Friday’s at the office is something everyone looks forward to – not only does it signal the impending weekend (freedom!), but it often means you get to don something a little more casual to work. This can really be a great opportunity to show off your personal style and personality to your coworkers.
As exciting and thrilling casual Friday’s are, it’s important to remember that “casual Friday” should not translate to “today I’m wearing pyjama’s to work” or my “Saturday’s grubbies”. There are still guidelines to follow when dressing down at the office.
Yoga Pants are for Yoga
Yoga pants – possibly one of the most comfortable items a person can wear; Stretchy, silky and often black (and therefore sliming). It makes sense that you might want to throw a pair on if you know you’ll be sitting at your desk for the better part of the day. However, yoga pants are not office appropriate, even on a casual Friday. Instead, opt for a pair of well-fitting jeans (jeans that fit your body correctly will be very comfortable and some even have stretch in them – just like when bra shopping, it is often beneficial to consult a sales clerk for help with your perfect fit). The darker the better, and no holes please!
If a pair of jeans on a casual Friday makes no sense to you, try something like a linen pant – comfortable yet stylish!
Flip Flops are for the Beach
There is never a situation in which wearing flip-flops to the office is appropriate. Never. Even if they are Gucci flip-flops. It makes sense that you don’t want to wear typical dress shoes on casual Friday, however try to opt for something stylish yet comfortable, and still covered in the summer (open-toed sandals shouldn’t really be in the office). In the summer, our dress is lighter and we say “the less the dress, the less the shoe”. There are stylish open-toed shoes you can choose from without having to go to the extreme of wearing the ubiquitous flip-flop.
Just as flip-flops are not meant for the office, neither are running shoes. Running shoes are for running! There are lots of great options out there for footwear that are comfortable, stylish, and office appropriate. Now you get to go shopping.
You Are What You Wear
Casual Friday’s are a great way to show your coworkers who you are outside of the office. However remember that what you wear and how you feel will affect your job performance directly; if you wear yoga pants to work, chances are you’re feeling extremely relaxed and comfortable, and that might reflect on what you accomplish that day.
Remember as well that you are still surrounded by your superiors and colleagues, and therefore how you portray yourself via your choice of clothing matters just as much, if not more, than throughout the rest of the week.
It’s all about balance – if you can successfully balance comfort, style and professionalism this Friday, you will be the best dressed in the office, and probably the most comfortable!
Here are some examples of some do’s:
Here are some examples of some don’ts: