How to Wear The Smart Casual Dress Code

September 17, 2018

When a dress code is mentioned, it’s always slightly a panicked situation on whether you’ll be wearing the right thing and following these unwritten rules. Whether it’s smart, casual or even black tie, it can be a little confusing. The most confusing dress code of them all is “smart casual” – What does it even mean?! I thought I’d breakdown what Smart Casual means to me with Chums.

How to Wear The Smart Casual Dress Code with Chums - Rachel Nicole UK BloggerFirst things first, the best thing to do is assess the type of event or party you’ve been invited to before following these rules on how to nail the dress code. As I said, the main thing to consider about this dress code is to consider what type of event you are attending. Where is it? Who will be attending? It could be a wedding, a party or just a formal (but casual) lunch out with the girls.

For me, the ideal outfit would be a jumpsuit, it’s such a versatile piece which can be dressed up or dressed down with accessories. If you accessorise well, this is how you can take quite a casual and comfortable outfit and style it up on to an elegant and formal look.

When it comes to Smart Casual, one of the main questions surrounding this dress code is; Can you wear jeans? My personal opinion is YES! By wearing jeans, that doesn’t mean you have to look scruffy. I’m sure we’re all a big fan of “a nice top and jeans”. Well, pair this with a nice pair of flats or some simple heels and hey presto, you’re sorted!

Flats or Heels? Another important question when it comes to the smart casual dress code. The answer is both! I’m not going to lie, trainers will be off the cards for this one. However, you can’t go wrong with a  pair of sandals or heels. If you’re going for heels, try a chunky heel as they will be way more comfortable and suit the code.

I think if you are still really unsure about what to wear when given this dress code, it’s better to be over dressed than under dressed when following the smart casual code. Turning up in a black tie and ball gown is probably a step too far though!

Do you have any tips for the smart casual dress code?


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