Have you ever asked what to wear to an occasion, they respond with “smart casual” and you go home clueless? This guide will teach you exactly what to wear for smart casual attire. Less than a suit. More than a tee shirt.
What is Smart Casual?
Smart casual is a level of dressing between casual outfits and business dress. So not casual and not formal, just right in between. Smart casual consists of put-together and neat outfits that are actually just slightly less formal than business casual.
Smart casual is actually a very good level of formality because it allows you to combine pieces of clothing that you might not have thought to combine.
You will also be able to wear more colors, such as pops of red, green and blue.
Smart Casual vs Business Casual
Smart casual and business casual are sometimes thought to be the same thing. However, business casual says no to jeans and sneakers. With smart casual, jeans and sneakers are welcome.
Smart casual includes casual button ups and chinos, while business casual mainly sticks to dress shirts and slacks.
If you are ever in doubt, it is always better to dress up a little more than to dress down.
What to Wear for Smart Casual
- Corduroy pants
- Linen pants
- Casual button ups
- Plaid button ups
- Gingham button ups
- Turtleneck with a blazer
- Leather shoes
- White sneakers
- Black sneakers