What is Casual Chic?

Mr. S and I were given tickets to a charity dinner for the Boys and Girls Club a couple of weekends ago.  It was a last minute invite from a friend, and he was told the dress was casual chic.  I know what casual is, and I understand chic.  But what is casual chic?  I googled “casual chic” and this was the  definition I found (on Lifescript.com).  Casual chic attire basically requires that you mix a dressy element, like tailored slacks or a very feminine blouse, with something completely informal like a leather jacket or a pair of jeans.  
I went to lunch with some girlfriends and asked them for their advice about this attire!  I told them that I planned to wear jeans with some kind of dressy shirt!  Both told me that I should go on the dressier side.  It’s better to be over dressed versus under dressed.  So, I decided a black maxi with some chunky jewelry would have to work for casual chic.

dress :: Mon Amie (Ross or Marshall’s – I can’t remember)

necklace :: Premier
bracelet and earrings :: Anthropologie
bag :: Chanel
shoes :: Coach

At the event, there were all styles of dress.  A lot of ladies wore jeans and a dressy top.  I think many wore cowboy chic – cowboy boots and a dress!  Either way, it was lots of fun! 

I have to include some iphone pictures from that night.  The local band Le Freak played at dinner! The self proclaimed “Greatest Disco Band in the World” was so fun and a blast to watch!  I even danced on their disco floor!  Here is a pic of two the band members!  {It’s too funny not to post even though my eyes are closed!} They were awesome!

And if you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, then you saw this weird post.  The charity dinner was outside in a park separated from the highway by train tracks.  There was a train derailment that night because a moving train crashed into a parked train.  Fortunately, no one was injured.  However, we had to wait a couple of hours while the police created an alternate way out of the park {through the neighboring golf course}!  It was nuts and we got home really late that night!  Such an event!

Have you ever gone to a casual chic event? What did you wear?

20 thoughts on “What is Casual Chic?

  1. This is a great look for a charity event. I agree, it’s better to be over dressed than underdressed.  Love the turqouise necklace contrast against the black maxi.  Heather

  2. You look great! And I love that bag of yours *drools* I’m *almost* always overdressed but so far I haven’t been to any ‘casual chic’ events ;)

  3. I totally agree with your friends that its better to be slightly over dressed than under dressed. Love the way your outfit turned out and glad everyone way safe, because that looks like a major collision.

  4. Awww, you look awesome Sam! What you wore was perfect! That picture of you and the Le Freak members is priceless. HAHAHA Glad you had a great time. GLAD no one was injured in that train wreck. Things happen so quickly and what an inconvenience. Just joined your FB page. :)
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  5. You look adorable in that iPhone shot! 

    I think you looked fabulous and appropriately dressed.. I would’ve erred on the side of caution and gone dressier.. I’d rather be slightly overdressed than underdressed! I personally see it as respect for the event…plus, who doesn’t enjoy playing dress up?! :)

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  6. Hmm to a casual chic event…that is hard!  Usually I’ll do a fun sequins top with jeans or a simple black dress with jewelry.  Sam, I seriously cannot get enough of this fab Chanel bag and the turquoise jewelry is awesome :)

  7. LOL!!  Always good to look cute when there’s a disaster going on – I like it!!  This maxi has been a lifesaver many times!

  8. Thanks Liv.  It was a major collision!!  I never expected anything like that!  It was really fortunate that no persons were involved.  Apparently, some of the trains are controlled remotely (no person in it)?

  9. Thank you Jennifer!  I do tend to overdress for everything too!  In fact, one time I went to a party that called for “festive dress” and felt like I was wearing a “prom dress” compared to everyone else!  Since then, I’ve been a little more conservative about overdressing!  LOL!

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