I pull my old blue jeans on

Casual outfit for women over 40
Gingham shirt with striped cashmere sweater, London boyfriend jeans and Harley Davidson booties (all own)

An outfit for Casual Friday or running errands

Today I present a nice weekend look to run errands, get a coffee, or just go to the mall. I am wearing my old blue boyfriend jeans with a cashmere sweater, a gingham shirt, and my Harley Davidson booties.I bought the jeans a year ago and it is my favorite pair.

Alter pieces to be more “you”

The Carhartt shirt originally had one breast pocket. However, I do not like pockets when there is only one. I nevertheless bought the shirt as I fell in love with its nice color and it had the best quality of the gingham shirts I had looked at. Thus, it seemed easier and faster to take the pocket off than continue the search for a look-a-like without pocket.

Casual Friday outfit for mature women
Side view of gingham shirt with striped sweater, boyfriend jeans, and booties casual look

I often alter clothes I buy. I already knew in the store that I would twig the shirt to be fully my style. Do you alter pieces right away when you bought them for other reasons than just fit (e.g. shortening a hem)?

Styling outerwear

I am a strong believer that outerwear is nothing but another outfit. Consequently, it has to be styled too. Or better, it is fun to style outerwear too. For running errands around town I wore my short black shearling coat with a cableknit scarf that a girlfriend of mine made for me as her farewell gift. The scarf adds some posh as it looks like a collar.

I added my Pippa bag as it is very roomy so I can benefit from not taking a plastic bag. Plastic bags ruin every look. There is a reason why high end stores have these fancy paper bags with satin ribbons as handles.

In Fairbanks, no such stores exists. However, many stores in town give 5 cents back or an extra point on the frequent customer card. I like (their) being conscious about the environment and even being awarded for it is great as well.

fashion over 40 Casual outfit for women over 40
Cable-knit gold buttoned scarf (gift from a girlfriend), shearling coat, Salvatore Ferragamo belt, hat, Modalo Pippa bag, and Harley Davidson booties (all own)

Distressed jeans have a place in fashion over 40

I love distressed, slightly ripped boyfriend jeans. However, I am not willing (yet) to fork over the extra bucks for getting a pair. I guess they are more expensive than a regular pair because they take two work step more: Distressing and ripping. However, under the aspect of recycling and given the fact that I really love this pair so much that I wore it again and again, I should never say Never. Here I styled my BJ with a striped top, for a visit at the fair, a dance party on a cruise, and even as denim on denim. I can see that one day in a blue moon I have a pair :).

Do you like distressed jeans? Do you rock them? How do you style them?

Photos: G. Kramm

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