Western Wear 1 (Footwear)

Fashion for Women in their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

Western Wear for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: Footwear

Quote of the day: “Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.” – Deepak Chopra

As I’ve said time and time again, I always love a good challenge. So when a lovely reader named Janet, asked if I could style Western Wear, I thought I might as well go gung-ho and fashion an entire series around the subject.

My goal for this series was to try to put together the western pieces in a somewhat modern style. I didn’t want us to look like we were dressing up for a costume party (not that there’s anything wrong with that!). And considering that one of my favorite words in styling lately is dichotomy—I thought this might actually work.

So the toughest part of this challenge for me was to come up with three separate categories using what the three of us already had in our closets! And I’m sure many of you might think that since we live in Denver, Colorado (the wild, wild West) that we’d have a ton of western style items! Well, we really don’t. Denver is not the cow town that many imagine anymore. Certainly there still are those people that still own horses in the outlining suburbs, but with the growth that Denver has seen in the last 10 years, it’s less and less.

Thus my first thought when coming up with the Western Wear categories was footwear. Only because you know (if you’ve been reading awhile) how much I love my shoes!! And to add in variety, I made sure we didn’t all wear cowboy boots!

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Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: First, the story behind these boots! They are probably 30 years old, and I fell in love with them one year in college! I can’t remember the specifics except that they were $50 (a lot of money at the time) and I vacillated for weeks before actually buying them. And as good as I am about purging clothing that I don’t wear anymore, I have hung onto these time and time again! You can see they are denim, with the pockets & belt loops included! I just think they are the most ingenious pair of boots ever!

I added my chambray shirt dress as a duster over my white shirt & jeans. The true reasoning behind this was the fact we were going out to eat, and I knew that the restaurant would be chilly! Especially since my new shirt that mom made is sleeveless!!

Dress as Duster: Banana Republic (similar here in a darker wash and here in a lighter wash but doesn’t button all the way down)~~Jeans: LOFT (here)~~Top: Mom made (similar here)~~Boots: (similar here with sparkles or here as an UGG)~~Brooch: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

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Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: Nancy doesn’t have a pair of tall cowboy boots in her closet. However, she bought these ankle boots last winter and I thought they’d be perfect for variety sake of our Western Wear theme.

I paired them with her skinny jeans (rolled up to show off the boots better) and a colorful blouse. I picked this blouse because it had details of the darker brown in it. But from far away you certainly don’t pick up on that very easily. I might consider the boots a little too dark for this outfit now that I look back. What do you think?

Jeans: Chaps (similar here)~~Top: Lemon Grass (similar here)~~Boots: White Mountain (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here not as sparkly)~~Earrings: (similar here under $10)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

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Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: Of course my mother still has her cowboy boots from 35 years ago when we traveled to New Mexico and visited the Dingo store. I even think I got a pair at the same time on that trip. However, since I wear a larger size now, they have been given away.

Mom’s fringe skirt was her first suggestion to pair with the boots. Did you see the post on how I made the skirt here? Even though I didn’t want us to appear too western, I thought the two looked fine together.

Skirt: (similar here longer & expensive)~~Top: Charter Club (similar here)~~Boots: Dingo (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)


Jude (my blogette): I keep telling Jude she’s a natural for this fashion blogging thing—she has all the same categories that I’ve been publishing! Here she is in her print boots embracing the Western Wear theme!! 

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  • Kathleen McDermott

    I love all of the boots in this post, but yours are particularly unique and appealing. Wonder if anyone makes denim boots – someone must! Jude’s boots are gorgeous – must find pair of patterned boots! While Nancy’s boots are deep, they are not too dark in my opinion. Love Charlotte’s skirt.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Aren’t my boots something so different? I really have to remember to wear them more often since I’ve kept them so long!!
      I bet you’ll be able to find some patterned boots in the fall season. It seems like all I see right now are sandals!!

