What is Smart Casual Dress Code?


Australia’s national dictionary, Macquarie Dictionary, defines smart casual as “well-dressed in a casual style”. Oxford defines it as “neat, conventional, yet relatively informal in style, especially as worn to conform to a particular dress code”. Dictionary.com’s 21st Century Lexicon defines it as “of clothing, somewhat informal but neat”.


Personal judgement is required to interpret the ill-defined term smart casual based on its context, theme, people, location, weather and spirit. Italian fashion house Brioni explains smart casual is not an issue of inventory or classification but rather knowledge and good taste to understand the environment; demonstrating that smart casual during summer in Sardinia is different than smart casual during winter in Toronto.