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Floral cardi and 50’s twist








” Oh, I need your love babe.. guess you know it’s true..” ” Hope you need my love babe, just like I need you..” ( Actually I played this on guitar and sang for my 4th grade talent show)…

Ahh, the good ‘ole 50’s and 60’s. Isn’t it funny that we think that many eras other than our own are so much better? Do you ever wish you lived in another era? Sometimes I think I could have been born in the Swing Era.  Being a musician, I love Billy Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald I listen to probably at least 4 days a week, and I adore swing bands like the classic Benny Goodman and Cab Calloway’s band. Did you ever hear of the song, “Minnie the Moocher”? It was a song done by Cab Calloway, but also more modern bands like Big Bad Voodoo Daddies. It is one of my favorites, give it a listen here.

However, now, when we think of 50-60s we think of alot of the Beatles, Do-Wop bands, Motown, and the like. I wrote a play, when I worked for a private school here in Charlotte, on American Bandstand. I don’t think you can bypass this era with out thinking of Dick Clark and American Bandstand. I had such fun writing the play for the 5th grade, having my own little “Dick Clark” in his cardboard TV set, and then all of the music that we associate with this time. Classics, Elvis, Chubby Checker, Beatles…

So, when I wore this skirt when my parents were here, my mom thought the only thing it missed was a poodle embroidered in the corner.  Cute huh? This skirt caught my eye for primarily the color, as I love red, and yes! red heads can wear red. I paired it with a poppy and floral cardigan, as truly was worn back then, the fitted cardigan and the flared circle skirt, as to keep proportions and draw the eye to the waist. The greatest thing as well, of this time, was that these skirts were made for dancing, and twirling. You better believe if I was able to, I would be twisting and shouting!

Cardigan: Loft ( old), Red skirt ( ZARA), Black Sofft Sandals, red necklace: 1928.com, purse, ( one of my favs: Rebecca Minkoff, similar)

Let me know in the comments section, if you think you could live in a different era, which and why? Was it the fashion or other things? Were you a fan of the 50s and 60s?


Have a great day!


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  • tammyhiveley
    Posted at 00:38h, 05 June Reply

    I like both eras. They are so different and unique in their own ways. It depends on my mood. :-). Tammy


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 08:50h, 05 June Reply

      Yes, I know what you are saying. As a person that graduated in music, I like so many different eras and music..thanks for dropping by! jess

  • Elle Berman
    Posted at 22:42h, 03 June Reply

    I do love this skirt on you I love the color and cut. I am actually pretty glad, though, that it does not have a poodle. I do love that era and the music that you referred to. You’re looking very gorgeous. Kisses,Elle

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 08:49h, 04 June Reply

      Thank you Elle!! Yes I would not have bought it if it had a poodle! Now, a shih tzu…hmmmm 🙂 You are sweet. The color is what first attracted me to it. xo jess

  • Nicole
    Posted at 23:53h, 01 June Reply

    This is such a great feminine look! I love that skirt. It looks great on you!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 08:19h, 02 June Reply

      Thank you! The skirt definately appealed to me, then a wanted a little cardigan to go with. One find on ebay.
      I appreciate you stopping by. xo jess

  • Darlene
    Posted at 11:49h, 30 May Reply

    I, too, believe I should have been able to live through the Swing Era. I’m not a musician, but a dancer, and LOVE dancing Swing, Lindy, and Jitterbug to Big Band music. I love that you paired a cardigan with the circle skirt. It’s fabulous on you. My mother, who had an extremely tiny waist, wore this type of outfit often when she was young.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 08:37h, 31 May Reply

      I totally agree, my husband and I took swing dancing lessons, when I was able, before my disease. The music is classic, true musicianship! I love hearing it, and that is amazing you can do the dances, keep it up! Thank you about my outfit. My waist is very small as well and I thought it would be the perfect style. Must be fun to look at your mom’s style then

  • Alena
    Posted at 06:08h, 30 May Reply

    Such a feminine and ladylike look, you look so relaxed sitting there! I love it!
    Have a lovely day and thank you so much for your support and sweet comments!
    Kiss from London,

    Alena | meet me stylish

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 07:42h, 30 May Reply

      Of course Alena,
      Hope your schooling is going well. Thank you for the comments! xo jess

  • Happiness at Mid Life
    Posted at 01:07h, 30 May Reply

    Great outfit – I am really loving these types of skirts lately. I think I want to live a little bit in every era, they all seem to have something special to them.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 07:40h, 30 May Reply

