A comfortable special occasion outfit - une femme d'un certain âge

Another “dressed up, not trussed up” outfit idea

A comfortable special occasion outfit: Susan B wears a green shantung jacket over navy separates.

Getting dressed up isn’t something we do often (even in “normal” times). So I don’t have many Special Occasion pieces in my wardrobe. I won’t sacrifice comfort, and I won’t consider anything that requires shapewear or a special bra. 😆

My first choice will always be to start with basics and find ways to dress them up, which is what I’ve done here. This outfit was created as a part of my Instagram collaboration with Chico’s. All of the pieces shown except the shoes, bag, and sunglasses were gifted.

jacket | tee | necklace (similar) | pants | bag | sandals (similar)

I’m wearing a simple linen tee and a pair of pull-on slim-leg pants, both in navy. The shantung jacket, necklace, and metallic sandals dress up the look. This outfit would pack and travel well, and both the tee and pants could be re-mixed and worn more casually.

I’m wearing Chico’s size 00 in the jacket, top, and pants.

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  1. April 9, 2021 / 4:18 am

    I splurged and ordered the full box! That was a lot of fun. And I *love* that green on you, Susan!

    • Susan Blakey
      April 9, 2021 / 12:23 pm

      Hi Christine, thanks so much! I think you’ll love the products, too.

  2. Pink Azalea
    April 9, 2021 / 6:38 am

    Such a perfect outfit, colorful yet also simple and effortless. I’m looking forward to dressing up again. I’ve missed your Zooms with Brian because we’re in the process of moving so I am glad I’ll get to see them. Happy weekend !

    • Susan Blakey
      April 9, 2021 / 12:22 pm

      Thanks so much. We’ve had such fun doing these Zooms, and I hope you enjoy.

  3. Cher
    April 9, 2021 / 7:27 am

    your weight/inches loss is really showing! looking great!!!!!

    • Susan Blakey
      April 9, 2021 / 12:21 pm

      Thanks very much, Cher!

  4. Diane B
    April 9, 2021 / 7:58 am

    Thanks so much for presenting the Zoom meet up from last weekend. The eyes one was the one that I really wanted to catch.
    That green jacket is amazing and such fun.

    • Susan Blakey
      April 9, 2021 / 12:21 pm

      Thanks, Diane! Glad you enjoyed the Zoom too.

  5. April 9, 2021 / 8:07 am

    Brilliant! Perfect less-is-more IMHO!

    • Susan Blakey
      April 9, 2021 / 12:20 pm

      Thanks, Lisa!

  6. Joan Sunderland
    April 9, 2021 / 8:41 am

    Hi Susan – this is off-topic, but in a previous post (March or February) you were pictured wearing a pair of shoes your purchased during a Paris trip. I recall in your post that you found them comfortable right out of the box. Could you remind me of the name? I loved them and trying to find them stateside. Thank you!

    • Susan Blakey
      April 9, 2021 / 10:25 am

      Hi Joan, I purchased these Mephisto sandals in Lyon a couple of years ago: https://bit.ly/3t79An0 I’ve worn them comfortably all over Paris (and at home).

      The only shoes I can recall mentioning having worn right out of the box are these Clergerie oxfords (similar: https://bit.ly/31YS5JV ) which I purchased in New York and then wore all day (and walked several miles in).

      Hope this helps!

      • Joan Sunderland
        April 9, 2021 / 11:06 am

        That’s it – the Clergerie oxfords – they’re a beautiful shoe. thank you so much.

  7. April 9, 2021 / 9:08 am

    I’ve been quietly lurking for years, but I always enjoy seeing the outfits you put together. This one is a beauty!

    • Susan Blakey
      April 9, 2021 / 12:20 pm

      Thanks so much, Rhonda!

  8. April 9, 2021 / 10:53 am

    Oh…. I adore this outfit. That jacket is sooo good. What a shine, what a beautiful colour. I hope Chico’s lets you keep it.

    • Susan Blakey
      April 9, 2021 / 12:20 pm

      Thanks, Greetje! Yes, I get to keep it. 🙂

  9. SHIRA
    April 9, 2021 / 10:57 am

    I enjoyed the video, thank you. What type of eyelash curler is it that you recommended in the video?

