Smart casual is a bit misunderstood: wear a smart-casual outfit means to break free from traditional rules. A style considered smart to be appropriate in a relatively formal situation, but not too elegant to be inappropriate for staying at the pub with friends.
Smart casual outfit: the blazer
The blazer is a key piece of a smart casual outfit. You have to choose a model that you would near wear at work, as the lightweight textured blazer by Esprit: the fine waffle texture, the garment-washed look, the partial lining and the soft finish without shoulder pads give this blazer a very smart-casual look.
Also the sleeve cuffs each feature four buttons, the oval appliqué on the elbows, the chest with the classic welt pocket, the two pockets and the slit compartment in the lining printed with palm leaves make it versatile and easy to wear.
Key pieces for a perfect smart casual outfit
The blazer can be combined effortlessly with a jeans or with a pair of trousers, reminding that jeans are fine as long as they are dark, while for the pants is better to focus on a light color like beige.
Between the formal and the relaxed style, the classic check shirt is an essential element of a smart casual casual, because it appears elegant enough even without a tie, but it maintains a sporty look.
For accessories, you can choose a pair of Chelsea boots in leather with rounded toe, perfect with gray/navy trousers or indigo jeans. To complete the look you can think of an analog watch that doesn’t seems particularly expensive and a messenger bag in cotton canvas instead of a more sporty backpack.
Finally, remember the belt – if it will correspond to your shoe color (not the same, of course) will show your attention to details.