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What do you wear when the dress code says SMART CASUAL?https://gentl.mn/smart-casual #smartcasual #dresscode #notsponsored If you want to learn more about the different dress codes, click here: https://gentl.mn/2GsOyXz Interested in business casual? Watch this video https://gentl.mn/2Iugex4 SHOP THE VIDEO: 1. Petrol Blue Men's Gloves - https://gentl.mn/2E8wnEU 2. Reversible Scarf in Burgundy Red and Blue - https://gentl.mn/2J9ip9q The term casual today can be anything from gym clothes or athleisure, all the way up to something that's office appropriate such as a dress shirt and chinos. Now obviously, there is a big disconnect and just having the casual dress code is no longer enough. So if you get an invitation with a dress code smart casual, I hear your pain. You really don't know exactly what to wear so we'll help you out, we will define what smart casual is, what it's not, the historic background, as well as the do's and don'ts. So what exactly is smart casual? Historically, the term was coined because people showed up overly casual and the smart implied that you can't show up with joggers and trainers. If you look at the urban dictionary, it defines smart casual as a nonsensical dress code that people slap on to events, parties, and workplaces. Completely down to interpretation, this always causes confusion and often spectacular results. The mixture between smart and casual should not be taken literally. So while it's hilarious, sadly, it's not very helpful. So here is our definition of smart casual. First, the urban dictionary got it right by saying don't take it literally. That means, don't wear tennis shoes with a dress shirt, or combine sweatpants with a blazer. So in a nutshell, smart casual is not about mixing different pieces of clothing from different degrees of formality but rather to pick something that is in between a very casual outfit and a formal or businesslike outfit. A hoodie would be too casual and pleated wool dress pants would be too formal, instead, if you go with chinos, they are less formal, as well as a polo shirt, you hit that perfect sweet spot of smart casual. You can usually find smart casual dress codes in a social environment such as cruise ships, restaurants, or resorts. The whole idea is to look neat and presentable without being overly stuffy. So let's say you work in a white-collar office and you have an invitation to a smart casual event afterwards and you usually wear dress shirts, ties, and pinstripe suits, you definitely want to bring a change of clothes. Now that we defined the broad range of smart casual, let's talk about specific items you can wear. On the formal side would be an odd jacket or a blazer. Odd jacket meaning it has a bolder pattern, another color, and it doesn't match the pants. You don't want to wear a suit, a combination at most. When it comes to shirts, you should definitely stay clear of t-shirts but you can wear dress shirts. Go with checked shirts maybe in a collar such as the green one I'm wearing here right now. When it comes to pants or slacks, don't wear jeans and don't wear pleated pants made out of worsted wool because that's office wear and both of them are too extreme. When it comes to accessories, color is your friend. You can be much bolder than at the office and you can experiment and simply have fun. If you decide to wear a blazer or an odd jacket, I strongly recommend you wear a bold pocket square or maybe a boutonniere that is just contrasting, it's a pop of color, it's different, and it's fun. Another way I like to spice up smart casual outfits is to use colorful socks. You could be bolder, you can experiment, you can go really out there, or you can be a little more subdued. If it's cold outside and you need some gloves, I suggest to go with fun colors such as dark green, maybe a light tan, blue, or red, and stay clear of the traditional black gloves, or just boring Brown gloves. When it comes to shoes, I suggest you stay with leather shoes. They can have a leather sole or a rubber sole but they must not be black because that's too formal. Instead, go with brown tones or tans but you can also venture into green, maybe off-white, or dark burgundy red At the end of the day, it's your call. Personally, I'd always urge you to get a little bit more formal within the smart casual dress code because that way, you always look dapper and properly attired. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Want to stay updated? Sign up here for free: https://gentl.mn/2pSiXbQ --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Gentleman's Gazette https://www.gentlemansgazette.com/ https://gentl.mn/2IhkChQ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gentlemansgazette EBOOK: https://gentl.mn/2pSiXbQ
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My opion toward Smart casual is a bit different with you. Personally, there is a wide range of outfits with regard to Smart Casual. This dresscode can be anything, except those formal daywear/evening wear - such as black tie, white tie, morning suit, etc - those formal looks for work enviroment - business attire or semi formal - those extremly casual look with t shirt, short and slices. In conclusion, any outfit with animated and bold look properly is Smart Casual. For instant, A navy suit, a light pink dress shirt, bold pattern tie, paisley pocket square, dark brown oxford shoes with a red shoes lace, wrists, this ensemble is smart casual.
