Whether you're headed to happy hour with your colleagues, getting ready to enjoy a night out with your husband or on your way to a holiday party, you want to make sure your ensemble is smart and sophisticated, but still casual at the same time. Not sure if you can ace that look? Don't worry — it's simple! As long as you use our dos and don'ts checklist below.
An LBD is the easiest item to make any look either appear really dressy or more casual. If your event isn't too formal, pair your LBD with sensible shoes (like a kitten heel) and simple, non-glitzy jewelry.
If you want to appear instantly smart, always go for a blazer. And if you're simply going out on the weekend (no work or business meeting), a fitted, embellished jacket works just as well.
If you want to appear smart, yet still stand out, don't wear your most basic duds. Instead of that go-to plain gray or blue sweater or tee, go for a stunner that has fun detailing like stripes or a vibrant pattern.
A clutch may seem too formal and a cross-body bag too laid back, so when you're going for the smart casual look, test out a structured top-handle bag instead. So ladylike!
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