How to get the smart/casual look right for work
Smart/casual wear isn’t about flinging on yesterday’s jeans and a T-shirt. Getting it right for the office takes a bit of thought – you’re aiming for a look that is relaxed, classic and chic.”
Jeans – the key for work is fit and wash. Faded, ripped or baggy are no-nos. Go for a saturated wash, dark indigo or steel grey, and a flattering fit – skinny, slim or boot cut.
Blazer – if well cut it’s a fail-safe classic and adds elegant chic to almost any outfit.
T-shirts – go for good quality in a block colour with simple detailing, like a breast pocket or rolled up sleeves. Make sure it’s not too voluminous and tuck it in.
Shoes – trainers probably won’t cut it for men, unless you work in media, in which case wear your vintage Adidas with pride. Otherwise aim for classic deck shoes, loafers or suede brogues.
For women, aside from lap dancing platforms and last summer’s flip flops, more or less anything goes – summery wedge peep toes, midi-heels and classic flats.
Jewellery – go for one statement piece, a chunky cuff or over-sized necklace. Or keep it simple and low key with pretty chain bracelets and drop earrings.
Maxi and midi dresses – embrace this season’s love affair with colour and prints opting for tasteful and refined rather than garish and revealing.