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

sunglasses: Coach / mini-bag: Michael Kors (old) / necklace: vintage via Hirst Antiques

So, how do I look? 



Linking up with: 

Style NudgeA Touch of TartanElegantly Dressed and StylishHigh Latitude StyleSydney Fashion HunterThe Pleated PoppyStyle ElixirGet Your Pretty OnHappiness at Mid-LifeA Labour of LifeDoused in PinkCurly Crafty MomFashion Should Be FunRachel the HatSincerely Jenna Marie


  1. josep-maria badia
    13 July 2015 / 8:46 pm

    I like the top, I like the look.

    • Tiina L
      15 July 2015 / 9:53 am

      Thank you!

  2. Jill James
    14 July 2015 / 9:25 am

    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.

    • Tiina L
      15 July 2015 / 9:54 am

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

  3. Dana Jo
    14 July 2015 / 1:32 pm

    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 summerDana 🙂

    • Tiina L
      15 July 2015 / 9:55 am

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

  4. Jessica Jannenga
    14 July 2015 / 11:11 pm

    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 xxwww.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

    • Tiina L
      15 July 2015 / 9:55 am

      Thanks, Jessica!

  5. Adriele
    15 July 2015 / 6:11 pm

    Tina I LOVE those shoes!!! I need them in my life!-Adrielewww.StyleAssisted.com

    • Tiina L
      16 July 2015 / 11:02 am

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

  6. Carrie
    16 July 2015 / 4:26 pm

    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!Carriecurlycraftymom.com

    • Tiina L
      17 July 2015 / 2:47 pm

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

  7. Nicole Mölders
    19 July 2015 / 9:54 pm

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

    • Tiina L
      20 July 2015 / 12:49 pm

      Thanks, Nicole!

  8. Alice Warren
    20 July 2015 / 1:33 am

    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. Alicewww.happinessatmidlife.com

    • Tiina L
      20 July 2015 / 12:50 pm

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

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