Hello and welcome to Dressed for My Day. Since my goal here is to help us over-50 ladies get dressed for our unique days so we can show up in a big way, I have to acknowledge that some days just call for super casual attire. Whether you’re joining the grandkids for a hike, standing on the sidelines at their soccer game or venturing out to a flea market with friends, some days we simply don’t want to wear our best things. But we can still look cute! Today let’s talk about how to dress super casual but still look pulled together.
Tip #1 – Pull together the colors in your outfit.
In other words, match. No, you don’t have to match completely. But we can still put in a little effort and pull together an outfit that coordinates colorwise. The best way to make that happen consistently is to build a wardrobe around a scaled down color palette. I advocate putting together a wardrobe that only consists (at least initially) of two to three neutrals and three to five signature colors.
Want to know more about how to picking the colors of your wardrobe? Check out this post, How to Choose the Colors of Your Wardrobe.
Tip #2 – Make sure your clothes fit properly.
You might think this (and some of these other tips) goes without saying. But I’ve been guilty of holding onto things that don’t really fit anymore, and I bet you may have, too. Then we relegate those clothes to a category that we’ll wear when we’re not doing anything special or we might get a little messy. But really, if we want to look pulled together even on those casual days and outings, we need to wear clothing that fits.
Want to know more about how your clothing should fit? Check out this popular post, 9 Signs Your Clothes Don’t Fit and How to Fix That.
Tip #3 – Wear at least one tailored piece of clothing.
While the day may call for comfort and/or warmth, we can still wear at least one piece of tailored clothing. That touch of tailoring will elevate your style quotient considerably. So in today’s outfit of grey jeans and flannel shirt, I’ve chosen to wear a slightly tailored flannel shirt instead of the boxier, looser fitting one. This is the kind of style choice that might be important if you’re scouring flea markets but then you plan to stop into a nice café for lunch or coffee. No, you don’t have to look nice to eat in a café. Hahaha! But maybe you just want to look a little nicer than a lumberjack.
Tip #4 – Wear a little makeup and do your hair.
Look, I really don’t mean to talk down to my sweet community here. Let’s just say I’m preaching to myself! I’ll confess to sometimes skipping the makeup and hair just because the day is going to be super casual. But if I’ll take just a few minutes to define my brows, add some tinted sunscreen, swipe on a couple of coats of mascara and apply a lip gloss, I’ll feel so much better about myself.
Tip #5 – Add a piece of jewelry.
Indeed, there are some days and outings that make wearing jewelry a silly notion. My casual outfit that I’m wearing here would look out of whack with the combination of necklace, earrings, bracelet and watch that I generally wear. So I took most of the jewelry off that I’d had on for another outfit photo shoot, and kept on just my simple hoop earrings and necklace. I could have even removed the necklace, if needed.
Just that touch of jewelry not only adds light around my face, but it also indicates that I took a little time to add a finishing touch. And that finishing touch comes across as polished and chic to the beholding eye.
Tip #6 – Put a little thought into your outerwear and accessories.
Just because the outing is casual doesn’t mean we have to jeopardize our appearance by adding an ugly coat or mismatched accessories. That’s why I buy most of my winter outerwear and accessories in neutrals that mix and match easily. And if nothing else, just having a beanie and scarf in coordinating neutrals will help keep your outfit looking pulled together and a little polished. (I think I accidentally left my grey gloves at home on this day!)
Remember, when we’re out and about, especially in these super casual situations, many people will only see us with our outerwear on. So it’s smart to purchase outerwear that will add value to a variety of our outfits rather than detracting from them.
Truth be told, I realized I’d just posted an outfit with a flannel shirt a couple of weeks ago, and I didn’t want to just repeat myself here. When I set out to cover a topic (like flannel shirts) at the request of readers, I tend to order several iterations. The last post featured a more economical flannel shirt (although both are from Target) layered for a really fun look. But of course it’s casual, too. Anyhow, I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post about ways to dress super casual but still look pulled together. I know it’s pressed me to think about how I compose these types of outfits myself.
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Blessed for My Day
Love is a choice. Some days it’s an act of the will. If we wait for the feelings to surface, we may neglect to love well. Instead, we become more self-focused and apathetic toward the one we say we love. Indeed, some days we must act out of love well before we feel any warm and fuzzy emotions.
Believe it or not, the same is true of our love for God. The best way we can continue to reserve room in our hearts for the God who loves us so much is to actively love Him. We must choose to show Him love even when the emotions may wane. How can we love God with all our of heart, soul and strength? By obeying Him even when it goes contrary to our want-to’s, by worshiping Him with spoken or written words of praise, by spending time with Him in prayer and Bible reading and by telling others about what He is doing in our life.
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. ~ Deuteronomy 6:4-5