      Hi Alice, thank you for the lovely comment. i too, think there is so much uniqueness in fashion through the eras, we can definately associate certain clothes for certain time periods. Appreciate you stopping by, jess

  • Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style
    Posted at 00:32h, 30 May Reply

    Lovely floral cardigan and bright skirt! 😀

  • Lana
    Posted at 20:07h, 29 May Reply

    What a stunning outfit! That cardi is so beautiful. You look amazing!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 20:25h, 29 May Reply

      Oh thank you Lana. I appreciate you stopping by! I got the cardi for a good deal too :–) Ebay check it out sometimes. Lovely to say. jess xx

  • Inge
    Posted at 19:35h, 29 May Reply

    Yes, redheads can wear red! This is a lovely look.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 20:23h, 29 May Reply

      Thanks so much! I appreciate you stopping by and leaving me lovely feedback. Drop in again. Jess xx

  • Johanna Grange
    Posted at 17:14h, 29 May Reply

    Naturally I love that skirt…I am all about the midi these days. Cute Spring-y outfit!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:39h, 29 May Reply

      Thank you! I too love the midi skirt. I wear a fair amount of pencil and some mini skirts, so I was surprised in a good way how much I love the midi skirt. xo jess Stop by again. jess xo

  • Mary Murnane
    Posted at 15:15h, 29 May Reply

    Love this post, Jess! Reminds me so much of my beautiful mother! Love the 50s because of my mom’s amazing style aesthetic. Fabulous silhouettes and fabrics back then!

    As for your look – love that red skirt! You always inspire me with all the color you infuse into your looks. I’m determined to follow suit this summer. Stay tuned 😉 xox~M

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:38h, 29 May Reply

      Hi Mary!! Thanks so much for the lovely compliment. I agree about the 50s, quality clothing. ( Why is no one saying anything about the 70s? ) hehe. Perhaps we all love the music.. Hewndrix, all the classical music.. but the clothes ! Augh. Thanks so much about the skirt, I loved it when I first saw it. Mary, your style is timeless. Sweet of you to say things you have :-)) jess xo

  • Lady of Style
    Posted at 13:33h, 29 May Reply

    That’s a gorgeous skirt, Jess! I didn’t wera any red until maybe 3 years ago, can you believe it…? Now I love it, it is such a statement colour! Currently looking for a new red dress!
    Fashionwise the 50ies is my decade – I love the feminine dresses of that era!!

    Annette | Lady of Style

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 14:13h, 29 May Reply

      HI friend. Thank you! I saw it and couldn’t stop going back to look at it. I think that is when you know it is for you! I will be on the lookout for a red dress. The 50s had great clothes! Jess xo

  • Angela Reasonstodress
    Posted at 11:59h, 29 May Reply

    I love that sweet and feminine 50s skirt! And I also love Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, but have never heard of the swing bands before and I will be checking both of them out!! And I agree red heads can totally wear red and you look great, so fresh and vibrant!

    Angie from reasons to dress, life as a North American mom in Italy.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:11h, 29 May Reply

      Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate the lovely comments. Also look at Cherry Poppin Daddies, they have a new album out. I love swing. Thank you about the skirt and cardi, just a huge fan of Zara’s clothing too. Have a great weekend, jess xx

  • Monika
    Posted at 11:09h, 29 May Reply

    Very pretty, dear Jess!
    This skirt is awesome for you, the combination with the cardigan is just perfect. If I had to choose, I think it would be the 60ies, because of the Beatles, miniskirts and hairstyle. But actually I prefer to live in our time.
    Love Monika

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:17h, 29 May Reply

      Hi Monika. I love to hear what eras people like or liked and what reason. I am a huge jazz and big band era girl, so I would love that for music I think the 60s would have been neat we well. Thank you about the outfit, I loved the skirt, couldnt pass it up! Have a great day
      jess xo

  • Carrie
    Posted at 21:52h, 28 May Reply

    This outfit is gorgeous, Jess! I love the floral and color of the skirt. I have been looking for a skirt that color but haven’t found one I like or that fits. I just think it’s a beautiful color for spring and summer.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 07:52h, 29 May Reply

      THank you Carrie! Glad you stopped by. I am a huge floral fan, and always have been. Try Asos or Zara for the skirt. I love red as well. Have a great weekend! xx jess

