Best Casual Women’s Clothes For Your Over 40 Lifestyle

Building a wardrobe of casual clothes for your over 40 lifestyles should be easy, right?  But with so much choice, where do you even begin?

It all starts with building a foundation of a few key pieces that you can mix and match and that will take you anywhere.  Then, simply add some trendy items each season to freshen things up and make you look modern and youthful.  

To help get you started, Here is a Checklist of the Best Women’s Casual Clothes for Over 40. 

1.  Jeans

Jeans are the ultimate in casual clothing, an ageless wardrobe staple that can be styled with anything. They have a relaxed vibe, but they can still look classy and chic when you pair them with the right shoes or jacket.

Gals who love and live in their denim may have multiple pairs, but if you’re just starting to build a casual wardrobe, you need a minimum of two pairs: one classic and one more fashion forward.

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Most Popular Jeans Right Now

  • Cropped Jeans that hit just above the ankle look super chic. Don’t forget your feet will be the focus, so really cute shoes are a must!
  • Frayed Hem, fringe, or release hem jeans add a modern edge, and there are ways to wear them without looking sloppy or too teenage trendy.
  • Side Stripe Jeans with wide or skinny colored stripes down the side are slimming and a definite yes for mature gals who want to look athletic and youthful.
  • Straight Leg Jeans are easier to wear than tapered jeans and great for pear-shaped gals who are bottom-heavy.
  • Embroidered Jeans with feminine floral stitching is trending. These add a romantic touch to a casual outfit.
  • Colored Jeans are not new but blush is, and it’s hot!
  • White Jeans: Always in style, they are the perfect backdrop to any casual outfit. Here are some fresh ideas on how to style white pants now for summer.  And by the way, white pants will not make you look heavy. Here are 10 Ways Not to Look Fat in White Pants.

    Casual clothes for 40 year old woman
    Casual clothes for a 40-year-old woman

Tips on Wearing Jeans over 40

  • dark wash jeans are classier and more slimming than light wash jeans
  • jeans with back pockets that sit high and tilt out make your bottom look more fit and lifted
  • jeans with no back pockets make your bottom look smaller
  • distressed jeans give a monochromatic texture, adding interest
  • high waist jeans are good for pear-shaped gals and midrise/ high waist more forgiving for mature gals
  • if you have curves, don’t even think about buying jeans unless they have stretch
Capris - Light Pink casual wear for 40 year old woman
casual wear for a 40-year-old woman

2.  Capris and Cropped Pants

Capris and cropped pants are also great casual wardrobe building blocks. Many think they are one and the same, but there is a slight difference. Capris end at midcalf while cropped pants end just above the ankle.

This makes capris a little more casual than cropped pants and harder to wear because they cut your lower leg in two. This can make you look short and stumpy depending on the style you choose.  Check out these tips on how to wear Capris with confidence.

Popular Styles of Capris and Cropped Pants

  • Colorful Utility Style: These army-inspired camo styles are classic. What’s new is they come in cheery, bright colors
  • Demin Capris: Always popular but now appearing with lacing up the side, embroidery, and in different denim colors and finishes
  • Frayed and Release Hem: This year it’s all about the detail where the pant ends. That’s modern.
  • Wide Leg cropped Flare– Skinny and Straight Leg cropped pants/Capris that end with a flirty flare. Fun and youthful.
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Casual wear for 40-year-old woman

Tips on Wearing Capris and Cropped Pants over 40

Check out these casual dressing outfit formulas for cropped pants.



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3. Leggings

There’s nothing more comfy and casual than leggings which can be worn long to just above the ankle or capris style.

Most Popular type

  • black leggings by far!

Tips on wearing leggings

  • make sure they are opaque
  • wear a long top that covers your bum
  • make sure your leggings have stretch

Here are some more ideas for leggings outfits.


casual wardrobe - Casual wear for 40 year old woman
Casual wear for a 40-year-old woman

4.  Shorts

Stop right there before you say ‘No way.’ You can wear shorts after 40, and look casually chic by simply dressing your shorts up with the newest shoes, bag, or jewelry.

Most Popular Shorts Right Now

  • high waisted shorts
  • waist tie shorts
  • Bermuda shorts
  • soft, flowy shorts
  • scalloped shorts


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Tips for Wearing Shorts over 40

Here are some ideas on how to wear your shorts in this article, 5 Classy Ways to Look Cute in Shorts Over 40.


