TIPS ON HOW TO DRESS SMART CASUAL FOR MEN AND WOMEN

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Fei Fei Sun stars in Massimo Dutti's spring-summer 2017 campaign
Fei Fei Sun stars in Massimo Dutti’s spring-summer 2017 campaign

Smart casual is a word thrown around a lot in the world of fashion. It is always perceived as something you can comfortably wear to work, but still look gorgeous and stylish after hours.  With its prejudice in contemporary days and age, even some of the fashion gurus can puzzle over the throwaway term. The most straightforward definition of smart casual is a neat, conventional and informal style that is mostly worn to conform to a specific dress code.

Today, fashion trends have shown that getting smart-casual right will set you free from the chains of the traditional full oversized suit that makes an individual look out of place. This fashion style is currently associated with weekends mostly Fridays for white collar jobs and people in the business. You will find men wearing a pair of jeans and T-shirts at work and allowed to get away with it comfortably. However, it is a different thing when you get to dress down, for example heading to work on Monday with a T-shirt, sneakers and a rugged trouser. I am confident your boss will call you for a quick staff meeting!

Women are not left out in this casual smart dress code craze, and they have found their fancy below dresses that can be worn to the office just as they do it at the club on a Friday night.  Such women find it absurd for their men to wear a full suit on Friday evening club party. Chums is a great source for selecting dresses for different occasions.

Clement Chabernaud poses in Iceland for Mango Committed's fall-winter 2017 campaign
Clement Chabernaud poses in Iceland for Mango Committed’s fall-winter 2017 campaign

SMART CASUAL FOR MEN; HOW TO DRESS DOWN IN STYLE

Men can find their perfect balance for the lively casual style no matter the occasion.

TROUSERS

For smart casual, what you wear at the bottom will be different according to what is on top. You can wear a pair of jeans for any occasion; a wedding party, a date or an evening hang-out with friends at the bar. They should be perfect if they are dark, rip free and well –fitting.

T-SHIRT

Make sure you choose a well-fitting t-shirt and avoids the baggy type because it will look unkempt and awkward. Depending on the color of your trousers, a bright color will also be perfect. Besides, a plain crew neck t-shirt will look great, and you may choose a neutral color like white or black to ensure it`s clean and smart.

Simon Nessman stars in Giorgio Armani's spring-summer 2018 campaign
Simon Nessman stars in Giorgio Armani’s spring-summer 2018 campaign

JACKET

A blazer is perfect for a smart casual style, but there is a significant difference between a casual and official blazer. A casual blazer is specially made for a casual look, while a formal blazer is obtained from a full suit. For a blazer, choose one with minimal and clean lines to avoid being too casual. If you go for a tailored one, match it with slim fit jeans and avoid anything that is too baggy or tight. For a perfect match, ensure that your denim is darker than your blazer.

THE SHOES

Just like women, the boots are the most significant part of the outfit. To get a casual smart look, opt for a pair of leather boots that has a rounded toe or just simple canvas shoes. For a refined, its casual look, make sure to clean and brush your shoes, iron your shirt and check if your jacket has a pocket square. It will surely leave a long lasting impression.

Andreea Diaconu and Baptiste Radufe appears in MICHAEL Michael Kors fall-winter 2018 campaign
Andreea Diaconu and Baptiste Radufe appears in MICHAEL Michael Kors fall-winter 2018 campaign

SMART CASUAL FOR WOMEN

 

JEANS AND TOP

Jeans and a top is the most accepted casual outfit for women to wear to any occasion. However, there are some points to consider when choosing the perfect jeans. For an event, choose a pair of jeans that are clean and crispy. Depending on how you will style your jeans and top, you can achieve a dressy casual or casual look. For a smart casual look, elevate your attire with fashionable accessories.

A SKIRT AND TOP

Another perfect choice of smart casual look is a skirt and a top. You can wear this to the office or dress in casual occasions. To stand out with this outfit, choose to combine a pink sleeveless top and a green pencil skirt. Since green is a versatile shade to use in an outfit, you can still wear it with a solid top color. Playing with colors is the most convenient way to transform your casual look to be high quality.

