford Festival is right up my alley. I can take each play at a time and the atmosphere is incredibly civilized. There are no long lines at the bathroom, no drunken tumbles, and no pushing through crowds to see the stage. 🙂 In addition, it’s climate controlled–which is why I need a scarf! One person’s “delightfully cool” is another person’s Arctic Circle! 🙂

    I’m excited for your, Nancy’s, and Charlotte’s stories to post in the coming three days! You three have some fun things to share!


    • It’s really you I should thank, Sherry!! You came up with this fabulous idea of creating a post around an older photo and sharing stories associated with it!! I would never have been so creative!!

  • I loved Sherry’s story! How can you not love a festival that celebrates The Bard! I’ve always loved Shakespeare! And that adorable sundress! I feel like I need one just like it in my closet!

    • PetiteOver40

      Thank you, Ronnie! I am certain you would look fabulous in a Marimekko sundress!

    • It’s funny because we were just talking about this at book club last night. We don’t love Shakespeare all that much, but some of the plays can be so fun!! I guess it’s reading it that is so hard!!

  • Judy Gramith

    I enjoyed Sherry’s full post so much. She’s not only a lovely, fashionable person but one excellent storyteller. I really enjoy these collaborations!

    • PetiteOver40

      You are so kind, Jude! Thank you!

    • Isn’t she amazing, Jude??
      I keep hoping that the more I hang out with her, some of it will rub off on me…ha ha!!

  • I also take a scarf everywhere I go. I pretty much have to I think to justify my extensive scarf collection… 😉

    I love Sherry in both outfits and loved learning about her history with The Stratford Festival!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Now that’s the perfect rationalization, Andrea!! I’ve even gotten to the point where I have one in the car, just in case!!

  • Jeanette Humphries Radmall

    I love her in both pictures! So cute!

  • Blue scarf is lovely. How pretty are the memories.

  • Missy May

    Oh that blue dress is everything here. I love going to festivals, but something the crowd can be too much for me. Lol!

    • I know exactly what you mean, Missy! Crowds are not my friend, but we did just visit Red Rocks a couple of weeks ago. The venue is so classic, and at least it was a controlled crowd!!

  • I just realized…I have zero photos of me growing up. Oh well, I have a zillion photos of me now! Love her bright colored dress!

    • Really?? Where you shy in front of the camera, or just the last kid??
      I love looking through all my mom’s old photos of me–of course, I was the only kid, so there are quite a few!!

      • There are a few photos of us but my sister has them all. I took photos of the photos while I was visiting her.

  • jess

    Love Sherry’s bright colors as the blue scarf looks becoming on her. Enjoyed reading about the summer festival.. one thing I enjoy in the summer too.
    Have a great week Jodie!
    jess xx

    • Yes—you are a summer festival girl, aren’t you, Jess???

  • That blue dress is so cute, I love how it looks on you!

    My Vogue Style |

  • Love your picks!

    Have an awesome day!
    xx Kris

  • Coco Cami

    Great post, thanks for sharing! These festival looks are so stylish 🙂

    Camille xo

  • Len Dela Peña Parent

    Absolutely amazing photos! You look absolutely gorgeous!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Have a wonderful week!

    Much love, Len


    • Thanks so much Len!! I hope you stop back for the rest of our stories this week!!!

  • I love the scarves tat you selected. And your festival looks are all so elegant and stylish. I like the dress that Sherry wore to her first Stratford festival in 2003!

    I am always wearing boring looks when we go to a music festival as I don’t want to destroy my nice clothes.

    • I can understand that thought—of course, as we get older, we probably don’t get as crazy too….ha ha!!
      Thanks Miri!!

  • I agree that scarves can completely change a look. Love Sherry’s dress!

    • Scarves are so much more versatile than I ever thought!!
      Isn’t her dress just so pretty??
      Thanks Kathrine!!

  • Karen

    Great idea about the scarves! I typically forget to pack one, but always remember the towel for some reason! Love Sherry’s dress with the abstract design, and the picture of her and her husband is wonderful, and 2003 wasn’t all that long ago! They look like a really fun couple!

    • I’ve been trying to make sure I throw on a scarf for the plane whenever I travel—so that has been so helpful. And I finally just put one in the car—to stay there. It’s only taken me 50 years to figure this out—ha ha!!
      Sherry & Mike are a super couple—I almost wouldn’t recognize him from this photo, because he’s lost a ton of weight since this time!!

  • I love Sherry’s story and her “now” outfit. I’ve never been to a pop festival and now that “glamping” is all the rage I think I may be able to get Mr Mutton to come as well!

    • I can totally relate Gail!! My idea of roughing it is a hotel without room service..ha ha!!

  • We have so many festivals here where I live and this post reminds I need to make sure to attend! Great post Jodie! Peace!

  • Fun idea for the post! I need to go to more festivals. People post about them regularly and I always think I am missing out!

    P.S. I would love it if you ever came for a visit!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • I have to laugh when you said that, because we went to many festivals when I was younger, but now I feel so old!! In fact, we just went to Red Rock, to see the 2Cellos, and it was amazing—but I was annoyed I forgot my earplugs (see—old age!! haha)