The Fab Collab Celebrates Christmas at 50 Plus

 Holiday Collaboration for 4 Generations.

Holiday Styles for 4 Generations From Jodie’s Perspective

Holiday Collaboration for 4 Generations.

It’s that time again when Sherry, from Petite Over 40, is joining us in a Fab Collab. This time we’re going to take you back to our holiday memories and clothing we wore for the occasion. If you missed the earlier versions, you can see Sherry’s (the 40’s model) history here.

Jodie’s Story about her Christmas Picture Memories

Ahhhh…the Christmas time when the “ugly Christmas sweaters” were actually thought of as cute! Yes, I lived in the decade when we wore these sweaters around the holiday with pride and joy! The green one I am wearing here in this photo is actually a sweatshirt, but really, it’s no different. This was one of my favorites because I thought it was charming to be thought of as a “gift”.

And then my mom actually sewed on a sign in fabric for the back of the sweatshirt that said “Do not open until Christmas.” We thought we were so clever—-and of course, we were!

Holiday Collaboration for 4 Generations.

This photo was taken in 1989, on a winter break when we would all come back home from college and catch up with friends.  It was always such a great feeling reconnecting with friends during this short break. It is amazing to me; how good friends can make you feel like there is nothing wrong in the world again! The three women in this picture are still close to my heart. Even if we don’t see each other regularly, when we do meet up, it’s as if things haven’t changed a bit. And that’s really the true meaning of friendship, right?

That and the fact that your friends let you wear silly clothes and didn’t make fun of you!! Ha ha—like I said, some things never change!

Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: I’ve gotten away from the holiday sweaters now! So for my present day look I grabbed my gold, sequined skirt and styled around it!

Being a bit of a rebel, I love to think outside the lines of red & green for the holiday season, nowadays. Holiday Collaboration for 4 Generations.

I knew I’d want to wear my OTK boots since they are the best at keeping me warm! They also have gold detailing on the back and on the inside of the heel (it’s hard to see in these pictures).

Holiday Collaboration for 4 Generations. at Christmas

I’ve been trying hard to incorporate and  wear all of the sweaters that I’ve knitted since I spent a ton of time knitting them! This one is one of my favorites (do I say that about all of them?—well, they are kinda like kids) due to the pattern on the front and the shawl collar.

Holiday Collaboration for 4 Generations. for Christmas

The back of the sweater is just plain stockinette stitch (regular sweater for those who don’t speak knitting)! I pulled my hair back on the one side with a sparkly barrette!

Holiday Collaboration for 4 Generations.

I really wanted to wear these furry earrings because I think they add a bit of whimsy to the overall outfit. And since I grabbed them, I had to add in the fuzzy scarf too! No sense being too serious any more, right?

Holiday Collaboration for 4 Generations.

Back before I started knitting, my mom had taken it up along with her sewing. And she made me this scarf probably 20 years ago. There was a time, I thought I’d never wear it again, and I tried to rip it out so I could reuse the yarn. Needless to say it wouldn’t come undone (that’s good, quality knitting for you) and so I figure I should wear it with joy!

Holiday Collaboration for 4 Generations.

Skirt: INC-thrifted (similar here with pleats and here with sequins)~~Cardigan: I knitted it (similar here with faux shearling or here with a shawl collar)~~Top: LOFT (similar here)~~Boots: Betseyville (similar here)~~Scarf: (similar here in faux fur)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Feel free to share your ugly Christmas sweater memories—it makes my day to hear other people’s stories! 

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Here’s some metallic gold items to bring in the holiday cheer!

  • Kathleen McDermott

    You look like a princess. Or a beautiful doll. SO much fun to dress up for the holidays.

    • It is fun….that’s why I think I started the blog—-it’s like a constant holiday time!!
      Thanks Kathleen!!

  • I think I could knit one, purl two, drop three, and that’s about it GRIN how fabulous do you look, Jodie??? My first impression was that you looked like the prettiest, most endearing pixie ever. And I think I often I don’t realise how youthful and fresh your expressions are when covered by your glasses so it’s very nice to you without them here, I honestly would never think you’re a day over 35. Suffice to say I adore your outfit, especially those boots and the knitted wonder that was born of your two hands. Love love love. Many hugs, Sheela

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Knitting isn’t all that hard, really. To me it’s kinda like cooking….you follow a recipe and ta da, you have a product! Let’s just say my first ever piece of knitting is not one I have kept due to all the mistakes! But luckily, it’s gotten easier over the years—and prettier!!
      Thanks for the beautiful words, my dear Sheela!

  • How talented ! I wished I could knit like that. Booties are about as far as I can get! The scarf id lovely. I would wear that a lot. Beautiful photo of you Jodie. I wish you all a happy new year xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Laurie!!
      Knitting is definitely my hobby—it’s a little creative even though I’m following a pattern & it gives me very unique things to wear!!

