CASUAL FRIDAY 

Guest Blogger - April Clark, Fashion Aficionado, Beauty, Lifestyle Blogger​​

Every company has a policy for relaxed attire, whether it’s every Friday or just Fridays during the summer. No matter what your company’s policy might be, relaxed attire does not mean excessively casual. What do you do when it’s time to make the transition? When in doubt simply swap one corporate piece for a more relaxed piece and keep the rest of the look polished.  Here are a few examples of how to master Casual Friday. 

(Pictured in NY & Company 7TH AVENUE PANT - BOOTCUT, GABRIELLE UNION COLLECTION - REVERSIBLE KIMONO JACKET)

SWAP your blazer for a long cardigan or kimono 

Wearing a jacket in the summertime might be best if you have a formal dress code.  The key is to wear one size down.  Cardigans and kimonos can look like a bath robe if worn too big.  Make sure that your pants, skirt and shirt are tailored and opt for minimal jewelry.   

SWAP your trousers for “denim color” trousers 

NY & Company carries the 7TH Avenue Pant that looks like denim but it is a dark blue trouser.  By wearing the dark blue trouser it looks like denim with the silhouette of a classic trouser.  If your company allows denim, opt for dark denim, it’s dressier. 

SWAP your dress for jumpsuits 

A jumpsuit is a nice change from the typical business casual dress so, if your company already has a business casual dress code and you’re looking for a change for the summer, a casual jumpsuit is a great alternative.  Be sure to look for jumpsuits that fall on the dressier side, opt for a jacket, cardigan or kimono  

Avoid these mistakes on Casual Friday: 

Jeans with holes 

Crop tops 

Leggings  

Gym Clothes 

PJs 

Tank tops without a jacket 

Shorts.  Unless your company allows shorts, then wear loose fitting knee length shorts. 

Find great summer Casual Friday items with these retailers: 

Ann Taylor 

Banana Republic 

Belk 

Bevello 

Brooks Brothers 

Catherine’s 

Chico’s 

Express 

GAP 

J. Crew 

J. Jill 

Macys 

Madewell 

NY & Company 

Ticknors 

Tommy Bahama 

White House Black Market