Is there anything more annoying in the world than a ‘smart-casual’ dress code? I mean, there probably is, but in terms of actually knowing what to wear, it’s a nightmare. This is the situation where I’d opt for some tailoring, however, being petite sometimes getting the proportions right can be a little difficult. Sometimes the cut of tailored items just doesn’t look quite right and can occasionally make you appear smaller. Now that I’m working full time, the notion of having a ‘work wardrobe’ is more relevant than ever – Luckily my job doesn’t require suits or a strict office dress code, however, for certain occasions it’s good to have some go-to items that are fool proof in terms of nailing the smart-casual dress code.
Top: Topshop, Shoes: River Island *, Blazer: River Island*, Beret: Topshop, Shoes: River Island*
TIPS FOR NAILING SMART-CASUAL
– Add a pop of colour
When it comes to dressing smart, it’s almost as though colour goes straight out the window. However, adding a primary colour like red, makes the outfit ‘pop’ and look a little bit more style based rather than looking overly workwear. I find it easier to add colour with accessories, so I’ve went for a pop of colour with the shoes and beret to tailor the look towards my personal style. Although adding a pop of colour isn’t really a petite styling tip, I think sometimes when you’re a lady of the small variety, it’s easy to feel and look as though you’re a child trying to dress up. Therefore adding a bit of colour just pulls the entire look together and makes you look less like a child wearing a blazer and more like an actual sophisticated adult.
– Oversized works best
Although I’ve just mentioned that I can sometimes feel like a dress up child when trying to nail smart-casual, I find that if I go for something too tailored and fitted, it looks worse in the sense that I feel as though I’m trying to dress ‘older’ even though I’m 22 and definitely wouldn’t look that way to a stranger but style is all about how you feel and I find that when I’m wearing an oversized/longline blazer I feel put together, however, still cool and ‘trendy’ if you will. This blazer from River Island is the perfect casual tailoring staple.
– Black jeans, the smart-casual saviour
You genuinely cannot go wrong with black jeans. For us petite girls, they’re heaven on earth. They’re leg lengthening and can be worn in so many different ways for various occasions. The pair in question our the River Island ‘Bella’ straight leg jeans in a short leg length. These jeans are the perfect length for ankle boots, they cut off in the perfect place and skim the legs amazingly. If you don’t own a black pair of jeans (then seriously) you need to go and get yourself a pair, preferably in a straight leg style as they’re super comfortable, modern and look great when paired with blazer, t-shirts and pretty much anything you could ever dream of!
Items marked with * are gifted / PR samples