Dress code: smart casual

dress code smart casual

Recently I went to a private dinner held by one of my favorite beauty brands. It was so flattering to be invited and naturally, I wanted to look nice. Well, who wouldn’t? Dress code for a sit down dinner would be smart casual. But let me tell you dear readers, when dressing up for events and launches my main rule is: “Its better to overdress then go unnoticed”.

So instead of ‘smart casual jeans‘ I opted for a wide leg pants paired a leopard print blouse (also seen here) and some gold jewellery. I wouldn’t dare to rock this ensemble if I were blonde though… but since I’m a brunette now – why not?  Because the reality is if you’re dressed well, its impossible to be overdressed.

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Outfit details: Zara pants and leopard print blouse (old, but similar here or here), Witchery booties, Chanel inspired bag, DIY necklace, Sisley lipstick, Mimco and ASOS bracelets.



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  1. riotersbloc October 22, 2012

    Beautiful! I love the wide leg pants, did you get them from Zara recently?

  2. Natali October 22, 2012

    Smart and sophisticated outfit! Love those pants!


  3. Norlin October 22, 2012

    I LOVE THOSE PANTS!!! Yes, I was screaming there! Good think it’s from Zara. Might have to hunt for that.

  4. Saumya October 22, 2012

    nice outfit ..love the blouse ..

  5. Amalia October 22, 2012

    why cant blondes wear leopard? lol :)

  6. Maria V October 22, 2012

    @Amalia They can and they must! LoL But maybe with a lighter lips and less jewellery? As a former blonde, I know there is a thin line between tacky and chic. Style is such a personal thing. As soon as it all looks fantastic together and it makes you feel great there is no right or wrong, really.

    @Riotersbloc – yes they are Zara, from recent collection!

  7. Happyeverafterbride October 22, 2012

    Vava voom! That is an awesome blouse and I don’t normally wear/like leopard print!

  8. Ola October 23, 2012

    Lovely outfit !
    Beautiful shirt !


  9. Ashley rose October 24, 2012

    Wow the fall of those pants is impeccable! Looks fabulous with the leopard and your photography is amazing? What lens you using babe and who is your luck photographer? x

  10. Melinda @ ShopMeChic October 25, 2012

    I follow a similar rule: better to be over dressed than under dressed!

    I love that leopard blouse on you Maria, just beautiful. xx

  11. haley October 26, 2012

    Those pants are so stunning on you! Glad to have found your blog <3

  12. The Dainty Dolls House October 29, 2012

    Love the trousers, haha :) They have quite a vintage feel to them, that is very pretty! This is a perfect outfit on you, very smashing!! xx