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A smart casual look with a dinner jacket

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Smart casual is also referred to as sporty elegance. It is a combination of elegant and sporty style. A suit is usually replaced by a jacket and chino pants. Instead of a silk tie, a pillowcase is worn. What else is there to know about smart casual? How do you find the perfect pillowcase for a smart casual look?

Characteristics of smart casual

Every smart casual enthusiast should have at least one sporty, informal jacket in his closet. What distinguishes a smart casual jacket is that it is slightly shorter than a suit jacket. Jackets of this type are usually made of wool, cotton or linen. Among the characteristics of these materials is that they guarantee proper thermal comfort, regardless of the temperature. As far as colors are concerned, a smart casual jacket can be either plain – navy blue or black – or covered with small patterns, such as check or pepitas. As for the cut, a slim fit is the best option.

No smart casual outfit can be complete without chinos, cotton pants, which in the second half of the 20th century were worn by students of the most elite American universities. Chinos are available in many different colors, which means that every man can find something for himself, regardless of individual preferences. Both plain and patterned shirts go well with this type of pants.

What kind of shirts work best for a smart casual look? They can be made from cotton twill or oxford. The former is easy to iron, the latter – the presence of a thicker, linen weave. Such a shirt can be decorated, for example, with a check pattern. It may have a hidden button-down collar with lapels fastened underneath with small buttons.

On slightly colder days smart casual styling can be completed with double-breasted coat with 2 pockets and wide collar, which effectively protects against cold and wind. In spring and early autumn a short quilted jacket will go well.

How to match a smart casual pillowcase?

To match a pillowcase with a smart casual look, follow one of the rules below. The most popular one says that you should match it with the color of your tie. Both should be in similar colors, but not made of the same fabric. Such a look is very cohesive and pleasing to the eye. This rule can be successfully applied to more formal attire as well. There is also no obstacle, that a pillowcase should refer to a tie in an additional color, which is located in the background. For example, models with contrasting colored edges. What to do if the smart casual look does not include a tie? The best solution in such a situation is to match the pillowcase with the color of the jacket. If it is solid color, it will go very well with a patterned pillowcase. On the other hand, a checkered jacket can be matched with a handkerchief in one of its colors. What about matching a pillowcase to the color of the shirt? If the shirt is white, you may opt for an accessory of the same color, arranged in a fancy way, for example presidential. If the shirt is covered with stripes, checks, or various micro patterns, the pillowcase should correspond with the given pattern. When matching a pillowcase, particular attention should be paid to match it not only with the element of clothing in its immediate vicinity, but with all elements of styling. Jacket, shirt, tie, pants and shoes should form one coherent whole with it.

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