What is Smart Casual Dress Code?

Norwegian and American cruise line brand Royal Caribbean International clarifies smart casual for main dining on-board its fleet. Blazers, trousers (including chinos), neckties or shirts are acceptable but shorts, jeans or t-shirts are unacceptable for men. Dresses, casual dresses, or pantsuits are acceptable for women.

Australian state newspaper The Sunday Mail in Brisbane defines a man’s smart casual in a workplace and event context as a “look sharp without being too formal; it’s professional but also relaxed.” A jacket, dress shirt, necktie and jeans are demonstrated as smart casual attire. Piping on a jacket to give it the “preppy look” to downgrade formality is illustrated as a polished look.

Detailing, such as a striped canvas belt and white shoes with a pair of casual trousers and a check shirt, is emphasized for a smart casual look. It is suggested men have: (a) a pair of chinos in any color from primary shades to pastels; (b) a short sleeve shirt in checks or a solid bright color; and (c) a deconstructed jacket in their wardrobe for a smart casual look.