What is smart casual attire? Well, it’s a mixture of business casual attire and casual wear. The ambiguous term refers to an outfit that’s both relaxed and polished. The individual is comfortable in their outfit, but they could also walk into a meeting without needing to change or feel underdressed. It’s often compared to or lumped with the business casual dress code, as many of the outfits can be worn either way.

You can wear smart casual attire to many different occasions, including weddings, work functions, on a date night and more. The event and location are factors to keep in mind when putting together an outfit. But how do you change it up from one event to the next without seeming dull? Don’t worry, we’ll guide you through it, from top to bottom.

Casual Tops

The advantage of dressing in smart casual attire is the level of comfort that goes along with the overall polished appearance. No one can go wrong with the classic button-up collared shirt but lean towards shirts with unique yet tasteful designs throughout. However, a classic white shirt will go with every other clothing item we’ll be talking about, so make sure you have at least one in your wardrobe. Turtleneck sweaters and long-sleeved shirts are also a must for a smart casual dress code.

Casual Outerwear

A unique blazer or jacket, whether it has a bold pattern or is a different colour from the rest of your outfit, should be at the top of your shopping list. It can be dressed up or dressed down for any of the outings mentioned above. You’ll also find that sleek bomber jackets will also do the trick.

Casual Bottoms

Owning properly tailored bottoms, be it skirts, shorts or everyday pants is necessary for every wardrobe. Having bottoms that fit you perfectly will boost your confidence and make the outfit feel as comfortable as it looks. Jeans are also an acceptable option for a smart casual outfit but stick with dark washed denim. Skinny or slim legged options are best, and avoid anything that’s ripping or fraying. For something a bit warmer, corduroy pants are the way to go, in neutral colours other than black to add a pop to your outfit.

Casual Shoes and Accessories

If heels are your thing, then stick to cute yet practical footwear you can walk in for hours. Kitten heels and block heels are your best bet for comfortable, all-day wear. Looking for something a bit more masculine? Then try venturing into brown and tan leather shoes, whether they’re loafers, oxfords or moccs.

As for accessories, a simple clutch, bucket bag, tote or body bag will do but avoid overly structured work bags and backpacks. And don’t shy away from colourful accessories, especially when it comes to ascots and funky socks. Have some fun with these minor elements, as they can add a lot of personality to your look.

At Seville Tailors, not only do we offer tailored suits and shirts, but our master tailor, Pat Cocco, has made custom suits for some of Hollywood’s finest. If you’re looking for the best tailors in Burnaby, British Columbia, our team is dedicated to helping every one of our clients get everything they want and more. With over 50 years of experience in the industry, call us to book your appointment today!


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