Please Explain! ‘Smart Casual’

Have you ever opened up an invitation and gone blank at the words “smart casual”?  If you ask someone what they define as smart casual, odds are that the next person is probably going to have a different interpretation, which is why it can be a potential minefield when dressing for these occasions. Even dictionary meanings of  ‘smart casual’ are not in agreement.
For us, smart casual is about finding that happy medium between black tie and lunch date attire. But the next time you receive an invite with these two words printed on it, don’t panic and assume that it calls for a hefty new frock! As with any other occasions, it’s about making the most of your existing wardrobe.
Monochrome Belle
If ever in doubt, monochrome is your safest bet. The classic black and white combination is guaranteed to put the ‘smart’ in smart casual. Crop tops are probably the last thing that comes to mind when you’re putting together an outfit for a fancier event, but paired with trousers that sit higher up on the waist, it can make for more than a tasteful ensemble.

TOP: Zara / Pants: UniQLO / SHOES: Portland / RING: gift 
Blazin’ Up
This is the perfect example of taking full advantage of your current wardrobe. To snazz up your favourite sun dress, or in our case romper, throw on a black blazer. The classic blazer is such a fail safe staple. It’s the chocolate of the fashion world, it goes with almost anything!

ROMPER: Cotton On / BLAZER: Cotton On / RING: Lovisa / SHOES: Portland
 Lace Up
Another lifesaver when it comes to ambiguous dress codes is the good old botton up blouse. A blouse is so versatile. It can be dressed up or down with the smallest details. The lace skirt and bright statement necklace bring a high-tea element to this outfit, but something as simple as rolling up the sleeves of the blouse

 *BLOUSE: Pop Basic / NECKLACE: gift / SKIRT: Chicabooti / SHOES: Sandler
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M + K
Disclaimer: Products marked with a * were kindly sent to us for consideration, but as always, our reviews and opinions are honest ones.

19 thoughts on “Please Explain! ‘Smart Casual’

  1. I've had this dilemma before, but these outfits look like they fit the bill! I love your pholosophy of reworking what you already own instead of splurging on new items


  2. Amazing post! I don't know which I like the most because each was so stylish and lovely 🙂 The first was probably my fav as I love how you paired that lovely print top with the slim fit cropped pants and those sandals (and that cute bow ring). You can never go wrong with lace or floral rompers in the summertime!

    I definitely understand what smart casual is now! 😛

    xx Debbie


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