Tips On Getting The Right Casual Look

056037BThe smart/ casual dress code is the bane of every man who isn’t a social butterfly. The very need for the stroke signifies that whilst it both smart and casual, it’s really neither. Smart/casual is far simpler for women than men, as so much of a woman’s wardrobe can be either smart or casual depending on what you wear it with. Men’s wardrobes however are a little more polarized.
If the very presence of those words sends you into a cold sweat then this article is just what you need! We’ll handle everything from clothes and accessories to footwear. It’ll help you get to grips with a smart/casual dress code and look stylish in the process.

Open Collared Shirts

It is generally accepted that a shirt is required for smart/casual dress. Try a patterned shirt with an open collar or a plain shirt under a jumper for perfect smart/ casual etiquette. A tie is not usually required.
You could even opt for a polo shirt or a collarless shirt if you feel comfortable sitting on the more casual side. If you prefer a t-shirt then go for a plain style.


Dark dress trousers are a good idea for smart/casual functions. Particularly if they’re work related. A general rule for finding which end of the scale to aim for is whether it’s related to the office or is purely a social event – often more personal occasions allow a little more leeway. Casual trousers like cotton styles or canvas trousers can also be a good choice. They’re a bit more formal than jeans and will look good with a shirt.


If you hate to be separated from your jeans then you’ll be pleased to know if you have the right pair they can be worn to smart/casual functions. Opt for a dark, plain dyed pair without fashion detailing or fading.
If you do opt for jeans then a smart belt is absolutely essential. Choose a plain leather style with a smart and simple buckle. Whilst it’s ok to err on the more casual style you still want to look smart, and it’s best not to rely on too many fashion features.


Smarter shoes are a necessity when it comes to smart/casual. At very least choose a smart leather trainer in a dark color, but a dress shoe is probably best.
Avoid sports trainers at all costs. These can undermine even the slickest of smart/casual outfits.


A jacket is a good idea at most smart/casual events. Most types are of, if in doubt wear a casual blazer or fitted jacket. Alternatively a smart jumper or cardigan can be sufficient on warmer days.


When it comes to smart/casual accessories it’s best to stay on the smarter side. Like previously mentioned it’s worth wearing a smart leather belt. Similarly a bag should be on the smarter side. If you wear jewelry then simple is best. A silver or gold chain is plenty.

If in doubt

If you simply can’t decipher how smart a particular function’s smart/casual needs to be, then ask. There’s no shame in double-checking a dress code. It just shows that you’re fashion conscious and want to look good.
If you can’t ask then stick to smart trousers and shoes with an open collared shirt. This is the basic smart/casual uniform and is pretty much smack bang in the middle of the smart/casual sliding scale.

About the Author

Kimberly Johnson

As Director of Sales and Marketing, Kimberly Johnson is passionate about providing Seniors with the resources and products to live well.  Kimberly is a seasoned caregiver to her family and breast cancer survivor.  Her father battled ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease and she was a primary caregiver.  Today Kimberly lives in Southern California near her 104-year-old grandmother, widowed mother, a mentally disabled sister and second sister who is also a breast cancer survivor.  She is happily married to her husband of 24 years and they have 3 children.

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