Smart Casual Jeans Etiquette

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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

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Are Jeans considered smart casual wear?

Yes. Jeans are considered to be smart casual wear. They make up the casual part of clothing in the smart casual mix. Jeans can be dressed up or dressed down. Here’s how you can ‘dress up’ or ‘dress down’ your jeans for men and women.

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Dress up your jeans with a collared shirt or pretty blouse and add a pair of smart leather heels/flats with a gorgeous matching handbag and other accessories such as a statement necklace, scarf etc.

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Jeans 6

Model wears a grey striped coat with black straight leg jeans and stiletto boots

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Model wears jeans with a pussy bow patterned blouse, jacket and high heels with a clutch handbag.

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Model wears black straight leg Jeans with white top, cool leather jacket and sexy black high heel sandals.

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Dress down your jeans with a plain cotton t-shirt and trainers. Throw on a funky statement necklace to spice up your outfit.

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Jeans 4

Model wears a pair of Jeans with tank top and jean shirt tied round her waist.

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Jeans 3

Model wears Jeans with a pastel pink top with trimming around neckline.

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Jean women with tshirt

Model wears black t-shirt with skinny jeans featuring a rip on the left knee and flat smart shoes.

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Dress up your jeans with a collared shirt, blazer or jacket and a smart pair of leather shoes with matching belt.

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Navy Check Blazer by Thomas Pink back on model

Model wears Jeans with a shirt and blazer – great look for a smart casual business meeting.

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Blue Oxford Pique Shirt by Ralph Lauren

Model wears a shirt with Jeans and a matching pair of brown leather shoes & belt

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Jeans Men Style 1

Model wear Jeans with bottom rolled up look, a fancy shirt and tan leather shoes and belt.

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Dress down your jeans with a plain cotton t-shirt and trainers. Add a canvas belt to polish your look.[row ][col span=”1/3″ ]

Jeans Men Style 2

Model wears Jeans with sweater and a pair of navy trainers.

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Oxblood Cotton Twill Herringbone Gingham Shirt by John lewis style

Model wears Jeans with a checked shirt and a pair of white trainers.

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Polo tshirt and jeans close up

Model wears classic denim jeans with a blue Ralph Lauren polo shirt.  Goes well with a pair of trainers.

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Jeans for work for women – If your company allows a smart casual dress code policy; jeans would generally be included however stick to dark denim tailored style jeans with no rips. You want to look smart at all times at your work place without having to wear a full suit. If your company opts for a business casual dress code policy, stay away from jeans. Instead, opt for cords, chinos and other tailored trousers.

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Dark Denim Jeans Women 1

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Dark Denim Jeans Women 2
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Dark Denim Jeans Women 3

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Jeans for work for men – If your company allows a smart casual dress code policy; jeans would generally be included, however stick to dark denim tailored style jeans with <em>no rips</em>. You want to look smart at all times at your work place without having to wear a full suit. If your company opts for a business casual dress code policy, stay away from jeans. Instead, opt for cords, chinos, military trousers, cotton linen trouser and other tailored trousers. Preferably go for a tailored or straight leg fit.

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Men Jeans and Shirt 2

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Mens Jeans for Work 1

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Mens Jeans for Work 2

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If you decide to go with Jeans choose a style according to where you are going and who you are meeting. Remember that first impressions are everything so if you are meeting someone you never met before, dress your best to look smart and feel confident. Here are some more tips if you are meeting someone for the first time:

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Men:

  • Wear a blazer if weather permits
  • Polish up your look by wearing smart leather shoes with matching belt.
  • Wear a watch
  • Great smelling perfume always leaves a good impression

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Women:

  • Wear a jacket or blazer if weather permits
  • Polish up your look by wearing heels or a pair of smart leather pumps with matching handbag and other accessories
  • Wear a watch
  • Great smelling perfume always leaves a good impression

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Ralph Lauren Men 2
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Men Jeans and Shirt 2
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Helene for Denim
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Smart Casual Jeans and White Blouse
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