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Shades of Blue for Smart Casual Menswear

by Chris

What exactly is smart casual? It is perhaps one of the most confusing dress codes ever invented because of the fact that it is so loosely-defined. There’s no concrete definition and sometimes, it is mostly based on how you interpret it.

As for me, smart casual menswear combines the elements of the spontaneous, relaxed look that is still neat and not too rugged. It is half-way between casual and business. Take a look at the pieces of apparel that I mixed and matched the other day.

Light blue collared long-sleeves…


Mossimo Long-Sleeves Lighth Blue

 Mossimo Longsleeves



Plus my button-fly jeans


Mossimo Jeans (3)

 Mossimo Jeans (1)




Equals this:

Smart Casual Menswear Philippines - Pinoy Guy Guide (2)

Smart Casual Menswear Philippines - Pinoy Guy Guide (3)



Smart casual (especially here in the Philippines), usually consists of collared shirts and blue jeans. When you want to be on the safe side, you may opt to wear a darker shade of jeans or maybe brown khakis instead of the usual blue denims.

When it comes to footwear, leather or any type of casual shoes would do. Avoid athletic or rubber shoes at all cost.

Smart Casual Menswear Philippines - Pinoy Guy Guide (1)


As you can see, what I’m wearing above is still very decent. It is not too formal and not too casual. It is something that is “just right”. Notice that the shoes that I wore are leather boots to give it a striking look.

If you are going out with a girl, you can also wear a light blue cap similar to what I did here when I went out for a weekday movie date.

OOTD Smart Casual


That’s my #OOTD the other day. So what about you? What’s your usual get-up for smart casual?


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virgo October 6, 2013 - 9:16 am

Why not start a contest Chris? Show your casual get-up and win! Haha

Chris October 6, 2013 - 10:52 pm

virgo – we will find out about that. haha. 🙂

Znir October 12, 2013 - 11:05 am

Para pong ang liit nyo tingnan dun sa first 2 pics. ^san nga may contest (skullcandy yung price). Hahaha

Chris October 12, 2013 - 4:20 pm

Znir – malayo sa cam hehehe. Stay tuned to PGG for contests. And btw, welcome 🙂

kris December 5, 2013 - 2:20 pm

I think for shoes, we can try the leather chuck taylor sneakers with smart casual, still on the code but not boring, well I think chuck taylor sneakers are fit on many dress codes except formal

kris December 5, 2013 - 2:26 pm

One thing chris, I think we should have an article on body frames and the clothes that fit for each body frame…., as for me, I have a small body frame, somewhat like daniel padilla’s and it is really hard to find clothes for me, I actually spend 3-5 hours in a mall just to go home with just a shirt.

Chris December 6, 2013 - 1:59 am

thanks kris, that would be a great idea. I’ll see if I can write something about it. 🙂


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