How to Master the Smart Casual Look

Have you ever debated profusely about what you should wear to an upcoming social event? When the invitation reads ‘smart casual’, many people struggle to find the right balance between the two. It should be a comfortable but stylish outfit, something that you can wear at the office AND when you want to enjoy a night out with the lads.

A common misconception is that comfortable wear can never be smart wear. Cuba Clothing is here to tell you that the seemingly impossible CAN be done. Smart Casual simply means dressing comfortable whilst still looking smart – and we’re going to show you exactly how it’s done.

But before we get started, let’s briefly go over what you should definitely NOT wear. Worn-out shirts is a huge mistake, especially for office parties and meetings etc. Yes you want to look casual but old shirts and t-shirts with stains, holes or inappropriate visuals (don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about) – should stay in the back of your closet.

You should also avoid hoodies, it doesn’t matter what you pair it with a hoodie just won’t make the cut. When striving to look smart and casual at the same time, don’t choose a poor quality pair of denim jeans which will only de-flatter you and make you look rather disorderly and frumpy instead of smart. Jeans are usually comfortable and they are perfect for achieving the smart casual look, but ONLY if you choose the right pair (such as the ones included below).

Mish Mash Blazers

When going for a smart casual look, a blazer is a must-have. Mish Mash are renowned for their distinct hand finished blazers, delivering only the highest quality products. A blazer such as these are ideal for all occasions so let’s take a closer look at some of the best statement pieces in the collection:

Cash Blazer


This beautiful Cash Navy Blazer is tailored to fit, boasting a defined figure and a put together look. With its luxurious navy herringbone wool blend, comfort is key with this particular blazer. For an extra bit of ‘rebellion’, the contrast seam detail to the collar gives the blazer a bit of an edge, ideal for a man who wants to achieve a smart and stylish look.

Swiss Blazer


Dark burgundy has been immensely popular recently and it is ideal for winter. This Swiss Blazer features a fully printed lining and contrast detailing to lapel and back neck, setting you apart from the crowd whilst perfecting the smart casual look to perfection.

Loaded Blazer


Bold accents and a breath-taking seascape lining consumes this tailored fit Loaded Blazer. Pair with a white shirt and tie for classic sophistication or go tie-less for when you want to look comfortable but still incredibly stylish.

Cheque Blazer


Instead of opting for your run of the mill plain blazer, choose one that is going to make an impact. This checked pattern navy blazer in a tailored fit is sophisticated and looks great with fitted trousers OR jeans. With a combination of red accents and bold prints in the lining, you can be sure to turn heads with this one.

Gas North Woodstock Jeans



Gas North Woodstock Mid (above) and Gas North Woodstock Light (below) are both ideal for pairing with any of the Mish Mash blazers above. These wide boot cut jeans are exclusive to Cuba so you can’t get them anywhere else.

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High quality denim makes a huge difference to your wardrobe and to your social life. They have a neat look and are incredibly comfortable thanks to stretch canvass. Whether you opt for the mid or light jeans, you can’t go wrong when it comes to a pair of quality Gas Jeans.They are exceptionally comfortable thanks to their real denim fabric. They can be paired with anything from a sophisticated blazer to a classic leather jacket for a more ‘edgy’ look.



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If you’re worried that a simple t-shirt paired with a smart blazer and jeans may be pushing the ‘casual’ side of the look a little too much, it may be worth opting for a classic shirt instead. It doesn’t have to be a crisp white shirt, here at Cuba Clothing we have a great range of classic, smart and more contemporary shirts to suit any style and occasion.