Monday, May 30, 2016

STREET SMART



For me, the Smart casual dress code is not the easiest to get right. My wardrobe pretty much contains sequin dresses and jackets and it is full of evening wear. I’m ready and available for weddings, race meetings and or any fancy occasion. I just love dressy and smart clothes, it’s something I feel most confident and comfortable in. I’m not great on buying every day clothes, I have the best intentions to buy something “normal” when I'm out, that I’ll get plenty of wear out of, but somehow I end up picking something else, usually another blazer or full length dress.





With all the glitz and glamour, I have some sequin free casual pieces that are great for wearing for work, business and meeting clients. The secret to smart casual dressing is to find a perfect balance between relaxed and smart everyday clothes that look the business and are comfortable to wear. It’s all about well put together and polished outfits.




So what does one do for day wear?



1.Invest in tailoring and find the perfect blazer for you.


I’m a huge fan of tailoring. I rarely go out without a blazer or a jacket. It always looks smart and works whatever the weather or occasion. I find modern day blazers quite short so I opt for vintage. They are longer and better fitting. Once you find a shape that suits you, you just can’t go wrong and you will wear them for many years to come.




2. Shirt it up.


Avoid tops with spaghetti straps, instead go for a crisp white shirt or a top with lace details or discreet embroidery. Personally I love shirts. This vintage oversized men’s shirt is one I feel most comfortable in and it looks great when I take the jacket off.





3. Trousers or Jeans


Pick a well fitted pair of jeans, that are stylish and in a good shape. While ripped jeans seem to be very “now” I’m not sure if they are the appropriate ensemble for a business meeting. Instead choose a pair in a darker colour or wear a pair of tailored trousers and pair them with heels. Avoid cut offs and sweat pants, not the best choice for your chic casual look.




4. Accessorize


Keep your accessories simple and elegant. Scarves are my favourite accessory. I like them to be long enough to wrap around my neck but not too long to hang to my knees. Look for one that compliments your outfit. Handbags play an important role, they can make or break the outfit, pick a bag that looks (both) neat and smart. Medium size totes and clutches are always a good choice.





5. Shoes glorious shoes.


As you probably already know, I’m a self confessed shopaholic and I won’t tell you how many pairs of shoes I have... For my smart casual outfits I usually go for pointy toe flats or brogues, they go with everything. I opted for my most precious pair of Vintage Chanel flats. I spotted them in a vintage store in London, they are a size too small for me, but who cares they’re Chanel! Avoid footwear that belongs on the beach or in the gym. Make sure your shoes are polished, in a good shape and coordinating with your outfit.





I hope these simple rules will help you to get your smart casual looks on track and if you have any personal suggestions please share them in a comment below.

Agnes x

Photography by Matthew Reilly





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