Casual Career Dressing Over 40

For those days at the office when you won’t be stuck in the boardroom all day, you want outfits that say you are stylish, yet you mean business. Here’s a simple style recipe for what to wear over forty for casual career dressing.  

1. Sweater Dressfall-capsule-sweater-dress

A dark dress is always an excellent and suitable replacement for a business suit.  If you have a casual workplace then a knit dress, like this black or navy sweater dress is appropriate.

It has a simple cut, it’s not too tight, and it reads casual but conservative. To keep the refined look accessorize with a long gold necklace. It gives the outfit punch without being gaudy.

2. Give It The Boot!

A simple, tall boot will take you far! If you want to keep the look businesslike then make sure you choose a good quality leather boots that streamlined and free of too much hardware.

Short booties are trendy but don’t flatter everyone.

3. A Little Black Blazer Means Business

If you want to dress up your knit, just bring along a jacket. Fit is the key. A boxy jacket can make you look matronly, so look for jackets that have darts to help nip in the waist, creating contour.  The more fitted the blazer, the more feminine it looks.

Remember that the blazer is a business attire essential for women over 40 because it adds structure to your softer, rounder 40+ body and projects authority.

It’s In The Bag!

A leather tote is a modern briefcase.  The size and shape of this handbag give it a casual feel that works well with the boots.

4. Dress To Impress!

Classic, high-quality pieces can be added to your wardrobe and mixed and matched with other items. They help balance out items of a lesser quality making the overall look great for work. Add them in slowly to save money.

What do you wear when it comes to casual career dressing? Please comment below and let me know.

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2 thoughts on “Casual Career Dressing Over 40

  1. Hi Deborah,

    I so love your emails and look forward to them. I am just in a dilemma – I am attending a business conference (Nashville – next week – getting cold) and am not sure what is business-casual appropriate any more.

    Please Help!!
    Thanks. Jacquie.

    1. Hi Jacquie,
      It is crazy isn’t it, all these labels. What they are trying to say is come casual, but not sloppy. So not a suit or a dress in a dark heavy color, but not jeans either. You could wear a casual dress in a bright color or a print, or some nice pants with a blouse or sweater. My go-to for this type of thing is a print wrap dress in a cheery color or a sweaterdress. I always feel classy but relaxed in that. It’s always appropriate. Hope that helps. Cheers, Deborah

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