What is smart-casual?

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  • Premier Icon molgrips
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    In my experience people's clothing varies loads anyway. there'll always be someone with black jeans and boots, and some muppet with a pale blue shirt and a tie.

    IanMunro
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    I'm so pleased that I work in an environment where smart casual means putting on a top without too many visible food stains 🙂

    duntmatter
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    ‘I am baffled by people’s reluctance to embrace smart-casual clothing. Get your smart-casual wardrobe right and one outfit can work in any scenario. The same shirt-trouser-and-blazer combination can look appropriate at a job interview, in the pub, or at the funeral of a close relative.’
    Alan Partridge

    stuey
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    I wish I could do a link to Jason King

    mildred
    Member

    Ok, since I posted this thread I went to my local Next clothes store.

    Mmmm; the look on the foetal shop assistant would suggest you can't polish a turd.

    I used to snigger at Greenwoods man's shop but I now see their point. Suit you sir?

    I have concluded that to be vaguely smart yet casual you have to be insect thin and have 20" long feet that taper to a blunted point. I am a balding 39 year old with a waist that seems to magically hover between 32" & 36".

    However, I have discovered a genius item of clothing – a jumper with a smart shirt collar built in. This with a pair of suit trouser looks alright to me, and I suppose the suit jacket will fit over the top. Digging the Partridge look baby.

    Thanks to all 😉

    MrNutt
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    oil & blood stained wedding dress complemented by a red headband made of "special" material, knife roll optional.

    4130soul
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    smart= crushed velvet purple zoot suit, matching trilby and cane, also matching brothel creepers in said purple
    casual= rose pink cravat

    go on i dare ya!

    Pieface
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    IME you'll get away with anything as long as you're not scruffy. Its a course that you / your company are paying for.

    Ti29er
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    However, a jumper with a smart shirt collar built in. This with a pair of suit trouser looks alright to me, and I suppose the suit jacket will fit over the top

    Hahahaha!
    Like the look.
    A jumper (with a built-in collar no less) all under a suit!
    Oxfam meets nerd meets asthetically challenged dork. Like it!
    In which case, you need mis-matching trews and jacket – you don't want them to match in any way to really complete this hilarious look.
    Go dark suit trews with a brown jacket, or to be less subtle use a pinstriped jacket and non-striped trews.

    TooTall
    Member

    I have discovered a genius item of clothing – a jumper with a smart shirt collar built in. This with a pair of suit trouser looks alright to me, and I suppose the suit jacket will fit over the top.

    We call that a 'shumper'. Similar variations are the 'shank top' and even the 'shardigan'. A chap at work even has a 'hocket' which is a leather jacket with a hoodie (hood and front 2 inches only) that zips in.

    This sort of clothing is very popular with designers such as the ubiquitous 'matt alan'. It tends to be worn by middle aged men who can't grasp the basics of clothing and have been forced to dress themselves. Even having your partner/spouse shop for you is a step above shumpers.

    TJ – copying and pasting sartorial advice from an American is as sensible as me asking you for a one word answer on the subject of 'roofing in the Edinburgh area'. You dress like someone else buys your clothes, then someone else decides what to wear, then someone else dresses you – all on separate continents, without any communication, colour perception and a delay in the postal system of several decades. Can you just get some scrubs? 😀

    avdave2
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    It's the sort of thing people who start conversations with "so what are you driving these days" actually like wearing.

    Premier Icon lunge
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    In the rather sad “business” world I live in the following is a reasonable guide

    Smart – Business suit, shirt and tie. Shoes will be leather and more than likely black
    Business/Corporate casual – Suit (possibly slightly slimmer cut than a business suit), shirt (likely to be striped or at least patterned) and no tie. You can get away with good brown shoes if they match the suit and shirt.
    Smart casual – Chinos or smart jeans, casual shirt (tucked in) or a smart v-neck jumper, brown shoes or smart boots, sports jacket or smart coat

    And yes, I realise that this goes against the whole “wear what you want” brigade, but unfortunately it is the way it is.

    Geronimo
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    Collar
    Shoes
    Jumper/jacket
    & Tuck your shirt in.

    Although I'm no style guru, I have a general policy of no denim (especially light blue), when socialising with others. I'm usually in a minority of one 8)

    It may be a bit 'Gap', but non-Gap Combat/cargo pants are much better for the man about town who always seems to have things to carry, but doesn't want to carry a bag.

    Ti29er
    Member

    +1 for Lunge.

    I still like the idea of a jumper with a built-in collar!
    All under a suit.
    Similar to a clip-on tie for the Duane Dibleys out there – just don't forget your Thermos flask to complete the ****-look!

    jahwomble
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    me, being smart casual, jacket can be removed for casual.

    smart=suit without tie.

    casual=p****d on a beach.

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