What is the Smart Casual Dress Code?

What is the Smart Casual Dress Code?

Smart casual” sounds like an oxymoron. How can an outfit be both smart and casual? This dress code is the one that most people tend to adopt in their daily lives, especially if they’re working professionals. The benefit of the smart casual dress code is that it can seamlessly carry you from day to night. Although it’s a less strict dress code, it’s easy to get confused by what actually is smart casual. I’m here to demystify the dress code and give you outfit ideas for a smart casual look.

What is smart casual?

Smart casual is a dress code that blends polished pieces with everyday business attire while keeping a casual feel to your outfit. It’s the type of clothing that you would wear to the office or a nice meal out. Some classic pieces include button-up shirts, silk blouses, and dark-wash jeans. You want to build your outfit around polished and practical pieces that are comfortable and stylish.

Smart casual sits between business casual and so-called ‘dressy casual’. It takes elements from both dress codes and mixes and matches different pieces. You’ll usually build your outfit around casual and laidback pieces with one or two more elevated accessories.

The beauty of smart casual is that it works for almost any occasion. Are you not sure what to wear for an event? Smart casual is usually a go-to choice for most people. It works for everything from business events to going to the pub with friends or grabbing dinner with your family.

Building your closet around smart-casual pieces means that you can add versatility and practicality to your style. 

How to create small casual outfits

The easiest way to create an instant smart casual outfit is to throw a jacket on over a smart dress. It’s an easy way to create a day-to-evening look. The blazer will make the outfit appropriate for the office, and you can get rid of it for the evening and let your dress shine. You can then swap out your shoes for a more evening-appropriate style.

Dark-wash jeans are your best friend when creating smart casual outfits. Blue and whitewash jeans are considered more casual, while darker colours create a more elevated look.  

Another way to quickly transform your day outfit into evening, is to kick off your sneakers and throw on a pair of sexy heels with your jeans!

It’s all about the details with smart casual clothing. You want to avoid wearing graphic t-shirts or anything that might look more like athleisure. You also want to invest in some killer accessories that will really help to transform your look.

The secret to smart casual is in the accessories. You want to keep it simple with one or two dainty pieces for a refined look. Stud earrings, pendant necklaces, and a cute mini bag or crossbody bag are all you need to master the look.

And don’t forget to check out our Ladies party Dresses!

Size Guidelines

Our size charts are to be used as a guide only. To ensure the perfect fit, we would recommend taking your measurements beforehand.

S 6-8 4-6 34-36 33-35IN 25-27.5IN 35-38.5IN
M 10 6-8 38 36-38IN 28-30.5IN 38-41.5IN
L 12 8-10 40 38-40IN 30-32.5IN 41-44.5IN

Ella wears a size M in all pieces and is 5ft4” / 165cm. She wears heels in the photos, so her overall height in all imagery is 5ft8” / 175cm

All pieces run true to size, and fabrics have some stretch to them. However, , if between sizes, we would recommend taking a size up.

For further sizing help, feel free to contact us at admin@boutiqueella.com or drop us a DM on Instagram at @shopboutiqueella

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