Posted on 19 January 2019
Whenever you see on an invitation to an event: “Please dress Smart Casual” your mind tends to wonder if it’s a chinos and suit jacket “smart casual” or is it shorts and a button up “smart casual.” We explore the true definition of smart-casual and what it can mean in different situations.
Sit Down Dinner
Typically a sit down dinner will require you to wear a nice blazer / suit jacket paired with nice clean slacks or chinos. Smart casual means exactly that, so bring your casual flare into the outfit, a clean t-shirt underneath the blazer is a great look. Tucking the t-shirt into the pants with no belt also works really well and gives that stylish and smart look. If you are thinking of wearing a pocket square, definitely make sure you match it with your t- shirt colour as this will really complete your look.
Work / Business Event
This kind of smart casual can differ a lot depending on which industry you work in, for example, if you’re a tradie, then smart casual could mean that you’ll just need to whack on a button up shirt and some chinos and you’re ready to go! Now, if you work in a more corporate environment then maybe you might want to dress it up a bit, I’d steer clear of a tie as this could be seen as too corporate, but definitely a nice blazer, or cardigan (not a suit jacket) paired with a shirt which has a few buttons undone at the top. This will give you that casual/
Cocktail parties that have smart casual as the dress code typically mean… wear a suit! With that in mind, I’d opt for a suit jacket, pocket square, shirt and maybe a bow tie. Pair that with some rolled up khaki coloured chinos and some boat shoes. Business up top, party down the bottom! You can usually read the vibe of who’s
Going to a Bar / Wine Bar
Probably my favourite take on “smart casual,” you can have some fun with this one. Again, reading the vibe of the bar you’re going to before you get
I’d recommend experimenting with some patterned blazers, some nice retro polo shirts with a cuban style collar also works really well with a smart casual look. You can also add jeans into this look, some nice clean dark blue or black work with most blazers, try to keep your statement piece as the blazer. Finish off this look with some clean sneakers, like some “Common Projects.”
Let us know what you’d wear to a “Smart Casual” event and if we got it right!
By Aaron Brockley