Wearing smart/casual for a weekend lunch date

Blonde Girl, Katie Heath wearing L.K.Bennett Tweed Jacket, Jacques Vert white top, Paint splattered jeans, Gold wedges and reflective sunglasses in London for a smart/casual look

We’ve all been there. Your date invites you out to a lovely lunch at the weekend and you ask what he’ll be wearing ‘Ah, I don’t know, smart casual?’ those two little words that we dread to hear. 

Seriously though, what is smart casual? In my personal opinion, there is a huge range of outfit combinations that smart casual covers. Sometimes, a dress is appropriate, sometimes trousers and a top and sometimes, like this occasion, it’s ok to wear jeans.

Blonde Girl, Katie Heath wearing L.K.Bennett Tweed Jacket, Jacques Vert white top, Paint splattered jeans, Gold wedges and reflective sunglasses in London for a smart/casual look

Blonde Girl, Katie Heath wearing L.K.Bennett Tweed Jacket, Jacques Vert white top, Paint splattered jeans, Gold wedges and reflective sunglasses in London for a smart/casual look

Jacket – L.K.Bennett (similar) | Top – Jacques Vert | Jeans – Zara (similar) | Wedges – Office (similar) | Bag – Charles Clinkard | Sunglasses – Choies

It’s even ok to sometimes wear paint splattered, ripped jeans. I think the key to smartening up jeans is to pair them with luxurious fabrics. The white top with satin detail that I’m wearing here is from Jacques Vert, topped with a tweed style jacket from L.K.Bennett the fabrics compliment each other perfectly.

Blonde Girl, Katie Heath wearing L.K.Bennett Tweed Jacket, Jacques Vert white top, Paint splattered jeans, Gold wedges and reflective sunglasses in London for a smart/casual look

Blonde Girl, Katie Heath wearing L.K.Bennett Tweed Jacket, Jacques Vert white top, Paint splattered jeans, Gold wedges and reflective sunglasses in London for a smart/casual look

Blonde Girl, Katie Heath wearing L.K.Bennett Tweed Jacket, Jacques Vert white top, Paint splattered jeans, Gold wedges and reflective sunglasses in London for a smart/casual look

Blonde Girl, Katie Heath wearing L.K.Bennett Tweed Jacket, Jacques Vert white top, Paint splattered jeans, Gold wedges and reflective sunglasses in London for a smart/casual look

Mix in some metallic shades, a pair wedges and bag and, more notably, these rose gold reflective sunglasses that I’ve dug back out of last years draw, and you’ve polished the look off. I’ve seen so many reflective sunnies online this summer and have about four pairs that I will definitely be buying. I love the style because they’re anonymous, you can hide behind them and while people are guaranteed to look at you if you’re wearing them (I mean come on, you’re probably reflecting the entire sun back at them) they hide your face more than you realise, because people are distracted by the reflection.

Smart casual doesn’t have to be scary. Actually it’s possibly one of my favourite dress codes because it allows you the flexibility to interpret it how you will.

Blonde Girl, Katie Heath wearing L.K.Bennett Tweed Jacket, Jacques Vert white top, Paint splattered jeans, Gold wedges and reflective sunglasses in London for a smart/casual look

Blonde Girl, Katie Heath wearing L.K.Bennett Tweed Jacket, Jacques Vert white top, Paint splattered jeans, Gold wedges and reflective sunglasses in London for a smart/casual look

Blonde Girl, Katie Heath wearing L.K.Bennett Tweed Jacket, Jacques Vert white top, Paint splattered jeans, Gold wedges and reflective sunglasses in London for a smart/casual look

How do you do smart/casual?

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