Casual styles for women in their 40s

Just because you are older than 40 does not mean you have to stop dressing fashionably. In fact, once women hit the fabulous age of 40, they are more comfortable with their bodies and dress more stylishly than they were younger. Kick up your casual wardrobe a few notches with trendy clothing and chic accessories.

Lunch Date

Pair a fitted pair of capri pants with a trendy blouse in a vibrant shade. Choose an electric blue sleeveless blouse and white capri pants with a bold statement necklace for a lunch date. Pair the outfit with coordinating sandals and an oversized handbag for a quick and casual summer outfit. Cooler weather lunch date outfits may mean a pair of skinny jeans and a fitted sweater. Wear tall riding boots over the jeans and chandelier earrings for a fashion-forward, yet age-appropriate style.

Road Trip

Hit the roads in style with a pair of high-waisted shorts in a bold colour, such as emerald green or vibrant purple. Pair the shorts with an equally bright shirt in an orange-red shade. Colour-blocking is perfect for summer because it gives the wearer a youthful appeal, while still remaining trendy and age-appropriate. Pair the outfit with an oversized handbag in white or blue and flats with rhinestone embellishments. Cooler weather road trips call for trouser jeans in a dark wash and a crisp, white shirt. Wear a red jewelled or turquoise necklace to add colour to an outfit.

Running Errands

Run around town in style on a hot day with a mid-length, A-line skirt in yellow or pink. Pair the skirt with tailored white blouse and wrap a braided belt around the waist. Simple outfits should be paired with jewelled flats or kitten heels and simple jewellery. Carry a small clutch to keep your personal belongings close while dashing around. Cooler weather will require more than a simple skirt; therefore, trade the skirt for bootcut jeans, a patterned blouse and a cropped jacket. Instead of sandals, opt for a closed-toe flat and a clutch.

Casual Friday at Work

Show up to work in style with a long, tiered skirt and an equally amazing blouse. Take the boho chic look to an age-appropriate level by wrapping a coordinating belt around your waist and wearing necklaces in different lengths around your neck. Long skirts will work for both warmer and cooler weather because the temperature in your office will remain the same. Opt for flats during the warmer months and boots during the cooler months.

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Tabitha Harwell has been writing since 2008, with articles appearing in local publications and various websites. Her background includes a career in the fashion and beauty industry. Harwell holds a Bachelor of Arts in public relations.