A Casual Tuxedo For Any Age: Visible Monday

A casual tuxedo for any age. Oh hey, mostly kidding – this look is not for evening wear or the runway. But to enhance most days of our semi-casual lives, this tuxedo formula works a charm. A slim, classic-cut blazer makes any jeans outfit more polished, and more versatile (e.g., today I went to the dermatologist and found all my skin spots were benign!)

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The look just takes two minutes longer to assemble than a basic jeans-and-tee shirt. Instead of a cotton tee, choose a silky or drape-y top (this blue Pleione blouse was thrifted in Greenwich Village), and toss on a leather belt and your favorite blazer. Low blocky heels would be a stylish addition, and would dress you up a bit. I went with my not-so-basic snakeskin oxfords.

I feel relaxed, yet pulled-together enough to go anywhere in our small city. The blazer is an old friend from J. Crew Factory and the jeans are via Amazon for an amazing price.

This jean style – cropped and wide and frayed – may not look so smart a year from now. They’re trendy and fun, but I also own straight-leg, dark-wash jeans that work for any day or event.

My everyday add-on hair is the Wiki wig by Ellen Wille. It’s being discontinued, so I’ll have to hunt down a replacement this year, sad.
Florida winter is really dreamy (skip Florida in July!). Here I just placed myself under my favorite palm, enjoying a sunny calm day by the sea.

Is there a casual tuxedo in your closet? Show us (whatever you’re wearing) in the link-up!

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36 Comments

    • Good morning Emma and thanks for your kind words and for coming over. Your houndstooth check is brilliant with bright yellow – you do color so beautifully! xox

    • Hi Amber and thanks for linking up. Your leopard plus tan plus red combination is classic and gorgeous! xox

    • Hi Cheryl – I love the sound of your uniform! And your neutrals-outfit today looks so smart, xox.

    • Thanks Suzanne and thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful evening and kisses to the pug! xox

    • Good morning Michelle and thanks for linking up. So glad to hear you’re feeling better and enjoying your style again! xox

  1. I did a very similar vibe this weekend, with an orange blazer (and silver jeans!) – it’s a classic, Patti! I love the jeans, and you never know what’s going to be the new thing! They may be around for a while!

    Thank you so much for hosting, Patti!

    • Good morning Sheila and thanks for linking up with your fabulous style. I love the orange blazer against your hair color, very cool! xox

    • Hello Miss Cellany and how lovely to see you again! i like your Boden finds. The white dress is charming, and it’s good your friend pulled it from the piles for you, xox

  2. Is there really anything better than a fitted black blazer? You’ve styled it my very favorite way–with jeans and a top. And your sneakers are SO cute. Thanks for hosting Patti!
    xx Darlene

    • Hi Darlene and thanks for coming by! Your jumpsuit with the lace bodice is really special, love that whole look, xox.

    • Hi Jess and thanks for linking up. Your “caramel” dress is so pretty and it flatters your coloring like a charm! Great boots too, xox.

    • Good morning Kim and thanks for coming by. Love your mustard tee with blue jeans – a great look! xox

    • Thanks Ellibelle and thanks for coming over. I agree with you about a classic cashmere sweater, they are a beautiful wardrobe staple. xox

  3. I’m seeing a lot of those cropped wide legged jeans. I think I need to give them a try at my next opportunity, they look great and a nice alternative for warmer climates! Love this look – a classic!

    • Hello beautiful Kristin and thanks for coming by. You rock a hat perfectly, and your silver jewelry today is stunning! xox

    • Good morning Kelly and thanks for coming by. Love, love your polka dot dress, and how you nailed the Florida shopping dilemma too! xox

    • Thank you Nancy and thanks for linking up! I loved seeing the “copycat” looks on your post, very inspiring, xox.

  4. Hi Patti, I’m very happy to hear you got a good report from your dermatologist! Love this polished casual look on you-those cute oxfords add a lot of personality!

    • Thanks so much, Di, for your kind words and for linking up. Love your classic and flattering neutrals! xox

  5. Patti I LOVE that style of jeans, and the lace ups are fabulous! I finally found a minute to link up here before bed on a Sunday, thank you for hosting!

    Catherine x

    P.S. so glad to hear your skin spots were benign…!

    • Hello Catherine and how lovely to see you again! Thanks for linking up, and I am blowing you an air-kiss : > xox.

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