A SMART CASUAL DRESS

A dress is perfect to achieve to get that smart casual look for any event. It is common for most people because it is easy and feels fail-safe. This attire can be dressed up and down, and most women feel more confident when they wear one. For a casual wedding, take a printed dress and add some elements to it. You can finish this great outfit with a pair of heels from your favorite fashion designer.

H&M Loose-Knit Sweater, Original Straight Jeans, Sandals, Polarized Sunglasses and Bracelet
H&M Loose-Knit Sweater, Original Straight Jeans, Sandals, Polarized Sunglasses and Bracelet

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STELLA MAXWELL MODELS REFORMATION’S SUMMER LINENS

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Reformation Catania Top in Bel Air $128
Reformation ‘Catania’ Top in Bel Air $128
A corset inspired top features lace up detail as well as a sweetheart neckline.

Reformation continues to showcase chic summer styles with the launch of its new linens collection. The Los Angeles-based brand enlists Stella Maxwellto model the dreamy dresses and tops. From fit and flare silhouettes to corset tops, these designs will upgrade your summer wardrobe. Paired with espadrilles and woven bags–you’ll have the perfect look. Discover even more chic styles at TheReformation.com.

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REFORMATION SUMMER 2018 LINENS COLLECTION

Reformation Rosemund Corset $48
Reformation ‘Rosemund’ Corset $48
This soft corset goes perfectly over a fit and flare dress for a touch of bondage.
Reformation Norma Dress in Cherry $198
Reformation ‘Norma’ Dress in Cherry $198
Stand out in a cherry red dress that features center front buttons and detachable straps.
Reformation Porto Dress in Claudia $198
Reformation ‘Porto’ Dress in Claudia $198
Soak up the sun in a plaid print dress made with a ruffle edged hem and strap ties.

Shop Reformation’s New Arrivals:

Reformation Talita Dress in Marie $218
Reformation ‘Talita’ Dress in Marie $218
A slim-fitting midi length dress features a sweet v-neckline.
Reformation Jessa Dress in Garland $178
Reformation ‘Jessa’ Dress in Garland $178
This mini dress includes a floral print with center front buttons.
Reformation Minnie Dress in Verona $198
Reformation ‘Minnie’ Dress in Verona $198
Channel romantic vibes in a mini length dress made with ruffled sleeves and a smocked bodice.
Reformation Gwyneth Dress in Daisies $218
Reformation ‘Gwyneth’ Dress in Daisies $218
Make them green with envy wearing a romantic wrap dress decorated in a floral print.

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EXCLUSIVE: ELIZABETH TURNER & ABI FOX BY JEFF TSE IN ‘PICTURE PERFECT’

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Elizabeth Turner photographed by Jeff Tse
Elizabeth Turner photographed by Jeff Tse

Photographer Jeff Tse turns up the glam factor for FGR’s most recent exclusive. Models Elizabeth Turner and Abi Fox wear on-trend beauty looks for this shoot. Focusing on nude lipstick shades and full eyelashes, the blonde duo wows in every image. Makeup artist Jas Doyle creates the glam looks while hair stylist Livio Angileri works on Elizabeth and Abi’s sleek waves.


FGR EXCLUSIVE: ELIZABETH TURNER & ABI FOX BY JEFF TSE IN ‘PICTURE PERFECT’

