I was asked the other day by a gentleman about clothing, specifically ‘Smart Casual’ We often get confused about what to wear when this is on the invitation.
Here is what I think is smart casual.
Smart casual dress is a style of attire that combines elements of both formal and informal clothing. It typically refers to a neat and polished look that is more relaxed than formal business attire but still maintains a level of professionalism. Smart casual dress is often appropriate for various occasions that require a balance between formality and comfort. Depending on the situation and one’s particular style, the specific elements of a smart casual dress might change, however some typical examples include:
Men’s Smart Casual Clothing
Fitted chinos or pants, dress shirt or polo, blazer or sport coat (optional), and loafers or leather shoes.. Ties are generally not required for a smart casual look.
What are Chinos?
Tailor-made pants made of twill fabric are known as chino pants. Twill is a fabric with a distinctive texture that is made up of diagonal, parallel ribs. Because they are available in a variety of sizes and lengths to accommodate various body types, chinos have numerous definitions. As a result, it’s crucial to try them on before purchasing. Depending on the aesthetic you choose, they can be cropped or full length and range from a slim fit to a relaxed fit. Additionally, chinos are available in a variety of colours and even with creative themes like flowers or plaid.
Women’s Smart Casual Clothing
Trousers or a skirt (at or slightly above knee-length), blouse or shirt, blazer or cardigan (optional), dressy flats or heels, tasteful accessories.
Some styling advice: “Accessories can make or break an outfit and can also enhance smart casual looks.” Three tips to make a dress casual-smart are to add a belt for a cinched waist, wear a leather jacket, and add ankle boots.
A failsafe option is without a doubt a midi or knee-length dress. The best midi dresses are those that are made from silk or viscose, rather than more casual cotton or denim fabrications.
It’s important to note that the exact definition of smart casual can vary depending on cultural norms, specific event guidelines, and individual interpretations. It’s always a good idea to consider the occasion and any specific dress code instructions to ensure you are appropriately dressed.