Sunday, 12 July 2015

Dressed for Dinner: Smart Casual

40+ style

What should I wear to a dinner in a fancy restaurant?

Well, in this small English town smart casual should do it, anything more formal would be overkill. And as it's summer, and we're in the middle of a heatwave... Something light-weight, comfortable and with minimal fuss would be perfect.

So, my plan is to put together a very simple look with navy separates and accessorise it in a way that looks both understated and  luxurious at the same time...

gold shoes

And accessories?

Minimalism is the name of the game here: it's way too hot for statement anything... So, nothing heavy but enough bling to turn this simple, rather plain outfit into something more special.

That means gold, not silver. I don't have to pile it on: just a couple of rings, a thin bracelet and a watch is enough. Pearl ear rings and a red necklace for a splash of colour. And gold loafers should be the icing on the cake: very casual, yet super glamorous...

40+ smart casual summer

I'm wearing:
top: Jigsaw (old) / trousers: Marks and Spencer / shoes: Van Dal

So, how do I look? 


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  1. Great look, Tiina , perfect for a casual dinner out . I must admit I am having trouble getting my head around the thought of a heatwave in England. Hope you are able to stay cool and comfortable.

    1. Thanks, Jill! Yeah, heat waves do coccur, but fortunately they don't last long,

  2. Very lovely wraped top, looks beautiful! Love also your shoes, had seen similar shoes and wanted to try them on but no pair left in my size.. :-(
    In the summer I do not wear a lot of jewelry and accessoires. It´s hot, I sweat and every peace is too much.

    have a good time and enjoy the summer
    Dana :-)

    1. Thanks, Dana! I just had to get the shoes when I saw them, love at first sight... and I'm not even into shoes!

  3. Tiina, I love the blue hues on you and the wrap is very flattering. Enjoying your trips on IG aswell!

    Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday!
    jess xx

  4. Tina I LOVE those shoes!!! I need them in my life!


    1. I love them, too, and not only because they're so comfortable...

  5. Those gold loafers are awesome! I have a pair of Sperrys with a hint of gold on the side and gold laces and I wear them ALL the TIME! We have had a break from the never-ending rain and its been HOT here this week. Hope you had a good evening out! Perfect outfit!


    1. Thanks! The loafers are really comfy, too, so I'm wearing them quite a bit.

  6. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. You outfit is the right balance between casual and dressed up. Perfect!

  7. Perfect outfit for dinner - I like the gold touches in your outfit. When it starts getting really hot, I normally stop wearing my rings because my fingers feel so swollen from the heat.

    Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you Thursday.


    1. Thanks, Alice! I love gold jewellery and accessories with blue, it sort of brightens the whole look.


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