How to Put Together a Smart Casual Outfit

by Laura Jerpi

If you're one of the many people that are confused when they see smart casual listed as the dress code at a restaurant or a party, don't panic. This type of dress is easy to decode and varies according to the situation and venue. Smart casual is a combination of casual and dressy, offering a wide variety of options to choose from. Focus on looking classy, appropriate and stylish and your attire should be perfectly acceptable.

Step 1

Choose from a wide variety of options when dining at a restaurant with a smart casual dress code. Jeans paired with a blazer or a dressy shirt and heels are perfectly acceptable. You can also wear a stylish skirt or dress, but make sure that the length hits somewhere in the range of slightly above or below the knees. Accessorize any outfit with a chic scarf, a great pair of earrings or a statement necklace to create a signature look.

Step 2

Choose tasteful attire when dressing for an office party with a smart casual dress code. If your office typically follows a business casual dress code, select an outfit that you would wear to work. Alter it a bit by adding in something sparkly or shiny, such as shirt, a blazer, a scarf or a statement piece of jewelry. This will allow you to look appropriately festive.

Step 3

Wear something stylish when attending a party at a friend's house that has been deemed a smart casual event. Since this is a more relaxed atmosphere, you can have fun with your outfit. Pair jeans with a non-revealing tank top and heels, or wear a fashionable skirt or dress. If you've been eyeing a great piece in your favorite store forever, but didn't have a reason to wear it, chances are this is a great excuse to buy it.

Photo Credits

  • Artem Kononenko/Demand Media

About the Author

Laura Jerpi has been working in marketing since 2007. She is an interactive copywriter who writes for Thought Leadership Publications, Ai InSite and South Source. Jerpi holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Business Administration from Robert Morris University.