  • Ashley
    Posted at 19:49h, 28 May Reply

    You look great Jess! I love that skirt!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 21:04h, 28 May Reply

      Thank you! I love it as well. I appreciate you stopping by Ashley! jess xx

  • Chelsey Patti
    Posted at 18:28h, 28 May Reply

    20’s for fashion, 40’s for the music and the era. Thanks for stopping by again lovely! That 50’s skirt is a great color on you! Like how you made it more modern with the floral shirt!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:51h, 28 May Reply

      I love the 20s too for fashion, and yes I agree for the music and era. Would have loved to met some of the greats. Ella, Billy, some of the big swing bands, Benny Goodman, Louis Prima… Thanks for stopping by, and leaving a lovely comment as well. xx jess stop by anytime ! jess

  • Jess Jannenga
    Posted at 17:05h, 28 May Reply

    Hi Steph! Absolutely I am a 40s girl as far as music. I love jazz of that era. Gloves hats, skirts.. Thank you for stopping by, missed ya! Appreciate the lovely comments . Jess 🙂

  • Jennie
    Posted at 17:02h, 28 May Reply

    Soo cute! I love the fifties vibe this outfit has going on. The red skirt looks so great with your adorable floral top. Love your delicate necklace, too!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:08h, 28 May Reply

      Thank you Jennie for stopping by. I also appreciate the lovely comments. I am a huge fan of Zara, you can find great skirts there jess xx

  • Tara
    Posted at 16:56h, 28 May Reply

    I love the print of your cardigan…so perfect with the red skirt

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:07h, 28 May Reply

      Thank you! I liked this print when it came out a few years ago in Loft, found it on Ebay, and then found a great skirt with it. Thank you for the lovely comment. :-)) jess

  • Cate @ Wild Ruffle
    Posted at 16:38h, 28 May Reply

    You are rocking that Zara skirt! I think I’d head back to the 80s and rat my mall hair up again. 😉

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:09h, 28 May Reply

      Oh My gosh!! Madonna, I had BIG hair! Lot of Aqua Net and big hair, big eyebrows … Great answer! I appreciate the comment on the skirt thank you. jess xx

  • Rebecca
    Posted at 14:40h, 28 May Reply

    Love the skirt!! It looks like it has the perfect twirl to it 🙂


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:10h, 28 May Reply

      THank you! Yes, absolutley lots of twirl factor! :-)) jess

  • fabulousso40s (@fabulousso40s)
    Posted at 14:24h, 28 May Reply

    Just adore your cardi, such a pretty floral, beautiful!!
    Also thank you for your lovely comment you left on my blog xx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:11h, 28 May Reply

      Thank you I appreciate your comments! I get some good finds on Ebay! 🙂 jess xx

  • Stella
    Posted at 13:02h, 28 May Reply

    Wow! This is solo beautiful! I love the 50s and yes, you hit them right.



    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:06h, 28 May Reply

      Thank you!! I appreciate you coming by hon. Thank so much for the kind words, I love this skirt. 🙂 xx jess

  • Rachel
    Posted at 12:06h, 28 May Reply

    You look beautiful darling! Love your floral top and this gorgeous red skirt!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:12h, 28 May Reply

      Thank you so much! So nice of you to say. I love red. :-)) jess xx stop by again.

  • Marianne
    Posted at 11:08h, 28 May Reply

    Love that red skirt! Isn’t zara the best store!?!? That floral cardigan is so pretty! Great look!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:09h, 28 May Reply

      Thank you! Yes Zara is awesome. I love that when i buy from them, I get the clothes in 2 days, and I love their clothes. Thank you for the lovely comment jess xx

  • Cheryl
    Posted at 08:13h, 28 May Reply

    You look so pretty in this outfit. Love the floral top with the red skirt. The 60s is one of my fave fashion era especially those full skirts. 🙂

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 08:21h, 28 May Reply

      Thank you Cheryl, I found this red skirt and I knew it was me! Thank you for the nice words 🙂 The cardi I got lucky with on Ebay. I enjoy some of the 60s music, especially Motown and the Beatles xx jess

      • Stephanae V. McCoy
        Posted at 14:19h, 28 May Reply

        Hey Jess, such a pretty feminine look and yes, redheads can definitely wear red. Love the color of the skirt and the floral sweater. I too like the 50’s and even going back to the 40’s. Loved the structured midi with hats, gloves and let’s not forget the jewelry.

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