First and fore most one has to understand that the term ‘smart-casual’ denotes quite a strict system of rules: in other words, it doesn’t mean throw on anything your feel might be appropriate. The look should be well put together and polished, but not quite dressy enough to be formal. In order to strike this balance, it’s a good idea to follow a few basics.
As I’ve pointed out, smart-casual is not a fixed concept. It incorporates gradations of formal and informal, and these are often linked to the occasion to which the event is dedicated. If, for example, you are attending a smallish dinner party with friends, and the dress code is smart casual, you’ll probably be able to get away with formal denim, heels and a shirt and tailored blazer. If you are headed to wedding reception, however, you would be well-advised to ditch the denim and replace it with something a little dressier.
The best way to pick out the correct shoes for a smart casual do is to remember what is not acceptable. Basically your choice should be in good condition and should complement your outfit: heeled pumps and sandals, ballet flats and dressy gladiators are all good options.
Smart casual is all about looking well put together and accessories play a major role in hitting the right note. Don’t weight yourself down in jewelry but do choose pieces carefully so they co-ordinate and complement your outfit.
Dressing smart-casual is not quite as straight forward as it initially might appear. For one to know they have nailed it they must strike the perfect balance between dressy and relaxed.