Definition of smart casual in English:

smart casual


  • (of clothes) neat, conventional, yet relatively informal in style, especially as worn to conform to a particular dress code.

    ‘think of a smart casual outfit as one that you'd wear for a movie or dinner date’
    ‘the staples of the basic smart-casual wardrobe’
    • ‘About the only clothing prescription you'll encounter is "smart casual" for some better restaurants.’
    • ‘I always hear about "smart casual" style.’
    • ‘They are more likely to be ordinary-looking middle-aged gents in business suits, and a few younger in chinos and smart-casual wear.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, I haven't found a textbook definition for smart casual dressing; its definition is rather vague.’
    • ‘Good smart casual is about mixing tailored pieces with more relaxed items.’
    • ‘I wear them, not as a fashion statement but because they are comfortable and smart casual.’
    • ‘The second are the kind whose wardrobe doesn't stretch past smart-casual and feel obliged to have a pair of inoffensive plain sneakers in their cupboard to wear on the weekend.’
    • ‘But what I do know is that whereas only 10 years ago I could get away with three suits and an eclectic collection of ties, today there are five suits, along with a range of casual-smart, smart-casual and casual-casual outfits.’
    • ‘Guests can come along to Single-Minded events really dressed up or smart-casual, with friends or on their own - and we've made it a priority that people arriving on their own are properly looked after.’
    • ‘The guests were comfortably dressed in smart casual attire.’
    • ‘For a smart casual look, you can don a stylish pair of elongated, pointy ankle boots.’
    • ‘The style to go for, for the summer races, was 'smart casual', she told me.’
    • ‘Dressed in smart casual clothes, they looked much like Indian teenagers on an outing near home.’
    • ‘He was in modern dress, smart-casual in beige-coloured clothes, with white shortish hair.’
    • ‘The Japanese hosts ruled that the dress code for the photo is "smart casual."’
    • ‘He had just graduated, and was wearing what can best be described as on the too smart side of smart-casual.’
    • ‘For clothes, I only need smart-casual stuff.’
    • ‘Priests and their guests, wearing smart casual dress, began arriving at 7.30 pm.’
    • ‘Next up were the pupils from CBS modelling the smart casual look for young men.’