Susan Miller

·Master of Fine Arts in Jewelry Design, Pratt Institute, 2012

·Bachelor of Arts in Gemology, University of California, Los Angeles, May 2005

·Editor-in-Chief, White Victoria (2018 - present)

·Write and research feature articles and profiles for print and online publication

·Contributing Writer, Modern Jeweler and Ornament

·Write and publish freelance articles for IGS and WSJ Magazine

·Jewelry Appraiser (2012 - 2020)

What Is A Smart Casual Dress?

Smart casual dress is a style of clothing that is neat, stylish, and considered appropriate for semi-formal occasions. It typically incorporates formal and casual wear elements, resulting in attire suitable for work but worn outside the office. Smart casual dress often includes collared shirts, blazers or sport jackets, tailored trousers or chinos, dark denim jeans with minimal distressing and styling features, leather shoes or loafers with dress socks, and vests paired with cotton t-shirts or polo shirts beneath them. 

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Accessories such as pocket squares and colorful ties can also give smart casual looks a more polished finish. It should go without saying that all clothes must be clean-looking and well-maintained, including being pressed when necessary. Shoes should be free from dirt on their soles and general scuffing to ensure a professional appearance. Ultimately, how you style yourself will depend on your taste - as long as it looks neat, it's likely to tick all the boxes for smart casual dressing.

What is the difference between casual and smart casual?

Casual attire is typically more relaxed and comfortable, while smart casual attire is more polished and professional. Casual wear usually consists of jeans, t-shirts, shorts, and sneakers. Smart casual wear includes shirts, blouses, trousers, skirts, dresses, and leather shoes. The overall goal of smart casual is to look put-together while maintaining a relaxed and comfortable look.

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Examples of the difference between Casual and Smart Casual? 

Casual: Jeans, t-shirt, sneakers

Smart Casual: Khakis, dress shirt, leather shoes

Casual: Shorts, t-shirt, sandals

Smart Casual: Slacks, slides

Smart casual attire guide for women

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Women who wish to appear sophisticated and presentable should consider smart casual dressing. Here are some suggestions on leveling up their wardrobe with a stylish yet comfortable look!

Let's take a look at these few considerations,


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● Blouses: Whether plain, patterned, or with a hint of sparkle, blouses are the perfect way to dress up any outfit. Look for lightweight fabrics in classic cuts for a timeless look. 

● T-Shirts: Plain, graphic, or slogan tees can be dressed with the right accessories. Choose a thicker fabric for extra insulation during colder months.

● Button-Down Shirts: A classic button-down shirt can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion or venue.

● Tunics: Longer tunic tops are a great way to add texture and interest to your outfit. Choose a light fabric for comfort and pair it with leggings or skinny jeans.

● Cardigans: A cardigan is a great layering piece worn over tees and blouses for added warmth or to dress up an outfit.

● Sweaters: A good sweater can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion and create a timeless look with jeans.

● Matching Separates: Uncertainty calls for a simple solution: find compatible items. An ensemble of complementary shirts, shorts, or even slacks, can result in an effortlessly stylish casual look. 


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● Jeans: Darker jeans in a straight or skinny cut are the perfect choice for smart casual wear. 

● Trousers: Crisp trousers in a slim fit look great with a tucked-in blouse. 

● Skirts: A skirt can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Choose between knee-length pencil skirts for a more formal look or a midi skirt for something less structured.

● Shorts: Denim shorts are ideal for summer days and can be paired with a blouse or plain tee. 

● Leggings: Leggings look great with long tunic tops or oversized sweaters. Opt for thicker fabrics for extra warmth during colder months.

● Cargo Pants: Cargo pants are clothing you can wear. They usually have a lot of pockets and are usually made of thicker material. If you want your outfit to stand out, you can choose cargo pants in neutral colors, like black or gray, to create an edgy look or in brighter colors.

● Formal Pants: Formal pants are clothing you can wear to make any outfit look nice and neat. They usually come in materials like wool or linen and fit close to your body. When choosing formal pants, it's best to choose navy blue, black, or grey colors. This will give you a very classy style!


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● Sneakers: For a more relaxed look, choose a pair of sneakers in a classic style. Look for neutral colors that can be paired with any outfit. • Boots: Ankle boots are the perfect way to add some edge tool stylish sneakers. Look for leather or canvas designs in neutral colors to match any outfit.

● Ankle Boots: Ankle boots are a great way to dress up any casual look. Choose a pair in black or brown leather for extra versatility.

● Clogs: Clogs are the perfect choice for a smart casual look. Choose comfortable styles in neutral colors or a statement pair with unique details.

● Heels: Heels can instantly dress up any outfit. Choose a classic pair of pumps, or wear something bolder with patterned wedges or chunky heels.

● Pumps: Pumps are the perfect way to dress up any outfit. Choose a pair in a classic silhouette, or opt for something more adventurous with metallic accents or prints.

● Loafers: Loafers are a timeless style that looks great with jeans and skirts. Look for neutral-colored leather styles or something bolder with tassels or embellishments.

● Flats: Ballet flats, loafers, and sandals are perfect for smart casual wear. Look for metallic accents or embellishments for extra style.• 

● Dressy Sneakers: Dressy sneakers are a great option to keep your look casual but stylish.



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You can add flair to your outfit by donning one of these fashion accessories. For a more vibrant look, select lightweight fabric-made scarves in vivid hues. Otherwise, neutral shades with thicker fabrics are also an option for a timeless aesthetic.


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Pearls present a timeless aesthetic to complete any ensemble. Pick classic strands or express yourself with eye-catching earrings and necklaces for a subtle approach. 

Take a look at some of our top picks:

The Choker 
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This fabulous necklace is an excellent way to add a hint of glitz and glamor to your ensemble. Whether you choose timeless black or pristine white pearls, this eye-catching accessory will make an impression.

Pearl Earrings
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These ageless items are ideal for incorporating a hint of sophistication into any ensemble. Consider traditional studs or take a chance with hanging motifs.

Layered Pearl Necklace
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If a solo strand doesn't do, go for the layered effect! Combine various sizes and lengths of pearls to establish an exclusive fashion statement.


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A smart option for completing any ensemble is a belt - from leather to fashion-forward buckles; some options can help express your style. Try a timeless leather look with a statement ring closure.


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Bangles have the potential to bring a subtle sheen to any ensemble. When searching for bangles, seek out delicate designs in either silver or gold.


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Bags are items you can carry around with you with a lot of room for things like your phone, wallet, etc. Choose a bag that looks nice and matches the clothes you're wearing. You could get a small bag that hangs from your shoulder or a bigger one to put more stuff in. Neutral colors like black or brown go with almost anything!


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Smart Casual is far more different than Casual; it's more sleek, sophisticated, and professional! It must be pulled off perfectly to maintain that balance between casual and professional! Here is our top guide for smart casual, and you can ace that look for your next outing or meeting!