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5. Tees

T-shirts are super versatile. They’re perfect for layering.

Most Popular Tees Right Now

  • graphic and statement tees are a great way to inject a little personality into your wardrobe.
  • tees in saturated hues like orange, pink, and yellow
  • striped tees mixed with eyelet and sheer fabric
  • front tie tees that wrap and tie at the front and sides

How to Wear T-Shirts Over 40

  • stretchy t-shirts that skim your body are the most slimming
  • V-neck or scoop necklines elongate your neck and make you look taller
  • crewnecks are aging
  • 3/4 length sleeves tees are sporty, youthful, and a clever way to cover flabby arms in the summer


Girls Night Out - White Jeans



6. Statement Tops

Statement tops are those head-turning, of-the-moment tops and blouses that are right on-trend.  They are a great way to express your personality.

Most Popular Statement Top Right Now

  • Bell sleeve tops are wide and wonderful
  • Lace and Embroidery are details that turn heads
  • Subtle, Sheer peekaboo panels and sleeves with slits are in
  • lavender, yellow, or tops in saturated brights are hot
  • Statement tees  say it all
  • Bold, fun, prints
  • ruffles

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How to Wear Casual Statement Tops

  • with white or black jeans- makes a stunning backdrop
  • with capris or cropped pants
  • with a skirt-trendy with a long pleated skirt
Nautical Striped Dress Casual dress for 40 year old woman
Nautical Striped Dress Casual dress for a 40-year-old woman

7. Casual Dresses

A casual summer dress is usually cotton or linen. Typically, it has some stretch to it, so it is comfy and lets you move easily. It’s the kind of dress you want to throw on and go when you’re running out to the grocery store or to have a coffee with your girlfriend. I know many gals who practically live in casual dresses all summer. They are cool, and comfortable and make a classy and feminine alternative to shorts.

Casual Wardrobe Striped Dress - casual dresses for women over 40
Casual Wardrobe Striped Dress – casual dresses for women over 40


Most Popular Casual Dresses

  • Shirtdress: belted or unbelted, worn on its own or with leggings, a Shirtdress is a relaxed but smart-looking style. For more ideas, check out my article, 12 Terrific Tips to Style a Shirtdress.
  • Wrap Dress:  This is my favorite type of dress. Wrap dresses define the waist and lift the bust, something we can all use some help with as we age. (LOL!) And they are appropriate for every occasion, casual and otherwise. Here are 10 – ideas on how to wear a wrap dress.
  • Fit and Flare Dress: This style sits close to the top half of your body and then flares out over the bottom half creating a feminine silhouette by highlighting (or creating the illusion of) a tiny waist. For us over-40 gals with waists that seem to disappear as we age, a fit and flare dress turns back the clock. The full skirt can also hide a full bottom and heavy thighs.
  • Maxi Dress: A casual yet classy, throw-on-and-go-worthy dress. For summer, there is nothing better than a maxi dress for a casual pool party or drinks on the patio. Wear a maxi dress with a jean jacket to add style and to keep your arms covered.
  • Sundress: This makes my list of top no-fail casual summer outfits. There’s nothing easier than tossing on a sundress with a pair of slip-on sneakers or slides and heading out the door.

    Casual outfit for woman over 40 - Denim-Jacket
    Casual outfit for women over 40 – Denim-Jacket

8.  Relaxed Jacket

Look for a jacket that is casual, contemporary, and suits your shape and lifestyle.


Most Popular casual Jackets


9.  Wildcard piece

No matter what season it is, every good wardrobe needs one or two wildcard pieces that showcase your style personality and inject some zest and interest. Choose something you love and if you’re looking for ideas, some fun summer pieces that I like this year are:

Building a Casual Wardrobe is easier than you think. Just grab a few current pieces and play around to create some fabulous looks.

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2 thoughts on “Best Casual Women’s Clothes For Your Over 40 Lifestyle

  1. Great tips on being comfortable in your clothing and stylish at the same time. It’s essential to find the proper fits and styles.

  2. I appreciate you explaining that cropped jeans need to be worn with great shoes because that’s where the focus goes. My mother’s birthday is coming soon, and she still has a great sense of style, so I want to get something she will enjoy. Your article does a great job of explaining current techniques and things to look for while clothing shopping.

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