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How to achieve ‘smart casual’

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Yesterday it was such a beautiful sunny day (not like the torrential downpour today!). I decided to wear my ivory blouse and beige skirt. It’s what I would term, a ‘smart casual’ look. Because the top is silk crepe de chine it has a smart feel but the skirt is a more of a casual light cotton drill it makes the look smart casual. I could easily make my look more dressy with the right choices in jewellery, bag and shoes.

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Have you ever had ‘smart casual’ specified on an invitation or you were going somewhere you think is going to be ‘smart casual’? Most people find that this is a really tricky description for outfit building and styling a look. It is a rather vague description but I think the best way to achieve a ‘smart casual’ look is to first choose a smart piece of clothing.

Your smart piece could be an evening wear top, an evening type dress or a gorgeous pair of silky evening trousers; whatever to you says special occasion or event!

Next choose something the goes with it in terms of colour, fabric or shape but is casual in nature!

For instance people often do a dark denim jean with a smart fancy top for an evening smart casual event.

For a day time ‘smart casual’, you can take a lovely dress and add casual shoes like flat pumps, cowboy boots or a casual slouchy boot.

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To transform a smart work look i.e. pencil skirt, suit jacket, shirt and heels into something more casual you could add a slouchy scarf. Try removing the jacket and replacing it with a cardigan or go further and replace the shirt and jacket with a relaxed but luxurious jumper.

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Gorgeous jumper - love alpaca fibre!  MiH Jeans Waffle-knit wool and alpaca-blend sweater
It’s all about mixing and opposites: Add the ruff with the smooth or the plain with the decorated!

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