It’s almost that time of year: summer. The time when we get to prance around in flirty frocks and ripped jean shorts like it’s nobody’s business. In the heat of summer, anything goes and we savour the season’s sartorial splendour as we drift from patio party to white wedding.

But excitement can turn to panic when the invitation’s dreaded dress code appears, instructing us that it’s “casual-chic.” How confusingly paradoxical! Doesn’t “casual” refer to clothing like jeans, khaki pants and cotton T-shirts, while chic implies something tailored, sophisticated and fashion forward?

The task of putting all these images together is enough for anyone to be anxiously seeking advice from their nearest clothing consultant.

What does casual-chic mean? We’re here to cut through the ambiguity. Taken together, this term means smart and sophisticated. Elegant, but not overdone. Tailored, but not too traditional. Pairing work with play, casual with dressy doesn’t take a large budget; just a keen eye and some great accessories.

If you’ve been invited to such an event this look is the perfect go to casual chic ensemble.

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