Casual Dressing Ideas For Busy Moms

What do you wear when you run around playing chauffeur to your kids, shopping for groceries, and trying to get a little work in at your home office? Here are a couple of outfit ideas that change from T-shirts to jeans.


Chambray Shirtdress

Jeans are always popular because they’re comfy but when you want a more pulled-together look try a chambray shirt dress. Wear it with some smart-looking riding boots and a leather over-the-shoulder saddle bag, and you’ve got a classy, casual look.



Black Skinny Jeans

Black skinny jeans are dressier than regular blue jeans and worn with black suede ankle booties to create a long, lean line. Then all you need is an easy-going, eye-catching sweater and a touch of jewelry to have authentic mom style.

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  1. Hi Deborah, I am your fan. I will be happy if I find out how to be fabulous after 40 for those who can not get rid of fats. I am from India. I love the western dress, but it isn’t easy to look amazing because of the fattiness.

  2. All your models are thin, but in reality, most women over 40 are not. Please, PLEASE do more outfits on women who average a size 12/12, which is the reality.

  3. I am a Latina female looking for advice on how to dress after age 40. And I am very disappointed that you dont have anything to suit a curvy Latina woman.

  4. I would like to see more about women 60+ years. I’m a widow and somehow became lost as to what looks too old on me and what looks too young. I’m tiny (5’2″, 95lbs.) and have been alone for almost 12yrs. Now. I haven’t worked in 16 yrs. However, I show my age and have so much trouble with late period developed allergies; I’ve had to quit regularly wearing makeup. This meant researching all the newest stuff since I wore all the same for years, my skin tone changed somewhat and living in Miami now instead of cold MI. I aI did fall into a rut because I am home most of the time, but even then, I feel better when I “fix” myself up a bit. TThTTheastic difference is over 40 and over 60 for me. HELP!

    1. Hi Diane, We have featured several women over 60 on our site. Just put the name JoBee in the search bar at the top of our site…and you will see several examples of a woman who is 75 and looking chic!

  5. I love your articles, but why are your models barely over 20? It’s tough to imagine myself wearing any of the clothes you recommend when I can’t see them on a person who is at least roughly a reflection of myself.

  6. I love Boden. I make most of my clothes now, but I find Boden cute, fun, and flattering when I shop. The quality is pretty good.

  7. This site is supposed to provide fashion tips for women that are 40+, so why are all the photos of twenty-year-olds??!!! To quote your article title, “Casual Wear Confusion? What to wear when you are over 40 and want to be casual.”

    1. Hi Susan,
      Thanks for bringing this topic up! We are as frustrated as you are when trying to find good examples of women over 40 online. You see, all the vendors always show young women. So we pick out the clothes that are age appropriate and have to hope you will trust us that they are! Once again, we try to show as many real women as possible, but sometimes we do not have a choice in who is modeling the clothes!

  8. I also like sundresses. They are very comfortable and beautiful. Nice post. I like this post. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Jcrew, Gap, Boden, Talbots, and the Banana Republic are still great shopping options in my book, and I’m closer to 50 than 40.

  10. Hi – I love your article, but you don’t make any suggestions on where to shop. I tend to gravitate to stores like Macy’s, but feel I am too old to shop in the Juniors Department, yet not quite ready to shop in the Women’s Department either. I am looking for casual weekend wear where I have to mingle with co-workers/clients. Any ideas?

  11. THANK YOU!! I’m in sunny Florida, where heat and humidity set the stage for whatever you THINK you might wear. Not unusual to have 80-degree temps in the dead of “winter.” I have two young children (age 2 and 4) and a teenager that keep me running the roads- so like you, heels and a bunch of layers don’t work. Keep up the suggestions on ways to dress cool and LOOK cool!

    1. Hi Rika,
      You are welcome, and thank You for asking the questions! We love to hear from our readers; it keeps us on our toes and helps us keep bringing you the information you want to read! Keep those comments flowing!!! Cheers! Deborah Boland(JoJami and Deborah)

  12. LOL. The models are real women! Real young women. I’m not concerned about seeing women who look precisely like me. Models are supposed to be fit and gorgeous; that’s their job. My job is to know which silhouettes look best on my body.

    Designers want to show off the clothes in their best light; let’s face it, they look better on tall, slender, and pretty women, whatever their age.
    Could there be more than 40 models? Sure. Will they be average looking? No. I don’t expect them to look that way either.

    1. Hi Elle,
      Yes, it is a dilemma…We don’t want to see clothes on real women because we are so used to seeing them on models. That being said, there is nothing like being out and seeing a woman look terrific when she is not “model”l perfect but still shines and looks great because she is dressing her body type the right way. Those are the women that we look for “on the street.” I will try to feature more of those types of women. Thanks for bringing this critical topic up to discuss!

  13. Why are you using models who appear to be in their 20s and prob barely 100 pounds in the photos for women dressing over 40 yrs old? :>:>
    We need realistic, please! :>

    1. Hi Deanna,
      YES!! I hear you load and clear! I have a hard time finding photos of women in over 40 fashions that you can buy in the stores… None of the stores will shoot real women! I do put up women we see on the street, but most of the time, their outfit was purchased a while back!
      I need to petition department stores to start using REAL Women!!!

  14. I sooo agree with the sundress concept. I live in New Mexico were heat is an issue. I wore sundresses last summer and liked them better than shorts. The only problem that I had was finding them in age appropriate styles. Sometimes they show more than I am comfortable with. But overall I love them.

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