I find that something that a lot of people struggle with in their career, be it at the start or right in the middle, is the idea of casual Friday. How casual should casual Friday be? Should you observe it? Where are the lines?? Today’s post is all about how to navigate casual Friday and what some options might be! You know your own environment and workplace, so these are suggestions that I think shoot middle of the road but could be tweaked for more or less casual looks. And, because it seems particularly relevant, Happy Friday, all!
Bailey Jeans in Indigo, Dorothy Perkins
If I am really embracing casual Friday, I go with a dark wash denim! I personally go with a skinny jean but I think bootcut and straight jeans would work well, also. A dark wash is always less casual and will allow you to still dress it up if need be! I will admit rips and tears are a pet peeve of mine, but I understand that people want that look right now. However, do not wear ripped jeans to the office- I do not care how artfully shredded they are or how much you paid, they aren’t appropriate in 90% of offices.
Dillon Fit Shirt, Banana Republic
I’ve only owned my Dillon for two months now, but it is easily one of my favourite shirts. Tucked into dark jeans, it is classic and elegant without being overly formal. I love my plaid shirts, so I love the plaid version but there are also some gorgeous floral and gingham Dillons on the Banana Republic website, depending on your preferences. It feels luxurious to the touch, and hangs nicely- it is comfortable without being sloppy at all!
Printed Quilted Puffer Vest, J Crew Factory
If you are like me, you may get cold at the office. (Or just cold everywhere. It’s not our fault!!) I like wearing my herringbone vest on casual Fridays, it’s different from your standard blazer/sweater/cardigan but not so dressed down from your sweatshirts and hoodies. Admittedly it does skew to the preppy side of style, but I think that another colour or print would give a different look! I love that a vest is easy to leave behind if you have to run quickly into a meeting or meet with a VIP that you weren’t expecting- I usually have a cardigan in my office in case, so I can always grab it if need be.
My last recommendations? Keep in mind that not everyone cares that it is casual Friday. Don’t be so casual that people question your professionalism and work ethic. Also, tweak this for your office! This would be suitable for the majority of office environments but pay attention to what others are wearing as well!
So, what are your go-to pieces and looks for casual Friday?