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What does 'smart casual' mean and some practical advice, please

(10 Posts)
viewwitharoom Tue 21-May-13 20:44:13

So have an invite to a work related event at an ambassadors residence in London. Dress code is smart casual but what does that mean? And then need to find a suitably smart casual outfit that will survive being packed in a suitcase and not need ironing on arrival! Any pointers or advice gratefully received!!

boogiewoogie Tue 21-May-13 20:52:00

Not jeans. Not suit either. Somewhere in between. Something with a collar if you are a man. You have a bit more choice if you're a woman.

viewwitharoom Tue 21-May-13 21:03:27

Thanks for the reply. Yep that's my problem, I can do formal smart and casual but not the in-between. I have a couple of linen dresses which I think might do but they won't travel well!

MrsLettuce Tue 21-May-13 21:10:43

This is a bit short (on the 5'10" model) but more or less what you're after, in general terms IYSWIM.

viewwitharoom Tue 21-May-13 21:21:39

Ok That reassures me that I am on the right lines. Thank you for your help!!

dazzlingdeborahrose Tue 21-May-13 21:45:34

This is why I hate the dress code "smart-casual". It tells you nothing you need to know confused. I always assume that for men it means suit, collar no tie. And for women something simple but not too dressed up. I think you're on the right track with the dress you linked to.

forevergreek Tue 21-May-13 21:47:40

I would do a dress. But tone done with a blazer/ cardigan and nice shoes but not smart smart.

MrsLettuce Tue 21-May-13 21:54:57

'Smart casual' is the work of the devil. Cardie too informal blazer likely too be too formal. 1/2 or 3/4 sleeves is always a good option, as someone else here said, it's wise to assume any event will be 18 degrees.

viewwitharoom Tue 21-May-13 21:56:58

Yes I was thinking dress but would likely stray more into the formal work style. I have a navy shift dress that I think would work with the right shoes and jacket. Thanks again for the advice!

viewwitharoom Tue 21-May-13 21:58:44

I think I'd rather go too smart than too casual though!

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