Welcome to day 5 of the 40+Style Casual Summer Style Challenge where we create 10 different outfits from only 9 pieces! This challenge is now finished but you can still participate and get the complete shopping list and all outfits. Just Click below to get access!


The outfits continue to flow into the community and it’s so much fun to see how you all interpret the looks. You are telling me that you are having fun too and are learning heaps about how to style your outfits better. So great to hear!

I’m also very pleased to read that many of you are shopping your closets and are rediscovering some of your older clothes again. Sometimes you just need to play a little with your clothes and get new ideas to bring life into your own pieces. It’s great to see how you are all inspiring each other!

Let’s get started with outfit 5

How to style and asymmetrical top | 40plusstyle.com

Asymmetrical top or vest

Of course I had to include at least one asymmetrical top into the capsule (although my flower blouse is asymmetrical too :)) Asymmetrical lines add extra interest and are often very flattering. For even more options for asymmetrical tops check this page.

My particular asymmetrical top also doubles as a vest which makes it great for layering.

Styling asymmetrica tops | 40plusstyle.com

(sheer) flower blouse

Flowers and pastels are right on trend this summer and they are easy to wear if you opt for a subtle print like the first blouse pictured. If you opt for a sheer blouse, you will get a lovely layered effect. Feel free to pick a blouse without print if flower prints are not your thing.

Sheer flower blouse | 40plusstyle.com


Chinos with a bit of stretch are super comfortable and they are great for casual occasions. A boyfriend style model looks the most relaxed.

Style tips on how to wear chinos | 40plusstyle.com

How I styled outfit 5

The idea behind outfit 5 is to layer your sleeveless asymmetrical top over your sheer blouse. It’s another way to wear sheer (see how I styled it over a camisole before) and creates many more wearing opportunities for the blouse.

40+Style Casual Summer Style Challenge – Look 5 – Layering With An Asymmetrical Top | 40plusstyle.com

I can wear my top both closed…

Wear chinos and slinbacks | 40plusstyle.com

And open as a vest.


I love buying pieces that are unique and that give me various options as to how I can wear them.


For both outfits I again kept my shoes comfortable but these wedges have some height too. These kind of wedges are ideal if you still like to get some extra height while still wanting comfortable shoes.


Outfit details:

Top: c/o Stella Carakasi (in stone)
Sheer top: c/o Stella Carakasi
Chinos: Zara
Flat shoes: Hoegl
Jewelry: unbranded from around the world
Wedge sandals: c/o Antelope Shoes

I look forward to seeing how you style today’s outfit!


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Sylvia is 40+style’s editor-in-chief and has been helping women find their unique style since 2011. An alumni of the School of Color and Design, she is devoted to empowering women of any age to look and feel their best. Read more about Sylvia and 40+style on this page.

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