After a long work week there is nothing better than the arrival of Friday, especially when it’s casual Friday. This is the one day you can let your hair down and have a little more freedom with your wardrobe. Casual Friday means relaxed dressing, just not as relaxed as your weekend look.
How casual you should dress depends on how conservative your workplace is. If you work in law, finance or at a large corporation you need to keep your laid back look more polished and professional. The best way to do that is to stick with your basic work essentials, but just add a casual twist. Here are three examples of how to do that:
1. Keep Your Button Down Shirt
You might be tempted to throw on a cute, fun top, but if you want to maintain a professional air stay with your button down shirt. Instead of wearing your button down shirt with a matched suit or a pencil skirt as you might normally do, pair it with a sweater, a pair of khakis and a stylish heeled bootie.
The crisp shirt will add structure to your casual outfit, creating a more polished look. Choose a blouse with a little added detail to add a pop of personality like this jeweled tuxedo blouse. A pattern, texture or some embellishment will add more fun to your look.
2. Switch Your Jacket
There’s a reason business people wear blazers to work. A blazer’s strong structure gives the wearer instant power and authority. If you want to look casual but still credible you need to wear a jacket, but that doesn’t mean you need to look boring.
Choose a blazer in a bright color or spice things up with a sportier style of jacket such as a Chanel inspired jacket over a cowl necked top top and jeans for a casual but chic look. This crystal embedded tweed jacket is perfect.Add a necklace and elegant leather flatsto give you polish and modernize your ensemble.
3. Stay Dark
During the week a pair black pants go a long way, but on the weekend nothing feels better than the perfect pair of jeans. Keep the look by opting for dark denim instead of lighter washes on a Casual Friday Dress Day. The darker color has a more formal feel and will dress up your denim.
Refine the look with a silk blouseand gorgeous cashmere cardigan like this one. Wear with a leopard flat to add some flair to your outfit.
There’s a reason why these items have become staples in your work wardrobe. They are classic, professional and have stood the test of time. You don’t have to sacrifice your weekend comfort and style to look work ready. The next time Friday rolls around try this take on work classics to look casual, confident and in control.
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*Guest Contributor Lucia Sobral is a fashion journalist and filmmaker who explores many facets of the fashion industry.