What Is Smart Casual Attire for Women?

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    What Is Smart Casual Attire for Women?

    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.

    Smart casual attire for women (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

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    Blouses / Tops

    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.

    Wear a cardigan over a tank. (Amos Morgan/Photodisc/Getty Images)

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    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.

    Wear dark jeans. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

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    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.

    Woman shopping for shoes (Eileen Bach/Lifesize/Getty Images)

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    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.

    Carry a fun clutch. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

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    Make Up

    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.

    Try shimmery eyes and glossy lips (Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)

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