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Old 21-02-2012, 13:39
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I am attending an event with the dress code being 'smart casual'. What exactly does this mean? 'Smart' I think of shirt/tie/suit. 'Casual' i think of jeans and t shirt. What would people advise?
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Old 21-02-2012, 13:43
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Not formal wear, but every day wears. But smart not chav sportswear.


Shoes, Nice jeans, Nice modern polo should do the trick or smart modern jumper.
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Old 21-02-2012, 13:44
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IMO, 'Smart Casual' would mean a casual pear of trousers or a smart pair of jeans, and a shirt but no tie, and then a casual coat but definately no trainers!!
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Old 21-02-2012, 13:58
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Shirt with a collar and non ripped/damaged trousers and you will be fine.
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Old 21-02-2012, 14:01
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Shirt no tie or polo top (smart, no logos), jumper if required, no sweat shirts or hoodies, etc. Either trousers or smart jeans (plain black or blue) and smart shows, no trainers.
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Old 21-02-2012, 14:05
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Old 21-02-2012, 14:05
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to me, it means not jeans.
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Old 21-02-2012, 14:10
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I wear a nice pair of jeans with a nice top and some nice heels if I go out smart casual. No ripped jeans, trainers, hoodies. But it all depends on where you are going and what you will be doing.
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Old 21-02-2012, 14:10
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I would say a shirt without a tie and black trousers not jeans
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Old 21-02-2012, 14:12
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I think it depends a lot on the event? I went on a training course recently which was smart casual. When I got there, everyone was definitely more smart then casual.
I'd agree with the shirt definitely and either smart jeans or other trousers and smartish shoes.
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Old 21-02-2012, 14:15
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to me, it means not jeans.
Me too , that would be my thoughts on smart casual .Jeans are casual .
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Old 21-02-2012, 14:18
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Me too , that would be my thoughts on smart casual .Jeans are casual .
But there are smarter jeans than others, hence smart casual
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Old 21-02-2012, 14:20
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But there are smarter jeans than others, hence smart casual
Maybe jeans are "casual smart"?
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Old 21-02-2012, 14:21
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I would play safe and say not denim, but depends what sort of event we're talking about.
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Old 21-02-2012, 14:24
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This is the problem, it's really open to interpretation, isn't it?

I'll wear jeans with heels and a smart top sometimes and feel smart enough.

What is the event OP?
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Old 21-02-2012, 14:26
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Me too , that would be my thoughts on smart casual .Jeans are casual .
Though you can get smart jeans which though are denim, depending on the do, I would consider these as smart casual,

http://www.clothingattesco.com/jeans...OQjuZlXQ%3D%3D
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Old 21-02-2012, 14:40
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It means don't turn up looking scruffy. Turn up wearing something smart (not jeans) but that you feel totally comfortable in! Basically.
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Old 21-02-2012, 14:56
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No jeans, t-shirt or trainers. Nothing ripped or stained.
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Old 21-02-2012, 15:10
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I would say smart Jeans / t shirts / trainers are fine. Not that many t shirt would qualify as smart, but a few would though.

Just wear nothing scruffy, ripped or with with large logos or "funny" slogans and you will be fine

Personally would wear a shirt, smart jeans and my smart trainers which look quite shoe-esk
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Old 21-02-2012, 15:25
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I would wear black trousers and a nice top. The way I look at it: something too casual to go for a job interview in, but too smart to go down the local pub for a pint.
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Old 21-02-2012, 15:27
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I wear a nice pair of jeans with a nice top and some nice heels if I go out smart casual. No ripped jeans, trainers, hoodies. But it all depends on where you are going and what you will be doing.
That's certainly how I interpret it, and the people I work for have a similar view, although they'd prefer some other form of trousers (Chinos or similar) rather than jeans. If jeans, I'd wear dark-coloured bootcut, not too tight.
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Old 21-02-2012, 15:28
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Hubby is at a sportmans dinner on Friday which is smart casual - he's wearing some well cut jeans (as opposed to saggy arsed ones!!) with a smart shirt and shoes. Thats my take on 'smart casual'.
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Old 21-02-2012, 18:40
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This is the problem, it's really open to interpretation, isn't it?

I'll wear jeans with heels and a smart top sometimes and feel smart enough.

What is the event OP?
The event is a sports presentation dinner.

The only dilemma I have now is shirt tucked or untucked.
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Old 21-02-2012, 18:47
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chinos would be good with maybe a blazer/hacking jacket of some kind and no tie? just my op

ETA: No trainers
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Old 21-02-2012, 18:49
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I think it would depend on the type of event.

If it is a work event and they usually don't allow/like you wearing jeans at work, don't wear jeans whether they are smarter jeans or not.

To play it safe I would say no denim.
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