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Smart Casual Dress Code

Evening For Him

(UK and Commonwealth)
     

Headwear

Hats are not normally worn

Jacket

Any Jacket
If desired.
Avoid Denim.
Designer Jacket

Top

Shirt
Collared.

Generally the safest option.
Polo Shirt or Tennis Shirt
Or similar collared top.
Fashionable Top
Avoid slogans and logos.
Jumper
Knit-Shirt
Sweater
Avoid slogans and logos.
Cardigan
T-Shirt
T-shirts should probably be avoided for most occasions as they do not have a collar which is normally one of the defining features of 'smart' dress, but can look smart, for example if worn with a jacket.

Bottom

Designer Trousers
With or without matching jacket.
Avoid wearing two different patterns for the trousers and jacket - plain goes with anything.
Dockers
Or similar.
Trousers
Chinos
Fashion Jeans
Not suitable for all occasions. If in doubt avoid.

Always wear very smart or fashionable ones, if at all, and always in good condition.

Ankles

Dark Socks
Can't go wrong with black.

Footwear

Shoes
Deck Shoes
Moccasins
Boots
Normally black or brown.

Coat

Coat
If weather requires.

Accessories

Watch
If desired.
Rings
A wedding or engagement ring is always allowed.
Neck Chain
If normally worn.
Earring
If normally worn.

Notes

In General
Wear something smart, comfortable, and inoffensive.

Dress Code Variants

"Spiffy" Casual
Spiffy Casual is derived from the term Spiffy, meaning cool, neat, unique, or interesting and has it's (sometimes ironic) origins in the archaic English exclamation 'Spiffing!'.

This suggests that one should dress up but keep it modern and trendy. A designer suit with a black shirt with or without tie or even something more creative such as mixing a T-Shirt with the suit, or wearing a very fashionable or designer jacket are all good. A lady might also want to consider a cocktail dress.

As always consider the event your are going to and who you are going to be there with.