I don’t know about you guys, but if there is one thing I hate more than anything else it’s when somebody tells me the dress code for an event is “smart casual”. What on earth does that even mean? What’s the appropriate ratio for smart to casual? Do we go 50/50? What if I turn up in jeans and everyone else is super smart? But then what if I turn up super smart and everyone else is in jeans?! Honestly, it’s a logistical nightmare.
As you can probably tell, I’ve spent quite a lot of time thinking about this issue over the years. It’s not so much that I mind showing up overdressed to something as my style does lean more towards the blazer trend these days anyway, but I hate standing out for the wrong reasons at events. It fills me full of anxiety and is 100% guaranteed to ruin my evening so therefore I’ve come up with my own foolproof smart casual outfit in the form of this exact outfit I’m wearing in today’s post.
Granted, it probably wouldn’t win any awards for weather appropriateness (just throw on a long wool overcoat over the top and you’ll be grand) or originality considering by now we’ve probably all seen approximately 6483263838 versions of the shirt/blazer/jeans/boots combination but here we are. I’ve been a firm fan of a looser fitting jean this year, so colour me shocked that I’m actually picking up my Topshop Joni jeans over anything else at the moment. If I’m honest, I think this is mostly because they actually have stretch in them and therefore are a lot more comfortable at mealtimes, but also I can once again fit into them for the first time in what feels like years and therefore this needs celebrating by wearing them to death.
I’ve been building most of my outfits around them this month and this one is no different. While I love wearing them, I still don’t find them the most flattering on my body shape and therefore I decided to wear them with heeled boots to give myself some added height. The boots in question are these super on trend heeled beauties by Miss Selfridge*. I’ve been loving the animal print trend so much this season and was so thrilled to add a pair of faux snakeskin boots into my wardrobe – I’ve been wearing these a lot since I got them and can confirm they are ridiculously comfortable.
On my top half, I went for a classic white shirt – or in this case slightly off white. I picked this up from Topshop last month for a gig and it’s one of my favourite purchases for quite some time. It’s super soft, and I love the contrast between the cotton and the shinier satin – the stripes give it almost a pyjama top kinda vibe and I’m really digging it. I threw on my Zara longline blazer over the top to really pull the outfit together and accessorised with my favourite coin necklace from Topshop and my new watch from Rosefield* that I’ve barely taken off my wrist since it arrived.
What’s your go-to smart casual outfit? Let me know in the comments! Don’t forget I’m also doing vlogmas this year – if daily festive videos are your kinda vibe make sure you subscribe to me on Youtube!