What does ‘smart casual’ actually mean? It’s a phrase that people use all the time. But choosing an outfit that’s both smart and casual can be confusing – and, for most people, it usually leads to a heap of clothes on the bedroom floor and a fashion faux-pas on your behalf.


Unless, of course, you own John Smedley knitwear


John Smedley is a brand that goes way back to the 18th century. Renowned for its luxury knitwear and everyday staples, each garment is carefully crafted from the finest yarn, and the collection boasts a timeless yet modern look. Trust us, if you’re looking for the definition of smart casual, this is it – and here we outline some of our favourite John Smedley pieces to get you started.


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For events that are more smart than casual


Every man should have a John Smedley jumper in his wardrobe. Typically made from fine merino wool, they are lightweight yet offer supreme quality. Whether you’re a roll neck or crew neck type of guy, there’s a style for you, and they’re a great starting point for a stylish smart casual outfit.


Take for example the Men’s John Smedley Cherwell Roll Neck Sweater. Available in black and midnight blue, this is the perfect option for a classy work’s doo or a day at the races. Simply style it with a pair of chinos or tailored trousers and layer it up with a blazer for an effortlessly refined look.


If you prefer a slightly more relaxed silhouette, we recommend pairing this John Smedley sweater with dark-denim jeans and a fitted jacket. Or perhaps swap it out for the Men’s John Smedley Belper Long Sleeve Knitted Polo Shirt in navy blue. Either way, you’ll have nailed the smart casual dress code and can head to the racecourse knowing that you’ve dressed perfectly for the occasion.


For events that are more casual than smart


A John Smedley polo is one of the brands longest-standing styles. The colours and patterns may have changed in line with the latest trends, but it’s main features have stayed the same since 1932.  Short sleeves, elasticated cuffs, a fashion collar and that iconic 3-button placket to the front.


As we head into the warmer spring and summer months, a John Smedley polo is the perfect option to create a smart casual look. We currently have a few different styles to choose from – including the Men’s John Smedley Baylee Striped Polo Shirt and the Silk Polo Shirt – and any of these can be teamed with shorts and trainers for casual days in the office and after-work drinks at the pub.


For days that are a little cooler, simply combine the polo with a pair of jeans and the Men’s John Smedley Maclean Jacket and you’re on the right track for that smart casual workplace dress code.


Browse the full John Smedley collection


If you struggle to understand the phrase ‘smart casual’, the John Smedley collection is the perfect place to start. Just add a few of these iconic pieces to your wardrobe and you’re covered for all those occasions when you need to look your best – without going over-the-top.


Take a look at the full online collection today and, if you have any questions about the styles and sizes available, please feel free to get in touch. Either pop into the store or give us a call on 01744 730985 to speak to a member of staff.