  • I think you look lovely, sparkly and still warm (that is how I like it too). You looked gorgeous in college and you look gorgeous now. I am amazed at your knitting skills. I would never have put on a scarf if I had been able to knit such a collar haha. Would have wanted to show off my work.
    And to tell you the truth… I find your green sweater so nice. So much better than reindeer sweaters. And I find it cute too that you are a wrapped parcel to open. Hilarious that your mum sewed that sign for the back. I would still wear this and I am not a Christmas sweater person either.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      What a nice thing to say, Greetje—really you’re entire comment just made me smile!
      I’ve been laughing at how many of the younger bloggers are wearing the “ugly” christmas sweaters again. And there’s a part of me that wished I hadn’t thrown them out. But I am a purger by nature….one in and one out. And who knew they’d come back into style? But this is one I think we could easily duplicate as a DIY project. A green sweatshirt, some ribbon and a little sewing/gluing and we’d be good to go!!

  • Oh My gosh . . . the old school pictures are soo cute. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.

    Life is just Rosie

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Rosie!!

  • That’s a fun sweatshirt!

    I really like your Christmas outfit – great colors, and I love your sweater (you are so talented!) and what awesome boots! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Wishing you a healthy & happy 2017!


    Wellness Notes

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for the kind words Andrea!
      I do love knitting—it ticks off my creative side. I’m not super creative, for instance, I can’t just make up my own design & pattern. But I definitely feel somewhat creative since very few women have the same sweater!!

  • beautiful skirt and boots! such a fun and festive outfit!!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Stephanie!!

  • LOL The story behind your picture is hilarious. Yes to the curly side bangs and the original ugly Christmas sweaters! I definitely remember my mom and aunts wearing them when I was younger. A few of them still wear them, but without the irony with which the younger generations wear them. Ha! I love all the embellishments and textures in your modern-day look. It just goes to show that you can give an outfit personality by combining different elements in special ways. You don’t have to rely on a single sweater to bring all the personality on its own.

    <3 Liz

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s funny how those Christmas sweaters were such the “thing” back then. And when they went out of style, I really grew to despise them (isn’t that awful?). So when I see them now, I really groan and have a hard time wrapping my head around them. That must be how other woman get when other styles resurface.
      But how can you love something so much and then hate it so much?

  • Helen Greenwell

    I love your boots! Actually, the whole outfit is smashing. That touch of gold in your sweater is perfect with your gold skirt, and then those boots!

    You all look lovely. It looks like your rebel spirit comes from your mom. I like her non-traditional holiday look. And I adore your stepmom’s red sweater. Divine!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Helen!!
      It is fun to add in some unexpectedness into our outfits, right?

  • The color of these boots is gorgeous and the outfit is still so festive!

    Kirsten |

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Kirsten!! I admit, I’m a huge lover of OTK boots now since I purchased these!!

  • Kristin Kohler

    I agree with you on taking a break from the usual red and green. The gold and berry tones are very festive and fun!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Kristin!! I think I used to be more traditional when I was younger…but it’s way more fun to stand out now!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    This is a beautiful holiday outfit. I love purple anyway, and it looks so pretty with the white scarf and the gold skirt. Love that skirt by the way! Superbly done, Jodie. Have a very Merry Christmas! – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Amy!!
      Merry Christmas to you & your family too!!

  • A very festive outfit Jodie! You look beautiful!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Carmen!!

  • What fun to see a history of fashion through the years!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Michele—I just love looking at our old photos!!

  • How awesome that you are wearing one of your own creations!

    You and your Mom are darn creative and funny with that Christmas sweater. Love it!

    The colour of those boots is wonderful.

    Merry Christmas!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Suzanne!!

  • marcia

    omg what a fab post and those boots!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Marcia!

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    What great outfits! Just love yours Jodie, and the colors you put together! Thanks for linking this post on #winterwonders!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Terri!!

  • Merry Christmas to the fab collab!!! Love your holiday outfits!

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Cielo!! And back atcha!!

  • Jean Ann

    Jodie this outfit is great I love the whole thing! I still wear Christmas sweatshirts! Have a red one on now;)

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Jean Ann!!
      Well they are coming back as the Ugly Christmas Sweaters!! See—you’re ahead of me in this fashion trend!!

  • mummabstylish

    Such a lovely read, so lucky to have special friends in your life, I totally agree there is nothing quite like it. x Super outfit too and wow your knitting is superb! Great to link up Jodie – have a Happy Christmas. Jacqui

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Jacqui!!

  • Laura

    Stunning! I love the plum and gold together and those OTK boots are fabulous! I just love how warm OTK boots are! Functional fashion at its finest!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s exactly why I love the OTK boots so much! I never thought they be my faves—but I have a feeling, I’ll be getting more pairs in the future!!
      Thanks for the very nice words, Laura—I really appreciate it!

  • Color AndGrace

    I am always amazed by your content! Very unique and real. By the way, the lady on the right of your old photo, is her name Maureen?

    Thank you so much for your kind comments on my blog and don’t forget to come back every Monday, Wednesday and Friday to join the linkup party!

