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Am Back with another Guy Post, (Yes, Seriously!) Well first, it’s because I Felt guilty on slipping out on the guy department. Secondly, because I had a spike on my stats and a great positive reaction ever since I wrote about the Guy’s Summer Style Essentials. That and my 4 Stylish Ways to Wear Short Shorts I did on YouTube. A lot of people have asked me about how, and where I come up with my ideas of outfits, the pairing and why I decide on going that direction A instead of direction B.
All This in a word to answer is Personal style, Everyone has their own individual style. People could wear the same exact outfit but it would look different on both individuals and this has lots to do with Personal Style. So to answer this question and many that relate, I did write on Personal style series over a year ago, and now I did get a minute to update it and turn it into a downloadable EBOOK! and will be available soon. Yup, My Number 2. Be Sure to Check it out if you are struggling or need to know more about your Personal Style.
Now back to today’s post, The Complete Beginner’s Guide To Men’s Smart Casual Style. Lets start with the not so obvious part; Men’s Smart Casual! What is that really? and is it the same as Business Casual? or is it a fancy way of calling it Casual? Well No. the three aren’t the same and they have significant difference. Here is a no-brainer-kinda-definition.
- Casual Dress Code: is a dress code that emphasizes comfort and personal expression over presentation, formality and conformity. Think Homer Simpson. Most common are A pair of Jeans, some tee and sneakers and you are good to go.
- Smart Casual Dress Code: this contrasting obstacle of a dress theme blends both the formal and the informal into one neat package. No it does not including throwing a blazer over a pair of joggers! This is a bridge of casual and business-y
- Business Casual Dress Code: Outfits that project a professional image while enjoying more casual attire. No Jeans are not part of the package, but I get why you will be confused. This package allows room of dressing down your formal outfits and not dressing up a casual outfit Boys!
Assuming you already know about your Personal Style. Let’s get down and dirty with The Complete Beginner’s Guide To Men’s Smart Casual Style. To Achieve the smart casual Look, start by taking a cue from the name itself: smart casual. Smart first, casual second. When in doubt, the safe move is to lean on the smarter side of the style spectrum. There’s a reason “It’s better to be overdressed than underdressed” has become conventional fashion wisdom. What you’re looking for is a point of harmony in the middle of the smart/casual dichotomy, a place that allows for both comfort and elegance.
Do note However, the term “smart casual” is interpreted differently. “The definition can change, depending on several factors, including, the location, the function, the culture and weather. All in all there is room for creativity, and that’s the good news.
So by now you should have a clearer idea of what Smart Casual looks like. Remember however, Certain pieces are key to building a respectable smart casual wardrobe. To make things simple, I’ve rounded them up into a quick head-to-toe guide of what to wear in order to nail men’s fashion’s favourite buzzword. Think of this Complete Beginner’s Guide To Men’s Smart Casual as your fashion cheat codes, You know, like the ones you get in GTA, FIFA and Moto Kombat, Ha! Boys and their Toys!
The Complete Beginner’s Guide To Men’s Smart Casual Style : Top Wear
Definitely the first one on my list. Think of a blazer as the gap between casual and smart casual. Blazers are a fashion miracle, that screams stylish and put together. You can tell a lot from a guy’s blazer. A blazer is an easy way to add individuality and style to an outfit. Go for something like cotton/linen or lightweight cotton in the warmer months, and opt for something heavier (like wool) when it’s cooler out.
Where colour is concerned, you have options. A neutral blazer is versatile and can be used in many looks, and can complement colour injected elsewhere in your outfit. Alternatively, a blazer in a statement colour or pattern can be the focal point of your ensemble. Always go for something well-tailored – fitted always looks smarter than loose. If you can, go for a patch pocket blazer, they’re a staple of Italian smart casual
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Shirts with a single color are acceptable, but clearly not your only option at the table. Patterned (stripes or fine houndstooth) shirts bring personality into a look and can be balanced out with more classic pieces elsewhere if you’re concerned about going over the top. In keeping with the “casual” half of the smart casual theme, leave the tie at home and keep the top button undone go two if you are feeling a little frisky. And for the love of God, opt for the slim fit Model.