Abi Fox wears her hair in sleek waves. Photo: Jeff Tse
Abi Fox wears her hair in sleek waves. Photo: Jeff Tse
Elizabeth Turner wears her hair with a side part. Photo: Jeff Tse
Elizabeth Turner wears her hair with a side part. Photo: Jeff Tse
Model Elizabeth Turner poses for Jeff Tse
Model Elizabeth Turner poses for Jeff Tse
Model Abi Fox poses for Jeff Tse
Model Abi Fox poses for Jeff Tse
Jeff Tse photographs Elizabeth Turner
Jeff Tse photographs Elizabeth Turner
Model Elizabeth Turner wears crystal accents. Photo: Jeff Tse
Model Elizabeth Turner wears crystal accents. Photo: Jeff Tse
Abi Fox wears pink lipstick and winged eyeliner. Photo: Jeff Tse
Abi Fox wears pink lipstick and winged eyeliner. Photo: Jeff Tse
Elizabeth Turner shows off a dramatic red lip. Photo: Jeff Tse
Elizabeth Turner shows off a dramatic red lip. Photo: Jeff Tse
Model Elizabeth Turner poses for Jeff Tse
Model Elizabeth Turner poses for Jeff Tse

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ELIZABETH AYODELE MODELS ELEGANT STYLES FOR HARPER’S BAZAAR KAZAKHSTAN

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Rising star Elizabeth Ayodele heads to the beach for the June 2018 issue of Harper’s Bazaar Kazakhstan. Captured by Vladimir Marti, the Nigerian model poses in pale ensembles with an elegant spin. Stylist Daniel Gonzalez Elizondoselects a mix of jumpsuits, breezy dresses and flared pants. Elizabeth shines in designs from labels such as Alexander McQueen, Elie Saab and Jacquemus.

Elizabeth Ayodele Models Elegant Styles for Harper's Bazaar Kazakhstan

Elizabeth Ayodele Models Elegant Styles for Harper's Bazaar Kazakhstan

Elizabeth Ayodele Models Elegant Styles for Harper's Bazaar Kazakhstan

Elizabeth Ayodele Models Elegant Styles for Harper's Bazaar Kazakhstan

Elizabeth Ayodele Models Elegant Styles for Harper's Bazaar Kazakhstan

Elizabeth Ayodele Models Elegant Styles for Harper's Bazaar Kazakhstan

Elizabeth Ayodele Models Elegant Styles for Harper's Bazaar Kazakhstan

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SABI KHAZGALEEVA EMBRACES DENIM LOOKS FOR ELLE VIETNAM

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Sabi Khazgaleeva heads to the beach for the May 2018 issue of ELLE Vietnam. In front of the lens of Olga Rubio Dalmau, the model wears denim on denim in the editorial. Sabi impresses in a mix of embroidered jeans, denim skirts and patchwork effects. Stylist Laia Gomez Ortiz selects designs from the likes of Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Boss for the redhead to wear.

Sabi Khazgaleeva Embraces Denim Looks for ELLE Vietnam

Sabi Khazgaleeva Embraces Denim Looks for ELLE Vietnam

Sabi Khazgaleeva Embraces Denim Looks for ELLE Vietnam

Sabi Khazgaleeva Embraces Denim Looks for ELLE Vietnam


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ROMEE STRIJD EMBRACES ELEGANT FASHIONS FOR ES MAGAZINE

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Romee Strijd dresses in black for the May 25, 2018 cover of ES Magazine. The blonde beauty poses in an oversized straw hat from Giorgio Armani with an Eres swimsuit. Photographed by Max Papendieck, Romee wears elegant fashions for the accompanying spread. Stylist Jessica dos Remediosselects chic ensembles including statement jewelry and blouses.

Romee Strijd Embraces Elegant Fashions for ES Magazine

Romee Strijd Embraces Elegant Fashions for ES Magazine

Romee Strijd Embraces Elegant Fashions for ES Magazine

Romee Strijd Embraces Elegant Fashions for ES Magazine

Romee Strijd Embraces Elegant Fashions for ES Magazine

Romee Strijd Embraces Elegant Fashions for ES Magazine

Romee Strijd Embraces Elegant Fashions for ES Magazine

Romee Strijd Embraces Elegant Fashions for ES Magazine

Romee Strijd Embraces Elegant Fashions for ES Magazine

Romee Strijd Embraces Elegant Fashions for ES Magazine

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