the smart casual edit: because sometimes you need to be both

The phrase ‘smart casual’ is said as often as ‘jeans and a nice top’. It’s the go-to dress code for fashion-conscious daywear,  the chilled party-goer, or even a date night when you don’t want to make too much of an effort… but still look hot AF. Casual wear is massively on trend at the moment. Yes, comfort is key – but these are the smart causal trends that are classic and not going anywhere anytime soon.

Shorts with a Blazer

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@mimiarr

It’s date night, but you’re just going out for casual beer-garden drinks. You don’t want to look like you spent 3 hours getting ready (when in reality you spent four). Pairing shorts with a blazer always looks amazing. If you want to err more on the side of casual, then wear a slogan t-shirt.

 

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Cami Dress Over a T-Shirt

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@caitlinheathxo

Every girl needs a dress that can take her from day to night. For smart casual day-affairs, wear a strappy cami dress over a t-shirt. Team with trainers for the ultimate laid-back look. The best part is you’ll be able to wear this well into the winter by layering with an oversized jacket.

 

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Tracksuit with Heels

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@patriciamac_

When you really did get the smart casual memo. This is the sexy way to do AW styling. Tracksuit bottoms with a matching crop top show off just the right amount of skin. Pair with heeled boots or barely-theres to make a striking statement. If you have a cross-body bag to match then you’ve slayed this outfit.

 

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Jumpsuit

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@hanxrenee

If you’re a fan of the smart casual look, you probably love an outfit you can just throw on and go. Jumpsuits are the answer to your prayers, providing an instant look that you barely have to style. Just wear with white trainers or black boots. Give the look an edge with layered necklaces.

 

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Jeans with a Shirt

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@fashioninflux

Denim is the ultimate smart casual go-to. One option is to team skinny jeans with a bodysuit and a blazer. This look is perfect with either boots or trainers. Or, for an alternative approach, wear mom jeans with a cropped shirt for the perfect smart casual look.

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