I often wonder why some stylish (over 40) women miss the mark when it comes to casual dressing?
These women can look effortlessly chic in their workwear.
Their evening outfits look elegant and stylish.
Even their gymwear is chic and co-ordinated.
Then you see them in a ‘casual’ look and wonder what happened?
Of course, style is a very personal thing and I think we all have the right to look how we want and wear what we like, BUT I casual outfits get left behind in the style stakes.
A “that’ll do” attitude to casual dressing can snuff out any potential style flame.
Choosing a casual outfit should be like choosing any other look.
It should reflect the casual version of YOU.
When I spot someone in some interesting colour, texture or an unusual casual silhouette I feel my heart do a little leap of joy.
Today I’m all-out casual in the classic ‘Trainers + Jeans + Jumper’ combination, but I’m still trying to maintain a little bit of my personal style.
It’s not so hard to do…
Pick comfy trainers that make you smile (mine have ruffles).
Whether that’s your favourite colour, a bit of embroidered detail or some cute cut-outs.
Why settle for boring?
My tapered jeans have a real late 80’s/early 90’s vibe and I love them.
Why settle for a dragging hem, baggy crotch or saggy bum?
Pick a style that makes you feel good.
Trainers and jeans can feel stylish!
This outfit is topped off with my teddy coat… see it styled HERE with a leopard skirt!
This big hug of a jacket has to be better than a scabby fleece, doesn’t it?
A backpack continues the casual vibe but leather always takes it up a notch in the style stakes.
3 ways to up your Casual Outfit game:
1. Choose ‘luxe’ fabrics
- Heavy denim
Quality always wins in the style stakes.
2. Try twisting your classics
Jeans, jumper, trainers and a jacket needn’t be drab boring.
Add texture, colour, pattern, embroidery, details and FUN!
3. Don’t get stuck in a rut
If you feel your casual style hasn’t changed since the 90’s then it’s time to mix things up a bit.
Donate your old jeans to the charity shop and invest in a new shape that makes you smile.
Relegate that scabby fleece to dog-walking duties and find a fun alternative.
The casual version of you deserves to look her beautiful best!
What is your go-to casual outfit?
What pieces do you love?
How do you ‘keep it chic’ on those easygoing days?