How a Colorful Wardrobe Matches Our Thrifty Soul

I know many women talk about feeling invisible as they get older, and in my humble opinion, part of that is the fact that many women wear more neutrals and play it safe with color pairings.

I’ve always thought that our mental attitude shows through with what we wear whether we purposely plan that or not. The inverse of that can be powerful also in that if you wear happy colors, it can give your mood a boost.

Just as with the advice for what to wear for chemo, color can play a powerful role in our attitude.

And for those of you interested in trying to wear more color, I would suggest buying preloved items to see which colors resonate with you.

Both Lesley and my mom, Charlotte, wore blue outfits which I will showcase here. Click over to my site to see my favorite color (spoiler alert, I love them all).

Skirt: Chicos-Goodwill ~~ Vest: Naomi & Ruth ~~ Top: Croft & Barrow-Kohls ~~ Shoes: Enzo Angiolini-thrifted~~ Scarf: Made from shortening hem of skirt~~ Purse: no label-thrifted

Charlotte: A Blue But Happy Colorful Wardrobe

Charlotte has always claimed that blue is her favorite color. The funny thing is that if you ever google it, blue is the favorite color of a majority of people.

Maybe that’s because blue is well known to be soothing and it is the color of the sea and sky.

What I appreciate about my mom is that she is open to wearing many different colors and has (mostly) taken the color black out of her wardrobe (at least the black things near her face)

My mom tells the story that even in high school, her clothes were predominantly blue. She remembers looking into her closet and seeing a sea of blue clothes. Which prompted her to make a conscious effort to buy other colors.

She remarked that yellow is her next favorite color and she especially likes blue and yellow together. What I applaud my mom for with this look is how there is no yellow in the skirt, yet she added it in anyways. And it looks fabulous.


Let me point out a couple of details about my mom’s colorful wardrobe selection. I found this skirt for her while thrifting (it’s a Chico brand and was in the wrong size section). I was so glad that she opted to purchase it because skirts are such a wonderful option for staying cool in the summer heat.

Did you notice that

1-The scarf is the same print as the skirt. My mom shortened the skirt and didn’t want to waste the leftover material. So she created a skinny scarf out of it. Skinny scarves can be used more than just around your neck. I created a video of 4 options.

2-Charlotte is using a “belt buckle” as a scarf clip. You can find these on Amazon in all kinds of styles and colors. It makes the question of how to tie your scarf easier to figure out.

3- Her vest is actually a tank top. But why not layer it over (or under) another top?

Dress: Kiara- Goodwill~~ Kimono: Chicos ~~ Shoes: City Classified- Bealls ~~ Necklace: made by Lesley’s daughter Richlyn~~ Bracelet: Estate sale~~ Earrings: Macys~~ Purse: no label~~ Purse Strap: bought in Sedona

Lesley: Blue and Yellow for the Win

Just like Charlotte, Lesley is enamored with the color blue. Not just for her colorful wardrobe, but if you remember seeing the inside of her place, it was predominantly blue there too.

What impressed me the most with Lesley’s outfit was her openness to print mix. If you really think about it, most of us decorate with different prints in a room or area, yet many of us are shy about trying it with our outfits.

Lesley shows you a perfect example of how to do this. If you have a favorite color, then I bet you have a couple of prints incorporating that color. And many times those prints will shine next to each other.


Definitely check out the purse strap on Lesley’s yellow purse. It’s not the one that came with the purse, but one of those fun ones that you can switch out. At first, I didn’t think I would want to do that with my purses, but once I bought one and tried it, I was hooked.

If you are looking for fun and colorful straps that you can change out, there are a ton of options on Amazon.

I really love how there is no yellow in the dress or kimono, yet it’s a wonderful contrast color that Lesley has scattered throughout her accessories and shoes.

In fact, yellow is such a great color for a pair of summer shoes as we have shown in the past.

Make sure to pop over to my site to see my rendition of a colorful wardrobe. And while you're at it, make sure to sign up for my emails where I share loads of inspirational articles and tidbits.

My Goal

Thank you for visiting my space on the internet. I like to showcase how it’s never too late to look great for women of any age, size, or working with any kind of budget.

I feel I’m here to help move beyond the fashion rules of yesterday and evolve. Style and clothes are made to give you joy. Not cause us stress because we are worried about what others think.

My hope is that you get ideas and inspiration from Charlotte, Lesley, and myself. It’s not about copying what we wear, but about using what you already have and updating items along the way.

Most of all it’s getting us to think differently and dare I say, have fun.

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Jodie Filogomo
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