Smart Casual vs Weekend Casual

Smart Casual:

Something you wear to work if you work in a field with a fairly relaxed dress code. It’s formal enough to make you look like you mean business, but relaxed enough that you don’t look like you’re trying too hard. What you need is just the right mix of authority and approachable. Something like this: 

40+ smart casual

Weekend Casual:

Uncomplicated, relaxed, stress-free dressing, that’s what we want from our weekend outfits, right? But we still want to look presentable, even when wearing something casual. Well, I do…

When it comes to casual, there’s casual-staying-at-home and then there’s casual presentable. You will never see the first one on this blog. This is in your own, and my, best interest: I think the secret to any good relationship is that some things should remain a mystery (i.e. what I wear when I’m just lounging in front of the telly at home…)

40+ weekend casual

So, weekend casual is not quite the same as smart casual 

Or it’s the more casual end of smart casual… something you can wear when running errands, going shopping, maybe to a relaxed lunch with friends. But you wouldn’t necessarily wear it to work (depends on where you work, of course) whereas smart casual would be perfectly fine in an office or a classroom. I could wear this outfit to work, but I work in a rather casual setting, in a country that has an extremely casual dress code. 

gloria ortiz bag

smart casual over 40

BTW, these two looks were also shot in two different countries: Finland (smart casual) and the U.K. (weekend casual). So, I suppose this post might also provide an answer to the question whether my style changes when I commute between countries. Well, see for yourself…

Smart Casual:

rench: Hobbs / top: Mistral / trousers: Marks & Spencer (old) / shoes: Clarks (s/s2014) /

 bag: DKNY / sunglasses: Miu Miu (old) /scarf: Shanghai Tang

Weekend Casual:

trench: Hobbs / top: Mistral / jeans: Levi’s Bold Curve (old) / shoes: Clarks (s/s2014) / 

bag: Gloria Ortiz for El corte Ingles (old) / sunglasses: Chanel (old) / scarf: Global Accessories (old) 

Does your weekend look differ from your work look?


PS: Have you seen the new Dilettante Artist post yet?

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  1. Suzanne Carillo
    7 October 2015 / 5:16 pm

    Oooh…love that first bag! bisousSuzanne

    • Tiina L
      8 October 2015 / 5:56 pm

      Thanks, Suzanne!

  2. Shybiker
    8 October 2015 / 3:50 am

    Ha! Love your withholding of your private-wear. I understand that impulse. People would be shocked to see what I wear in the privacy of my home!

    • Tiina L
      8 October 2015 / 5:58 pm

      Well, I don't believe in sharing everything… A little bit of mystery is always good.

  3. Alice Warren
    8 October 2015 / 5:53 am

    Tow great looks and loving your pretty scarves in both outfits.Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next week. Have a great weekend!

    • Tiina L
      8 October 2015 / 6:00 pm

      Scarves are an easy way to change an outfit, or just add a little bit of colour. Of course, they keep you warm, too, especially this time of the year.

  4. Patti
    8 October 2015 / 12:22 pm

    I agree about the most-casual part of our wardrobes – that's for family members only : >Two very nice looks, and I love your scarves.-Patti

    • Tiina L
      8 October 2015 / 6:02 pm

      Thanks, Patti. I've always valued the idea of privacy, also in the sartorial sense.

  5. Carrie
    8 October 2015 / 2:01 pm

    Beautiful blue looks, love them both! I really love your bag in the first outfit and that blue coat would make me feel dressed up just wearing it with such a pretty blue hue!

    • Tiina L
      8 October 2015 / 6:04 pm

      Thanks, Carrie. I prefer my coats in striking colours as I wear them a lot. A little bit of colour on a grey day can work wonders on your mood.

  6. Petite Silver Vixen
    8 October 2015 / 8:16 pm

    Love all the shades of blue. And gorgeous scarves especially the first one. That's a stunning print.

    • Tiina L
      9 October 2015 / 3:27 am

      Thanks. I guess blue is my go-to colour, so easy to mix and match.

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