Smart Casual Dress Code | For the Under 25’s

smart casual dress code

Smart Casual Dress Code | For the under 25’s

This week’s community question is from a young lady who I had the pleasure of coaching recently regarding the rules of a Smart Casual Dress Code.

Following her attendance on the course, she has been updating her wardrobe in accordance with the ‘Stylish Dress Codes’ module and requires some clarification on the appropriateness of mini dresses for a ‘smart casual’ dress code.

First, I would like to clarify that an essential aspect of this dress code is that sportswear, including trainers, shouldn’t be worn, and traditionally denim shouldn’t be either.

However, nowadays, smart denim may be permitted, but I recommend that you check with either the host if you are attending a private event or the venue you are visiting (often, the dress policy is stated on their website)

With regards to the length of a dress, there are no specific etiquette rules, and so it really comes down to using judgment as to the suitability of the outfit; for example, if you are attending a summer barbeque, then you could pair a summer mini dress with a cute pair of ballet flats or espadrilles.

Another factor that should be considered is whether the event is being held in the country or the city; the former requires a more relaxed approach, whereas the latter calls for a little more formality.

Informal ‘smart casual’, suitable for a garden event or the country
Formal ‘smart casual’, suitable for an event in the city

The most important points to consider for all locations are as follows:

  • The outfit fits well
  • The material is suitable for the time of day and the season
  • It’s respectful to the age group 
  • It shows regard for the type of event/occasion

And finally, do remember to keep your knees and ankles together when sitting, as well as taking extra care when you enter and exit a car, ensuring you avoid the dreaded paparazzi photo!



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