How to Put Together a Smart Casual Outfit

by Laura Jerpi ; Updated September 28, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.