Casual Dressing: Readers Share Their Favorite Looks

Casual Dressing means relaxed but it doesn’t have to mean frumpy. Take a look at these cute casual outfits that are favorites with my Fabulous After 40 readers.

casual jeans and a top


Casual for a Concert

It can be tricky to know what to wear to a concert. Most concerts are casual occasions, but you still want to look nice. One way to tackle what to wear is to combine elements of casual and dressy clothes.

Fifty-five year old Maria  from San Diego, California strikes a cord in this cute outfit that pairs dark wash jeans with a frilly blouse.

The frills give the blouse a dressy feel, while the short sleeves and jeans keep it more casual. Don’t you love those pointy toed pumps? They’re a fun surprise that makes her outfit pop.




Jeans and a Blazer

Barbi’s office allows “casual Fridays”, so on those days Barbi stays on target by wearing a pair of colored denim pants and a blazer to pull her look together. She looks comfy and relaxed, but the jacket helps send the message, that she means business.


blue brustroke top


Classic Blue Jeans and a Pretty Top

For 48-year-old Patrizia from Italy blue jeans are her definition of casual dressing. Here she dresses them up with a top that has an abstract print – a hot trend right now.  Partrizia writes, “I have a straight-banana body shape with not much waist definition. I feel very comfortable in this outfit, casual but still feminine, it gives the illusion of a more curvy figure, or at least that I do have hips!”

If you are struggling to dress your rectangular-shaped body just as Patrizia does, you can find tips on creating curves in my post, “5 Tips for Dressing if Your Body Has a Rectangle Shape”.

purple sweater

 Jeans and a Layered Sweater

Jeans look modern if you wear them with a bright top layered over a shirt. Tracy, 49, from Oakland, California demonstrates the look, worn here with a pair of cute wedge booties. Great for the weekend!

artsy clothesWide Leg Pants

Not everyone is big on jeans. Ela, the owner of the fashion boutique Delacor Studio, prefers something more creative. She has paired an asymmetrical top with flowy pants and huge sculptured earrings to create a casual, fashion-forward look.

headscarfOpaque Stocking instead of Pants

Swatika, from Indonesia, is a modest dresser who prefers coverage from head to toe. Here she is in a veil, or hijab as it is known in Indonesia, and a dress. Instead of pants she has opted for opaque tights and cute booties. Her black leather motorcycle jacket puts a hip edge on this traditional look.


Leggings and  a Tunic

Here’s a casual look that is very popular- leggings and a tunic. Joy Anna Wadsworth gets this right by tastefully covering her bottom and upper thighs. Love the gladiator sandals.


Leggings and a Dress

Leggings or skinny jeans paired with a dress is another casual look that women love. When I posted a  photo of Margaret Ann Whalen on my facebook page everyone thought she looked darling.


Leggings and a Flowy Top

Here’s a similar outfit. Leslie Bonner made this beautiful long top. Looking fabulous after 40 and so talented too.

how-to-wear-a-trench-coat-over-40Casual Dress Pants

Sue has teamed up a pair of navy, flared-leg trousers and a polka dot top with a tangerine trench coat. That color combo is right on trend at the moment. Looking sporty Sue!tunic-and-leggings

Loving those Leggings!

More leggings from Linda! She has paired a tunic with leggings and then added her own personal touch – a unique belt and statement necklace for a relaxed, casual look. This outfit really shows off your personality Linda!

For tips on what to wear with leggings, check out 7 Ways to Tastefully Wear Leggings and Legging Fashion Tips for Women Over 40.


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