Are you struggling to fully understand what the smart casual dress code means? Let me help you to find the solution to the problem. Find out how you should style smart casual women’s summer outfits. See some examples to understand it even faster.
What is women’s smart casual attire?
Smart casual is the balance of casual and more polished, classy clothes for ladies. You can consider it a more casual phase of business casual dress code. More exactly, you need to wear outfits that are elegant but comfortable as well.
If you haven’t seen my post with a business casual attire guide, check it out. It will help you to spot the differences between these two dress codes. You will understand it more easily.
You can create smart-casual outfits with three easy steps in every season, not only in summer. And those are the tips:
Choose something that has a polished, classy look. Depending on your wish, choose an elegant dress, skirt, top, shirt, or pants. It can be anything, that you feel comfortable in.
After you have chosen a piece that looks smart, now you need to pair it with something more casual. If you are wearing an elegant dress, you can make it smart-casual by wearing your favorite pair of sneakers (same goes with skirt). In case you wear just a top or shirt, you can make your outfit more casual by pairing it with denim jeans. So on and so forth.
When you have all those things match, try to accessorize the outfit. You can do that by adding sunglasses, jewelry, or chic handbag to your look.
If you follow these three steps, you can easily create many stylish smart casual outfits. Wondering where you should wear smart casual outfits? Well, it’s not hard to guess that it’s the perfect option for office wear. Other than that if you enjoy it, you can go with it everywhere.
Can you wear jeans in smart casual?
Yes, you definitely can. Unlike business casual, it’s without any doubt. The only thing you need to do is to pair it with some elegant top, which has a more polished look. You have to have a classy look but you have to feel comfy in it.
If you still think it’s maybe a problem, go for dark jeans. Pair it with a beautiful shirt and that’s it. You have a perfect outfit with a smart casual dress code.
There are also some things to consider. It’s better to get away from very distressed jeans. Because it’s going way too casual. So, if you need to stay in smart casual, keep that in mind as well. You can wear jeans that have some simple cuts (on your knee) and the ones that are not very busy for the eye.
Tip: Always choose the most simple pieces from your wardrobe.
Smart casual outfit ideas for Summer
Simple blue jeans and cute ruffle sleeved top
This is a perfect smart casual outfit to wear in summer. Do you see that it looks so elegant but very comfy as well? That’s all you need to manage for this attire.
White is the ultimate color for a smart casual dress code because it always looks classy and elegant. And if you have some pieces in your wardrobe, use them to get the desired look.
Sometimes when it’s colder in the evening, you can also put your blazer on. Blazer is actually the essential piece that you need to have if you ever try to make business or smart casual outfits. It doesn’t matter how strict your office rules are, blazer can not do anything wrong with any of these dress codes.
Classy top tucked in your pants
You probably already noticed how popular tucking the tops into pants has become. I think it looks very nice because it shows your waist smaller and more elegant. That’s why you should try to create smart-casual outfits with this technique.
For your lower body, it can be denim or any other casual pants as well. But always remember you should feel comfy in it, that’s what the dress code requires. Just choose the one and pair it with an elegant top that will be tucked in it. You can accessorize the outfit by getting a beautiful clutch or handbag.
Pleated midi skirt and the top
Some times ago, it was the weirdest thing to wear a skirt with sneakers. But as time goes, new trends are coming. That’s how these two things appeared on the fashion radar.
You can put a more casual top than the woman wearing here. Because this skirt is not either very classy or casual. But the sneakers will always make your outfit fit for smart casual attire. Sunglasses will be a perfect accessory for this look.
I remembered something about accessories. I have another post where you can find ideas on how you can accessorize the black dress outfit. There are some things that you need to know. So, check that out!!
Classy top and a wide leg pants
Wearing wide-leg pants is also an upcoming trend that is becoming more and more popular this year.
Choose a beautiful top and pair it with wide-leg pants and sneakers (you can go with high heels or pumps too). If you know your body shape, I can tell you that if you are an inverted triangle you are the lucky one. Because it’s a perfect summer outfit for an inverted triangle body shape. Between, you can find the best summer dresses for inverted triangle here. You will find very useful tips to style for that body type. Don’t miss it!
Black jeans, simple blouse and the statement necklace
If you are looking for more unique outfits this is the one. You just will need a simple print blouse, black denim jeans, and a beautiful statement necklace.
Merging these three pieces is totally enough for you if you are trying to style for smart casual dress code. Agree with me, the designer handbag will make your outfit look more luxurious.
Choose the one stylish graphic tee + midi skirt
Nothing is more unique than wearing things that no one else has. Right? The thing is, there is a website called Teespring where you can create your own design on your tops. I love that website because there are so many possible ways to have something so special. I think you don’t have to miss that. You can just write your favorite quote on your top and order it. It’s amazing!
But if you are not very good at design, you can just buy the one that is available in your local stores. Then choose the midi skirt that will match your top and that’s it. You can wear sneakers with this outfit as well.
What are the best shoes for smart casual?
Choose your shoes after you have already completed the outfit. Pairing white sneakers is the perfect option. But depending on your clothes, you should decide from classy to casual. Short heeled sandals are another example that you can wear for smart casual.
If you are wearing too many classy things, I think sneakers will not go with the outfit. So, as I already said a few times, you need to manage to have at least one comfy piece in your outfit and then pair it with sneakers. That will be a good one.
In another case, smart casual sandals are also another option for you. Wedges have more like the casual look and high heeled sandals will be a great choice as well.
If you are the lover of mules or loafers, they are more than perfect for smart-casual appearance. That’s because they make your outfit more polished and elegant. But they are also comfortable to wear for almost all events.
Block heels are another pair of shoes you can wear for this attire. You just can’t go wrong with any of those styles of shoes. They will do their job perfectly. If you have any of them, I mean mules, block heels or loafers take more attention to your clothes. You already have the ultimate pair of shoes to style for a smart casual dress code.
Don’t forget to discover fashion trends that are coming for the fall and winter this year. You can include them in your smart casual outfits for the next season.
C o n c l u s i o n :
Styling for different dress codes can be tricky. But if you know the basic steps you can always manage to fit into any attires. I hope, my post was helpful enough. You can find my other posts easily by following me on Pinterest.
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