2 Jul 2017

The Smart Casual Look

Smart casual is something I've always been confused about if I'm being honest. Which side do you lean towards, smart or casual? Are jeans appropriate? Should I wear a blazer? Dresses or skirts? So. Many. Questions.

Obviously what you actually end up wearing depends on wherever you are going. Whatever the answer is... I have an outfit that I class as 'smart casual'. I also think it works well in the 'jeans and a nice top' scenario, which is perfect because I find myself stuck in those quite often!

I find myself reaching for outfits like this for job interviews or meetings and I think it works perfectly! If you are unsure of how to find an outfit that is smart/casual or the nice top in that situation... I have some tips for you!

C O L O U R   P A L E T T E

When I am looking for an outfit to wear on a daily basis, I personally like to stick to black. Like many, I feel comfortable in black. So I reflect this onto my workwear wardrobe too.

When putting together a smart casual outfit I decide to stick to a monochrome and neutral colour palette as it is the safest option, in my opinion. Black, white, navy and grey are great hues to lean towards for an easy look, smart or casual (or in this case both!)

A basic colour theme will allow the look to remain business appropriate but can be kept interesting with the actual pieces you style the outfit with, like you'd see within this particular look. So pick the colours you feel comfortable in and blend that in with your colour palette when you are styling your smart casual outfit.

T H E   N I C E   T O P

Ahhh, the nice top. I struggle with buying tops in general because I always seem to be drawn in by super casual, oversized t-shirts. My wardrobe is filled with an abundance of tees, maybe a little too many! When it comes to finding a 'nice top' it gets a little tricky.

I've noticed that I'm drawn in by fancy shmancy tops in shops more so when they are trend pieces. The top I have on here is a white blouse with flared sleeves. Flared sleeves are all the rage in the fashion trend world at the moment and I am all for it, if I'm being honest! I also have a gingham top that I reach for when I am looking for a nicer top in my wardrobe, which again is another trend piece.

There are plenty of tops around that could fit within the 'nice top' category.. it just takes a while to find it! Try looking for the trend pieces to keep it easy and simple.

J E A N S   O R   N O   J E A N S ?

Judge the situation to decide whether to wear jeans or not. Usually I like to wear black skinny jeans (no rips or prints etc) or black trousers. In this case I decided to pop on a pair of skinny jeans that obviously bring the outfit more so to the casual side. I felt like this structured and boxy top needed something more fitted on the bottom half so I went for skinnies on this particular occasion.

A C C E S S O R I E S   &   S H O E S

As far as extra details go, I think it's best to keep it simple. Minimal jewellery is always a good shout, I suggest a watch if you are going for something more smarter. A small bag that can hold everything you may need. Keep this in mind if you are heading for an interview so your bag can accommodate your CV or portfolio without getting squished!

For shoes... loafers are everywhere right now! People are wearing them smart as well as casually so they fit the bill perfectly when it comes to styling up a smart casual outfit. I recommend a comfy pair of flat shoes. You could also make this the statement part of your outfit if you are feeling brave!


How do you like to style smart casual outfits?

Top: New Look / Jeans: New Look / Shoes: New Look / Bag: DKNY

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  1. I love your outfit! The bag is amazing and as for the shoes, from a distance, I was convinced that they were Gucci!

    Have a lovely day!

    xx Kris

    1. Me too!!! Such a good dupe :) Thanks Kris, and yourself x

  2. Love this outfit - the top especially is gorgeous! Also great choice the loafers, such a useful thing to own...I feel like they are the ultimate smart/casual shoe! Sophie xxx


    1. Thank you lovelyyyy! Definitely, I completely agree :) xx

  3. Your outfit is very nice ! I do agree on the nice top point !

  4. Love your whole outfit here BUT adore those shoes, gonna have to get to New Look!

    The Makeup Directory

    1. Thank you soooo much! Aren't they so perfect?!

  5. Really great and informative post! I really love your style and outfit especially the blouse.

    Gemma x

  6. Lovely outfit and definitely appropriate for an interview. I like your loafers as well. It is very chic. And as for the top, yes the struggle is real, I find that it's always hard to find a good top for pants or even skirts.


    1. I'm glad you understand the struggles!! I'm glad this was helpful :)

  7. I've been looking at tons of different loafers deciding which ones I want. They're such a great staple shoe and really suit your smart outfit well! The DKNY bag looks designer!! xo

    with love, Jordyn | jordynpamela.com

    1. Yes they are! Love them :) and thank you lovely x


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