What is Smart Casual Dress Code?

An Australian freelance fashion director remarks, “Smart Casual is the dress code most open to interpretation and the one least understood”, and advises wearing fresher colors, lighter, softer materials, patterned, relaxed, thoughtful, less structured, clean and not confrontational apparel with fabrics like linen, cashmere, fine wool and cotton that are freshly laundered.

An example of smart casual attire interpreted by global fashion magazine Topman. Topman explains casual and formal clothing pieces are mixed and matched. This photograph illustrates the use of: (a) a dress shirt with French cuffs and cufflinks (formal); (b) a herringbone jacket (casual); (c) jeans (casual); and (d) dress/business shoes (formal or semi-formal).
Global men’s fashion magazine Topman emphasizes the flexibility of smart casual.

An individual’s personality and pleasure of clothing choice defines the dress code provided that the attire is a multi-purpose outfit that is acceptable for formal occasions, dating or casual social gatherings. Topman explains casual and formal clothing pieces are mixed and matched, and illustrates a smart casual outfit can include a mixture of jeans, blazers, sweaters, necktie, a pair of Brogue shoes, dress shirts or a pair of Converse shoes.