Q&A: Weekend Wear for Women Over 40

May 14th, 2009

Q: Could you suggest some summer casual weekend options for [women over 40]? Things that could be worn as part of a graduation weekend–out to a casual dinner, to a barbecue, out and about.

A: It’s possible to embody an air of sophistication, even in casual clothing.  You can do weekend wear in style with bright colors, tailored silhouettes, and bold prints.  How do you put them together?  Try these three classic weekend wear outfit combinations:

Chambray Button Down Shirt + White Boot Cut Jeans
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Selvedge Chambray Shirt | $88 at J Crew
New Low-Rise Boot Cut White Jeans | $59.50 at Gap

Try a twist on the classic button-down and jeans combo.  Look for a shirt in a tailored cut and textured fabric.  As for the jeans, instead of a traditional blue, try them in white.  Or if you’re prone to stains, a nice light grey.

Silk Blouse + Printed Skirt
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Silk Georgette Pleated Top | $88 at J Crew
Pleated Floral Skirt | $68 at Banana Republic

For a slightly dressier option, try a sleeveless blouse in a luxurious fabric and pair it with a skirt in a sophisticated pattern.

Brightly Colored Blouse + Wide Leg Trouser Pants
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Piped Blouse | $48 at Gap
Navy Wide Leg Jeans | $59.50 at Gap

Balance out a pair of wide leg pants with a short sleeved blouse.  You can keep the pairing visually interesting with bright colors and a small-over-big silhouette.  If the weather is very warm, feel free to switch out the pants with a pair of knee-length shorts or cropped pants.

Have a great tip about weekend wear for those over 40? Share it with us in the comments!

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sal  |  May 14th, 2009 at 6:35 am

    Such great ideas - current and fresh without being too trendy. This 32-year-old might have to try out the white jean and chambray shirt look, too!

  • 2. Joan  |  May 14th, 2009 at 7:22 am

    Terrific. Thanks for these great ideas. You suggest cropped pants for hot days–whenever I wear cropped pants, they seem to be wider at the bottom, which makes me look wide and my legs look shorter. Can you point me to sources for cropped pants that would not have this effect?

  • 3. jennifer in sf  |  May 15th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Dang. Looks like I’ll be stopping by the Gap soon.

  • 4. ChicAlert  |  May 23rd, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Have to be totally honest and say that I just don’t like that Wide Leg Trouser Pants look. Yes the brightly colored blouse is cute but not over the wide leg pants :(

    Sally

  • 5. ChicAlert  |  May 23rd, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    ps. I should have added that the Chambray Button Down Shirt and jeans + White Boot Cut Jeans is a much better look. :)

    Sally

  • 6. nancy  |  June 14th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    These are very practical.

    Great!

  • 7. kavuma paul  |  October 11th, 2011 at 6:49 am

    yeah thats what I wanted

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