Cool and Casual

how to look cool over 50

An oldie but a goodie…

That’s how I could describe this entire outfit: I’ve posted almost the exact combination (give or take a few tweaks here and there) several times over the years.

But guess what? I still like it, and I still wear it.

The only thing that is new here is the cardigan (I bought it this spring and have featured it only once).

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Wearing this combo (trousers, a graphic t-shirt, rose-gold leather earrings) always makes me feel like one of the cool girls. You know, the girls who look like they take no crap from anyone, and that nobody in their right mind would ever call ‘pretty‘ or ‘cute‘. The badass girls who do what they want when they want and don’t let anyone get in their way.

I want to be one of those girls. I’ve always wanted to be one of the cool girls, but I never quite make it. Now, I’m not saying I’m some sort of a stereotypical ‘good girl‘ (definitely not: you should hear how I talk to cold callers…), or a doormat (nope; nobody takes advantage of me, not even once), or a people-pleaser (oh please, I couldn’t care less about what people think of me…), I’m definitely someone who plays by the rules.

And it has never got me anywhere.

Don’t get me wrong; playing by the rules is OK, as long as everyone else plays by the same rules. Which, more often than not, is not the case.

So, while I’m not advocating breaking the rules or being mean to other people (except cold callers: they’re asking for it), I think we could all use a bit more badass attitude. You know: do what we want when we want, and stop obsessing about other people’s opinions.

Because the problem with other people’s opinions is that they keep changing, and never mind how hard you try, you can never please everyone.

Besides, I think I am (and you are, too, no doubt) getting a bit too old to be ‘a good girl‘; at this point in our lives, we’ve earned the right to stop trying to be something we’re not. Or stop trying to be something, anything, someone else wants us to be. And just be who we are. Cool or not.

how to look cool over 50

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statement earrings

Outfit details:
t-shirt: Zadig & Voltaire (old) / cardigan: Repeat / trousers: Oska (old) /
sunglasses: Nina Ricci (old) / bag: Lancel (old) / shoes: Fila


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  1. Maryellen Reardon
    15 June 2020 / 2:57 am

    Love this post.

    • Tiina
      16 June 2020 / 4:47 pm

      Thank you.

    • Tiina
      16 June 2020 / 4:48 pm

      Thank you! Well, it’s time get your bad girl attitude on…

  2. Arlene Gomes
    15 June 2020 / 10:54 pm

    When I was young, people got to know that they could say or do anything to me and I wouldn’t really say anything about it. It was a combination of being afraid to lose a friend and just being too shy to say what I felt. I’ve learned over the years that it’s very hard to change who you are. So, even if I wanted to be a “badass girl”, (which I do want to be), I somehow can’t pull it off. I know! Sad huh? I do say rude things to cold callers but not to anyone’s face. Wish I could! I love your outfit and how casual and cool you look! Just my style too! Hope your badass self has a great day today! Sass someone for me! Ha Ha!! Cheers from Arlene from NJ And people think “girls from Jersey” are tough!

    • Tiina
      16 June 2020 / 5:23 pm

      Oh well, practice makes perfect… You can practice being more assertive with all those people who harass you on the street and want you to buy something or donate something to whatever cause they’re advocating. I know, I know, it may be a good cause, but I still think I want to decide if and when I support it, so I’m notoriously rude to anyone trying to push anything…

  3. 17 June 2020 / 4:12 pm

    Well, I think you are one of the cool girls and you are totally badass. I have never been much of a rule follower…always questioning and challenging and doing what I think is right and good and empowering. This post is so, so good, my friend! And I am totally loving this look on you. The shades of purple look amazing and it is just an all around sassy cool girl outfit, in my rule breaking opinion!


    • Tiina
      19 June 2020 / 3:29 pm

      Oh, thank you so much!

  4. 22 June 2020 / 2:33 pm

    That is such a fun graphic tee and I love the statement earrings matching the foil print too! 🙂 I think we all need to wear outfits like this more often, that give us a confidence boost and make us think we can do anything! 🙂

    Thanks so much for joining the #WeekdayWearLinkup!

    Hope that you had a great weekend 🙂

    • Tiina
      23 June 2020 / 11:11 am

      Thanks, Mica!

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