The Formula for Smart Casual
Whether its dressing up your casual pieces or dressing down your formal ones this formula is a great way to make sure you get the most use out of every part of your wardrobe, after all you don’t want to invest in a beautiful item only to have it hanging in your wardrobe never being worn!
Business Casual and Smart Casual for Work
Similarly to smart casual business casual just means combining casual pieces with formal ones to create a work appropriate outfit which is not too formal. One additional guideline to add to your formula in business casual is balancing colour and formality. Generally speaking neutral colours are considered smarter than bright ones. This doesn’t mean you can’t wear colour, but if you want to incorporate bright colours its best to do this with your formal items like jackets or tailored trousers while the more casual items in your ensemble should mostly be in neutral colours like black, white, cream and tan.
Using primary colours like blue is another easy way to make sure your outfits always look put-together as they go with any number of other colours and look great with just a plain white t-shirt layered underneath.
Smart Casual for Weddings and Events
Though you may think of smart casual for work you can also bring the same ethos to dressing for an event. If you get a wedding invite with a casual or semi-formal dress code then many of the same rules apply. The main difference here for womenswear would probably be in shoes, where a clean trainer may be suitable for a casual office and everyday you will want to stick to a heel or smart flat shoe for a wedding. A shift dress is a great option for a versatile outfit piece, in the summer all you need is some accessories and that is your whole outfit.
Wardrobe Staples for Elegant Dressing
Whether it’s to make getting your work outfits together a breeze or to polish your every day wardrobe there are a few key items which make mastering smart casual easy.
A well tailored dress which flatters your shape is a must have for any elegant wardrobe, wear it to work with a smart slip on shoe, throw on a light jacket and trainers for a dinner with the girls or dress it up with a pair of heels for a party!
A true wardrobe staple, a well-tailored jacket is indispensable to an elegant wardrobe. Use it to dress up any outfit. Or to bring an outfit from Summer into Autumn/Winter.
Outerwear may not be the first thing you think of for an effective capsule wardrobe but a coat can make or break an outfit. After all you don’t want to pull together the perfect smart-casual wedding outfit only to have it ruined by a puffer coat. Invest in a beautiful coat with a classic cut like a trench coat to make sure your outfits look polished no matter the weather.
Well Fitted Trousers
A well fitted trouser can be worn a hundred different ways, with a plain t-shirt for office-casual, a blouse for business casual, a silk cami for a night out and extra points if you have a jacket to match!
Smart casual dressing is about more than just sticking to your work dress code, its about bringing out your personality through your clothes while always looking elegant and polished. You don’t have to stick to the formula completely but having it in mind can make choosing a smart outfit easier and quicker so you can feel great every day.
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