Tuesday, June 23, 2015

WHAT IS SMART CASUAL? // 5 Tips dressing for a smart causal dress code

The 'smart casual' dress code always has me scratching my head. Without fail I end up asking myself "What is smart causal?" and then "What do I wear!?". Smart casual can be different depending on whether this is for an event or work and everyone interprets it differently. But today I thought I would share an outfit I consider smart casual that could be worn to something like an event or party.

My formula for smart casual usually involves a few elements: 

1. An item which could be worn in a dressy or formal outfit // In this outfit it would be the floaty top and simple heels elevate the look from looking too laid back.

2. An item that brings a casual element // This time I wore some distressed black jeans. The black colour means they didn't look too causal but the distressing brings a little cool factor (see our denim distressing DIY here)

3. Stick to a monochrome look // This is optional but I've found that wearing a simple colour palette like black and white can keep things from looking too informal. 

4. If in doubt overdress // I always feel a little more at ease at places when I'm slightly overdressed rather than underdressed. If you aren't sure how formal an event might be, you might consider dressing a little more formal than I've shown by swapping out the jeans for a skirt or pants. 

5. Talk to friends that are attending // this is probably the thing that puts me most at ease when going somewhere with a smart casual dress code. If you know someone else that is going ask them what they're wearing, then if you both look a out of place at least you'll have a partner in crime!

top c/o Stella (from Farmers) // jeans c/o Andrea Moore // shoes c/o The Warehouse // name necklace c/o The Warehouse // ball necklace - Asos // watch c/o Jord // rings - Karen Walker/Pandora

What is your go-to smart causal outfit? Leave us a comment, we'd love hear how you interpret what smart casual is!



  1. "If in doubt, overdress." Yesss! Hahaha, I love wearing smart casual looks, just because I don't want to go to work looking like I just rolled out of bed lol I love to pair a nice button down with jeans, or bright sleeveless tops with flared pants. And monochrome is the way to go, for sure!

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  2. Smart casual is such a hard dress code - sometimes that's almost formal, or businessy, and other times people are in sundresses and heels. I always prefer to be more dressed up, than on the casual side of things since I'd rather look fancy than casual. This is such a nice outfit!

  3. very nice shirt..i love black and white..is always a great combo

  4. Wow, love it!!
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  6. I loved that tip "if in doubt, overdress!" Once I went to a restaurant with friends and one looked at me and said "you are overdressed" and I thought "no, in fact you are underdressed", hahaha, but obviously, I didn't say anything, it was just a joke. I loved your shirt, I really love this style and you look so sweet and chic, very beautiful!

  7. Hello, my gorgeous friend! You look so lovely – I’m totally smitten by your look today!
    Sending you much love & hope all is well!
    xoxo, Vanessa

  8. Love your jewellery with your outfit! I think it's the perfect smart/casual x


  9. Great post and I love what you're wearing.


  10. Obsessed with this shirt!

  11. Happy Wednesday, lovely! YOU look incredible! Seriously love stopping by your blog!
    I truly hope this day is as beautiful as you are, stunning lady!
    Sending you much love!!!
    xoxo, Vanessa

  12. Haha! If in doubt, overdress <-- best thing I read today and completely agree! It's the same concept more is always better than less.

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  13. ohh this is so great!!:) i hope you're doing well!


  14. Totally agree, especially with the overdressing if in doubt. Love your shirt btw
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  15. I'd say you nailed the smart-casual dress code Tara! Looooove this grid-locked wrap top. It's stunning!

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