Many will argue there is a mastery involved, or some sort of dense formula, for understanding how to equip one’s style armory in a “professional, yet edge-y” sort of way. People always ask us at Kipper Clothiers, “how should I prepare for a summer party invite” or even “a work shin-dig that I need to look good at, but don’t want to look like I’m overdoing it.”
The answer is simple, and there’s no sort of conundrum or high-yielding, style equation you have to adhere by. Just think about these few things when you’re preparing that “smart-casual” outfit for the day: if you’re wearing a suit, dress it down with a T-shirt, polo, or soft band-collar. If you’re wearing a pair of your favorite worn in jeans, or even a pair of tailored shorts, dress it up with a linen blazer, a pocket square, or maybe even a tie. Throw a splash of color in there, too -- why not? It’s still summer, and summer demands bright colors, mild neutrals, and crisp monochromes.
In essence, what’s the key to an outfit that’s smart and casual, perfect for those days out, a first date, a gathering with your co-workers, or even a party invite with the Joneses?
Here are two words to commit to memory: Up, Down.
If you decide to wear a suit, dress down with the rest of your pieces and consider some modest sneakers or a lightly tarnished pop-over. If you’re going to wear a pair of jeans, or some shorts, dress up with an unstructured blazer or maybe even a handsome suede, or leather, bomber jacket. Either way, the key is to know balance and to venture into the spectrums of what you’d think would be “too formal” or “too casual,” and pair them up to make the perfect matrimony.
Need Specifics? Scroll down and see what we mean, and what our favorite “smart-casual” combos are!
Thinking of all the perfect pieces to make your smart-casual outfit come true? At Kipper Clothiers, we make polos, henleys, unstructured blazers, band-collar shirts, and even soft, cotton pop-overs. As always, lean on us when your outfit needs to be made exactly the way you want it. Make an appointment with us here! Not yet convinced that we can handle it all? Check out our other blogs on sneakers, summer accessories, and even custom jeans to find out all that we can create!