Hot weather is upon us and casual Friday is a weekly thing. When the weather gets warmer, we start to think it’s okay to wear our weekend wear to the office. Not true. No matter what the temperature, we need to look the part while we’re on the clock, whether that’s in the office or with clients. Even if you’re taking your clients out for a round of golf or other activities, you are still a representative of your company.
With that being said, here are some options for casual Friday dress that will make the boss happy and keep you cool and looking good.
Let’s start with the dressiest. Who says you can’t wear a jacket and tie with jeans on casual Friday? The jeans really dress down the jacket and tie, but you still look ready for any work situation. This is when you can get really colorful and creative with your shirt and tie. Have fun and show people your personality. Get out of the neutral rut and choose some vibrant colors like turquoise, fuchsia, royal blue, lime and grape. Pair the look below with a more casual shoe such as a boat shoe or espadrille.
If you have a young man’s physique, how about a pair of skinny jeans and a button down casual shirt? If your physique isn’t quite as young, pair the button down shirt with straight leg jeans. The darker the wash, the dressier the jean. Choose a darkwash that’s almost a navy blue and you will look even more put together. You probably have several button down shirts already in your wardrobe that you can pair with a nice pair of jeans. If not, choose some colorful, modern ones that show people you have a sense of humor yet are all business.
If you live somewhere down south like Texas, don’t even read this option. If you live where it’s cooler, you may be able to get away with wearing a very thin sweater during the summer months. This is a polo neck sweater which is shown worn quite tight, but you can also wear it looser to hide any body issues. Even though it’s a sweater, it’s made from 100% cotton which breathes and keeps you from sweating as much. In fact, a short sleeve shirt made from a man-made material will be hotter than this long sleeve natural material. Pair these jeans with a nice pair of sneakers-not athletic shoes that you wear to work out. Those are saved for…working out or mowing the lawn.
This pair of chinos can be paired with many different tops such as the t-shirt shown, a button down shirt, short sleeve shirt, a long sleeve knit top or a polo top. You can also add a jacket to any of the above to take the outfit up a notch. If you’re just running in to the office to grab some paperwork or laptop, this will work. Otherwise, this is probably too casual unless you work in an extremely casual environment. If you do, keep the shirt clean and great shape. Any shirts with holes, stains or other shows of wear should be thrown out. This specific pair of pants comes in over 20 colors so get a few different ones as a good base for your wardrobe.
When it’s time for golf, you need to look as good (or better) than you’re going to play. Leave the old, worn out golf shirts and shorts at home and choose this bright, attractive golf polo that will have all eyes on you. These white golf pants look smart and go with any golf shirt you pair them with. Who knows, the smarter you look, the bigger the deal may be.
These options give you ideas for casual Friday dress that will have you looking as good as you feel that the weekend is right around the corner.
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