Smart-casual is between casual and business-casual in terms of formality. In contrast to the casual look, the T-shirt is exchanged for a shirt or high-quality knitted jumper. High-quality jeans or a nice pair of fabric trousers remain a suitable trouser choice. However, you should definitely avoid jeans with washed effects. The smart-casual look is usually worn with classic leather shoes, such as Oxford or Derby shoes in basic black or brown. In the summer, loafers are an absolute must-have. White trainers are also a good choice, depending on the style.
The business-casual look may sound as though it is very casual, but actually, it’s the business component that is dominant. Business-casual is a mix between a formal dress code and a casual, leisurely look. The look is professionally appropriate, yet laid-back. Compared with casual and smart-casual however, jeans are an absolute no-no and a shirt is obligatory. A blazer is also an essential part of the business-casual look. Oxfords, Derby shoes, or Chelsea boots in the winter, round off the business-casual style.
Business attire or business-formal
When it comes to business attire, including a business-formal dress code, a two-piece suit is unavoidable. While the business attire look permits colours such as brown or blue, the business formal look has less leeway. In this case, you should always opt for a very dark suit, ideally in black. In both cases, you should always wear a tie. In terms of footwear, a pair of black Derby or Oxford shoes is the best choice. These should be worn with shin-length socks.