  10. Linda
    April 9, 2021 / 10:58 am

    You look beautiful, Susan! Every single piece looks like something you would be complimented on. I love the jewel tone green and the cut and fit of your pants!

    • Susan Blakey
      April 9, 2021 / 12:19 pm

      Thanks so much, Linda!

  11. Elizabeth
    April 9, 2021 / 11:14 am

    Thank you for sharing this interesting video from Brian.
    Susan, you look terrific in this emerald green jacket. Also, you are looking quite thin. Have you lost weight?

    • Susan Blakey
      April 9, 2021 / 12:19 pm

      Hi Elizabeth, thanks! I’ve been doing a program since last summer which has helped me get leaner and stronger. I wrote about it here: Getting Fit After 60

  12. Kay
    April 9, 2021 / 12:13 pm

    That green jacket is gorgeous! Do these colors, navy and green, work in your new color scheme? They look good to me, so just wondering.

    • Susan Blakey
      April 9, 2021 / 12:17 pm

      Thanks, Kay! Yes, both this green and navy are in my Spring palette.

  13. Margaret Crow Rosenfeld
    April 9, 2021 / 4:51 pm

    The jacket reminds me exactly of a tunic my father (a very creative person) made for me when I was in high school: poison green shantung silk. I had also had Barbie doll clothes from the same fabric when I was much younger. The tunic was a Folkwear pattern I think, a fisherman’s tunic with a row of pockets on the bottom front and a stand up collar. That tunic was my “go to” dress up outfit for at least a decade. Black pants usually (leggings having not been invented) made the outfit. Now I wonder what happened to it……

    • Susan Blakey
      April 9, 2021 / 5:35 pm

      “Poison green,” I haven’t heard that in a while, but yes, I know exactly what color you mean!

  14. April 9, 2021 / 5:15 pm

    Love the outfit, Susan. Navy and green is one of my favorite color combinations – so fresh! I need to visit our local Chico’s (we can actually shop in-store; hope you can soon).

    • Susan Blakey
      April 9, 2021 / 5:36 pm

      Thanks Christi, I really like the combo too. I think we’ll be back to shopping in person soon…

  15. Sue
    April 10, 2021 / 6:39 am

    What a beautiful jacket! Just the look I love! And it looks so good on you.

  16. April 10, 2021 / 8:22 am

    The green jacket looks great!

  17. Anon
    April 10, 2021 / 11:15 am

    That’s funny, Susan. I had images of myself as a stuffed raw turkey in a dress. I’m with you on this. After the pandemic will I ever buy a special occasion piece? No. I’d rather have a star piece like the gorgeous green jacket, worn over existing pieces from my wardrobe. I would find occasions to wear that.

  18. Christie
    April 10, 2021 / 2:51 pm

    Hi Susan, I hope you are having a nice Saturday so far! I have a question. I am getting your emails-re: this one. Then I also get another one that is different and keeps going to my junk mail file. This latest one was titled “Best in Sale” and did not have a comments section. Please clarify. Maybe both are yours? Thank you! PS I love your posts every time. Thank you for the time you take to write these. Take care.

    • Susan Blakey
      April 10, 2021 / 2:55 pm

      Hi Christie, thanks! Yes, both are mine. The second email you mention is my weekly newsletter, which features exclusive content for my subscribers. You can flag “info@unefemme.net” as a Safe or Preferred Sender in your email settings, and that should keep them from being redirected as junk or spam.

      • Christie
        April 12, 2021 / 12:01 pm

        Thank you Susan. I will do that. Hope you have a wonderful Monday!

  19. Book Goddess
    April 13, 2021 / 8:00 am

    “I won’t sacrifice comfort, and I won’t consider anything that requires shape wear or a special bra.” I heartily agree, and cheers to you for spelling this out! Women should not have to suffer to be attractive.

    I love this outfit, as I do practically everything you wear. Your California location makes a great many of the clothes you picked perfect for me in South Florida. Of course we sweat more here. Thank you for generously sharing your style!

    • Susan Blakey
      April 13, 2021 / 5:55 pm

      Thanks so much, Book Goddess!

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