PLAY IT SMART

STUMPED BY SMART CA­SUAL? DI­RECT THE DRESS CODE WITH BUSI­NESS ON THE BOT­TOM, PARTY AT THE TOP

The Observer - - WEEKEND | CLOSET - WORDS: AM­BER MACPHERSON

Christ­mas par­ties, New Year’s and week­ends away – at this time of year, so­cial cal­en­dars fill up with sum­mer cel­e­bra­tions.

Along with fes­tive func­tions comes the am­bigu­ous “smart ca­sual” dress code, a term that can be per­plex­ing for women and be­wil­der­ing to men.

Taro­cash head of prod­uct Vic­to­ria Chum­b­ley-Weiss agrees the at­tire stan­dard for males can be con­fus­ing, but it’s no rea­son to re­think your RSVP.

“This is of­ten tricky to de­fine. It re­quires thought to co-or­di­nate the look,” Vic­to­ria says.

“It’s the mix­ing of tai­lored and re­laxed pieces in a way that still looks smart but not stuffy or for­mal.”

Vic­to­ria says to start by con­sid­er­ing the venue and check out what’s on trend.

Men’s fash­ion this sea­son is all about prints and flo­rals, so opt for a straight pant and fun shirt to help bal­ance the style equa­tion.

“The lo­ca­tion can help to de­cide the dress code,” Vic­to­ria says. “I would sug­gest al­ways to aim for the smarter side, opt­ing for a well-ironed col­lared shirt rather than a tee, a pair of lace-up shoes in­stead of train­ers, a tai­lored chino in­stead of jeans.

“Flo­ral shirts are one of the big­gest trends for sum­mer. “If he wants to do a pop of colour or pat­tern, choose one piece, not both, other­wise there could be a risk to look gar­ish.

“Start­ing with a neu­tral base and adding in ex­tra de­tails can help you con­struct an out­fit that’s both stylish and laid­back.

“Neu­trals are al­ways the safest op­tion, (such as) sand, navy with tan or choco­late ac­ces­sories, but the shirt can be the pop of ex­cite­ment.”

If the tem­per­a­ture is ex­pected to rise, Vic­to­ria rec­om­mends a breath­able ma­te­rial on top and smart shorts be­low.

“Linen is a great cool fab­ric for sum­mer and still looks dressy in a tai­lored piece,” she says.

“The chino short can also be a con­tender for a smart ca­sual look, teamed with a crisp long sleeve shirt and re­laxed rolled up sleeve.”

For those at­tached to their tees and denim, this com­bi­na­tion can make the smart ca­sual mark if it’s dressed up.

“For some­thing a lit­tle more in­for­mal, the hum­ble T-shirt can cut it but must be paired with a smart tai­lored blazer and neat chi­nos,” Vic­to­ria says.

“You could also get away with jeans, but they must be dark and clean.”

As for shoes, neu­tral loafers with a del­i­cate lace-up de­tail al­ways look the part.

But it doesn’t have to be busi­ness all over – Vic­to­ria says rolling up trouser cuffs to re­veal some nov­elty socks is a cheeky way to add per­son­al­ity.

1. Taro­cash Navy Abby Road Slim Print Shirt, $89.99, and Navy Roo­sevelt Pant, $59.99, taro­cash.com.au

2. Taro­cash Nat­u­ral Cas­tro Linen Blend Blazer, $199.99, White An­to­nio Paisley Print Shirt, $89.99, and Sand Benny Stretch Five Pocket Chino Pant, $99.99, taro­cash.com.au

3. Sportscraft Short Sleeve Reg­u­lar Brench­ley Shirt, $99.99, and Hewett Short, $99.99, sportscraft.com.au

4. Taro­cash Pink El­liott Linen Blend Shirt, $89.99, taro­cash.com.au

5. SABA Hud­son Printed Shirt, $129, and Bax­ter Chino Pant, $149, saba.com.au

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