Casual Fridays in an office setting are such a nightmare. Is it smart casual or business casual? What do those terms even mean? Should I wear my grungy jeans? Are tees appropriate? Can I come in with a faux hawk? Fortunately, my office isn’t too uptight when it comes to dress code, so I define Casual Fridays as Comfortable Fridays. However, the style culture of every workplace is different, so here are 2 casual tips to follow when you’re scratching your head on a Thursday night wondering how to present yourself on the chillest day of the week:
1. Minimal effort to get ready, put on and stay in
Dude, it’s Casual Friday. Take advantage of it. You don’t have to show up in a suit. Besides, why bust out an iron when you don’t need to? Let your hair down!
Step away from those yoga pants (aka bane of my existence) and flip-flops. The question is, would you want to be in the outfit if someone important comes through the door? You never know who you will see during the course of your day. A colleague of mine came in with a graphic tee, capris and dirty crocs on a Friday only to be surprised by a request to present to the Board of Directors. Oops.
The only rules I like to follow are my own, so here’s a Friday outfit that is both easy and presentable. In keeping with my style goal of going easy on the denim, I’ve ditched the jeans and put on something nauti. (ha.. ha…)
I am wearing:
Cardigan: BCBG – This is one of my favourite pieces in my closet. It’s super resort – kinda makes me feel like I am on an exotic getaway even when all I am doing is slave away at my desk.
Pants: Urban Behaviour
Purse: Vintage J&ANS Dolce & Gabbana purse from a family friend