For some men, smart-casual is one of the hardest looks to master. This is due partly to the fact that for many men this look is the least common dress code. Whereas most of us are expected to own a suit and nearly all of us wear some form of casual attire outside the office, the smart-casual look can often be overlooked because the occasions in which it’s required have become rarer. Nevertheless, smart-casual is something we can all take advantage of, especially when attending something like a work event outside work hours. Say you’re a teacher and you’re having a department picnic: this is the perfect time to experiment with smart-casual. It’s also a great look for dating, meeting your significant other’s family, attending the theatre or enjoying a concert. Smart-casual may not be as essential as a suit, but without it, your wardrobe is limited.
The smart-casual look’s staple item is a good pair of tailored trousers. Rather than just wearing your suit trousers in an effort to smarten yourself up, make sure you have some light-coloured trousers to pair with shirts, sweaters or polos. Light grey, blue, khaki and white are good colours for trousers because they’re more distinctive than your average black, grey or navy suit trousers and can be paired with more casual items. Think about investing in some brown shoes or leather boots, too; if they’re interesting enough (say, perforated leather or an oxblood colour), you can also wear your regular work shoes. When you style your tailored trousers with sports coat and maybe even a hat!