WHAT STYLE LOOKS BEST FOR EATING OUT, DRESSY OR CASUAL

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is going with a dressy outfit to go out to eat

The weather has driven me inside for my photos. You might see me in this location a lot this winter since I would have blue lips otherwise. It was 27 degrees outside this morning, and Lucy Lu and I didn’t tarry when she went outside to do her business. I’m going to show you two looks today, and it is up to you to decide if your style is dressy or casual, but both are gorgeous.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is ready to go out to eat in this dress/casual outfit

Joe and I have been going out every Saturday night to eat, and we are both loving this new routine. In the past, he has always wanted to call in the food for pick up and eat at the house. I kind of insisted that I wanted to get dressed up and go to a restaurant instead of staying at home. He grumbled for the first couple of times, and now he looks forward to it as must as I do. This is the type of outfit that I wear when we go out, it is dress/casual, and it works for almost any restaurant.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is ready to go out to eat in this check blazer which could be worn dressy or casual and rust shell

The other day when I styled a pheasant cardigan for Thanksgiving, I forgot to wear this spice-colored shell with it. Of course, the shell is now sold out in this color, so I don’t guess that it matters anymore. You can get this shell in a couple of other colors, so check that out. My style must be popular since everything I pick out is sold out before I can get photos of it on the blog.

I have recently been trying to share “what I have on order” with you so that you can grab what you like before it sells out. To get this feature, you have to be an email subscriber, which is included with my Steals and Deals email that goes out on Saturday or Sunday.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is going out to eat in this check blazer which could be worn dressy or casual

I don’t know why I am even bothering with this post since the band collar jacket is almost sold out also. You can still grab this jacket if you like blue since it is available in virtually any size. I like the little check pattern of the jacket, which is an interesting pattern. And, the trim at the collar and on the pockets is also a nice touch. This type of jacket could be worn dressy or casual, and I like having options. I am wearing a size 10 in the jacket.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a modern ankle jean that can be worn dressy or casual

There is some good news and some bad news when it comes to these modern ankle jeans. The good news is that these jeans fit great, have a velvet strip down the leg for a unique detail, and are a great length for showing off your ankle boots. I am sure you’ve already guessed the bad news, they are sold out except in size 10, and that might be already gone by now.

These jeans are still available in 2, 6, 8, and 10 in Petites, and the inseam for those are 24 1/2″. I am wearing an 8 in these jeans, and they fit me great, just a little loose which is the trending style lately. You can still get the overall look, just without the brown velvet stripe, and I’ll link to similar jeans for you below. Just click on the photo to go to the pair that you like.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is ready to go out to eat in this chambray button-up, cable-knit cardigan, and ankle jeans

Let’s change things up a little and go with a more casual look. The jeans and boots are the same, but I switched out the tops and changed to a cardigan instead of a jacket. Simple tweaks can change the entire look of an outfit, so don’t be afraid to play around. I experiment all of the time with my clothing, and I have way more misses than hits. But, the hits make up for all of the misses, and I have fun learning what works for me.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is ready to go out to eat in this chambray button-up, rust cable-knit cardigan, and ankle jeans

Yes, you can wear denim with denim. I know that many people aren’t comfortable with the look, but I see people who are way more fashionable than me doing it, so I’ll follow their lead. When I wear denim on denim, I try to wear different shades to have a nice contrast. In this case, my denim/chambray button-up shirt is much lighter than my side strip ankle jeans.

The chambray shirt I have on was from Free Assembly, but it is no longer in stock. But I have several of these shirts, and I’ll link to those.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is ready to go out to eat in this chambray button-up and cable-knit cardigan

This cable-knit cardigan is so thick and heavy! It is an excellent cardigan, and the price is also pretty good, especially since it is on clearance. I am all about shades of brown this year, and this rusty color is top of my list. The cable-knit design extends around the back also, and you would think this cardigan was high-end. You could change out the chambray shirt and then have the option of styling the cardigan dressy or casual. I am wearing a medium, and I saw that sizes are getting very limited. So, if your size is available, don’t think about it too long.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a chambray button-up and cable-knit cardigan

Here is a close-up of the cable-knit design for you. Since you can also see my jewelry so well, I list those pieces too. I know that I wear them all of the time, but new people find the blog daily, so here are the links. Large hoop AVI earrings // Layton Gold Statement Necklace // David Yurman bracelet // 18 Kt. Gold Vermeil Cross necklace //

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is ready to go out to eat in this chambray shirt, cable-knit cardigan, and ankle jeans

I love these tan suede cap toe booties!!! The pointy toe and the different textures of the boots make it stand out to me. I have this boot is this tan and in black, and they are the first ankle boot that I will reach for. These boots are slightly dressier than most ankle boots, so that sets them apart also. The boots run true to size, and I am wearing my usual size 9.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is ready to go out to eat in this chambray button-up, cable-knit cardigan, ankle jeans, and brown suede boots

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Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a check blazer which could be worn dressy or casual and ankle jeans with boots

Here is an easy way for you to comment. Which look is your favorite, the dressy or casual one? Which look would you wear the most? And, which would be the look you would choose to go out to eat?

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  1. Mary Ruth wrote:

    Awesone look. I don’t wear much gold or yellow tones since my skin is an olive. But it looks so chic. The jacket could go to church.

    Posted 12.2.21 Reply
  2. Deborah GILBERT wrote:

    Like both but I would wear the casual one more often. I would wear it to eat out. We don’t go to very fancy places.

    Posted 11.15.21 Reply
  3. Cathy Alves wrote:

    I really like both outfits. The blazer would be nice for going out to dinner. Everything is sold out 😌 you look great in both outfits
    Cathy Alves

    Posted 11.13.21 Reply
  4. Diane wrote:

    Talbots have restocked the jeans. I jut got a pair in my size.

    Posted 11.13.21 Reply
  5. Angie wrote:

    I really like both outfits but if I had to choose one, I’d go with the one with the blazer. You look great in both outfits, though. That’s so nice that you and Joe enjoy a weekly meal out.

    Posted 11.13.21 Reply
  6. Ruth K. wrote:

    Both of these are cute! I think the blazer would edge out the cardigan for me. The cardigan would be too warm for a restaurant.

    Posted 11.11.21 Reply
  7. Sandra granda wrote:

    I love the denim with the longer cardigan. Absolutely in love with the hair style.

    Posted 11.11.21 Reply
  8. Mary Zick wrote:

    Love the Talbot’s jacket, wish it was on sale! It looks great with those jeans!

    Posted 11.11.21 Reply
  9. Gaye Speaks Mize wrote:

    Both are so beautiful and look amazing on you! Tried to order the sweater….but already out of my size….so sorry!!! Much as i love the sweater…the dressy outfit with the blazer is my favorite. Happy thanksgiving!! God Bless!!!

    Posted 11.10.21 Reply
  10. Cathy wrote:

    Love these two outfits unfortunately the jacket is sold out but I was lucky to be able to order the sweater.
    You look great in both outfits
    Cathy A

    Posted 11.10.21 Reply
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