Have you ever been confused by these terms in an invitation: "Business casual" and "smart casual"? I did, especially for men's wear. For women it's easier to define the difference but for men it's a whole different story.
Here's what I learnt from my experience in fashion industry and from the top stylists for men's wear all over the world:
- Business casual usually means full suit with button up shirt and without a tie.
In the summer, business casual dress code also means you can wear a cotton suit which the most casual fabrication for a slack of suit. That's why you can add a tie to make it more "business".
Now, let's talk about "Smart Casual". I like to talk about this more because it fits better with the "lay-back dress" culture of San Francisco.
Smart casual usually means a suit or blazer with a button up shirt and dark denim. That's the original look for "Smart Casual". However, depend on the place that you're at or the occasion, the "Smart Casual" can be flexible. Here are some varieties of this look:
BVH is my full name in Vietnamese order: Bui Viet Ha. Left behind a successful entertainment career in Vietnam, I moved to San Francisco 3 years ago to follow my dream about fashion at FIDM. That's pretty much about me: Dare to dream and make it happen.
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