Alicia Graham (12 days ago)
I don’t understand how a “dress shirt” is part of “smart casual”. “Dress shirt” means you are dressed up. This is so confusing!
Thom Al (2 months ago)
Employers put their workers on contracts as casual as possible so that demands I dress as casual as possible. 5:30 - too geeky. 8:18 I avoid Oxfords even for formal wear because they lack character. 9:01 Nice.
turip raya (2 months ago)
its boring
knpstrr (6 months ago)
What do you wear around the house?
mutahhar jalal (6 months ago)
you SHOULD wear tshirts if you have a good physique. gotta show them guns
Glen Converse (6 months ago)
There’s shirt you’re wearing in this video bothers me because of the opening at the upper chest. I think it just looks sloppy. Of course I know the top buttons are not to be buttoned but in this case and many others I’ve seen in your videos that aspect bothers me. Please understand this comment comes from a complete sartorial hobbyist. By the way I really enjoy and learn a lot from your videos thank you so much!!
Cory D (6 months ago)
that green coat is just atrocious!...don't get me wrong love your channel but just my opinion.
Leah Levine (6 months ago)
Dapper Dan reminds me of the actor in "Person of Interest " he's a daper man
BlessMyStars (7 months ago)
What is a channel called the Gentleman's Gazette doing citing Urban Dictionary? I'm pretty sure that extreme profanity and inaccurate information are not considered very gentlemanlike.
cyber_punk 02 (7 months ago)
Would a flat cap/tweed cap go well with the smart casual look? I like this style and also really like flat caps.
blackflag nation (7 months ago)
Dark denim, brogues, a button down and a blazer is smart casual
Lonely Planet (7 months ago)
You saved my day. I was too confused what to wear.
Chang Ming Lock (7 months ago)
are polo t shirts n shorts acceptable for smart casual?
Sapper T (7 months ago)
Thank you .. That was very helpful. Now I am watching the rest of your videos ..
H Marks (8 months ago)
3:50 those olive shoes get me every time, where can I get them?
SmartyYang 2016 (8 months ago)
Dress shirt + jeans?
Paul Wright (9 months ago)
Could you talk to about dressing in hot climes? I live on the west coast of Florida and it's hot. Really hot. All the time. Cheers.
NICK DUFFY (9 months ago)
Classic black chinos white weave shirt black blazer it looks good clean and sharp
oreosaysb00 (9 months ago)
Can you wear shorts?
Hepatitis D (10 months ago)
Daaaaamn my dude Raphael is looking mad thicc in those chinos
Ches Smith (10 months ago)
Hi Sven, I love the videos. I start a new job on Monday as a Health and Safety Advisor for a company here in the UK. The dress code is Smart Casual. I'm a bit worried about getting it wrong on the first day so i'm thinking of dressing up and wearing a suit until I can gauge what everyone else wears. I feel more comfortable dressing up than dressing down so I may end up wearing a suit every day. Any advice would be great. Thanks Ches
Stephen Arellano (11 months ago)
Why the hell did my school say that smart casual consists of slacks and black dress shoes
Alem Bess (11 months ago)
Thank you for rescuing me. I got an event invitation that specified smart casual. Because you "felt" my "pain", you were able to save me from what would have been a fashion disaster.
Edward Williams (11 months ago)
Nice!
2012lel2012 (1 year ago)
Sven, what do you think of five pocket khakis?
anythingbutpriscilla (1 year ago)
What style should professors wear?
TheMadMarcellos (1 year ago)
no jeans????
Ryan Zagi (1 year ago)
can i use sweater vest for this style ?
Floro (1 year ago)
What about lederhosen?
Timothy Raison (1 year ago)
I think you got it wrong here mate. Wearing a daggy beige cardy for smart casual? I don't think so. Plus, jeans aren't strictly a no-no. They can be paired with a sport coat to great affect. Love your videos usually, but I think you missed the mark on this one.
Commenting Account (1 year ago)
I haven't worn polo shirts since I was elementary school, but I'm potentially considering them so that I can look more 'dressy' within casual settings---settings within which a suit would be too formal. What do others think about polo shirts? If others think they're too preppy or cheesy, then what about softer, more drape-y polo shirts?
Lukas Vik (1 year ago)
you could probably embarras yourselves by dressing up
Cesar Saucedo (1 year ago)
Sorry but that cardigan looks a bit sloppy, nice combination though...
