How to Dress Smart Casual for Women

You probably dress smart casual quite often but you just don’t know it. So what is the smart casual dress code? What can you wear to make up a smart casual outfit? Are jeans allowed in the smart casual dress code? In this post we answer all these questions as well as provide you with snazzy smart casual outfit ideas for women.  First, lets kick off with Fashionably Smart Casual’s (“FSC”) smart casual definition.

FSC’s ‘Smart Casual’ Definition: To dress up smart casual means mixing elements of casual wear with formal wear to make up the perfect smart causal outfit. Overall you need to achieve a smart look NOT a casual one. – Fashionably Smart Casual

Dark denim jeans are allowed in the smart casual dress code. As there are many different types of jeans (ripped jeans, wash out jeans etc) we created a post just about smart casual jeans etiquette.

Here are some ideas of  women’s smart casual outfits consisting of wardrobe essentials such as tops, trousers, shirts & blouses, blazers, shoes and accessories because no outfit is complete without a matching pair of shoes and a handbag. The right pair of shoes can totally change the feel of an outfit.

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Jeans Types

Skinny Jeans with Stripe Feature
Cropped Skinny Jeans
Boot Leg Jeans
Faded Skinny Jeans
Casual Denim Jeans
Straight Leg Jeans
Kick Flare Style Jeans
Ripped Skinny Jeans

Smart Casual Tips

For Work: Go for neutral colours like black, grey, brown, tan and beige with a dash of colour like red, pink, wine, purple, green, or maybe even yellow to brighten up your Winter day. For example you would wear a black pair of cords with a red polo neck so there is a balance of neutral colours with brighter ones.


Wearing Jeans: There is nothing like a great fitting pair of Jeans. Jeans are such a versatile item that most of us own more than one pair of Jeans in different colours and styles. Jeans can easily be dressed up as they can be dressed down. Dress them up with an elegant top and pair of heels or dress them down with a roll neck jumper and pair of flat leather knee boots with a girlfriend cardigan thrown over.


For a Party: Who will be attending the party? Do you know them? Are they friends or acquaintances? If you know the people attending the party and the dress code is smart casual feel free to dress up your favourite pair of “going out” Jeans with a fancy top or blouse and matching shoes, belt and handbag. Add a statement piece of jewellery and just the right amount of make-up – especially eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, blusher and lipstick!  If you are going to a party and have no idea who the people are, we recommend you play it safe with a little black dress. If the dress is plain, spice it up with a pair of black patterned tights and sexy high heels.