Casual Friday – Professional casual dress for the office

Casual Friday at the Office

Many companies relax their dress code for their employees by allowing them to dress down on Fridays.  Known as “Casual Friday” or “Dress Down Friday”, this is a gesture that allows employees to be comfortable while working.  Many times employees look to leaders or management in the company to guide them in casual dress.  This is usually detailed in a dress code policy, but a lot of times, actions speak louder than words.  Here are some ideas for casual dress while still maintaining a professional presence.  For example, trouser denims offer the casual feel of denim, but the trouser cut offers the put together look.  Paired with a cardigan or a structured sweater, you can still be a part of the team while maintaining casual dress policy.  One may argue that shoes should still be closed toe and in many conservative offices, that may still hold true.  However, many modern offices  allow an open toe shoe (no metallics, thin straps, stiletto heel, etc.) for dress-down Friday.

What type of office environment do you work?

What is your company’s casual dress policy?


V neck cardigan
$325 – neimanmarcus.com

White Warren long cashmere sweater
$175 – neimanmarcus.com

Double breasted cardigan
$325 – neimanmarcus.com

Magaschoni off shoulder sweater
$320 – neimanmarcus.com

Forla paris wrap cardigan
$58 – buckle.com

Loft
$70 – loft.com

J Crew short jeans
$125 – jcrew.com

Christian louboutin boots
$1,595 – saksfifthavenue.com

2 Lips Too stiletto heels
$55 – heels.com

MICHAEL Michael Kors open toe booties
$140 – lordandtaylor.com

Gucci shoes
$1,190 – gucci.com

Pleat Front Cardigan – White House | Black Market
$78 – whitehouseblackmarket.com

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Nancy Kirk-Gettridge is founder of Phenomenal Image, an executive development firm focused on helping her clients gain confidence and take control of their careers. Confronting workplace challenges and her own limiting beliefs, Nancy is committed to helping her clients see themselves as qualified leaders and risk-takers. Nancy frequently writes about resolving gender bias in the workplace. Key topics include career management, leadership training/development, succession planning and overcoming workplace issues.
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