Dressing Up and Getting Down

Language is a code, and if we have the key, we have perfect understanding.

But when someone says to you that the dress code for a party is ‘smart casual’, what does that mean?

No, seriously, what does ‘smart casual’ mean to you?

Here’s some supplementary information:

  • It is the hostesses birthday party
  • The venue is in a smart room
  • In a palace
  • The hostess has picked out a LBD

Even taking the ‘smart room’ and ‘palace’ out of the equation, for a moment, if the hostess has picked out a LBD, what the hell is ‘smart casual’?

I have spent the last few hours looking at my dinner suit/dress shirt.

I know it isn’t ‘casual’, but it is ‘smart’.

Jesus, why is this so difficult?

I bought a new pair of ‘smart casual’ trousers on Saturday, and wore them out to dinner last night.

I looked like someone who worked in Carphone Warehouse.

Smart casual?

Help me, Obi Wan Kenobi, you are my only hope.

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10 Responses to Dressing Up and Getting Down

  1. Masher says:

    Dunno about Obi Wan… Gok Wan may be a better option.

    Smart casual: black trousers; white long-sleeved shirt with sleeves rolled up to the elbow, no tie; shiny shoes; clean pants; nice smile.


  2. LofRede says:

    I’m with masher, trousers and shirt, no tie. Take a jacket if you’re not sure. Or suit with a funky t shirt if that’s your wont

  3. Redbookish says:

    Linen suit? It’s almost summer after all … But not navy blue, stone/ natural, with open necked shirt.

    • Brennig says:

      Stone/Natural with a white cotton shirt? I could do that without spending any extra cash!

      • Redbookish says:

        Well, I’m a bit biased. Someone I rather liked did turn up for our first this-isn’t-really-a-date-we’re-just-seeing-an-exhibition-together in a stone coloured linen suit and rather smart tan pointy toed brogues. I don’t normally do the pointy toed look on a real man, but these were nice . Oh dear unrequited lust is a bugger isn’t it. Still he did make the effort and the suit was just right. Later #notreallyadate dinners were dress down Friday attire. But make sure it’s real inn (I can tell at 10 paces if it’s not) as if your hostess is in a LBD, it’ll be cool, but smart.

        Have a great time — sounds like it’ll be a fun party!