John Paul Roman (1 year ago)
Anytime I watch one of these videos, i'm constantly reminded i need to step up my sock game. This guy is on a whole other level and we all need to catch up.
What is your opinion on the guayabera
maccollectorZ (1 year ago)
Unrelated... but, Sven: can one pair a thin pinstripe suit jacket with light pants (gray/beige)?
flyerbluedog (1 year ago)
Upscale Resort is the idea I form in my mind, like Bermuda shorts and canvas boating shoes, Marinière with neckerchief, or Cricket sweater over white Polo shirt for Summer ; Duffle-coat, scarf and leather gloves over corduroy pants and leather hiking boots with shawl collar sweater and cravat for Winter. And Mr Schneider, teasing your viewers with your flesh may be funny, but wayyy too casual... Hahaha! Cheers!
Murad Mubin (1 year ago)
Fitted black jeans are fine always. And when the situation allows, the right pair of dark sneakers are fine too
Daniel Thursfield (1 year ago)
I don't know what to say after watching this, thought it would be a good source of inspiration. Correct size would be good, everything looks like you should wear a few sizes smaller for it to look proper. Maybe it's just me not agreeing with your style though, feels very American for me as a European.
El Catrin C (1 year ago)
Well, the sumer is coming again, so how about a Guayabera guide ¿?
Cyrill Ibrahim (1 year ago)
Great advice! I completely agree with adding colours to the accessories for a great casual look.!
Emajossch (1 year ago)
Unrelated, but I've got a question for you Sven, or anyone else. What are the rules about wearing a watch? What kind of shirt cuffs? I can't wear it to black tie events, correct? Anything else? Thanks a bunch
Imperial Guard (1 year ago)
Boat shoes... grandad shoes
stanislas millet (1 year ago)
Hey Raphael ! I would like to know what are your thoughts on streetwear , such as brands like supreme , palace , bape....etc. As a young man trying to become more stylish , I'm still surrounded by this "street-style". What are your thoughts ? Thanks a lot for inspiring me to become a gentleman :) Greetings Stanislas Millet
Maria das Santos (1 year ago)
I am 60 years old,I work on the roads and when I attempt to wear these outfits I look even older.What am I doing wrong.
Bekhruzbek Ochilov (1 year ago)
Hello Sven, I have an important question for you. I am planning to attend the Viennese Ball next year and gathering the pieces for the white tie dress code. I already have black formal shoes, but those are double monk straps (solid black, captoe). Can those be considered appropriate for white/black tie events? If not, can I wear black brogues? I just personally do not like black oxfords without broguing.
William Albert (1 year ago)
Love that green duffle coat!
Karolinska (1 year ago)
As a Swede, 10°C is to warm to wear anything other than shirt snd tie.
Thomas Richardson (1 year ago)
I know this is a topic that we could all debate for days, but my take: Agrees keep the shoes smart, sneakers are too casual for me coloured accessories and socks chinos Disagrees jeans with a good fit, such as slimmer fit are good for smart casual white shirt with jeans is decent smart casual T-shirt and blazer combo, if properly done, looks pretty decent polos are too casual for me, though i don't like polos at all so maybe that's my bias.
Sami Faheem (1 year ago)
Video on dress shoes?
every outfit in this video is just perfect!
Robb Gregor Richard (1 year ago)
Hi! Thank you for this good video. Like you seem to say, the level of casual depends on the dress code in the workplace. At my place, I am wearing what you call "smart casual". The rules that I break: wearing a unicolor blue or white office shirt, a tie and black shoes (if it fits with the rest). I also stay away from bright colors, as it is a workplace. Still, I overdress my colleagues, who use to wear hooded sweaters and jeans. But I don't want to overdress too much with a suit (except for special events).
Paul Lin (1 year ago)
The background drum music drove me crazy.
kacper oleszko (1 year ago)
Question to our wonderful community: Is a tuxedo still unformal evening wear or semi-formal evening wear? I am a but confused, because my dressing up mind is still in 30s.
1psplegend (1 year ago)
Last Friday, I had a “Smart-Casual” Cricket Wind Up Event/Dinner I wore navy chinos, and a navy Ralph Lauren Polo While some of my teammate had full suits and others had casual business clothing
Warren Henning (1 year ago)
I work at a startup and smart casual is my jam! Not looking like a tech bro is important to me, but I don't want to look like I just came from an interview at an investment bank.
