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How to Dress for Casual Fridays
Friday is coming up and you have it good - you can dress casual on Friday’s at your work. Or is it so good? Now you have to think a bit more about what you are going to wear.
Don’t get me wrong, if you want to be fashionable you will still need to put some thought into your everyday attire but there is a limit to the scope of what you can wear - for Friday’s that scope has been widened. Read on for some tips on how to dress for casual Fridays.
It’s Still Work and Not Your Couch
O.k. so it is “casual” dress on Friday’s - this doesn’t mean that you can turn up in your sweatpants and an old Metallica t shirt! There is more scope than usual, but there is still a limit to that scope.
Don’t Just Turn Up as Normal
Though not quite as bad as turning up in your “couch clothes” you shouldn’t just turn up in your normal formal gears either. This is a chance to show your personality and express yourself a little bit in your style.
Also it sends a message that you don’t care and you aren’t part of the company culture. This may not go down too well - and you may feel a bit silly when everyone else is casual.
What’s the Middle Ground
That still leaves a reasonably wide scope but we’re narrowing it down.
Chinos, styled trousers, corduroys and in some cases tidy jeans are a good choice for trousers - just leave the suit trousers at home - and of course the “trackies” and shorts should stay home too.
T-shirts and polo shirts should be fine so long as they aren’t printed tees with slogans, and don’t have bright or brash colours or overly patterned.
Casual shirts are also a great option and you can roll the sleeves up to your elbows to add to the casual effect of the outfit.
Your shoes should still be tidy and clean but don’t need to be dress shoes.
If you are new, take note of what others are wearing and use that as a guide (without copying) or ask someone what’s acceptable. In some cases denim may be o.k. in others not. Get a feel for what goes and what doesn’t and don’t be afraid to ask.
- David Linder