  • Great looks! I love the diversity! Thanks for linking up and hope to see you again next Wednesday!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Annessa!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    I know I am going backwards in commenting on your posts, but that’s because I am catching up, again. Ha, ha. Those jean boots are really cool and I can see why when you saw them back in college you wanted them. They are made of denim! What’s not to love! I think Nancy’s booties are cute and do have a sort of Western flare to them. Mom is rocking the Western look with her fringe skirt and cowboy boots. What a fun challenge to come up with a series on western wear. You did a great job. – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Going forwards or backwards is all good Amy—how nice of you to check them out!!
      We just went into a Murdoch’s store the other day (which is basically a ranch store..so I think cowboy) but there were a lot of things I wouldn’t consider western!!) So maybe western has melded into fashionable?
      Thanks for being such a great supporter—it means the world to me!

  • You ladies look fabulous, what a nice collaboration and I love all of the different takes on western wear.
    Rachel xo

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Rachel—it is fun to have a theme to work with each week—otherwise how do you pick what to wear? (I guess it’s only a problem when you have too many clothes—ha ha!!)

  • mummabstylish

    Fabulous little denim boots! also love the fringe suede skirt! All of these looks are work so well. Jacqui

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Jacqui!!
      It was fun going with a different theme!!

  • HappyFace313

    🙂 Oh, wow!”…these boots were made for walkin’…”
    How cool, that you still have your jeans booties from ages ago. They look great and I really like the details – pockets and so.
    Your mom’s red skirt is be-au-ti-ful!!!
    Have a very HAPPY day and greetings from Austria 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      What a fun comment—thank you so much for making me smile today!!

  • I am in love with your denim boots, Jodie!!! Love them! And your mom looks sooo cute in her fringed skirt and boots!

    Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Luci!!
      It is fun to pull out the older things in our closet once in a while!!

  • Lanae Bond

    Your boots are so unique! I never really thought of Denver as the wild west type any way! lol So I am glad that was not wrong.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Well I’m glad to hear you say that Lanae!! Maybe that reputation has gone away—because it has many great offerings now! Good food, great microbrews, theater and art!!

  • How unique are those denim booties?! I really love the red fringed skirt too!

    Have a fabulous day ladies!


    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tamara!! It is fun to have unique items—I know you agree after seeing your jean jacket!!

  • Jodi, I love love your boots. I remember those days too. Remember the purses we used to make out of old denim jeans that’s what those boots remind me of lol … I didn’t know you live in Denver. My son’s lives there and boy has it grown. I was born there and we were there last Fall for a visit … but I have to say I still love CO xo

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It is a fabulous place to live!!
      Next time you’re in town, we should meet for coffee!!!

      • That would be awesome Jodie! I’m planning a trip out there late Fall Early Winter if all things work out … xo

        • Jodie Filogomo

          Fabulous—definitely email me if you get definite plans!!

  • Perfect western wear looks ( although I have lived in the Southeast and South) so I am not the expert! Love the interpretation with the fringe, brown booties and your jean boots along with the jean shirt dress as jacket. You all look great!
    thanks for linking up with turning heads tuesday
    jess xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Everyone’s perspective is quite different, isn’t that the truth!
      But if you say it’s perfect—then I’m good!!! 🙂

  • Growing up in Oklahoma and having a dad who was raised on and still own a farm, boots have always been part of my closet. You all look great, and I think you definitely styled them in a modern way.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      When you said that, I realized that they probably have a more meaningful function than just looking good, huh?

  • fun theme for your outfits! you ladies are darling!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Kelsey!! I love your input!!

  • Stevie Turner

    More fringes! I love that fringed skirt!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      How cute Stevie!! We really need to get you some since you love it so much!!!

      • Stevie Turner

        Tassels and fringes. Don’t know why, but I love them!

        • Jodie Filogomo

          :)—then you should definitely wear them!!

  • Western style is great! I love it! It is comfortable, and thanks to you it can be very stylish! All three looks are just perfect!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Olya!!

  • You are the shoe queen! These are so much fun 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I am slightly addicted to shoes….but in my defense, I am older and have has more time to accumulate?? (that’s my mom’s reasoning too!!)

