what is 'smart casual' for a 15 yr old girl

(19 Posts)
BabyStone Sat 27-Apr-13 13:19:26

Hi, I work in a nursery. Our uniform is black trousers and a navy polo shirt with flat shoes, e.g black dolly shoes or black plimsoll type shoes. (nothing opened toed)
Any other nurseries I have been to, their staff wear pretty much the same just with different coloured polo shirts.

Black trousers, plain top/polo shirt/shirt and black shoes are normally the sort of things any one on placement/ bank staff/ agency workers wear

Good luck to your daughter, hope she enjoys it!

p.s At my place of work, the only jewellery we are allowed to wear are, watches, rings and stud earrings. Any other body piercings that are on show, have to have a plaster covering them. (I know she's only young but want to cover all grounds) smile

mrsjay Sat 27-Apr-13 13:13:08

sorry badguider blush I took you the wrong way

badguider Sat 27-Apr-13 13:11:53

I wasn't meaning to be rude at all - I was honestly worried when you said she usually wears skinnies and hoodies that she was reluctant to wear anything different.

Most schools round here have a "smart casual" dresscode unless they are strict uniform, and it's a usual phrase used for 'nicer' pubs and clubs who don't allow jeans or trainers, as well as workplace wear, so it honestly didn't occur to me that anybody wouldn't know what that means and I thought you were objecting to the dresscode rather than wondering what it is. I guess it must be a regional thing - around here it's a VERY common phrase to describe a type of clothing. Sorry.

coffeewineandchocolate Sat 27-Apr-13 13:10:40

I would go for leggings and a casual stretchy dress with ballerina shoes- mainly for comfort when playing with the children

mrsjay Sat 27-Apr-13 13:08:10

in fact she is wearing her school trousers 1 of the days anyway she has an exam in the middle of the morning to go too, (as you do [grin)

mrsjay Sat 27-Apr-13 13:07:21

thanks all appreciate it,smile trousers not jeans it is then

That would in fact be T shirt, not shiet.

These, these, these, these all with either whit shirt, polo shirt or fitted T shiet and cardi.

mrsjay Sat 27-Apr-13 12:50:21

why was she a bit 'eek'? Did she expect to be able to go to work experience in skinny jeans and a hoody?

absolutly not she wants to make a good impression and we had no idea what smart casual was I am not sure why you were so rude about a simple thread about clothes,

she wears full uniform to school and trousers

Maryz Sat 27-Apr-13 12:44:49

Covered shoulders (very important - no vests or low cut tops, especially if she is bending over to stack shelves or deal with children), trousers rather than a short skirt, no runners and no hoodie.

I think black jeans would be ok. It depends on the place - what do the other employees wear?

badguider Sat 27-Apr-13 11:52:39

why was she a bit 'eek'? Did she expect to be able to go to work experience in skinny jeans and a hoody?
has she not had a chat about this at school? does she not wear smarter to school?

badguider Sat 27-Apr-13 11:51:04

childcare? I'd go for trousers (not jeans) and a well fitting (not baggy) polo shirt. With a cardigan (not hoody).

does she not wear trousers for school?

MortifiedAdams Sat 27-Apr-13 11:46:42

Straight leg chinos, white top and a cardi with flat shoes.

OrangeLily Sat 27-Apr-13 11:41:16

Black trousers and a top at that age normally. Not jeans!

mrsjay Sat 27-Apr-13 11:15:33

yes I think I will get her some dark coloured jeans and maybe a top just to be on the safe side thanks for replying she was a bit eek about it,

mrsslc Sat 27-Apr-13 11:13:27

Yes I think that would be ok. She could always double check after the first day if she feels confident enough to ask? She will be able to get a feel for if he has the right sort of thing on by seeing the staff too. Eg if she wears jeans and staff wear black trousers or vice versa.
Hope she enjoys her placement :-)

mrsjay Sat 27-Apr-13 11:03:52

it is a child care setting I am guess as long as she is clean and tidy then it will be ok

mrsslc Sat 27-Apr-13 11:02:49

In would say it varies depending on the business, do you/ your daughter see the people employed there? I would aim for similar to that.
If not, a quick phone call to the person named as a point of contact?

mrsjay Sat 27-Apr-13 10:55:43

DD has her work experience soon and the dress is smart casual we were a bit confused not a clue she usually wears skinny jeans and those coloured hoodies they all wear, help ?

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