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SMART
CASUAL:
SORTED

Get the Look: your how-to guide

10.06.2015

IAN WRIGHT

Menswear editor

It’s a term long used
(and abused)
for countless dress codes, but what does ‘smart casual’ actually mean? Here’s how to get the balance just right

MAJOR IN THE BLAZER

A smart-casual look can encompass anything from a suit
to sneakers. Squarely in the middle of that spectrum is
the blazer, which offers a touch of sartorial gravitas
without the formality of tailoring

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THE NEW WORKWEAR

Washed cotton and chunky buttons
give a casual feel, while business suit
styling (buttoned up, bar the bottom
one) adds a smart edge

A contrast sole softens a
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MIX AND MISMATCH

Be brave – layer a refined blazer-and-tie combo with casual outerwear for a cool but practical new look

A slim knitted tie makes for
a shortcut to smart casual
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SHORT STORIES

Bridge the divide between a blazer
and shorts by adding in a bet-hedging
collarless shirt

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SMALL TOUCHES, BIG IMPACT

Adding a final flourish that transcends the obvious is a quick
and easy way to bring a smart casual look bang up to date.
Here’s how to master the art of accessorising

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SUITED TO THE SPOT

Dotty accessories add flair
to a laid-back chambray
button-down shirt

BAG OF TRICKS

How to pull off something as practical as the humble holdall with a smart outfit? Try a leather version – sleek and useful

SOCK IT TO ’EM

Choose socks in a complementary soft tone to pull
together formal trousers and everyday knits

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REMIX YOUR SUIT

How to loosen up a suit, so it doesn’t feel too stiff?
Combine sharp tailoring with relaxed pieces to
create a look that’s modern – keep it refined with
a pared-back palette

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DRESSED-UP DENIM

Give a fine grey suit a textural update with a workman-like denim shirt – an Oxford collar ups the smart factor

Photography: Joe Quigg / Styling: Olie Arnold / Grooming: Amie Hershan / Model: Norbert at Storm

COOL SWEAT

Traditionally unrelated pieces,
like this slim-fit suit and sporty
sweatshirt, marry well for a
minimal look

SNEAK PREVIEW

To take your suit out of the office, dress down tailoring with sleek trainers and leave your tie and socks in the top drawer

This leather messenger bag delivers just the right look
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Soften suiting with some supple leather trainersShop now

SMART CASUAL: SORTED

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