Making Smart Casual the New Normal

Making Smart Casual the New Normal

By Wahida Gardizi

The smart casual trend has been around for a number of years, usually reserved for Fridays, but as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is fast becoming the new normal. With working from home during the pandemic, this evolving trend is a practical necessity and is transferring over to the workplace now that restrictions are being lifted.

An Indeed Analysis revealed that workplaces are growing increasingly casual. Fifty percent of workers are being permitted to ditch the daily regime of power suits and stiff collars. Sixty-two percent of companies now allow for a casual dress once a week. We embrace this trend with all the garments you need to adapt if you haven’t already. Add to your existing wardrobe with our Spring and Summer 2021 Collection.

The Perfect Tee

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Comfort equals confidence—in your skin, in your clothes. Our Canadian founder created a style to inspire women of all ages and body types to be their most confident selves. She started with that ultimate symbol of go-anywhere freedom: the perfect white t-shirt. Pair this staple with a jean jacket or our Key Cardigan, and add a fun sneaker or flat shoe for a pop of colour.  Layer this with our Linen Mandarin Collar shirt if you require added length or coverage.

Exude style and comfort with the elevated touch of our Halo Top. Grommet detailing puts this top in a leisure class of its own. This versatile T has an asymmetrical silver grommet neckline, flattering side slits and is in our relaxed fit. 

Layers and Leggings

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This pairing is making a huge appearance both in the workplace and while travelling due to its comfort and simple style. Leggings are paired with a longer shirt or tunic to dress them up and provide coverage. has quality leggings along with classic shirts, tops, tunics, vests, and cardigans to go with them. Versatile and stylish, leggings offer endless layer pairing choices.

The most versatile colour of leggings is black. Black goes with everything and provides a grounding shade to bring your whole outfit together. A perfect example of this piece is the Nu Yoke Legging. A must-have in any closet, its snug fit and yoke waistband give you comfort and security.

If you’re looking for leggings with an added detail, check out our Halo Tie Cuff Legging. Featuring a yoke waistband for definition, comfort, and shape, this legging has cuffs with silver grommets that when tied with our matching twill ribbon form the most flattering little pleats. Details like this add elegance and flair to your outfit and make you stand out from all the others.

Tanks, Tops, and Tunics

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Here’s where the fun begins—matching leggings with layering options. Smart choices await you at Let’s start with the underlying layer: tank, tunics and tops.

The Halo Tank features silver grommets along the neckline and has our known and loved relaxed fit with flattering side slits for definition and added detail. Wear this on its own with leggings or narrow pants for cool comfort and style during the summer months. 

A more versatile tank that comes in many colours is our Go To Tank Relax. A fashion faithful, this piece is a staple for every season. Its relaxed fit makes it a timeless addition to your wardrobe. It is ideal for layering but strong enough to wear on its own. Relax into this classic tank with its scoop neck and flattering side slits.

Tops aside, let’s jump into tunics! Tunics are a great option for leggings since they provide length, flow, and additional coverage. The Halo Tie Cuff Tunic has the same cuffs with grommets tied on the sleeves as our Halo Tie Cuff Legging. The Trapeze Tunic allows you to swing into any season with its versatility and drapes in all the right places with its fit and flare shape. It features a high neckline and inseam pockets. Who doesn’t love pockets?

The Outer Layers

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The outer layers offer comfort, warmth, and an overall frame to tie your outfit together.  The Key Vest is a good place to start as it is where luxury meets comfort, perfect for smart casual attire. The ideal final touch to any outfit, it features a draped open front with pockets and a pleat in the back which adds a unique shape and a touch of elegance.

Long cardigans are an excellent way to subtly add coverage while providing movement and flow. The Rapt Back Boxy Cardigan has a boxy in-fit with a dropped shoulder and an overlapping back feature. The draping fabric also adds a touch of elegance to your overall look.

Slack Up Your Style

Pants are the leading garment of smart casual attire. Comfortable and sleek, or flowing and loose, you have many choices when it comes to pants. They offer efficient coverage and allow for versatility with a variety of top styles to choose from.

The Narrow Pant Midi is Sympli’s best-seller in pants, as it is tailored for a flattering fit with its slimming leg and mid-length inseam hitting at the ankle making it ideal for most heights.

A great top to pair with these pants is our Spark Boxy Top. Details such as the ruched sleeve embellishment and patch pockets to match (more pockets, yay!) make this the most flattering option. Its boxy oversized fit adds a twist to your everyday classic.

Another take on pants is our Narrow Rapt Pant. This pant is a slimming version of our signature Rapt Pant with wrap-over detail for comfort and flowing movement. 

Get Smart with Sympli

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Whether you are still working from home, or slowly getting back to the workplace, be comforted in knowing you won’t necessarily have to dress so formally any longer. If you’re unsure about your employer’s workplace attire, it’s always good to ask first. Many companies are switching over to smart casual as the trend was starting to emerge pre-pandemic. Our comfortable yet elevated styles are the perfect choice for this shift and to add brilliance to your wardrobe.

All of our styles are proudly designed in Canada; explore the endless wardrobing options here.

What Sympli smart casual women attire do you love to wear? Tell us! We’d love to hear.

Copywriter: Wahida Gardizi

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