Key Highlights

Embrace the smart-casual trend with these must-have pieces for a versatile and polished wardrobe.

  • Blazers & Sports Jacket: Elevate your look with a well-fitted blazer, perfect for client meetings or work events.

  • Knitwear: Stay stylish and comfortable with classic knitwear pieces like V-neck sweaters or half-zip pullovers.

  • Crisp Shirt: Curate a versatile collection of quality shirts in classic colors like white and blue, with pops of color or patterns for added flair.

  • Well-Fitted Trouser: Invest in classic cotton chinos in neutral tones like beige, navy, or grey for a polished yet relaxed vibe.

  • Dark Denim: A quality pair of dark denim jeans adds a timeless and casual edge to your smart casual ensemble.

  • Quality Pair of Shoes: Complete your look with well-made leather lace-ups, loafers, open-walkers, or classic trainers for versatility and style.

April 12, 2023

Must-Have Pieces for a Smart Casual Closet

In recent years, many have embraced the smart-casual wardrobe as their everyday style. The shift away from traditional suits and ties towards a more relaxed yet polished look has been widely embraced. This transition has not only maximized the versatility of existing wardrobes but has also opened up new possibilities for mixing and matching.

This trend is evident in both our physical stores and online platforms, where casual pieces have become customer favorites for their adaptability and ease of styling. The smart-casual aesthetic has now become the norm for office attire, offering a perfect balance between professionalism and comfort.

We believe there are several essential pieces that everyone should have in their wardrobe to master the smart-casual look.

Blazers & Sports Jacket

While the workplace attire has become more casual, maintaining a polished appearance, especially for client meetings, remains important. This is where the timeless appeal of a classic blazer comes into play. Whether it's a client meeting or a work event, a well-fitted blazer can elevate your look and boost your confidence.

There are numerous options when it comes to choosing a blazer. Opting for a classic plain navy one offers maximum versatility, allowing you to pair it with various outfits. Alternatively, if you're feeling more adventurous, you can explore bolder colors or patterns to make a statement. A blazer pairs seamlessly with different trouser options, including formal grey slacks, chinos, or even dark denim, offering endless possibilities for creating sophisticated yet stylish ensembles.


Knitwear has become a staple in many gentlemen's office wardrobes. A classic piece of knitwear complements formal trousers, chinos, or dark wash jeans effortlessly. With a plethora of styles available, it's essential to choose one that suits both your personal style and your working environment.

For a polished look, consider a V-neck or a half-zip sweater when wearing a shirt. These styles offer versatility, allowing you to wear a tie if needed or opt for a more casual appearance. Available in various colors and materials, we recommend choosing merino wool for its thermoregulating properties, lightweight feel, and durability, making it suitable for year-round wear. Alternatively, extra-soft cotton is perfect for warmer days, thanks to its breathability and soft texture.

If you're looking for a versatile option that bridges the gap between a blazer and knitwear, consider a Swacket. This hybrid piece has gained popularity among our staff and customers for its versatility and comfort.

A Crisp Shirt

A well-rounded wardrobe for every man should include a selection of quality shirts that seamlessly transition between formal and casual occasions. By curating a versatile collection of shirts, you can effortlessly refresh your look with minimal effort. While classic white and blue shirts are timeless essentials, we encourage adding pops of color and pattern to elevate your ensemble.

Consider incorporating shirts in shades like lilac or pink, as they complement a variety of outfits and add a touch of sophistication. Additionally, classic striped or checked patterns can introduce depth and complexity to an otherwise simple look.

For those who prefer sticking to traditional whites and blues, opt for shirts with unique details such as contrasting buttons or patterned inlays on the collar and cuffs. These subtle embellishments add visual interest to an otherwise understated shirt. When worn with a tie, these details remain discreet, resulting in a classic business look. However, when worn open-necked, the intricate details become visible, enhancing the shirt's versatility and appeal. Our customers have shown a strong preference for these shirts due to their versatility and elevated aesthetic compared to plain alternatives.

Well-Fitted Trouser

A well-fitted pair of men's trousers is a cornerstone of a smart-casual wardrobe. Opting for classic cotton chinos ensures a versatile and polished look that never fails to impress. Chinos seamlessly complement both formal and casual pieces, making them a go-to choice for various occasions.

To maximize versatility, consider investing in multiple pairs of chinos in different colors. Beige, navy, and grey are timeless options that effortlessly pair with a wide range of colors and styles. Additionally, natural hues like brown and olive offer versatility and complement a variety of complexions.

For a classic office ensemble, combine chinos with a blazer, a crisp shirt, and formal lace-ups or loafers. This sophisticated look is ideal for client meetings or work events, exuding professionalism and style. On days with fewer formal engagements, pair chinos with a shirt and a cozy knitwear piece, complemented by open-walker shoes or trainers for a smart yet relaxed everyday outfit.

During warmer seasons or casual weekends, opt for a sportier look by pairing chinos with a piqué polo and loafers. This ensemble strikes the perfect balance between comfort and style, making it suitable for outdoor activities or leisurely outings.

Dark Denim

A quality pair of dark denim jeans is an essential wardrobe staple for everyone. Renowned for their versatility, dark denim effortlessly complements a wide array of outfits, offering a timeless and casual edge to more formal pieces.

Ensuring the proper fit is crucial, as ill-fitting jeans can detract from your overall look. Opt for a slim leg style, which flatters the majority of body types and keeps you looking polished and stylish.

Dark denim pairs seamlessly with various garments, making it suitable for both professional and casual settings. For a refined office look, combine dark denim with a well-fitted piece of knitwear and quality shoes. This ensemble strikes the perfect balance between comfort and professionalism, ideal for working from home or office environments.

Beyond formal settings, dark denim transitions effortlessly to post-work social gatherings or leisurely activities. Pairing dark denim with a blazer adds a touch of sophistication to casual outings, creating a stylish yet relaxed look. Complete the ensemble with a nice boot or loafer and a classic tee or shirt for a versatile and effortlessly chic smart casual outfit.

Quality Pair of Shoes

Every man should invest in a quality pair of shoes for their wardrobe. Whether it's a formal lace-up, loafer, open-walker, or trainer, the right pair of shoes can elevate any outfit.

Well-made leather lace-ups or loafers are highly versatile and can be paired with a variety of outfits, from formal to casual. Their durable construction allows for sole replacements, ensuring longevity with proper care. Regular polishing, the use of shoe trees, and leather moisturizing are essential maintenance steps to prolong their lifespan.

Open-walkers have gained popularity for their stylish yet comfortable design, offering the convenience of a slipper with the sophistication of a loafer or chukka boot. They effortlessly complement a range of outfits, from formal to casual attire.

Classic trainers are a wardrobe staple, with options available in white, navy, or brown suede. These versatile shoes pair well with chinos and dark denim for a casual look, and can even add a touch of informality when paired with a blazer and formal trousers.