Let us set the stage: you’ve got this ‘thing’ and the dress code ‘smart casual’ was said in passing. It was said in such a nonchalant way that it seemed like anyone and their dog would know exactly what to rock up in. So, instead of asking questions about the specifics of smart casual, you said ‘sure’ like you knew what’s up. Now as you stand before your wardrobe considering everything from jeans, hoodies, shirts, loafers, sneakers, last year’s Halloween costume and a cardigan…you realise it’s not so ducking simple and you’re contemplating faking a work emergency to get out of going.
Even the experts struggle with the murky waters of the smart casual dress code, but keep these basics in mind and you’re gonna be fine. The key to nailing smart casual is understanding what to expect for whatever the ‘thing’ is that you’ve got. The location, type of event and context are really important if you want to turn up looking like smart casual is a familiar old friend.
Unintentionally Smart, Yet Casual
For those times when you want to look smart because you’re trying to make an impression but you also want to look casual so you don’t come off too full-on. Light wash denim and a solid fitting linen shirt say cool pretty well. Just ask ‘em.
All Day, All Night
If you’re heading out and not sure how or where things will run then shoot for some darker washed denim, black t-shirt and layer with an easy flannel shirt. A look like this will guide you through an afternoon of adventure and well into the night.