What Is Semi Casual Dress?

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What Is Semi Casual Dress?
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Semi-casual dress tends to lie a step above casual and a step below smart or business casual on a dress code scale. According to BellaOnline Etiquette Editor Lisa Plancich, semi-casual attire means feeling relaxed and comfortable, without looking like someone who forgot to change out of her pyjamas.

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General Rules

Appropriate semi-casual dress will vary by geographical location, event, and work industry. According to BellaOnline, dark and neutral colours are always safe options. Nice sandals are appropriate for warm weather, as well as hats, gloves and shorter length coats for colder weather.

Day Dress

Daytime semi-casual dress for women may include items such as a knee- or ankle-length dress, khaki trousers, a knit sweater set or pullover, and light coloured hosiery. Women may accessorise their outfits with a patterned scarf, or a piece of jewellery like a pin or broach, according to BellaOnline.

Evening Dress

Dress Code Guide online states that during evening events women may wear skirts to the knee, neatly pressed blouses, dark slack suits or khakis, and a low pump shoe.

Fabric Considerations

While semi-casual fabrics are typically smooth to the touch, it is acceptable to wear a warmer, textured fabric like corduroy during colder months.


Sweats, holey jeans, band or logo T-shirts, and extensive amounts of jewellery and accessories are never appropriate options for semi-casual dress.

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