Mark B (17 days ago)
Smart casual is my go to look too. On my first day working in investment banking my boss told me to lose the tie. I didn't see anyone in a full suit there.
Thomas Richardson (1 year ago)
100% yes
Eye Heart Sushi (1 year ago)
One day I will own the tie at 6:15 😉
Eye Heart Sushi (1 year ago)
Thomas Richardson Oh, they most certainly do! I might ask for it as a Christmas present 😉
Thomas Richardson (1 year ago)
It's super nice! maybe they have it on his website? :)
LeMale (1 year ago)
Genuinely chuffed to see another video by Gentlema's Gazette. Good advice, I will, however, say that may be the ascot tie is a bit over the top for smart casual, but then again, every one has a different interpretation.
Kevin Long (1 year ago)
What are those split toe derbies that he has?
Callum Fowler (1 year ago)
I prayed and god answered._ I have been waiting for this video.
Brian Olsen (1 year ago)
LOL referencing urban dictionary
Israel Towers (1 year ago)
What's the name of the intro music?
CatatonicBug (1 year ago)
You mention that you avoid short-sleeved dress shirts for smart casual. What about Tommy Bahama or similar styles? What about an-tucked short-sleeved button-down like an OCBD?
Tal 3 (1 year ago)
My favorite style is smart casual
Tal 3 (1 year ago)
Would disagree dark jeans with nice quality leather shoes or boots with a nice shirt and jacket
Steven Garcia (1 year ago)
Sven: Can knit ties work with smart casual?
qarhsi (1 year ago)
Yeap! They are the dress down ties. Can be worn everywhere that doesn't call for a serious/formal event
Thomas Richardson (1 year ago)
I reckon so, they can have a really playful look about them
Steven Garcia (1 year ago)
Awesome video. So applicable!
M LH (1 year ago)
Hoodie and dress shirt? That indeed sounds funny
Thomas Richardson (1 year ago)
i've seen it before, not a good look!
Luke Scott (1 year ago)
Thanks for this amazing video. Can you make a video on prom suites and how to match a suite to a dress.
Philippe Bucher (1 year ago)
Well my go to outfit consists of a roll neck, jeans and Chelsea Boots or minimalistic sneakers and I personally would describe this as smart casual since you can always dress it up by wearing a sports jacket or another smart jacket.
DANTHEMAN NERF (1 year ago)
What do u have against short sleeve dress shirts
DANTHEMAN NERF (1 year ago)
Sorry meant casual short sleeve button downs
Riz Kler (1 year ago)
Hi Sven great vid again. This Saturday I have a school reunion with an evening dinner and going out afterwards. I'm deciding between a black suit with a blue/black plain/paisley tie and black Oxfords or a designer blue Versace suit with a blue Versace tie and Gucci loafers, what would you suggest? I also have a dinner shirt with a black/white bow tie but I've currently ruled that out though last Saturday night I saw a couple of dinner suites with bow ties??
Gerry Gallagher (1 year ago)
another super detailed video lad.
Ewan Wilson (1 year ago)
This really breaks the confusion about smart casual. Super helpful. Thanks Sven.
ryan warners (1 year ago)
I like the way you make your videos, but I don't like your style
Sanna (1 year ago)
2:49 black dress shoes with bright socks?
Mr. Beetleman (1 year ago)
Great video! 4:55 killed me 😂
Kostas Tachtatzis (1 year ago)
Hey konstantin from Greece. Could you please give me a link about your saxophone cover intro of your videos.
Richard Ojeda (1 year ago)
You should make a video showing off your personal wardrobe.
MrMarbles (1 year ago)
I'd like a compilation video of you just saying "dapper"
andrew woodley-page (1 year ago)
excellent video Raphael. what brand are the spectators you wear in this video?
anythingbutpriscilla (1 year ago)
One of my favorites! Do you think smart casual is the best attire for graduate students?
Thomas Richardson (1 year ago)
100% yes. im a grad student, and when i see other grads in smart casual it just screams that they're taking their shit seriously. I don't like the "crazy genius who looks like a mess" look!
Nero F (1 year ago)
4:58 caught me off guard 🤣
Kyle Mollard (1 year ago)
Thank you so much for this video. Always loved your content, but can't always afford all the suggestions xD - one day. This has been the most relatable video as my work events ALWAYS have smart casual. Few truly follow it unfortunately, following more of a business/semi formal dress code...maybe because the majority also didn't know what to make of smart casual dress haha. Thanks!
