CASUAL FRIDAY DRESS CODE
Casual Friday is the age-old office dilemma. It’s imperative to find that sweet spot between sophisticated and chill, to master dress down Friday look. The last day before the weekend is the perfect time to establish yourself as a style leader, not a follower, in an office full of black suits and polished shoes. Experiment with your own style. Keep it classy and classic with a touch of color.
Creating a look that every man can pull off, here are five essential style pieces for a winning a simple Friday office look. One that’ll have you impressing the boss and clients, while keeping you in step with your peers.
#2 THE SHIRT
In winter, knitwear over a an open collared shirt is perfect dress down Friday fodder. But take care in summer when tempted to wear a t-shirt; pairing it with a cotton blazer to dress it up for work.
3 THE BOTTOMS
Before going denim even in a dark-wash pair with no rips , keep in mind what you have planned that day. “Just incase you’re pulled into an unexpected meeting. Chinos or a wool trouser are more suitable and you will still look respectable. Try getting trousers with side adjusters, which will help keep the trouser front looking cleaner.”
Opt for dark neutral colours — much like suit pants in winter, but a light khaki or tan pair will really make your navy or grey blazer pop come summer. Plus, lighter tones are more day time.
4 THE SHOES
Come Friday, put away your black cap-toed Oxfords or shiny brown Derbies, step into something more comfortable. With all the hallmarks of a dress shoe but with a punch hole patina the brogue is a textured foot friend for those in more corporate fields, while adding some style individuality to an office outfit.
You might be leaving the tie at home and belt, but suave accessories have an increased part to play now that you’ve dressed down.
“A pocket square adds some personality into your jacket and gives it a flair so you’re different from the other guys at work.”
Play around with sock colours and patterns, and a quality wrist-piece too. A statement, quality watch is a foolproof choice, while jewellery should be considered: a signet ring or fine metal bracelet (nothing tribal or too nautical looking) to liven up a dull hand.