I do a lot of shopping at Target; they are a usually a pretty good place to shop when you are on a budget, and the quality of their items is usually pretty decent for the price. So, I thought I would put together a potential smart casual outfit, sourced wholly at Target. Note: I ended up with a total of 7 items, which make 8 different outfits in total, for just
over $300 under $250; that seems pretty decent to me.
As far as quality goes, nothing from Target is likely to win an award, so you are mostly going to be shopping for fit and style. That said, these black ‘dress’ shoes are the sort of thing that you can wear until they fall apart (and they very well might).
There are two picks here; both of which I own, and can recommend from personal experience.
I’m pretty sure that I have recommended them before at some point, but that’s just because they are pretty awesome. As jeans, the fall at the casual end of the smart casual scale, but they are dark enough that they still work well with a smart outfit.
100% cotton and featuring buttoning side tabs, for $40 these chinos are a good buy; I’ve had mine for about a month now, and the only complaint I have is that the zip gets stuck occasionally. Overall, I definitely recommend them.
Once again, there are two options here, both by Limited Editions. Both shirts are cotton, with a slightly spread button down collar, and textured fabric or patterns; making them both stylish and quality options for a casual outfit.
$35 each $10 and $40
Normally I am wholly against wool/polyester blends, but when you are on a budget, sometimes you don’t have a choice; and honestly, the fit and style of this jacket more than make up for the fabric quality. Enough so that I bought one myself.
Ignoring the poor buttoning in the picture, this is actually a pretty decent jacket. Sold as a suit jacket, worn without the matching trousers, this jacket works equally well as a more casual sport coat. It pairs equally well with jeans, chinos, or dress trousers.
$119 $89 (trousers are $44)
Black Belt – $19
Because there are so many uses, and you need something to stuff into your breast pocket.
Total Outfit Combinations: 8