STYLING A CASUAL AND BASIC OUTFIT THAT ANYONE CAN WEAR

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a black turtleneck and jeans from Walmart

Joe was sooo close to being in the dog house last night. He has always puttered in the kitchen, and he can cook, but he usually chooses not to if he can. But, when I got so busy with the blog, he started fixing himself breakfast which freed up some time for me. Usually, he does a good job in the kitchen, but yesterday he must have had some problems.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a black turtleneck and bootcut jeans from Walmart

Joe is an earlier riser than me, and he loves to eat breakfast. I’ve never been a huge breakfast eater, and I don’t eat until noon now, and that suits me. Some mornings, like the other day, I wake up and can smell that he has already fixed himself something to eat. I didn’t think anything about it, and he never mentioned anything, but later I found a problem.

He had fixed himself some Andouille Sausage that my sister sent us for Christmas, and he used one of my good pans. He had put the lid on it, and I never noticed that he had burnt the bottom of the pan. When I went to clean it, the crud wouldn’t come off, so I ran some water in it and put it on to boil. That will usually loosen anything that is stuck to the bottom, but not this time. He saw the problem, and came over to offer some “muscle,” but that didn’t help either. Finally, as the last straw, I had him try Bar Keepers Friend and it worked! I was afraid that it would take the coating off of the pan, but it seems to be fine and Joe escaped the dog house. It is a good thing too, it snowed today. Lol!

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a black turtleneck and silver jewelry

Today, I think that I’m styling a casual and basic outfit that anyone can wear and should have in their closet. Some days, I like to dress simple and a black top and a pair of jeans are one of my favorite looks in any season. In winter, I like wearing a turtleneck and I prefer black over white since they are not as see-through as most white tops.

This black relaxed turtleneck is a polyester/cotton blend, and I didn’t find it as relaxed as I thought it would be. I figured it would be oversized and boxy, but I think it is more form-fitting. I ordered a medium because I thought it would run large, but it seems to be TTS. The top is thin, but since it is black, you can’t see through it. It doesn’t come in several different colors, and it is only $14. Here are a few options if you don’t care for turtlenecks.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a black turtleneck with Brighton jewelry

I’m wearing two of my favorite silver necklaces with this outfit. The Byzantine Cross Necklace and the Shine Script Necklace are two that I love even though I don’t wear them as often as others. Gold is what I wear most often, but when I reach for silver, these are my first picks. My large hoop earrings are the same pair that I wear all the time, except these are in silver instead of gold. They are just as lightweight and create a huge statement. You probably can’t see it, but I’m also wearing the Abbie Cuff Bracelet in silver.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a turtleneck and jeans from Walmart

These High Rise Bootcut Jeans are a nice heavyweight pair and they would pass for a Premium pair if you didn’t know the brand. I’m wearing the Dark Indigo color, and I love the deep rich blue and think the jeans look dressier when they are dark. Even though I’ve lost a little weight, the size 10 was perfect for me. They were a tiny bit tight at first, but they fit great within 5 minutes. But, they didn’t get loose and baggy, so this was the perfect size for me.

I’m wearing a pair of block heel western-style ankle boots by Vince Camuto. These were a pair that I bought last year, and I love the casual vibe of them. Plus, I love that they incorporate the western look but that they aren’t cowboy boots. Since they are no longer available, I found some similar boots for you.


Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a black turtleneck, jeans, and a leopard coat from Walmart

It is hard for me not to add a third piece to my outfit, it is just how I normally dress. Lol! Since I was getting ready to take Lucy Lu outside to potty, I grabbed this long leopard print coat before I headed outside. It looked great with the outfit, so I decided to take some photos of it, even though it is no longer on the website.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a leopard print coat and jeans from Walmart

I know that you are super disappointed that it isn’t available, but I did find similar versions that I’ll share below. This coat reminded me of Joe’s mom, and that is why I purchased it. She had a HEAVY vintage one that she wore when she was on bus duty (school teacher) and had to stand outside in the cold. When Joe walked into the house, I put it on and asked him what he thought about it. He immediately said, “is that mom’s?”

This coat was way too lightweight for me, so I ended up sending it back. I do have a vintage cheetah print coat that is gorgeous, but it isn’t this long. You can see me wearing it back in 2017 in this post. Boy, I sure have changed!


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  1. Elizabeth wrote:

    Love that outfit. Very flattering. May have to take a chance on the turtleneck andjeans at that price.

    Posted 1.7.22 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      It is a great price, so you can’t go wrong.

      Posted 1.7.22 Reply
  2. Melesa Garrison wrote:

    I know you don’t wear a lot of black, but it looks so good on you, and you look so nice and thin. I started fasting again, WW and working out. Maybe I’ll start looking good too…LOL

    Posted 1.7.22 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Melesa, you already look good!!!

      Posted 1.7.22 Reply
  3. Pat wrote:

    You look great in that coat! You are looking very trim.

    Posted 1.7.22 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Thanks! It is a great-looking coat.

      Posted 1.7.22 Reply
  4. Jane wrote:

    I want to be you! Love your sense of style and how you take your favorite look and change it up to add some pizzazz. You do look different; really beautiful. What is the greatest change you’ve made since 2017?

    Posted 1.7.22 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I know that people don’t want to hear it, but the biggest change is that I started using Rodan + Fields skincare in 2016.

      Posted 1.7.22 Reply
  5. Rosalee Pogue wrote:

    This is exactly how I dress (I don’t have that darling coat though) when I go out … btw, I’m 74. I love your style!

    Posted 1.7.22 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I’m so glad that you are enjoying the blog and still taking pride in the way that you dress.

      Posted 1.7.22 Reply
  6. Mary Jo wrote:

    A black top with jeans is one of my favorite combinations. You look fabulous! I have a long cheetah cardigan sweater that would be great since I don’t have the coat.

    Posted 1.7.22 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      That is a great plan, Mary Jo!

      Posted 1.7.22 Reply
  7. Ginger Hiller wrote:

    I have a leopard knee length coat that I bought from Nordstrom last winter when it was on sale. I love wearing it and appreciate how it can jazz up a simple outfit. Another great look on you!

    Posted 1.7.22 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I love wearing a statement coat since it adds pizzaz and hides a plain outfit.

      Posted 1.7.22 Reply
  8. Linda wrote:

    I love that coat!!!!!!!!!

    When I was teaching, I had a faux bearskin coat. It was heavy like you described for your Mom but the fur looked like bear. I too, wore mine for morning and after school duties. I retired and gave that coat to a charity.

    Posted 1.7.22 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Joe’s nephew has the coat now. He took her death hard, and the coat gave him a lot of comfort.

      Posted 1.7.22 Reply
  9. Susan Stancliff wrote:

    Gorgeous as always!

    Posted 1.7.22 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Thanks! I always love comments like that.

      Posted 1.7.22 Reply
  10. Janet H wrote:

    You really have changed your look. I think you are aging in reverse! I love the basic classic look of dark jeans and a black top. You ar also looking so slim and trim.

    Posted 1.7.22 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Thank you, Janet. I think I look younger too, but I thought it was just me. Lol!

      Posted 1.7.22 Reply
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