    Take care and see you around!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for the kind words Grace!
      That is Maureen—do you know her? I guess that would be entirely possible since you live in Detroit and she’s in Novi!!

      • Color AndGrace

        OMG! What a small world! She was my principal when I worked at her school. She is such a great person and I loved her! 🙂

        • Jodie Filogomo

          I know you hear how it’s a small world—but this is such a great example of it!!
          She’s an assistant superintendent now for that school system! And doesn’t she look exactly the same from before?

          • Color AndGrace

            Wow! So happy for her! I am not surprised to hear her promotion. She is a great leader and a great friend. Yes, she looks just the same and that is why I can recognize her. Please tell her that I congrats her and thanks her for all the help she havs given to me if you will see her this holiday! Thank you so much! 🙂

          • Jodie Filogomo

            I’ve forwarded your comment to Maureen!! It’s such a great story that you recognized her!!!
            Merry Christmas to you & your family, Grace!

  • Mireille

    Lovely outfit, I think it would me nice for a low key new year’s eve or a new years day outfit!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Mireille—I totally think you’re right!!

  • Love this outfit! And oh wow – those earrings are amazing! I really, really adore them!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Aren’t they so fun, Lindsey? Sometimes I feel too old to wear them, but hey, life is short!!

  • Stunning boots and the earrings are fantastic. Never seen earrings like that! I think the skirt with the boots and the sweater look great together. The skirt looks a bit golden. Is it?

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Nancy!
      The skirt is what I would consider gold more than yellow! Of course maybe it’s the sequins that make me think that!!??

  • PetiteOver40

    I’m so glad you didn’t rip out the scarf, Jodie, because it is so fun and yet sophisticated at the same time! I adore your whole “rebellious” outfit because it has that Christmas-y sparkle and glam about it while still being bright and fun.

    As always, thank you for joining me in these Fab Collabs! You motivate and inspire me so much!! 💕

    Hugs and Merry Christmas!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m glad it wouldn’t rip out either. I remember when I thought it wasn’t serious enough since I was an adult—but that’s a load of phooey I now believe!!

  • Tina von tinaspinkfriday

    So an amazing post. Love it so much ♥️

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tina!!

  • Jodie you look gorgeous. So lovely to wear clothes that don’t just look fantastic but were made by you and your mom.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Gail. And you’re so right—-it does feel great to wear things that were created by love!

  • Nicole Mölders

    Your boots are the hit! What a great find!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Nicole—I have to admit that I love them! In fact, I just wore them last night to our book club holiday party!!

  • Judy Gramith

    Not only do you look cozy , sparkly and happy but I LOVE the fact that you’ve paired the sweater you made, with the scarf your mom made, the vintage skirt purchased from another dear blogger, trendy new boots and jolly new earrings! PERFECTION I tell you!!
    I also love that you chose the post high school, pre-career years to reminisce about. Hey! That present sweater is great!!!
    Happiest Holidays Jodie and family!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for the lovely compliments, Jude!!
      This skirt isn’t Suzanne’s, but I did wear Suzanne’s last night to my book club holiday party. And I took a photo of it to text to you—needless to say I left my phone at the hostess’ house (yes, it was that kind of party–hee hee), so hopefully I’ll be able to retrieve it tonight!! I paired it with the gold turtleneck like you suggested!! And I loved how it turned out!!

      • Judy Gramith

        You know I kinda thought I might be wrong about the skirt because I did remember it being floor length. Looking forward to the photos of that outfit!! Suzanne too I imagine!

        • Jodie Filogomo


  • Love your photos. I love the holidays for the same reason you said, and those friends who you can see and it’s like you’ve still seen and kept in touch with them everyday because you can just pick right back up where you left off! Love your pretty festive skirt!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Laura!!

  • Oh, you look so pretty! I really like the color palette you chose and think your sweater and skirt are just beautiful. I am glad you weren’t able to rip apart that scarf because it is wonderful and frames your face perfectly.

    And, the days of the Christmas sweaters… Ha! It’s fun to see them back as ugly sweaters now.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      The ugly sweater thing just totally cracks me up!! I realize that everything comes back around in style, but I guess I thought these were over and done!! It’s so funny to see them on the younger girls now!!
      Thanks for the nice sentiments, Jennie!!

  • What!!?? You made that beautiful sweater!!! The stitchwork is incredible. I mean, your outfit is supercute, but I’m just going to linger on the detailing of your sweater, okay?

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Em!! (And that’s what my husband would tell me to say—but I would tell you that there is a mistake on the lower front area that bums me out—I didn’t see it under I was half way done and I didn’t correct it! I guess it just keeps it real, right?)

  • Great post, Jodie you look great now and back then. I actually love your Christmas sweater. Have a lovely day! Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gemma!!
      It just cracks me up how the Christmas sweaters are coming back in style—as Ugly ones! My mom is going to kill me for having her give most of hers away!!