What Is Smart Casual Attire for Women?

Written by jessica nelson | 13/05/2017
What Is Smart Casual Attire for Women?
Smart casual attire for women (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Smart casual attire for women can work for casual Fridays at work, weekend meetings or anytime the occasion doesn't specifically call for business attire. Smart casual attire fits well, is flattering to the wearer and the pieces can be mixed and matched with pieces the wearer already owns.

Blouses / Tops

What Is Smart Casual Attire for Women?
Wear a cardigan over a tank. (Amos Morgan/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Smart casual attire starts with a great top. Blouses, button-down shirts with 3/4 sleeves, shell tank tops or spaghetti strap tops layered with a matching cardigan are all good choices. Colorwise, black or white never go out of style, and pastels in green, blue or lavender can work well and tend to look good on a variety of skin tones.


What Is Smart Casual Attire for Women?
Wear dark jeans. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Trousers for the smart casual look can vary. A dark denim jean looks chic and sophisticated paired with any one of the aforementioned top choices. A dress pant can work as well, though a dark rinse denim jean is more casual.


What Is Smart Casual Attire for Women?
Woman shopping for shoes (Eileen Bach/Lifesize/Getty Images)

For shoes, almost anything goes except sneakers. A boot in black or brown with a heel, clogs in black or brown, sandals with a jewelled strap, or kitten heels all work well.


What Is Smart Casual Attire for Women?
Carry a fun clutch. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Depending on the occasion, various types of bags will work. If you're just going out for cocktails, a clutch purse in a fun colour such as periwinkle is smart looking. A small or medium-sized handbag that's more structured (as opposed to the currently trendy hobo bag look) works well also.

Make Up

What Is Smart Casual Attire for Women?
Try shimmery eyes and glossy lips (Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Make-up for this type of attire should focus on one of two features, the eyes or the lips and with minimal blush on the cheeks, if any at all. A shimmer on the eye in gold or green looks good on various eye colours and skin tones. A gloss in pale pink, clear or bronze also looks good on various skin tones.

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