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Office Fashion: What’s Too Casual For Casual Fridays?

Office Fashion: What’s Too Casual For Casual Fridays?

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The term “casual” can be misleading… Yes, there are some office environments where it’s okay to wear shorts, flip flops, and a lack of a good shower… but as professional women, it is imperative to always look our best and to always dress for the job we want not the one we have, so take “Casual Friday” as an opportunity to look sharp when others might be dressed casually.

Fashion Challenge: Professionals who go too far on Casual Fridays, and just don’t know what’s appropriate. For example, wearing flip-flops, shorts, or sweats to work.

SharpHeels Style Guideline

Don’t make an office fashion flub this Friday. When in doubt, overdress, don’t underdress. Flip flops, shorts, sweats, or running shoes are never okay for the office – instead try these alternatives:

  • The Perfect Casual Friday Attire – Jeans & a Blazer – Don’t be fooled by the name; casual Friday should still have some class. This is the perfect opportunity to wear a nice pair of jeans with your favorite blazer. Make sure your denim is dark-washed and fray-free, and your blazer is fitted to keep the look powerful rather than overpowering.
  • Alternative for shorts – Even knee-length, tailored linen shorts are only appropriate for those working in creative professions on the hottest days. Again, take your cue from the higher-ups to see if this is a fashion that works at your office. Otherwise pair a summer dress with a cardigan or jacket for a comfortable yet professional Friday look.
  • Alternative for flip flops – Unless you work in a highly corporate environment, you should be able to get away with some sleek, tailored sandals with perhaps a court heel or a wedge, but take your cue from those in command to see if open-toed shoes are okay.
  • Alternative for sweats – Don’t be fooled by their name… the new trend of “Silk Pajama Pants” are far from nighty night attire and offer a chic yet comfortable look for a Friday — to ensure you stay relaxed, yet look perfectly right for the workplace pair them with a light blouse.

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Ashley Poulin Ashley Poulin is the SharpHeels Editor-in-Chief and Fashion Editor in Austin, Texas. Marketing executive turned entrepreneur. "Be passionate, take measured risks, and enjoy what you do."