Please tell me I’m not the only one out there who doesn’t understand the concept of “Smart Casual” dressing? Every time I am told to come in “Smart Casual” dress, I am stumped. Recently, I picked up a jacket/cardigan that seemed to fit the bill so I plan to trot it out every time I am told to come in “Smart Casual dress”. I put a picture of me wearing it on Instagram and was reminded by a friend that I hadn’t done a “What I Wore” post in a while. So I thought I’d do one using this jacket/cardigan.
The reason I thought this jacket/cardigan would fit the smart casual bill is because it wasn’t too formal in material, yet had a structured shape to it so it didn’t look too casual. It is a heavy knit and actually looks quite preppy, with the round collar and all. All I’m missing is a string of pearls
Perhaps if I were the more creative sort, I’d do something with the buttons. Change them to something a little less plain, but since I’m terrible at sewing, I’ll live with them.
You can see how up close, it really is more like a knit cardigan than a structured jacket, yet the material is so thick that it holds it’s shape quite well especially at the shoulders. I was taken by it mostly due to the high round neck, and the way it looked. Something that could travel well, hold itself in smart casual settings (whatever that means) without looking too fussy and formal.
I picked this one up from Banana Republic at 50% + 20% off in Singapore on my last trip down so it probably came up to under RM150 or thereabouts. I can’t recall the price off hand now. I wouldn’t shop in BR otherwise because their clothes are really quite pricey here, but at that sort of discounts, I was willing to. Plus, I don’t work in a very formal setting so this suited me for those times when I needed a quick cover up. It is surprisingly warm and will do well in air-conditioned places too!
The only thing that bugged me was that my black skirt was very quickly covered in fluff from this jacket/cardigan. I can’t really decide what to call it. It looks like a jacket, yet it is made like a cardigan. Jacdigan? Cardiket? So knowing this, I’d have to make sure I wear something lighter coloured underneath.
Jacket/Cardigan and Top from Banana Republic (past seasons), Skirt by G2000
Stiff as a board, but here’s an idea of how it looks worn open and buttoned up. It definitely looks far better worn open. If I wanted it buttoned up, I’d have to size up but if I did, it would be too big about the shoulders (I take it in XS). So I plan to wear this mostly unbuttoned, or if I really had to button it, then probably lose some weight LOL!
I’d wear this one with jeans or even a casual denim skirt because I think the design dresses up a casual outfit as well as it dresses down something formal. Is that what “smart casual” means?
How would you dress if you get an invitation that says “Smart Casual”?
I never know how to so I usually interpret it as “you can wear pants or jeans” Ideas welcome!