A blazer is a safe bet, jacket wise, but try and choose one you wouldn’t wear to work. Textured wool in light blue should do the trick. Versatile and easy to wear, it’s smart but not formal, relaxed but not casual. It will pair effortlessly with denim or trousers too.
When it comes to smart-casual, what you wear on your legs will vary according to what’s on top.
Remember though, jeans are fine as long as they’re dark, clean, rip free and well-fitting.
Treading the line between formal and relaxed perfectly, the classic Oxford shirt is an essential to any discerning wardrobe. Typically with a button-down collar, an Oxford looks smart enough without a tie and, at the same time, retains a sportier downtime feel when worn with one.
Probably the most important part of an outfit, in terms of defining just how smart it is.
Ideally, try a pair of Chelsea boots with a rounded toe. Classic tan works well with navy/grey trousers and indigo jeans.
You’ll need a watch that isn’t digital to compete the look, but it doesn’t have to be eye-wateringly expensive. If you’re carrying a bag, make it a leather document holder rather than a rucksack.