  • What? 30 years? My! And they are unique! Never seen boots like it. I really am a big fan of your mother! That skirt and the boots look so great on her! I wished women of her age in the Netherlands would be as stylish as she is! Lovely serie Jodie. I also love the way your site enters my head(dont know how to say it properly, expressing feelings goes better in your own language) so cheerful and with lots of fun!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Nancy—what a beautiful comment—thank you so much for your lovely words and support!!

  • All of these looks are great! And I especially love the story behind the denim boots!!!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tif!!

  • I spent much of my life in Alberta…very much cowboy country and still have a love of cowboy boots.

    I’m impressed with your Mom’s look and fringe skirt. I love the authentic cowboy boots.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Suzanne!!
      I have my dad’s cowboy boots which are snakeskin—but I never wear them. It’d be a fun project to get them out and dust them off!! And definitely a conversation starter!!

  • Oh I love western styles and boots! You ladies are nailing these looks. Loved the post. Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Gemma!!

  • Laura

    Jude’s boots are so cute! Love all the colors! All of your shoes are amazing and I like all the variety you incorporated!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laura!
      I have a pair of my dad’s cowboy boots, but I never wear them—I really should and see what I could come up with!!

  • So many cute boots going on! I think Nancys boots look fabulous! And I love those adorable cowboy boots Charlotte is wearing! Just adorable!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Ruth!!
      Do you have any?

  • What a fun series! Your boots are so unique and fun. I think I remember seeing a similar pair back in the day and thinking they were so cool. Everyone looks great and not over the top.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jennie!!
      That would be hilarious if you had bought these same boots!! Great minds, you know?

  • PetiteOver40

    Yee haw! You all look fabulous in your updated Western looks! You’d fit right in to a Texas BBQ! ❤️

    – Sherry

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Hey—as long as there is food involved—we’ll be there!!

  • Round one goes to…your mom! Super cute look!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      She’ll be happy you think so Darlene!! (And I’m happy she likes the skirt I did for her—she wasn’t so sure about it when I proposed the idea!!)

  • Judy Gramith

    Who doesn’t love a bit of the wild and wooly West in their fashion? There’s something very American about this type of clothing. I’ve always loved the fact that designer Ralph Lauren includes this look in all of his collections. You and your mom hanging on to your boots for 30+ years is testimony to their enduring style!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I never even thought about Ralph Lauren in this direction Jude!! But it’s true—it is the history of the United States in a way, so might as well embrace it!!

  • You kept them 30 years-definitely a sign of love. You know I have things like that too. I came pretty close to buying a pair of western boots about twenty years ago but decided not to. They are pretty much normal wear where I live. Your Mom looks great in hers. I remember the skirt because I believe that is the first time I found your blog. This was a joy to read, I loved you background stories. I do a pseudo western style. In fact, my first fashion blog back on January 3rd was be in my Alpaca outback hat with my alpacas.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I like that term—pseudo western!!
      Really it all depends on our perspective, right? But I do think it’s fun to incorporate the unexpected into our outfits at times…I just have to remember to do it!! Ha ha!

  • RedTagChicLA

    Wow western look at its finest!!!

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    Happy Tuesday!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Rebecca!!

  • Love the western boot trend and just got another pair! You’ll have to tell Nancy, I always love what she picks out for herself too!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Laura—I will tell her and she’ll appreciate the thought!!

  • Queen of Rods

    Great post, Jodie. I can’t wait to see what you do with the rest of this series 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much for the idea Janet!! You could wear some of your western things, and be my blogette on Saturday—since it was all your idea? Email me if you’re interested!!!

      • Queen of Rods

        Thank you for your kind offer, Jodie, but I am more of a “behind the scenes” person 🙂

        • Jodie Filogomo

          I totally understand Janet—but if you ever change your mind on any of my themes…I’d be happy to include you!!

  • Bernadette Laganella

    Love that you kept those boots all these years.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      My mom will tell me “see—you shouldn’t throw things away” because usually I’m all about purging. But there certainly are some items that are good to keep! They are starting to get a little worn on the toes though…