Smart casual can be scary but it really doesn’t have to be. You can look fab without losing your own personal style so today I thought I’d you through how to nail smart casual every time.


I think what’s important to remember about this dress code is that you’re not meant to look perfectly done up – just slightly done up. A staple for me is my Elly M Leather Look Jeans because they’re something a little bit more than a denim but nothing too crazy like a dress pant. These particular ones are a great cut and super comfortable. You could do a chunky heel however given it’s a little cooler now a heeled boot is a great option for keeping your toes nice and warm.

What I’ve always found hard is what to wear on top and it’s still a bit of trial and error of me. Necklines are an important aspect to consider when it comes to smart casual and given my larger chest I prefer to opt for things with a high neck as I said it as a bit more dressy. Can you believe I’m wearing a cropped top? I can’t but I love the way is falls on the body especially teamed with the jeans and vest. They are both also Elly M and the cuts are just super flattering. Vests are another awesome cut to have a peep at if smart casual is your dress code at work. They’re a great layering piece and really add something to an otherwise pretty plan and simple outfit.


All the clothing pieces can be found over at Elly M 


What are your go-to pieces for a smart casual dress code?

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  1. 1

    These are fab tips! I’ve always found “smart casual” so baffling. What IS it? Although I like how you summed it up in the beginning – looking sightly done up, but not perfect. Nice. I’m def going to keep these tips in mind for my next “smart casual” dress code event. Sleek pants/top and neckline, chunky heel. Awesome.
    Lovely outfit!

    • 2

      Thanks for the feedback lovely! It’s always been confusing to me until recently I found this outfit and a couple of others and I was like – F YEAH! hahaha xxx

  2. 3

    I love your jeans! I want some that look like yours. I love the smart casual look which is what I normally wear for work. It’s not practical for me to wear an office look and would like to be more done up than casual.

    xo Kat @ Katness

    • 4

      They’re so nice! They’re Elly M Kat they have stockist on their website I think (or just shoot them an email and they’ll sort you out) super affordable too xx

  3. 5

    Those boots are so gorgeous there remind me of the Alexander Wang Gabi Boots! You have definitely nailed smart casual here, and you look amazing!

    • 6

      I now want the Gabi’s after spotting them after purchasing these… I’ll wait until these are worn out then buy them though. Good to know I’ve got so much wear out these before purchasing :)

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