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Before you question Really Kymmiee?? A T-shirt? Yes! A t-shirt is an acceptable part of the smart casual attire. Remember this is a versatile Genre. However, Keep in mind that, the creativity is limited, stick to single-colored t-shirts and if you must go with 1 pattern at best. Trying to bring a lot more colors and pattern will ruin the balance of smart casual and end up having you look under-dressed and you know not-so-smart-casual. A clean-cut white T-shirt is a staple every man needs in his wardrobe, and can easily be dressed up in various smart casual outfits. Throw on some chinos and a denim jacket, or go for something smarter with a slim fit jumper, some jeans and loafers.
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4. Outer Wear
On Chilly days or evenings and on days where you need to step out of your blazers. But still going for that effortless-intentionally-put-together kinda look. A Bomber jacket, a biker or a Leather Jacket in a perfect fit is your Best friend. Invest in one genuine and stylish piece and it will carry you a life time. The last thing you want is either a hyper-formal overcoat or a ratty jacket that you’ve worn out over the years. That’s a No-No, No-Go territory.
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You don’t necessarily have to dress up the Tie at all. However, in occasions where you need to but still want to achieve the street style smart casual look. This is how you do it. Instead of going down the classic silk tie route, opt for a knitted version instead as this instantly makes the look as a whole more casual. Go for a neutral tone that you can easily pair with a variety of shirts and looks. Try wearing a khaki blazer with a blue shirt underneath teamed with a pair of grey slim-legged trousers and black formal shoes. This look is perfect for those smart casual, or maybe even business casual events, throw a tie over the top and you’re ready to go.
The Complete Beginner’s Guide To Men’s Smart Casual Style : Bottom Wear
It goes without saying, Slim Fit is the way to go. But for some unknown reason am forced to say it, so Guys, say it with me, “NO CARGO/ BAGGY PANTS!” They look so tacky and out-of-place and honestly distracting the whole style genre. Well,
Unless that’s your Personal style, which you need a major Upgrade, real quick! Chinos are a good bet because…well…they’re smart and they’re casual. Simple as that. Like the blazer, your chinos can either be kept neutral or used as a pop of colour.
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Still on the Pants category, but I thought I would shed some light on this. Denim is appropriate too in the smart casual category. However, there are a few things to keep in mind. One, the whole, ripped, baggy or heavy washed jeans are out. They just give off too much of a casual vibe and it’s difficult to mix them with smart pieces. Imagine a pair of baggy jeans matched with a slim fit blazer. Secondly, you’re best off keeping it dark and well fitted.
No not the summer shorts, Same Concept However. Think, you are invited to a fancy pool party, what would you wear? Well shorts genius but For smart casual shorts, it’s all about the structure. You want something tailored, or you’ll veer into beach bum territory. Ditch the loose and long look for something fitted and slim that hits above the knee is the best bet at hand. Its sleek, its smart casual and its effortless. them; Board shorts and bulky cargos need not apply.
You can get away with a lot, but not quite everything, when it comes to smart casual footwear. Tasselled loafers, monk straps, brogues, boots, Oxfords, and boat shoes are all viable options. Even if you pair them with smart trousers they’ll be able to create a style that’s more relaxed than your usual office wear. Bold tones or unique details can be a fun way to make sure your outfit doesn’t look like it strolled straight out of the office. More casual slip-ons or Converse can also work for less formal occasions, but save your trainers for the gym.
Well if you are new to my site. I should warn you. Am the queen of accessory advises. I don’t remember any style segment that I have ever done and did not add in my accessories wisdom. And today is not the day I start slipping out. Ha! Sunglasses are a Must Have. You could opt patterned pants or socks to make a style statement. Suspenders and a Panama hat can be a welcomed addition
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10. A Complete Beginner’s Guide To Men’s Smart Casual Style: Pro Tips
The smart casual look is something that can be hard to pin down, simply because there are just so many outfits to go for. The good news is there’s something to suit any style, so whether you’re a fan of T-shirts, chinos, shirts, jeans or good old-fashioned knitted wear, there’s going to be a way you can dress them up and down by simply following a few basic guidelines and points to note.
- Opt for slim fit jeans or tapered chinos over anything too loose.
- Avoid clothing with rips or bold patterns.
- Try different shirts like granddad collar ones for an alternative to the Oxford shirt.
- For casual pieces like jumpers, make sure they’re slim fit to keep things sleek.
- Add in small details to add some interest, like patterned socks or jewellery.
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