The smart casual dress code for men can seem a little constricting when you first try it out, but it’s actually a lot more flexible than you’d think. Read on for some of our suggestions on some of the best smart casual outfits for men.
What is Smart Casual?
Smart casual is one of those styles that’s pretty hard to define. The good news is that despite the confusion, there’ve been enough examples of universally acknowledged smart casual combinations, that we can get a good idea of what works and what doesn’t. Smart jeans do exist. A blazer and a T-shirt is a perfectly acceptable combination, and at a push, trainers can be worn with chinos, but they have to be the right kind of trainers. We’ll get onto that later. The main thing is that a smart casual look is perfectly achievable. It just involves a little more consideration.
This style guide will tell you how to dress smart casual. The easiest way to break down smart casual outfits is to give you some basic, everyday combinations. You should have most of these pieces in your wardrobe already, and if you don’t, well, they’re versatile enough that you’d really benefit from getting them.
Suit & Trainers
This really is a tricky combination to get right, as you’re essentially taking one of the smartest pieces in menswear and pairing it with one of the most casual. Still, if styled correctly this can work, and give you a look that’s both sleek and not too try hard. With the right trainers, this could even work if you’re looking for relaxed men’s office wear.
The key to making this combination work is to keep everything simple. Avoid patterns and bold colours, and keep to neutral tones and plain finishes. White trainers matched with a classic navy suit can work surprisingly well and it creates a look that’s laid back, but not so much that it’s not office appropriate.