Tuesday, 2 June 2015

The Woes of Smart-Casual


 Me and my buddy were talking the other day about dress code. And do you know the thing we both hated the most? No? Then i shall tell you. It's that phrase we all hear so often; Smart-Casual. This simple phrase sends my clothes styling mind into overload.. How casual is it? How Smart is it? Heels or flats? Is it dress or jeans? TELL ME MORE THAN SMART -CASUAL PLEASE!! You see, i am an obsessive over-thinker and this kind of dress code is enough to send this poor little mind in to overload. You don't want to be the person who turns up and is way smarter or god forbid more casual than anyone else. So with this little outfit i think i've finally managed the dreaded smart-casual dress code.
A Blazer always adds an air of smart business, even if it is a pretty pastel blue. The structured jacket just looks pulled together.
Jeans,  a complete fail safe for me. When in doubt wear jeans, you can't go far wrong with a great fitting pair of jeans. These girlfriend jeans are beyond amazing..(more on that in a mo)
Heels in the form of wedges; not too dressy, its like the perfect heel that was made for smart-casual events.
Then, a pretty blouse in the form of this gorgeous Apricot Clothing crochet number, their tops are so perfect for adding some pretty detailed interest to an outfit.
Finishing off with a big clutch, because clutches are always a good idea and a pretty necklace that brings it all together just nicely.
So this is my Smart-Casual look. Woes be gone! I think i've finally cracked it. Have you mastered Smart-Casual? Or do you over think it like me?

Oh and the jeans? Well move over boyfriend, i am all about the girlfriend! They are just the perfect fit. I found out last year that House of Fraser have the best range of jeans and this pair is just more proof of that. They are the Warehouse Girlfriend jeans. They have all the comfort or a boyfriend jean with the stretch and same style with the turn up, but with less material, less baggy so to speak. So if you've ever been conscious of adding extra inches when wearing baggy boyfriend jeans, girlfriends may be for you. I'm a total convert!








Warehouse Girlfriend jeans:c/o House Of Fraser
Shoes: New Look (last year)
Blazer: Miss Selfridge
Bag: F&F (last summer, but try this in orange.it would work so well)
Orange you glad Necklace(my new total fave!)

 Have you tried a girlfriend jean before?
And how would you dress Smart-Casual?

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13 comments

  1. I have never tried a girlfriend jean before - my guess they are like a skinny boyfriend - a bit more streamlined? The blazer jeans combo is my go to for casual Fridays at work or Business casual as we call it in NA.

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  2. Oh. My. God. I was just talking about this with my husband this weekend. We went to dinner at an "upscale casual" place. Figuring that out, especially for a guy, is just annoying. You nailed the look though. Those shoes are so fantastic too!

    Thanks for linking up with #reasontodress and me.
    l,
    Vicky
    www.themummychronicles.com

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  3. What a fabulous outfit! I love the bag, shoes, and top!

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  4. I hate the term Smart Casual. I just can't get my head around it, but to be fair I am always overdressed, whatever the dress code is.

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  5. Such a great outfit, I love your lace top and that clutch adds a fun tribal vibe.

    Xo Chelsea http://www.shesaidhesaidfashion.com/

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  6. I think a smallish heel or a wedge is always good for smart casual. Jeans are fine but with a blazer as you suggest and not a leather biker jacket! it is a tricky one and I would always go for being slight dressed up as opposed to more dressed down, just to be on the safe side. Your outfit is fab, love the shoes. Lorraine x

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  7. Very nice outfit! Everything matches so perfectly. You look cute!

    I will be honored if you stop by sometime at Elegant 40!

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  8. Smart Casual is definitely an annoying phrase! I love your look! I'm stopping by from the Style Sessions Linkup!

    Kristin
    Crumbs & Curls

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  9. Cute outfit! I love the name of your blog too - major FRIENDS fan here :)
    -Morgan
    www.california-to-carolina.com

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  10. You pull off jeans so well and I love that blazer!

    Maria xxx

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  11. Beautiful, comfortable, classy outfit!
    Alena & http://garmentsspeech.blogspot.com

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  12. LOVE this whole look. You nailed it!

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