Fashion Over 50: What Should I Wear to have lunch with high school friends

Over 50 Feeling 40 in JJill Top for Spring 2020

Welcome to Wednesdays with What Should I Wear?  I was planning for a little luncheon reunion with my closest girlfriends from high school…yes, I said high school…but sadly, we had to put it on hold until after the COVID-19 pandemic calms down…especially since all of us are well into our 60s!   But, before it was cancelled I stopped by the JJILL’s 30% off sale to see if I could find something fun.  I walked away with a bag of fun!

Over 50 Feeling 40 in red top from JJill

I gravitated immediately to this red floral print, because it has a bit of an Oriental vibe to it and I have always loved that style of prints. It is offered in different options, but I liked the long tank the best.  The print has red, cream, black and khaki in the design so I tried it on with this tan cardigan and immediately loved it…I was even wearing one of my oriental-style necklaces that day.  This lightweight cardigan comes in many colors, and I knew I had the jacket in the first picture in my closet, so I opted for another spring color I will be wearing on the blog tomorrow for the first day of spring.

Pamela Lutrell for What Should I Wear

I haven’t seen these awesome ladies in several years, so I wanted a look that was “me” and communicated my style adjectives.  I believe this does it.  I feel youthful and current in this look, and can also wear it for work…which I will do this week. (Yes, for all of you who think I am working at home now, that is not the case.  I am still working in my day job office!) I tried on another jacket that I liked, but chose not to bring it home, because I believe I would not wear it that long as the temps heat up and because I liked this look better. This jacket is really cute and I sized down on it in order to get a better fit.  You can see the store manager above has hers on with white pants.

Over 50 Feeling 40 in JJill Plaid Jacket

I also tried it on with the Luxe Supima V-neck easy tee and I had to take home two of these…the feel of this material is amazing.  I took home a white and the light pink I am wearing with the plaid jacket above.  Awesome feeling tee shirts.  The fit and the feel of the garments I purchased were what made the sale for me.  Of course, 30% off the bottom line was a great attraction as well.  

Oriental style jewelry on over 50 feeling 40

These pieces are in my personal collection of costume jewelry, so I wore the necklace and the bracelet (which my son brought to me from Mexico City) and believed they went well with the overall style.  The pants I am wearing are the Quinn Pant from JJill that I added to my wardrobe last year. 


Over 50 Feeling 40 High School Friends at WEDDING

Here I am with my friends at my wedding rehearsal thirty six years ago!!  We may not look the same, but we are a rocking group and no matter how long the time is between visits we just naturally act like we have been around each other the whole time.  We fit together.  Whenever this reunion happens now I will post pictures so you can meet them…but I may wear something different! It just depends when it happens.  Wow, time does fly!  By the way, our high school is planning the 50th Reunion for our Senior Class this summer.  I will have to think about that one!  Hopefully, gatherings will return to calendars soon.  But, I love to meet al of you here, online, every day!  You are great group of friends.

If you were to meet up with old friends, what would your go to outfit be for a lunch?  Please share….enjoy the JJill Slideshow I have for you (I could not find the red floral top online. So sad!)…and always




Hello Spring on Over 50 Feeling 40

By Pamela Lutrell


  1. J Jill has some great styles for spring. I like the top a lot, and that long cardigan you tried in the store is one I think I have in my closet (from J Jill), so I’ll have to get it out now that the weather is changing (sort of). With my new lifestyle, I do find a lot at J Jill that is appropriate but still looks polished. I love their Wearever collection! For lunch with friends, at this time of the year I’d go with jeans, maybe a pair with color, and a blazer. What you are showing is perfect for that type of outing. I have some friends of long standing that I met when our families were camping over 50 years ago. We get together (my sister is included in this group) every year in the fall at a state park for a weekend. We all look forward to this. It’s fun to catch up and, as with your friends, sometimes when time goes by between visits we have a lot more to talk about! Hope your lunch happens soon!

  2. Great picture! Are you the lady in pink?
    I have a few high school friends I still get together with but not often enough. We try for dinner once in a while and sometimes we include the husbands.
    We also try for a yearly ladies weekend. The weekends are always fun!

  3. Love all these styles you’ve modeled! Until recently, I only had 1 friend from high school that I talk to occasionally and that was just in the last year or so. She came to the funeral home when my daddy died and we’ve stayed in touch since then. Also, around Christmas I connected with my best friend from high school on Facebook! I had not seen her since our 5-year High School reunion! (That was the only one I attended! This year will be 43 years!) We have talked on the phone and on FB, but haven’t gotten together yet. It’s wonderful that you’ve stayed in constant touch with these ladies! When you do get together, it would be cool if you posed in the same manner/places that you did in this photo you’ve shared. Stay safe and be well!

  4. We haven’t really been in constant touch…wish it had been more! Thanks Shirley.

  5. Well, now you have thrown down the gauntlet! I guess I can’t get away with jeans and a T-shirt when we finally get together! Enjoyed the blog and Oh My – who is that girl with short hair? Looking forward to when we finally make it happen! I love the top, too. I would wear it in a heartbeat!

  6. That girl with the short hair had the best smile ever!! And still does! Can’t wait to see all of you…no dress code!

  7. How very blessed you are to have this group of old friends. I lost my best and oldest friend, Ann, very suddenly two summers ago and it has felt like I lost a part of myself. We were best friends from the day we met, at age 14, and made the most of our forty-plus years together.
    What a happy picture with your friends! I love your beautiful hair – looks just as thick and gorgeous now as back then. Thanks for sharing the picture.

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