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Smart Casual?

On one tour I’m doing of Highclere there is a dress code of smart casual. What are the don’ts? I figure no runners but would black colored jeans be acceptable? Trying to pack light and I don’t have anything else that requires dressier items

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Lady Carnarvon's blog helps a little. I think they are doing a dress code as we end at the Coach House Tea Room for a small buffet. I'm thinking as long as my black jeans are looking like they do today - they should be fine or I may take a pair of ponte pants that are very comfortable for traveling and very smart looking. Depending on what the weather looks like I could pair with a blouse or blazer. In looking at my activities I do have a tea booked in bath that I should probably have a nicer pair of shoes for too.

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You say you have a tea booked in Bath. I had the fancy tea at the Pump Room in Bath in May. They did not question my attire which was very casual including the shoes. I wore jeans, t-shirt, and my chunky walking shoes. They provided me with excellent service. I believe most places accept you as you are these days...just be clean and polite.

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I would suggest you do whatever the Dowager Countess of Grantham would do.

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Do you have a nice blouse or dressy top to bring and pair that with black jeans and flat black shoes and a nice belt. Even if you wear black jeans but pair it with a nice top it will look good. Don't wear a tee shirt but dress up the black jeans. What really stands out is running shoes as you said and blue jeans and a knapsack. Wear a crossbody bag that day and you should be fine or a small purse type of pocketbook and not a bulky bag.

Have fun!

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I was on a tour last year that visited Highclere one day. The overall tour dress code was smart casual, but the only person who followed that was the tour director. Even the assistant dressed very casually. On our Highclere day I wore a long J Jill skirt and cotton top. I fit right in and was very comfortable. I think black jeans and a cute top would be perfectly acceptable.

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Think of it as business casual attire you wear to your office.

Are “runners” what you mean by running sneakers? Just wear comfortable walking shoes.

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Hi from Wisconsin,
Black slacks, and a top that matches your tweed jacket. Ha! The combination is good to go everywhere. Tweed provides warmth and if lines with a space blanket, or silk, wind protection. Shoes are the biggest bugaboo. Black runner/walking shoes. Gets you by.

wayne iNWI

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I think your black jeans with a dressy top and blazer or jacket will be perfect. Enjoy!