Love Affair Travels ~ Smart Casual

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Say anything in a British accent and it sounds pretty awesome. But when they talk about dressing “smart casual”, I die a little inside. I love this phraseology, so I’m definitely going to try and make fetch smart casual happen.

So what’s the secret to this look? I’d say it closely resembles business casual (but just sounds so much better). You want to still look polished and sharp, but you can relax a few of the elements of your outfit.

For the ladies:  Dress? Style it down with a flat shoe.  Crop pants? Dress it up with a blazer and heels.

And for the gents:  Jacket? Wear it with slacks and leave the tie at home.  Tie? Try pairing it with a vest.

I was instructed to wear smart casual to brunch at the Hurlingham Club in London on the afternoon following the wedding. Since my luggage was still missing, I had a limited shoe selection, but I managed to pick up this great snakeskin dress from Banana Republic for the occasion.

Love Affair Travels :: Smart Casual in London

Love Affair Travels :: Smart Casual in London

Love Affair Travels :: Smart Casual in London

Love Affair Travels :: Smart Casual in London

Love Affair Travels :: Smart Casual in London

Love Affair Travels :: Smart Casual in London

Love Affair Travels :: Smart Casual in London

Smart? Check. Casual? Check. Who else wants to make this part of their sartorial vernacular?

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Dress :: Banana Republic (same dress, different print)
Sandals :: Aldo
Bag :: Michael Kors (loving this)
Sunglasses :: Ray Ban
Bracelets :: Lizzibeth and Tiffany & Co.
Watch :: Michael Kors (cute option)

7 Comments

  • Reply August 19, 2014

    New England Prep

    Oh no! I’m so sorry that your luggage is missing. I love the outfit that you pulled together.

    • Reply August 19, 2014

      Elena Michelle

      thank you!! I’m always up for a good fashion challenge :)

  • Reply August 19, 2014

    Leah Vukmir

    Lost luggage brings new meaning to the words ‘wardrobe malfunction!’ Nice recovery with the snakeskin print dress!

    • Reply August 19, 2014

      Elena Michelle

      Hahah I see what you did there…

      I thought you’d like this dress :) … you can borrow it next time I’m home!

  • Reply August 20, 2014

    Katie

    Love this dress — so cute!! You have great style

    <3 katie

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    • Reply August 20, 2014

      Elena Michelle

      Thanks Katie!! So glad you stopped by. XOXO

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