10 Outfits for Casual Friday at the Office
For those of us working in an office, ‘thank god it’s Friday’ seems to have turned into ‘thank god it’s casual Friday’. Being submitted to a dress code at the office is not always an easy or comfortable thing to pull off. That’s why, when Friday comes along, we not only expect it because it means the beginning of the weekend, but because we can dress a bit more relaxed as well. Here are 10 amazing ideas you can use in your hunt for yet another casual Friday perfect look.
1. Animal print
Another great way of compromising on a casual Friday are prints. You can wear either jeans or suit pants, as long as you pair them off with an animal printed top. Choose a big watch and a wool cardigan for warmth.
2. Jeans and pearls
We all know that casual Friday is all about combining different items of clothing so that you can look both office appropriate and relaxed. One of the best ways to do that is by wearing a pair of skinny jeans, high heels and a loose top. Add some classic white pearls, which will pull the outfit together and give it the much needed and sought after elegance your office requires.
3. Polka dots from top to bottom
Polka dots are normally very fun and casual, but with the right twist, you can turn them into office wear as well. Combine a plain, white shirt with a pair of suit pants that have polka dots on them. Add a matching scarf and some black high heels and you’re good to go.
4. The pleated maxi skirt
One way of doing casual Friday right and keeping it feminine is by wearing a long, pleated skirt. The reason why it’s perfect for this occasion is that it’s classy but very chic, casual and breezy. You can pair it with a paisley shirt and a bold, leather belt to emphasize your waste-line.
5. The pop of color
This is a very simple outfit that you can wear on your casual Fridays at the office. You can achieve it by maintaining the office look you wear all week long, but all the while replacing one piece with a boldly colored one. For example, if, during the week, you wear demure tops, replace them with a striking pink or yellow one on Friday.
6. The denim shirt
This getup works in the same way as the pop of color. Only that, instead of replacing the colors you normally wear during the week, you need to replace the fabric. In this case, as an alternative to a simple silk or cotton shirt, wear a denim one. It’s still demure, but trendy at the same time.
7. Going ethnic
Ethnic inspired blouses are always very casual and comfortable. They have an air of authenticity and freshness that doesn’t steal away from the toned-down look you must wear while at your desk. They go perfectly well with skinny jeans and colored pumps.
8. Masculine inspired shirts and shoes
Keeping it casual also means keeping it comfortable. And what better way is there for us girls to achieve that? By wearing masculine inspired pieces is the best answer. Therefore, you can either wear a blouse that resembles a man’s shirt or one that was downright stolen from your boyfriend’s closet. Add a statement necklace on top, so that you really make an entrance.
9. The flats
If it’s Friday, it’s time to ditch the heels and embrace the flats. On the last day of the working week, you deserve to be pampered a little and casually stroll around the office in a comfortable pair of flats. In order to keep it office, wear some high wasted pants, a turtle neck, and a coat on top. Also, be careful to put your best foot forward in reserved looking flats. No patterns or embellishments required.
10. Inscribed t-shirts
Apart from the fact that t-shirts aren’t really office look material, inscribed t-shirts are somewhat of a no-no as well. Except on casual Fridays, when everything is allowed. Choose a pretty and feminine piece that has a cute or clever inscription on it. A big leather bag and some nude shoes will complement the t-shirt and make it shine even more.
As you work around the calendar year fashion wise, you’ll discover that casual Fridays are one the most difficult occasions to pull off. Apart from deciding what to wear per se, you also need to remember you are still at work, which means you still have meetings and other work-related situations to wade through. Your style should always reflect that.