It’s already hard enough to identify the lines that define a ‘smart-casual’ attire. It’s even harder to make sure that you look chic while staying within the dress code. But don’t let that challenge stop you from making sure that your outfit remains in style. There really is no formula to a smart casual outfit so get creative with the restrictions and go out of the box. Just remember, keep your look simultaneously professional and fun! It can be quite tricky to find a balance between casual and professional, so here are some styling tricks to help you navigate around the confusing dress code like a true fashion girl.
A blazer paired with a turtleneck top looks out-of-this-world chic and smart at the same time. Sport a pair of athleisure-inspired paneled pants to add a dash of casual to the overall look.
Nothing looks more professional than a white collared top, so add a little flair to it by layering a plaid statement-making dress. Top it all off by accessorizing with complementary hues.
Smart casual should never equate to boring, so play it up with no-shoulder tops, puffy sleeves, and pointy high-heeled mules.
Pair a slitted midi dress with a good pair of crisp slides and and a sleek belt bag for a refined but relaxed ensemble.
Skinny jeans and ankle boots look extra chic together. Throw in a long robe and a mockneck top for a more polished look.
Play with patterns and bold colors to spice up your ensemble, red and plaid go well together for a cross between corporate and casual.
Another hack to acing smart casual: put together corporate pieces in coordinating patterns and prints! Make a blouse and trousers combo look extra chic with a print-on-print ensemble.
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