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Smart Casual Dress Code – How It Works

We all get invited time by time. Whether after a working day for the afterwork event, a private party with friends, company meetings or other cool events. The flyers and Emails flutter in all colors and shapes in our physical and digital letterboxes. The dress code smart casual is often found on the promising invitation.

Well, one approach are the two words ‘Smart’ and ‘Casual’. It’s supposed to be a style between elegant and casual – but not overdressed.

Sounds complicated? It is not.

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Smart Casual Explained

I hope, of course, we can also enlighten it for the ladies soon, but today it’s the gentleman’s turn. The Dresscode “Smart Casual” leaves a lot of room for interpretation.

Simply said, it’s about looking chic, but also not overdressed. Elegance & casualness is the key to the solution. The tie can be left in principle at home.

Smart Casual – Do

  • Chino pants with shirt & blazer
  • Nice jeans with shirt & blazer
  • Trenchcoat
  • Loafers without socks
  • Shoes to lace with or without socks
  • Selected sneakers
  • Polo shirt with blazer
  • Straw hat or Panama hat
  • Mechanical watch

Smart Casual – Don’t

  • Swimwear
  • Flip-Flops
  • Khaki trousers
  • Sandals
  • ripped jeans
  • Dirty shoes
  • Worn out sneakers
  • Bermuda Shorts
  • Chinese watches or replicas
  • Snapbacks

Smart Casual – Fit To the Season

Of course smart casual doesn’t look the same all year. I have therefore made you a small compilation how you can solve it:

  • Spring
  • Medium-light fabrics Colors like white, pink, pastel green, light blue Blazer or trenchcoat in the evening
  • Matching brogues or oxfords Selected sneakers Loafers without socks
  • Summer
  • Light fabrics, e.g. Linen Colors such as white, pink, navy blue, yellow etc. Blazer in the evening
  • Selected sneakers loafers without socks
  • Autumn
  • More solid fabrics, e.g. Tweed Darker colors like Bordeaux Red, Brown, Black Jacket or coat in the evening
  • Matching brogues or oxfords or boots
  • Winter
  • Solid fabrics Dark colors such as black, brown, blue Warm jacket with scarf
  • Boots

The Matching Watch

The finding for a suitable watch is an individual decision. If you want to stand out with style, timelessness and sustainability, choose a mechanical Swiss watch with a manufactory. My choice is the Carl F. Bucherer, Manero Flyback ‘- elegance and sportiness harmonized.

If you still have questions or suggestions, or even need a consulting, I am here for you!

Find Out More About Other Dress Codes

We do have some other options ready for you, dependent on the event and invite you can find out more here:

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