Clint Weathers (1 year ago)
0:25 the fashion industry is a world of schizoids.
Thomas Richardson (1 year ago)
tbh I see there as 2 fashion insutries: the arty side and the dress side. The dress side is stuff people actually wear, the arty side is just for runways and shows and is more akin to performance art and dress up. I tink you
samuraiguy777 (1 year ago)
Another stellar video! I can't wait for more socks to be made available. Quality takes time!
qarhsi (1 year ago)
i think the right, dark pair of jeans done properly, say with a patterned dress shirt and a sport coat and appropriate leather shoes easily takes the title of "smart casual". but i guess, you are gonna disagree with me on this too LOL! just like how i think your current outfit is a tad below the smart casual level.
James Swingland (1 year ago)
Agreed. Just stay away from faded jeans, or ripped jeans etc. Even lighter colours could probably work if the colours all work together well (though I would definitely stay away from a light blue denim myself).
Murad Mubin (1 year ago)
I agree. Well fitted black or dark blue jeans are defo smart casual. In some settings, dark sneakers or pumps may be more appropriate than leather shoes
Thomas Richardson (1 year ago)
I'm mid twenties, so a pair of slim/skinny jeans can look very smart casual paired up with the right shirt
ethangillese (1 year ago)
Thanks for the video! It was spectacular! Can you cover casual elegance next time?
Alisher Khodjaniyazov (1 year ago)
Ahah, you shouldn't take urban dictionary seriously. It is made to be sarcastic and poke fun of urban interpretations of words. Great video however!
Armani Nguon (1 year ago)
I love chinos! And my cardigan.
Reilly Knorr (1 year ago)
"If it was colder outside," he says after Minneapolis just got hit with a snowstorm in April...
how about spats? can you wear them on this days?
Piotr Królikiewicz (1 year ago)
Dress shirt with hoodie - always in my school i can find at least one guy doing it :D
kacper oleszko (1 year ago)
Piotr Królikiewicz Niestety... Takie czasy Panie Piotrze...
Vanshaj Khera Music (1 year ago)
Your videos are so helpful. Love from India ❤️
Topi Tuominen (1 year ago)
this is the best men's fashion youtube channel for every men hands down!!
Jamesthacoolcat99 (1 year ago)
Agreed. Best youtube for mens style if you like classic/ traditional clothing
Topi Tuominen (1 year ago)
CHADE oh okay i like him too but i prefer gentleman's gazette over him
CHADE (1 year ago)
Alpha M. This guy has some nice outfits but his look on a lot of other styles is out dated . Alpha M is the best channel for men fashion hands down .
Topi Tuominen (1 year ago)
CHADE thats okay if you disagree but i would like you to name channels that you think are better and why?
CHADE (1 year ago)
Topi Tuominen not even close
Arthur L (1 year ago)
As always, perfectly put together video, a love to watch ! I have had a question for a very long time and wanted to ask you about it, maybe you know some magic trick: I usually find it difficult to put on over the calf socks because they block my pants around the knee area, even though I'm quite a slim guy. Did you find this to be a problem and if so, how do you deal with it? Many thanks for your videos and your overall work. Salutations françaises !
Lycosa (1 year ago)
Yep, I'd wear sneakers with smart casual outfits too, as long as the outfit is on the more casual side. ESPECIALLY leather sneakers, or high quality/minimalist sneakers. Such as Common Projects Achilles in White. But once again, thanks for this great video.
DeJuan McGuire (1 year ago)
Great topic! This is what I wear almost every day. I also wear smart casual to work, as I work in a casual, fabrication shop setting in a small city. I am always looking for ways to dress up a bit without being too formal and alienating my co-workers.
Thomas Richardson (1 year ago)
omg same! I love formal wear but also getting a bit casual-creative with it, though I struggle because none of my coworkers do this so i don't want to look overdressed
yazan sweiss (1 year ago)
Actually I was confused , there is Business casual, smart casual, dressy casual & casual chic I can see that they are all almost the same Can you differentiate between them ?
Gentleman's Gazette (1 year ago)
Yes, checkout the guide on business casual here https://www.gentlemansgazette.com/business-casual-men-attire/?utm_campaign=social-lead-gen&utm_medium=video&utm_source=youtube&utm_content=smart-casual-men&utm_term=youtube-description
Ant Man (1 year ago)
your bookshelves have some interesting titles, especially the ones titled "Versailles" and "I am dandy", I'd love to know if the Congo Dandies are mentioned.

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