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Read our advice on mastering the art of the smart-casual outfit. 

Getting the smart-casual outfit right

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November 2017

The Oxford Dictionary defines smart-casual as “neat, conventional, yet relatively informal in style”. Many occasions require a smart-casual outfit: dinner and drinks with friends, a family gathering, a party, going on a date, drinks receptions, events and much more. But the term “smart-casual” sparks panic and uncertainty, many not wanting to under- or overdress.

There is an art to mastering a smart-casual outfit. You don’t want to look too smart, but equally you don’t want to look too casual. That is why, as a general rule, we suggest a pair of straight-leg jeans with a shirt, blazer and smart shoes like loafers, with a pullover for chilly weather. Or, perhaps opt for a shirt, pullover jumper and chinos, with smart shoes.

When choosing your smart-casual outfit you should avoid trainers, sandals and pumps. Jeans should not be too baggy and either navy or black in the winter for a more formal edge. If you choose to wear a blazer from a suit, it would pair nicely with jeans, or if the blazer is unstructured, couple it with neutral colour chinos. In colder winter months, you may choose to include knitwear. Why not try a classic V-neck with a shirt underneath or a roll-neck jumper and a blazer or smart coat? Knitwear should be slim fitted and if it is patterned, opt for neutral coloured trousers or jeans.

Our example outfit (see image) is a smart-casual outfit that will turn heads for all the right reasons. Tan colours and blue shades work tremendously well together; a timeless yet classic combination.

Firstly, we have chosen a navy pair of straight-leg jeans by Brax, a brand that focus on comfort and designing clothes that make you feel good; paired with a shirt by OLYMP in a light blue and with a subtle pattern to complement the jeans; followed by a navy-blue blazer, by Baileys who appreciate attention to detail, that is woven with a white thread to break up the colour scheme; with a checked scarf, a pattern that is current and on trend, to pull the outfit together; and finally tan Geox shoes and a suede belt for the perfect finish.

Browse the range in store today for your smart-casual outfits. Should you require any guidance, a member of the team would be happy to assist.