Smart-casual is one of the most popular dress codes for men. Whether you’re going to a business function, out for a meal with friends or on a hot date, it is likely that smart-casual will be appropriate. What exactly is smart-casual? Is it jeans and a shirt, or is it a blazer with chinos?
The term is very vague, and this can cause confusion for some men. Don’t worry if you can relate; we are here to help. Here are three tips to help you nail the smart-casual look.
Think About The Material
If you are struggling to work out if something is smart-casual or not, look at the material. Smart casual clothes are normally made from high-quality materials such as suede and cotton with a high thread count. It is also possible to rock more casual materials (such as denim jeans), but they should always be paired with high-quality shoes and a high-quality shirt.
Choose The Right Pair Of Shoes
Shoes can make or break your outfit, so you should always spend some time finding the right pair. You don’t have to wear smart, shiny work shoes; brogues are a great smart-casual option, as are derbies and monkstrap shoes. Boots can even look good, but only if the outfit is more casual than smart!
The colour of the shoes is also an important factor in determining the type of look you’re pulling off. Black shoes can work for a smart casual look, but sometimes they can look too smart. The best colour option is brown as brown shoes (particularly leather or suede) will add class and sophistication to your outfit. Brown also tends to go with most outfits, which is always a good thing! Navy is also a good option.
Finally, you should add one or two accessories to your outfit to really pull it together. A smart watch is always a good move, but if you don’t like wearing watches, you could always invest in a smart side satchel or a fashionable scarf. This will help to break up your outfit by adding small details, which will make the overall look more stylish.