You might like to consider yourself the adventurous type; a “yes” person who loves to take advantage of any exciting opportunity that pops up. But if you’re anything like us, when a friend texts you with very last-minute plans, it can take everything not to throw a “new phone, who this?” message back. And usually it’s because the thought of piecing together an outfit in under two minutes is not ideal. We’re here to change that.
We consider the smart casual outfits ahead as ones that don’t feel overly styled or contrived. Instead, they feature a mix of easy classics and statement pieces that come together to feel special, cool, and ready for most impromptu adventures—think along the lines of brunch or a friend of a friend’s birthday party. (Formal affairs and theme parties, not so much.)
Scroll down for the outfit inspiration and then to shop a few key closet essentials that make putting together outfits simple and, most importantly, fast.