Holiday Capsule Wardrobe 3: Casual Chic

casual chic

This was probably my favourite outfit 

on my recent holiday in Madeira (around Christmas). You see, I’m a casual girl at heart, and I want my clothes to be versatile and low-maintenance. I can’t stand anything fussy or delicate or something that restricts my movements. Yet, I hate sloppy dressing. Well, looking at me, you can probably see I’m not exactly a hoodie and a backpack kind of girl (I don’t even own one, to be honest), so this is what I wear on casual days, or when sightseeing on a holiday.

Relaxed, easy-peasy separates are what I live in on a daily basis. It’s almost as if I live my life wearing a sort of capsule wardrobe. And I like it: it makes my life easier if  I can just mix and match everything in my wardrobe. Who am I kidding? I’m one of those people who could just wear the same 20 or so pieces over and over again. A seasonal capsule wardrobe, that’s the idea.

40+ casual wear

I call this casual chic

It’s not the same as smart casual. For example, even though I wore the jacket to afternoon tea at Reid’s Palace, the rest of teh outfit was a no-no as the smart casual dress code specifically said no jeans and no t-shirts. Yet, this outfit is a lot smarter and put-together than what we usually call ‘casual’. I think it’s the jacket: even though it’s a biker style, it still looks smart enough to make the outfit seem a bit more put-together.

stripy jacket

I’m wearing:

jacket: Gerry Weber / jeans: Next / t-shirt: H&M / shoes: Clarks / belt: Tosca Blu / 

sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana / bag: Chanel

What do you wear on casual days?



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  1. Monica P
    13 January 2016 / 9:34 pm

    I saw that tee at H&M and I should have bought it .. it really is TOO CUTE !!Monica.

    • Tiina L
      14 January 2016 / 12:01 pm

      Thanks, Monica. I have a weakness for print t-shirts, or sequinned t-shirts, I seem to collect them. I liked this one because it wasn't white, which makes a nice change.

  2. A Dash of Midlife
    14 January 2016 / 12:57 am

    I agree with Monica, that tee is cute. I love your outfit.

    • Tiina L
      14 January 2016 / 12:03 pm

      Thanks! This was my favourite holiday outfit, I liked everything about it and it seemed to suit the mood of the moment perfectly.

  3. Suzanne Carillo
    14 January 2016 / 2:40 am

    I love the blue white and red. Especially the sequins with the striped blazer. Very sweet. Casual is definately jeans and a t-shirt, but only if I'm just out walking the dog. Otherwise why miss an opportunity to wear something great?bisousSuzanne

    • Tiina L
      14 January 2016 / 12:05 pm

      I've always been a bit of a jeans and a t-shirt girl, but I stopped wearing jeans at some point. I wanted to up my game a bit, make a conscious effort to dress a bit better. But we all have our lazy days…

  4. Shybiker
    14 January 2016 / 2:54 pm

    Very nice. The vertical stripes give it an appealing look. You prove that even casualwear can be impressive.

    • Tiina L
      14 January 2016 / 4:56 pm

      Thanks, Ally! Vertical stripes is a nice change, thinking how many stripy t-shirts I have. It seems that I can't resist navy and white stripes.

  5. Carrie
    14 January 2016 / 6:32 pm

    Super cute tee, and its from H&M? I love that store. It looks even better with the striped blazer! Such a great look!!

    • Tiina L
      15 January 2016 / 2:48 pm

      Thanks, Carrie. H&M is not one of my favourite shops, I try to avoid fast fashion. The only thing I every buy there is t-shirts, like this one.

  6. Petite Silver Vixen
    15 January 2016 / 10:34 pm

    What a great combo of biker jacket in stripes and sequinned tee! A stylish twist on a leather jacket and graphic tee. I must hunt down some interesting tees this year!

    • Tiina L
      17 January 2016 / 12:05 pm

      Thanks! I've tried to cut down on tees, I used to have a huge collection. I still have huge collection. But, it's just such a versatile piece, isn't it?

  7. Mica T
    16 January 2016 / 3:28 am

    Love your sequin tee! :)I'm trying to be more ruthless with my wardrobe clean-outs and more thoughtful when I buy things, I'd love a wardrobe where I could mix and match everything together, I have more pieces than I like that are tricky to wear unless I pair them with something in particular, which is a shame as I then don't wear them often!Away From The Blue Blog

    • Tiina L
      17 January 2016 / 12:08 pm

      I know what you mean. These days I'm quite strict about only buying something I can wear in different ways. It's the constant travel between two homes that has forced me to streamline my wardrobe as it really does make life easier if I can mix and match everything.

  8. Alice Warren
    16 January 2016 / 3:21 pm

    I love casual chic outfits and this one I love!! Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next week. Have a great weekend!

    • Tiina L
      17 January 2016 / 12:09 pm

      Thanks! Yes, I guess I'm a casual girl at heart…

  9. Nicole Mölders
    16 January 2016 / 6:20 pm

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. Each week I am really impressed how you make yourself look taller. This one is a great example for all petites like us! Vertical stripes, monochromatic, creation of artificial vertical lines plus pop of color

    • Tiina L
      17 January 2016 / 12:09 pm

      Taller??? You're so kind. Now, if I could just make myself look slimmer…

  10. No Fear of Fashion
    16 January 2016 / 7:00 pm

    You are right, it is a very good outfit for you. Love the red sequin heart.GreetjePS yes I do see that the heart matches the shoes haha

    • Tiina L
      17 January 2016 / 12:10 pm

      Thanks, Greetje. Yes, matchy-matchy again, I like it.

  11. Dawn Lucy
    17 January 2016 / 2:13 am

    Love that fun tee! Great belt too. Thanks for being a part of our Friday fashion fun!OXOXDawn Lucy

    • Tiina L
      17 January 2016 / 12:10 pm


  12. Anna Jeanine
    17 January 2016 / 10:38 pm

    I am the same way about dressing casually. And I wear the same pieces over and over again, too, because I like them so much, so I know just what you mean.Your outfit looks great! To me, the jacket dresses it up a bit, so I would have thought it would be fine for tea.I saw your post in the Visible Monday linkup. Here's my Visible Monday post… a great week!Jeanine

    • Tiina L
      18 January 2016 / 3:47 pm

      Yes, I get very attached to my favourite clothes,too. And you don't really need a huge wardrobe in real life, either. I couldn't wear this outfit to tea because the dress code said 'no jeans, no t-shirts'. It was a very posh hotel.

  13. Rachel The Hat
    20 January 2016 / 9:57 am

    great chic-casual look Tiina..I am so swooning over that cute tee!!Love a bit of sparkle!xx

    • Tiina L
      20 January 2016 / 1:18 pm

      Thanks, Rachel. We all need a bit of sparkle every now and then.

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