Casual evening wear

Casual evening wear with trousers

As the party/event season approaches we start to search in our wardrobes for something suitable to wear. I find that these days I very rarely have a formal event to attend, if I did I would probably hire rather than buy. I do not want a garment hanging in my wardrobe gathering dust. Casual evening wear is all I need.

Details of above:

Cream tie neck blouse MarksandSpencer / Pearl drop earrings Jigsaw / Pearl and silver bracelet at JohnLewis&Partners / Faux fur jacket Hopefashionuk (It looks black in the image it is actually chocolate brown) Hope do ship internationally / Black spot trousers JohnLewis&Partners / Black low heel shoes Peter Kaiser at JohnLewis&Partners / lipstick LookFabulousForever / Silver clutch bag JohnLewis&Partners.

I am more likely to be invited to casual drinks or dinner with friends than a formal do. I like to have a few versatile pieces in my wardrobe that I can mix and match and dress up or down depending on the occasion.

We all want to look our best for a festive occasion. Half the thrill of an evening out is the preparation. Putting on our make-up and choosing our outfit. We want to look chic and elegant but not too overdone, if you know what I mean.

If we are buying something new it is good to give a nod to the season’s trends. This year it is sparkles and glitter all the way. Sequins can be a girl’s best friend. When worn near the face they add light and glow. As well as sparkly tops this year many brands are offering sequin or sparkly trousers and skirts. These are best co-ordinated with a plain top and simple accessories. These trousers can also be worn during the day with a chunky sweater perhaps for brunch or lunch.

There are also a variety of faux fur coats and jackets. They are ideal to add that final touch of glamour for an evening out. They are also extremely versatile and can be worn with jeans or trousers during the day.

Casual evening wear mix and match options:


  1. Eleni
    15th November 2019 / 18:01

    The white blouse from M & S looks really nice and practical, a thought, as I have not worn a white blouse in years. Love the accessories.

    • 17th November 2019 / 10:26

      Hi Eleni
      I have the blouse and it is more cream than white. I find that a slightly off white can suit a wide range of women.

  2. Brenda Chell
    15th November 2019 / 18:03

    Love the whole casual evening package. It’s simple and smart. Thank you Josephine.

  3. Laura
    15th November 2019 / 20:16

    Some fun ideas here but…I look like a cadaver in black and wash out in cream, as do many fair-skinned blondes. Any suggestions for alternative color combinations?

    • 17th November 2019 / 10:35

      Hi Laura
      I find that now my hair has gone silver grey black is back in my palette however I do understand that it does not work for everybody. In fact it never really left my wardrobe I just avoided it near my face but continued to wear black trousers. I have some alternative colour combinations coming up in the near future.

  4. Heather Moses
    15th November 2019 / 21:21

    Love your casual evening look. So simple, so elegant, so versatile. Great sparkly trousers.

    • 17th November 2019 / 10:28

      Hi Heather
      I found the trousers surprisingly flattering. You will see how I wear them in an outfit post shortly.

  5. Gillian
    16th November 2019 / 00:39

    Simply perfect!! Luckily I have most of these items already in my wardrobe, except the clutch, so I’m now looking forward to putting the outfit together for Christmas. Thanks Josephine !!

  6. Shirley Davey - Vancouver.B.C.
    16th November 2019 / 06:33

    Very nice choice for Christmas casual, love the pants. I do believe less is more and practice it. Thank you Josephine this is very well thought out.

  7. melmi
    16th November 2019 / 16:50

    Beautiful and classy outfit, Josephine…so smart and “workable” Love it.

  8. 17th November 2019 / 10:29

    Thank you for all your comments. Glad you liked the outfit. I have a few more posts on this subject so do pop back again soon.

  9. Jasmine
    18th November 2019 / 09:33

    Thank you Josephine. I rarely go out these days but have been invited to an evening event in the next couple of weeks for which your suggested outfit will be perfect. I’ve got similar items in my wardrobe already with the exception of the trousers which I’ve just ordered from John Lewis. I’m just hoping that they are true to the size details published on their website. Trousers are such difficult things to buy online.

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