During my retail management career, I worked for several department stores. In those days, we had a Smart Casual Department right next to the Missy Department. Today the Department stores are set up much differently by micro shops according to the designer or brand name; shopping for specific items is challenging and time-consuming. That is one of the many reasons I buy online so often now. I don’t have time to wander around in a two-acre store looking for a long sleeve top that doesn’t show my tummy each time I lift my arms. (Thank you, Covered Perfectly!)
If you are retired now, your wardrobe needs may differ from when you went to work every day. Many of you have asked me to show some less dressed up looks, so today, I am showing you what I wear on my most casual days while staying home or going to the grocery store and running errands. This time of year, I wear a pair of soft jeans or stretchy jeggings with a long sleeve tee and a lightweight knit cardigan with slip-on sneakers during the day. When I need to run an errand, such as going to the grocery store, I can throw on a scarf and a jacket to stay warm and look more put together. Note that I am carrying a small casual crossbody bag with this casual look. The scale and the attitude complement the casual footwear. Another plus for using this small bag is that it leaves my hands free to shop for groceries. The current way of styling is to carry a bag in an accent color rather than matching your shoes’ color.
If you choose well, a limited number of clothes can serve all your needs. You don’t need three different wardrobes.
I have wanted a utility jacket for the longest time, but they usually come in an olive color, which is not a flattering color for my cool complexion. When I saw this red mahogany at White House|Black Market, I knew I had found my match. The gray layering tee was also purchased while I was there. The black jeggings are old from Chico’s. I am also wearing a very thin J.Jill knit cardigan, which barely shows. The crossbody bag is by Nine West. The slip-on sneakers with a bungee strap closure are by Ryka via Saks Off 5th. (Regarding the shoes, think urban rather than athletic.) I wore them with black short Ralph Lauren socks to make my legs look long and lean.