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Spice up your work wear with smart casual attire


While the words smart and casual may sound like opposites, you get style, comfort and elegance when they come together. Instead of choosing one type over the other, smart casual attire is a medley of both, and has become quite popular these days. Smart casuals encapsulate many different outfit combinations, usually mixing formal wear with elements of casual wear. What makes this type of attire so much fun to try out is that it allows you to add a bit more personality to your work wear without sticking to the rules of formal dressing.

A smart casual dress code is perfect for the office as it is more versatile, giving you the opportunity to add various prints and patterns, colours and other creative ways to spice up your outfit. And if you do it right, you will look polished and ready for the work day, whether for a meeting or a day behind the desk.

Here are some business casual outfits to get you started:  

Smart casuals for women

Give your work wear an ethnic twist

Melange by Lifestyle’s straight kurta with palazzos set is the epitome of smart casuals for work. The simple silhouette is designed with three-quarter sleeves, a band collar and vibrant floral motifs. The matching elasticated palazzos add to the comfort of the viscose kurta set. A pair of pink heels to go with your laptop bag will set this outfit apart from the rest.

Women Printed Straight Kurta with Palazzos

Modern in a shirt dress

You can turn to Vero Moda’s smart casual dress for a western version of Melange’s kurta set. The pink and white midi dress is defined by the band collar, half sleeves, button-down closure and a belt to cinch the waist. Slip on a pair of heeled sandals and a bracelet to look ready to take on the workday.

Women Printed Notched Neck-Shirt Dress

Say it with a skirt

Wear Code Classic’s crisp white shirt with the belted A-line skirt from AND for this outfit. The pastel hues make it memorable, and the flowing skirt will catch everyone’s attention. Club this look with ballerinas and a shoulder bag.

CODE CLASSIC Women Solid Regular Fit Shirt

AND Women Solid Belted A-Line Skirt

Chic in trousers

Business casual attire for women should include a well-tailored pair of trousers. And no one does it better than Code! The pale beige peg trousers are ankle length, and the pleated waistband looks all the more stylish with the broad fabric belt around it. Team it with the rust orange bishop sleeve top from Code for understated elegance.

CODE Women Ribbed Bishop Sleeve Top

CODE Women Solid Ankle-Length Peg Trousers

Blazers to make a statement

A smart casual dress code for women should also include a blazer. For the times when a plain blouse doesn’t cut it, layering your outfit can make all the difference in giving the right impression. You can make a lasting one with this ensemble – the formal pink shirt from Allen Solly, charcoal grey trousers, and a full-sleeved blazer from Van Heusen. Give it that relaxed touch by adding a pair of minimalist white sneakers to your outfit.

ALLEN SOLLY Women Solid Regular Fit Formal Shirt

VAN HEUSEN Women Solid Full Sleeves BlazerVAN HEUSEN Women Solid Trousers

Smart casuals for men

Spruced up in Polo t-shirts

Instead of opting for formal shirts, Polo t-shirts are a great alternative to look neat and polished. And you can take it one notch higher by choosing printed Polos instead of plain ones. It will give your overall ensemble a more personal touch. 

CODE Men Printed Regular Fit Polo T-shirt

Take this Polo t-shirt from Code. The sage green fabric is covered in minute white prints, and the collar and cuffs have white piping too. Tuck this t-shirt into grey slim-fit casual trousers for a well-fitted silhouette. A pair of white sneakers will complete this look nicely.

CODE Men Solid Slim Straight Casual Trousers

Suave in all blue

VH Sports’ light blue shirt in a slim fit silhouette and textured finish serves a polished look, especially when paired with the checked casual trousers from LP Sport. The blue-on-blue outfit also adds a splash of colour to your smart casual attire for men. Complete this ensemble by pairing it with black loafers.

VH SPORTS Men Solid Slim Fit Casual Shirt

LP SPORT Men Checked Slim Tapered Fit Casual Trousers

Relaxed in a Henley t-shirt

Henley t-shirts are a smarter alternative to regular crew neck t-shirts. If you want to switch up your Polo t-shirts, you can try this style of t-shirt. 

INDIAN TERRAIN Men Striped Henley Neck T-shirt

Take Indian Terrain’s indigo blue t-shirt, for example. Detailed with a button placket, full sleeves and stripes, it will elevate any smart casual outfit. Pick up Indian Terrain’s khaki beige casual trousers to wear with this t-shirt. Try a pair of navy blue loafers or white sneakers with this smart casual attire.

INDIAN TERRAIN Men Solid Slim Straight Casual Trousers

Formals with a casual twist

If you prefer a formal ensemble for the workday, you could opt for a formal shirt and trousers combination. The mildly textured light purple shirt from Louis Philippe is perfect for a look such as this. Tuck it into Code’s slim tapered formal trousers in black. To make the outfit more relaxed, choose loafers instead of Oxford shoes, leave the shirt’s top button open and roll up the sleeves about halfway. You can add to the smart casual for work look by topping it with a minimalist black jacket instead of the more formal blazer.

LOUIS PHILIPPE Men Structured Regular Fit Formal Shirt

Men Solid Full-Length Slim Tapered Formal Trousers

Ethnic wear for the win

For a themed day at the office or for times you want to shake up your workwear wardrobe, ethnic wear can add some variety to your business casual attire. Put the outfit together with Melange by Lifestyle’s black regular-fit kurta. It has subtle prints, a band collar and full sleeves to add to its style. Pair it with the black elasticated ethnic pants from Melange by Lifestyle and top the kurta with the muted grey Nehru jacket from Code. A pair of black or brown loafers will complement it well.

MELANGE Men Printed Regular Fit Kurta

Men Solid Elasticated Ethnic Pants

Men Solid Slim Fit Nehru Jacket

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