What exactly is smart casual?

Survey reveals a quarter of business travellers have problems knowing what to pack for a trip.

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Image credit: iStock

For some of us, the two little words ‘smart casual’ can cause a lot of umming and erring about what to wear or pack for a business trip.

A survey of 1,008 people by LateRooms.com Business has found that the concept of the smart casual dress code provides one of the biggest headaches for business travellers. More than a quarter (26%) of people struggle to decipher just what this means when packing for a business trip, particularly those aged between 55-64 (37%).

As well as sartorial problems, many of those surveyed also said they had problems knowing how to navigate a work-related drinks situation. Around 38% of 25-34 year-olds said they struggle to know how appropriate it is to order a large measure or shot when socialising with clients and colleagues.

Broken down to a city-by-city level, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Cardiff had the respondents where alcohol etiquette was the biggest concern relating to business travel.

Some people sidestep the tricky issue of how much to drink with clients or colleagues altogether – 28% of respondents prefer heading back to their room to order room service, instead of socialising after hours.


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