Author: Tracey McAlpine Category: Lifestyle, Fashion & Style

We review smart casual summer clothes for women over 50

I’ve been living in gym clothes for 18 months. Sometimes, I’ve even worked out!

The comfortable garments and stretchy waistbands were a godsend during lockdown when working from home. Now summer is here, it’s timely that Saint and Sofia* invited me to choose some pieces from their Spring/Summer Collection to review.

It’s definitely time to throw aside the leggings and wear something more feminine. I chose three timeless pieces that I knew would see me right through the summer and into the autumn and winter months.

Woman over 50 wearing an animal print skirt from Saint and Sofia with a black t-shirt standing near a wall and rose bushes

Greenwich Skirt in Abstract Animal Print

I had already fallen in love with the lemon, black and white animal print skirt long before Saint and Sofia contacted me. The three tired skirt, a modern take on skirts I have worn in the past, is created out of 100% Eco Viscose. The fabric is soft and floaty and what I love most about Saint and Sofia clothing, is that you can wear it straight out of the envelope. Their clothing arrives in an eco-friendly brown envelope that you can easily recycle.

I ordered the skirt in a size 12 as those lockdown pounds haven’t quite slipped away yet. The sizing is generous, and the skirt fitted perfectly. The waistband lies flat and the skirt is flattering over the tummy. The midi length is great on me at 5’10” and falls to the bottom of my calf.

I know I’m going to be able to wear this skirt for months to come. It looks stylish dressed up with heels or boots and smart casual with trainers or flat shoes. At just under £100.00, I know this is an investment piece but it’s a great investment and addition to any wardrobe. It’s ideal to wear at home or on holiday and doesn’t crease easily, making it a perfect piece to wear for a day in the office or going to meetings.

Greenwich Skirt in Abstract Animal Print* £94.00

Mature woman standing in front of a wall near rose bushes wearing a black t-shirt from Saint and Sofia

Cavendish Tee in Black

I chose a simple, yet very stylish, plain black Cavendish T-Shirt to go with the Greenwich Skirt. It’s made from soft organic cotton and has a light rib effect. The puff sleeves elevate it from an ordinary T-Shirt and makes it far more feminine and elegant. I ordered a size 10 so the T-Shirt would be close fitting and I could wear it out or tucked into the Greenwich Skirt. It works perfectly!

I have washed the Cavendish Tee several times at 30 degrees on a short delicate wash and it looks exactly the same as when it arrived. I don’t tumble dry it; I just hang it up after spinning and it doesn’t even need ironing. I love this T-Shirt so much I’m ordering it in other colours. The styling and quality are good and I know with care this garment will last for many summer seasons to come.

Cavendish Tee in Black* £34.00

Woman over 50 wearing an animal print skirt with black t-shirt from Saint and Sofia under a pergola

Diamond Knit Sweater in Black

Because the British weather is so unpredictable, I chose a lightweight crew neck sweater to go with the Greenwich Skirt. It’s super soft and made from Eco Viscose, so it washes and wears beautifully.

The diamond pattern is subtle so the sweater can be worn easily with an animal print. Again, the sizing is generous. I chose small and it’s plenty big enough and can be worn over a T-Shirt if the weather is chilly.

The sweater looks good with the Greenwich Skirt and with trousers. You may remember I was given the Navy Leopard Runway Pants to review, not only have I worn these trousers time and time again, I have also purchased them in Black Leopard and Plain Black. They have been my go to trousers ever since. I love the fact you can wash them on a short, low temperature wash, hang them up to dry and wear them without ironing! The Diamond Knit Sweater looks good with all my Saint and Sofia trousers*.

Diamond Knit Sweater in Black* £78.00

Mature woman sitting on a bench under a pergold wearing an animal print skirt and black t-shirt

Buy investment pieces from Saint and Sofia

Although I have never really been a follower of fashion, I do like to add some current pieces in my wardrobe each season. I want clothes that enhance a capsule wardrobe, and that can be used in many ways to create outfits that are stylish and comfortable. The older I get the more important comfort is to me. Saint and Sofia offer seasonal classics that I know I will wear year on year. They are comfortable, affordable and good quality fabrics that last.

Woman over 50 in a beautiful garden wearing an animal print skirt and black t-shirt from Saint and Sofia

Why choose Saint and Sofia

  • True to size and if anything, on the generous side
  • Exceptionally comfortable, eco-friendly fabrics that travel, wash and wear well
  • Timeless pieces that enhance your wardrobe

To see more of the Spring/Summer Collection visit Saint and Sofia

The clothes shown in this article were provided by Saint and Sofia for review. The company did not pay for this article nor was I under any obligation to post the review.

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