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10th May 2019

Trend Edit: Smart Or Casual

Suit £695, slim-fit striped shirt £89 & Derby shoes £319 all Boss

It’s the dress code that’s guaranteed to confuse … but what exactly does smart casual mean? 

Whether it’s an informal wedding or a summer garden party, “smart casual” is more often than not the directed dress code … but does that mean you veer towards casual or play it safe and go smart? Some interpret the term as meaning they can wear what they like, while others will turn up feeling a little overdressed.

Slim-fit jacket £369, Italian cotton and linen blend shirt £119, relaxed fit trousers £149 all Boss.


The definition of both “smart” and “casual” are quite different – one calls for a suit and tie while the other suggests comfy jeans and a favourite T-shirt. So, is it casually smart or smartly casual?

The easiest way to get it right is to plump for a selection of wear-anywhere basics and then add a final flourish with your choice of accessories. A blazer or sports jacket should be your starting point as this is the easiest way to take any casual outfit over the smart threshold, adding an instant dash of style.

Striped cardigan £169 Italian cotton and linen blend shirt £119, cropped trousers £219 all Boss.

Invest in a great pair of brogues or loafers in suede or leather – they work with a suit, a pair of chinos or designer denims and add an air of English eccentricity. Feel free to leave the tie in your wardrobe and instead opt for an open collared shirt teamed with a plain jumper or cardigan for a preppy feel.



Extra slim-fit blazer £369, turtle neck jumper £269, relaxed fit chinos £169 & shoes £299 all Boss

For that big summer wedding it’s essential to get the look right, whether you’re the groom or guest, so ensure you’re the best dressed with a personal shopping appointment with one of the suit specialists at BOSS.

Renowned for its expertise and impeccable tailoring, BOSS boasts an impressive range of on-trend separates and suiting for even the most sartorial needs. From initial consultation to final fitting, the personal shopping team will guide you through the best options for your big day. And as the perfect finishing touch, you can select complimentary personalisation* across shirts, ties and pocket squares to make your outfit as memorable as the event itself.

You’ll find BOSS at Level 2, The Mailbox, or call 0121 632 6010 for further information and to book an appointment.

*Offer valid until 31st May 2019. Not available at BOSS Outlet or Airport Stores. Personalisation only valid when purchasing your full outfit at your personal shopping appointment. Personalisation only valid on BOSS pocket squares, ties and shirts. HUGO BOSS reserves the rights to exclude products made out of materials not suitable for embroidery and cannot accept personalised products for exchange or refund. This does not affect your statutory rights.

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