This week is all about smart casual. The Oxford dictionary defines it as “neat, conventional, yet relatively informal in style.” Urban Dictionary calls it “a nonsensical dress code that people slap onto events, parties, and workplaces” that is “completely down to interpretation” and “always causes confusion and often spectacular results.” I agree with the latter, which is why you’ll find totally different interpretations on instagram and co.

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Expert Smart Casual Tip
“The key to putting together a great ‘smart casual’ look is simple – stay comfortable. The aim is to look good and feel great in what you are wearing. We recommend a deconstructed jacket and trouser, in lightweight wool, cotton and linen – or a blend of these natural fibres, with a slim button cuff shirt and no tie. In terms of patterns, go for semi plain or a subtle check in the jacket/trouser, and a classic white, a navy/white stripe shirt or small micro design print (this printed look will be huge in the coming seasons season). This will give you the right level of nonchalance, but not look like you’ve just come from the beach or the gym. For footwear, quality leather loafers are always a good idea”. (Matt Jensen, Founder & CEO, M.J.Bale)


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