Understated, Glam, Casual, Chic…

cocoon cape

What to wear to a casual dinner or drinks?

A dinner in the neighbourhood restaurant, a few drinks with friends… You don’t really want to dress up but casual doesn’t feel right either. Maybe something in between: casual but chic, relaxed but just a bit dressy, glam but understated, modern but classic….

how to wear a kimono

In a way, this is just another variation of my ‘uniform’: trousers, a t-shirt, a jacket/cardi. But instead of a gardi I’m wearing a silk cocoon cape (seen before HERE), which also provides a bit of a luxury touch to this very simple outfit.

And to avoid sparkle overload, I’m not wearing any jewellery (apart from a watch and my wedding ring, that is) but let the sequin t-shirt do the talking. Metallic flats and big sunglasses add a bit of understated glamour.

cocoon cape

I’m wearing:

cocoon cape: Jigsaw / trousers: Marks and Spencer / t-shirt: H&M / bag and sunglasses: Chanel / shoes:Clarks (old)

So, what do you think?


PS: I turned myself into a real diva for my new self-portrait, or two… Check out the latest Dilettante Artist post and tell me which portrait you prefer. Here’s a little preview… 

click the link or the image to see both pics in full.

photoshop pop art

Linking up with: 

A 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. Shybiker
    10 August 2015 / 5:19 am

    You have a distinctive style, Tiina, and I admire that. We can recognize you even when the clothes change because the overall impression remains the same. Your style works wonderfully for you.

    • Tiina L
      11 August 2015 / 9:43 am

      Thanks, Ally! it is actually very important for me to have a consistent style. My life has always been somewhat restless, and I use style as a marker of a sense of identity, in a way.

  2. Suzanne Carillo
    10 August 2015 / 11:16 am

    Love the tee and your self portrait! Very Andy Warhol!bisousSuzanne

    • Tiina L
      11 August 2015 / 9:44 am

      Thanks, Suzanne! Getting back to work has made me need a creative outlet again, and playing with Photoshop is fun…

  3. jodie filogomo
    10 August 2015 / 3:09 pm

    You're showing a great way to add a little glam to a t-shirt….love it! jodiewww.jtouchofstyle.com

    • Tiina L
      11 August 2015 / 9:45 am

      Thanks, Jodie! I thought this t-shirt was just so much fun…

  4. Petite Silver Vixen
    10 August 2015 / 9:47 pm

    I love your cocoon cape on you. It's just gorgeous and works so well with the tee.

    • Tiina L
      11 August 2015 / 9:46 am

      Thanks! I love the cocoon cape, it feels so luxurious. And it's washable, even though it's silk.

  5. Connie
    11 August 2015 / 1:19 am

    Glam, casual, chic. That really is you. I'm loving your Instagram.

    • Tiina L
      11 August 2015 / 9:47 am

      Thanks, Connie! Nice to know you enjoy my Instagram feed. I was worried it's a bit of a mess: a collection of random pics, whatever catches my eye…

  6. Sabina B
    11 August 2015 / 9:31 am

    Cool idea with the self-portaits. The one on the right is my fave because of the color contrast with lipstick. Thanks for linking-up with Turning Heads Tuesday. Sabina | Oceanblue Style

    • Tiina L
      11 August 2015 / 9:48 am

      Thanks, Sabina. I just put a little preview of the pics here. If you click the image, you get to my other blog and see both pics in full.

  7. Doused In Pink
    11 August 2015 / 10:42 am

    I love your glam tee! Your cocoon cape is fab!Jill Doused In Pink

    • Tiina L
      12 August 2015 / 8:24 am

      Thanks, Jill!

  8. No Fear of Fashion
    11 August 2015 / 9:00 pm

    That silk cocoon makes every outfit instant chic. Love the T-shirt too. And your glam portraits. You are a glam girl anyway.Greetje

    • Tiina L
      12 August 2015 / 8:25 am

      Thanks, Greetje! Yes, I suppose I can be a bit glam, at times…

  9. Adriele
    12 August 2015 / 7:22 pm

    I love your style! I am always a fan when someone finds what works for them and rocks that individuality! The world could use more stylish people like you!Stopping by from he Pleated Poppy link-up!-Adrielewww.StyleAssisted.com

    • Tiina L
      12 August 2015 / 9:02 pm

      Thank you, Adriele! That is such a sweet thing to say. Thanks for stopping by.

  10. Jill James
    13 August 2015 / 6:33 am

    Love your sparkley Tee it really does up the ante and does indeed add that touch of glamour. Your style is you , comfort but always with a special touch . Love your glam portraits.

    • Tiina L
      14 August 2015 / 4:15 pm

      Thanks, Jill. I think you're right: comfort is important, but does not exclude style…

  11. Carrie
    13 August 2015 / 3:34 pm

    I just noticed your name is Tiina with two i's, not one i! Not sure why I didn't notice this before 🙂 I LOVE that fun sparkly tee! So perfect!Carriecurlycraftymom.com

    • Tiina L
      14 August 2015 / 4:16 pm

      Well, Tiina (with to i's) is a Finnish name, a very common one…

  12. Jessica Jannenga
    13 August 2015 / 11:22 pm

    I like this chic look and I vote for the 2nd pic really cool!thanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday!jess xxwww.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

    • Tiina L
      14 August 2015 / 4:17 pm

      Thanks, Jessica.

  13. Nicole Mölders
    15 August 2015 / 6:44 pm

    Thanks 4 linking up to Top of the World Style. Love how that kimono ups the look. I must get one too! LOL

    • Tiina L
      16 August 2015 / 9:59 pm

      Thanks, Nicole!

  14. Alice Warren
    16 August 2015 / 7:09 pm

    Perfect amount of glam and relaxed vibe for a night out with friends!Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you Thursday. Alicewww.happinessatmidlife.com

    • Tiina L
      16 August 2015 / 9:59 pm

      Thanks, Alice!

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