Being ‘Smart and casual’

I must attend a function for work this evening. What strikes me about this invitation is that who ever sent it announced that the dress code would be “smart and casual”.

I am a bit confused. When I asked an office mate, a rather butch woman who makes me look like a poster girl for ‘Floral Dress Weekly’ (if such a publication existed), what she thought this might mean, she suggested that I wear, “a black skirt or pant, with takkies [gym shoes] and a t-shirt”.

Of course, that image depressed me immensely. A skirt and gym shoes, unless you are Anna Kornikova, is so unattractive that it should be banned outright, with rompers and the two-toned shirts South African farmers and the fashion-uninclined are wont to wear.

 Romper 1
Romper 2

Two-toned shirts

Perhaps the instruction refers to both one’s attire AND state of mind. Like, dress smartly, as if you’re going to an black-tie event, but act casual, like you’re on the beach or in the stands at a cricket match. Look dashing and dazzling, but say things like, “Yissis, I’m, like, so pissed right now – where’s the bloody waiter with some chow?”. Hmmm, perhaps I’m confusing ‘casual’ with ‘obnoxious and objectionable’, here.

Ah well, I have six hours to decide.

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14 Responses to Being ‘Smart and casual’

  1. Helen says:

    the rompers are just delightful! Maybe something like a long skirt and slops? Or smart pants and shoes with a casual shirt?

    Sure the didn’t mean ‘smart casual’ with a typo?

  2. Don't Believe a Word I Write says:

    Lol, yes, I suspect she meant ‘smart-casual’.

    I think I will be wearing my usual outfit for such events – black pants, black shoes, and a Hawaiian shirt with fishes on it. Kidding! (about the black pants, of course!! 😉 )

    Have you ever worn a romper, Helen? Do you suspect you might? Will I have to stage an intervention?

  3. Charmskool says:

    Oh for heaven’s sake! Must I teach you EVERYTHING! Smart and casual is a romper with Gold Sandals and a Gold evening bag. Or alternatively, lurex top in any bright primary colour (or black, silver or gold) with a long black skirt, slip slops and a beach bag. There you go, options and decisions clear now.

  4. Don't Believe a Word I Write says:

    A beach bag! HA HA HA HA HA.
    Thanks kindly for clearing that up for me, Charm. I feel better equipped ahead of this evening. What do you think of a baseball cap with a ball gown and cartoon slippers?

  5. Louisa says:

    Tough choices…you could also draw an imaginary line roughly halfway over yourself. Dress one half smart and the other casual? Bottom half casual works better in summer if you’re keen on flip-flops.

  6. Don't Believe a Word I Write says:

    Orrrrrr, left half/right half!! Oooh, I like it. Damn, if only the event were tonight and not last night – I coulda made a statement, Louisa, A STATEMENT!!!

  7. Charmskool says:

    For the record – for next time – cartoon slippers are not casual and should be worn strictly indoors, or to the supermarket, or to fill up the car with petrol or take the children to school. They are not suitable shoes for smart and casual events. There the minimum is crocs, flip flops or takkies.

  8. HotGuy43 says:

    You in a floral dress? It sounds about as likely as me wearing shorts! And someone needs to tell whichever crowd is hosting this event that Friday evenings are so ‘not cool’ for work functions, unless it’s a prelude to weekend’s worth of food, liquor, game drives and other entertainment. On the subject of which, any chance you might be attending the diabetes shindig at Zimbali Lodge near Ballito next weekend?

  9. Don't Believe a Word I Write says:

    Crocs, eh? Blast, so I erred wearing my cartoon slippers to the function? And I thought I was getting funny looks just ‘cos I had my romper tucked into my underwear by mistake.

    Should I have children someday, Charm, I shall ferry them and whoever else is in their lift club to school while wearing my white towelling robe that I asked an erstwhile friend to put buttons on. There is no adequate word for how I look in that thing.

  10. Don't Believe a Word I Write says:

    YOU IN SHORTS!! haahhaahahahahahhahaha, yes that is about as likely as me in a floral dress. Or even you in jeans. Have you ever worn jeans? Do you own a pair?

    No, sorry HotGuy, I am unaware of the Ballito thingie – I might have made an exception to my “no work functions ever!” preference for that… never been to Zimbali. Are you going?

  11. HotGuy43 says:

    I will indeed be at Zimbali this weekend – had hoped (evidently in vain) that you might be around to party with.

    And yes, I have worn jeans and even still own a couple of pairs. I was once told I looked good in them too, this from the Jenny counterpart at a former workplace. But, they’re major PT to wash, they take forever to dry, multiple washes later and they’re still leaching black or blue dye and damaging one’s other clothes. Life is too short – you’ll just have to keep putting up with me in the colour-fast cotton slacks you’re used to seeing me wear.

  12. Don't Believe a Word I Write says:

    HAHAHA, that last sentence is classic.
    I’d pay good money to see you in denim shorts – would such a photo ever exist? Perhaps when you had not yet grown old enough to dress yourself? I’d suspect a few of such photos might exist in Your City.

  13. HotGuy43 says:

    You wouldn’t believe some of the photos of me that still exist in My City. 🙂

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