Defining smart casual for men: How to dress down in style


Model Ali Ady poses dressed in smart-casual
Model Ali Ady poses dressed in smart-casual

Smart-casual has for some time been misunderstood in not only the women’s fashion world but men’s too.

Fashion trends have now proven that getting smart-casual right will set you free from traditional rules of a full oversized suit that can make one look out of place. Smart Casual has now been associated for weekends especially Fridays for white collar jobs as well as business people.

This is when men will wear their jeans and T-shirts at work and are allowed to get away with it.

However, what happens when you are too dressed-down, for instance in a T-shirt and sneakers and a pair of ragged jeans, then the boss calls for an important staff meeting?

Model Ali Ady shows what not to wear to the office on a dress down day
Model Ali Ady shows what not to wear to the office on a dress down day

Men, always remember it is considered smart to be appropriate in a relatively formal situation yet stylish enough to make you look great down at the pub.

Women will not tell you but her man showing up at the club in a full suit on a Friday evening will make her feel out of place, considering women have found their smart casual in fancy below the knee dresses that can pass as perfectly in the office as they do at the club on a Friday night.

Men, it is therefore important to find a perfect balance for smart casual no matter the occasion. Here is how

Jacket

 

Model Ali Ady in smart casual office wear
Model Ali Ady in smart casual office wear

A blazer is a safe bet, jacket wise. However, please note that there is a big difference between an official blazer and a casual blazer.

An official blazer is one from a full suit and a casual blazer is made specifically for a casual look.

Avoid using the fully sized suit blazer and choose one you wouldn’t wear to work.

Trousers

 

Model Ali Ady in smart casual office wear
Model Ali Ady in smart casual office wear

When it comes to smart-casual, what you wear on your legs will vary according to what’s on top.

Remember though, jeans are fine as long as they’re dark, clean, rip free and well-fitting.

 

T-Shirt

Model Ali Ady in smart casual office wear
Model Ali Ady in smart casual office wear

A bright coloured cotton T-shirt is ideal depending on the color of the trousers. Keep it as plain as possible.

 

The Shoes

Model Ali Ady in smart casual office wear
Model Ali Ady in smart casual office wear

Probably the most important part of an outfit (ask the women) in terms of defining just how good it is.

Ideally, try a pair of either leather boots with a rounded toe or simple canvas shoes.

Finally, there are important rules for pretty much any outfit. Polish, brush or clean your shoes, iron your shirt and see if your jacket is complemented by a pocket square.

Model Ali Ady in smart casual office wear
Model Ali Ady in smart casual office wear

It might seem like a bit of an effort, but when it comes to a subtle smart-casual look, these little flourishes leave a lasting impression.

I hope you find these tips helpful. Drop us a comment and let us know what you think.

Quote: Now is the time to look the same everyday not different-robert Johnson

Model Ali Ady

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