There is smart casual, then there is business casual. What’s the difference? I know it sounds confusing especially after reading your company memo regarding an upcoming event which calls for such. Business casual to me means looking presentable and polished in a laid-back kind of way whereas Smart casual is more carefree and hip, style-wise. The nature of the meeting and location of event also dictate the vibe for me. If it’s confined closed doors, officiated by the company, or I am meeting a potential client or business partner, then I would go for business casual. Take note too that where you live or where you work also influence this definition. Here in Hawai’i, wearing slippers to a meeting is acceptable, that’s island-life for us. But here are some practical tips in case you find yourself in a creative rut.
Stick with neutrals but introduce patterns. If you are a long time reader of mine or if you follow me on social media, you may have noticed my predilection towards black or gray. The word is out, I can officially confirm that my wardrobe is 98% black and gray, haha! But seriously, these colors are no-brainer because I can easily dress up or down depending on the event or where I am going. Animal print will always be in style even in the thick of summer (it’s a summer trend this year!). Florals and polka-dot also go well with black or gray (read How To Veganize Your Wardrobe).
Go monochromatic but introduce color in your bag. If you ask me ladies, and this is coming from a bagaholic, your bag can make or break your outfit. Put fun back to your getup. Why not buy another color besides black or brown. Looking for vegan handbag inspirations? I have a full playlist on my channel! I have reviewed quite a ton from really affordable to luxury brands (read Is Vegan Leather Good or Bad?).
Skip jeans but have fun with your pants. I find that neutral pants with a twist (studs, flared hem, prints) paired with solid color top exudes “I’m chill but still mean business”.
Jumpsuits are in and will be for a while. I love jumpsuits because they are really comfortable to wear to work. By simply switching your shoes, you can go from casual to formal. Opt for neutral styles and save the florals and frou frou for weekend or brunch with your girlfriends.
Trade sneakers with edgy sandals, loafers, ankle booties. If you are wearing monochromatic, break it up with eye-catching color such as red, burgundy, or even yellow for the summer (read Are Your Shoes Vegan?).
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