What is Smart Casual Dress Code?

Smart casual is an ill-defined dress code that is generally a neat yet informal attire. The locality, type of event, context or culture constitutes the various interpretation of the dress code and therefore the designating of certain clothing pieces as smart casual is disputed—for example, jeans.


Smart casual was first mentioned in the Iowa newspaper The Davenport Democrat And Leader in May 1924: The sleeveless dress with three-quarter over-blouses, in smock appearance completing it for street wear, is accorded various interpretations. It is at once practiced and gives a smart casual appearance.

Smart casual was commonly used in the last century and merged to form the term business casual in the 1950s, implying a more casual suit than the traditional, usual dark suit in heavy cloth.