Although the dress code "smart casual" may strike fear into the heartof many a fashionista, I do think it's my favourite way to dress on an everyday basis when you've no idea what's expected of you when you're going somewhere (anywhere). Obviously I wouldn't assume smart casual would be the dress code of choice at a wedding or some other swanky event, but it's a pretty safe bet when you're just really not too sure whether "super casual" or "pretty smart" is the order of the day.
Thing is, what's the actual meaning of smart casual? I think I've come up with the best way to describe it: Smart everything, but you can add jeans (smart ones). So no trainers, sneakers or baseball caps. No hoodies. No old sloppy cardigans, unless you've got a lush cashmere cardi.
WHAT'S THE ACTUAL MEANING OF SMART CASUAL? I THINK I'VE COME UP WITH THE BEST WAY TO DESCRIBE IT: SMART EVERYTHING, BUT YOU CAN ADD JEANS (SMART ONES).
This combination of grid print blazer (SS15, sadly) and jeans is, for me, one of my favourite combinations, as described in last week's 6 great autumn (fall) outfit ideas post. It's a look I'll always feel good in wherever I'm going, and this outfit has been accessorised to the max with these stand-out pieces of heels and handbag, both from the new AW16 collection at Lotus Shoes.
What I love about them is that they're both animal prints, but not your usual leopard print:
SHOP THE LOOK:
The block heels are a stunning shiny faux croc (and like I've found with other Lotus Shoes I have, they're OMG comfy), and the handbag is tortoiseshell - and super sturdy with a fabulous gold trim. It also comes with a long strap to convert it to a cross body bag #winning.
I've said it before but I'll say it again - accessories are your BFF (best fashion friend), do not underestimate their power to transform your look!
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Lotus faux croc heels c/o | Lotus tortoiseshell bag c/o | George at Asda blazer c/o (this black and white jacket is a warmer, woolier version) | ASOS blouse (this peach blouse is almost exactly the same) | Levi's jeans, DIY cropped (similar dark wash cropped flares) | Forever 21 fedora hat (love this beautiful blue fedora with feather detail) | Leighton Denny 'Prohibition' nail polish
LIKE THIS STYLE OF LONGLINE BLAZER/COAT? YOU MIGHT ALSO WANT TO SEE THE OTHER WAYS I'VE WORN IT...
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