Let’s face it. Many of us women over 50 live a fairly casual lifestyle. Whether you’re retired from your career or work from home like I do, I hear from many of my readers that they generally wear casual outfits. But those same readers tell me they still want to look pulled together and classy, even for the most casual outings or at home. Me, too! So today I’m sharing how to elevate the most casual outfits.
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I’ve taken one of my favorite casual outfit formulas to showcase a few ways to elevate your most casual outfits. Especially in the early spring and fall, I love wearing a cozy sweatshirt with jeans and sneakers. Even over 50, this combination is a fantastic, modern outfit to wear for a really casual outing or day at home.
For today’s look I’ve paired my Carolina wash straight leg jeans (probably my favorite jeans in my closet!) with a super soft new sweatshirt in Placid Sky blue. Both of these items are extremely comfortable, so soft and cozy.
Tip #1 – Choose comfortable casual pieces that good quality and look “nice.”
It can be tempting to throw on something old and worn out on casual days simply because those garments tend to be the softest and most comfortable. Or maybe we think the day doesn’t warrant something pretty and special. But I say wear your nice things; don’t save them. And it’s just as easy to put on a fresh, pretty sweatshirt as it is to wear an old and faded one.
My vintage-inspired sweatshirt is just the right thickness and features drop sleeves that can easily accommodate a tee or shirt underneath. It’s listed as cropped, but at 21″ it easily covers the waistband of my high rise jeans. The sweatshirt also comes in grey, ivory, licorice (brown) and a navy and white stripe. But the sales person at J.Crew told me this beautiful blue is the one everyone is reaching for. It is such a lovely blue, and works nicely with blue denim, white, black and khaki.
Tip #2 – Consider wearing trending denim.
Now this tip is really sort of a bonus. When I was modeling these full length straight leg jeans (very on trend, but not especially “modern”), I realized I could cuff them in the ultra-modern deep-cuff fashion. Cool!
Yes, oddly enough, this deep, turned-up-once cuff is extremely on trend right now. I’m seeing it everywhere in the stores, and I’ve noticed some women wearing it in real life, too. I haven’t brought myself to buy a pair of jeans with this cuff sewn into them yet, and I’m not sure I will. But If you have a good pair of full length straight leg jeans you can probably achieve this look with a simple turn up of the hem. Do it just like I did: one turn up and nice and wide. If you’re really going to wear your jeans like this, I’d suggest pressing that cuff in for a more intentional look.
Of course, lol, I think many of us over-50 ladies have already worn this trend back in the day. But it’s made a return! Will you give it a try? Let me know in the comments. Remember, if you don’t like it, it’s not because this trend is “wrong;” it’s just because you personally don’t care for it. And that’s perfectly fine. But I love to see women our age trying new denim trends. I think it’s a smart way to look a little more elevated.
Tip #3 – Add some simple but impactful jewelry.
Even if you’re staying home or going for a hike, you can still elevate the most casual outfits with a little bit of tasteful, simple jewelry that is also impactful.
Tip #4 – Wear a little makeup and make sure your nails are nicely manicured.
Obviously good grooming is essential when it comes to looking polished and put together. I’ve found that I can wear the simplest outfit, but still look a little elevated if I’ll simply style my hair and add a little makeup (even just mascara and lipstick). Keeping your nails manicured is important, too, even if you don’t wear any color.
Tip #5 – Wear classy footwear.
Generally if I’m going casual I’m also wearing sneakers. And that’s why it’s so important to have a pair or two of classy tennis shoes. What do I mean by classy? Simply that they look nice and fresh, free of scuff marks, dirt and wear and tear.
I think it’s nice to have in your closet one pair of sharp, white leather or faux leather sneakers alone with one pair of more trendy sneakers. Personally I prefer to wear classic sneakers with full length jeans, whereas I’ll wear the more trending retro trainers with cropped length jeans. My Paul Green sneakers (similar) are several years old now, but they are super comfortable. And these Sam Edelman sneakers are a nice economical option.
Tip #6 – If you go out, carry a nice handbag or backpack.
If you do get out and about in your casual outfit, you can elevate the simple look by carrying a nice handbag or backpack. In fact, carrying a worn out bag can destroy the most elegant outfit. So get rid of any bags that have served you well but are now worn and dated.
Patricia Nash Designs recently gifted me this beautiful London saddle bag to share with you. They also generously gave me a code to offer you 10% savings. Lovely! You can use code KAY10 for 10% off only at Patricia Nash on any of their designs (exceptions may apply). The London saddle bag features so many wonderful compartments and pockets and, as with all Patricia Nash bags, it has a lovely, soft interior. Such a beautiful bag!
Tip #7 – To elevate your most casual outfits, choose classy outerwear.
If you’re getting out and about, resist the urge to throw on another super casual garment on top of your outfit. Instead, opt for something a little more polished like a classy trench coat.
I love the juxtaposition created by combining a classic trench coat (similar) with a casual outfit of jeans, sweatshirt and sneakers. This combination is very on trend right now, so you’ll look modern and classy.
Even if your most casual outfits are comprised of different elements, such as t-shirts or sweaters, joggers or cargo pants, you can still elevate your look with these simple tips. I’m all for being comfortable and casual, but I think it’s always a good idea to look a little pulled together and polished.
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Blessed for My Day
This we we’re walking through Psalm 19. See the previous two blog posts for my thoughts on verses 1-11. In verses 12 and 13, David, the author of this Psalm, seeks the Lord’s help in overcoming “the error of his ways.” This is definitely a prayer worth praying with him.
David desired to be holy before the Lord. Loved and protected by His God, David wanted to glorify Him through godly behavior. That’s the cry of my heart, too, and I’m sure it is your desire as well. But sometimes we are blind to our own faults. So David simply asked the Lord to help him spot his own errors, to clean up his hidden faults, to keep him from presumptuous sins (those that sneak in and become part of our character without detection) and to not let them become habits. Jesus taught His disciples a similar prayer when He told them to say, “and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil…”
Who can discern his errors?
Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless,
and innocent of great transgression. ~ Psalm 19:12-13