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What to Wear on Casual Friday

I consider myself lucky to work in an office with relaxed dress code. Dressy jeans are cool, polished tee-shirts are cool, modest sundresses are cool – which makes dressing for work a breeze most days, even though I like to err on the dressier side of casual.

That being said, I’ve worked in offices where the dress code was less laid-back, too, and some of those offices had a “casual Friday” dress code policy that I avoided out of terror and confusion. But just because I lived in perpetual fear doesn’t mean you should!

Participating in casual Friday is a great way to break out of your work-wear fashion rut and show off a bit of your ‘off-duty’ style. And, let’s be honest – there’s 100% nothing wrong with being overdressed, but it’s no fun to be stuck in a button-up when everyone around you is chilling hard in their casual-Friday-sanctioned tee shirts.

So, what does casual Friday dress entail? It depends, honestly.

The best resource for this would be your company’s employee handbook or dress code, which should list what is and is not allowed on casual Friday. Another good resource would be your team leader, who can probably give you the skinny on what they expect of you.

Also, lowkey it never hurts to abstain for a week or two and observe how your peers interpret the dress code. This will give you an idea of what flies, what doesn’t, and how that can translate to your wardrobe and personal style.

Casual Friday Outfit for Casual Office

A lot of business casual offices have casual Friday policies that allow you to wear items like jeans and open-toed heels, and I am firmly on team “live your life” – wear jeans on casual Friday if your office lets you!

Just stick to darker washes without a lot of embellishments or – ahem – rips, no matter how trendy or stylish ripped jeans are rn. (Unless your office is cool with it — maybe you work at a fashion publication? — in which case…go for it!)

And while double denim can be divisive, I actually super love this look for an office, especially when paired with feminine accessories and classic touches, like nude nail polish, a red lip, and a couple of dainty layered bracelets.

If you’re worried about wearing a denim shirt and jeans to work, you can always swap the blouse for a button-up, or throw on a light cardigan, sweater, or blazer.

Casual Friday Outfit for Creative Office

 

Creative offices generally have a more lax dress code than their conservative counterparts, but the expectations are higher than that of casual offices.

That being said, you are probably more likely to get away with trendier or edgier pieces in a creative office as long as they are appropriate and modest – meaning you can try something bold like flashy statement earrings or a sassy (but tame!) statement tee. Just make sure you don’t have any important client meetings that day!

I especially love the look of regular workwear like a textured pencil skirt and cardigan paired with a statement tee. When paired with a couple of structured accessories and choice beauty items, you have a look that won’t look out of place in an office or on a fashion blog.

Casual Friday Outfit for Conservative Office

 

Even the most conservative offices may have a casual Friday policy, and depending on what is and is not allowed by your company’s dress code, this one can be the toughest to nail.

A good rule of thumb for stricter dress codes is to swap out one component of your normal work uniform for a more casual (but still polished) piece, like the striped tee-shirt shown above.

A striped tee normally is more of a boozy brunch staple than a workwear piece, but when paired with tailored cropped pants in a conservative color and a feminine but structured blazer, the striped tee takes on a cool, creative editor vibe.

Wear Satin in Everyday Life

When you think of satin, the first things that may pop in your head are PJ sets, luxurious pillows, or your mom’s old wedding dress. Rarely do you think of satin as a fabric for day-to-day clothing!

Well, I am here to prove you wrong. Satin is showing up everywhere, from heels to shorts to bomber jackets.

And though I admit that satin is not the most flexible fabric in the world (it can be damaged easily, and stains can be difficult to remove), it is beautiful nonetheless, and more and more designers are willing to take a chance with it.

If you’d like to see how best to wear satin without looking like your grandma or like you’re ready to go to bed, check out my favorite ways to wear satin below.

Satin Outfit 1: Fancy Joggers

Okay, so joggers are my favorite article of clothing of all time (I wear mine constantly), so it’s no surprise that these black satin joggers caught my eye immediately. Not only are they extremely comfortable and soft, but the sheen that is produced as you walk gives them a little somethin’ extra compared to the normal cotton kind.

To add some glamor, slip on these black Steve Madden sandals and pop on some pretty bauble earrings. Pull your hair back into a loose ponytail to make sure you see them! Finally, stow away your stuff in this chic black leather handbag, and you’re ready to rock n’ roll.

Satin Outfit 2: Fancier Camisole Top

This ah-dorable black satin camisole is a perfect top if you want something lightweight yet lovely (the lace detailing makes it especially dainty!)

Pair this top with some blush wide-leg pants to give it a softer feel. The high waist of these pants will fit perfectly over the cami to give you an hourglass shape.

Slip on these edgy black booties with a super chic clear heel and grab some rose gold bangles to continue with the light pink color scheme. To finish off, twist your hair into a ballerina bun and grab your trusty pink lipstick. *Mwah!*

Satin Outfit 3: Fanciest Skirt

 

This sage satin skirt is absolutely gorgeous and will make any lady look like a princess. Pair it with a white off-the-shoulder crop top to show off your lovely shoulders.

Slide on these ivory suede mules from Urban (cute but low to the ground!). Carry all your necessities in this chic gold clutch.

Finally, curl your hair so it’s cascading down your back, and add some pearly touches: a gold pearl necklace and matching pearl earrings. You’re a stunner.

Wear Millennial Pink Right Now

If you haven’t seen or heard, a certain shade of pink known as “millennial pink” or “Tumblr pink” has taken over just about everything from fashion to architecture, graphic design, and even hair over the past year.

Although millennial pink has been trending all year, it’s still absolutely everywhere and doesn’t seem to be losing popularity.

Its popularity has spawned countless think pieces on gender neutrality and commentaries on culture and of course, millennials. So let’s pay tribute to the hue with some millennial pink fashion.

Here are three outfit ideas on how to wear millennial pink right now.

Look #1: Hats Off

 

Pink is generally an easy color to wear, but if it isn’t a big part of your wardrobe, here’s a trendy and fun way to wear it – a millennial pink baseball cap. It’s a good way to hide a bad hair day while elevating your outfit game.

Pair the cap with a basic summer outfit formula of a t-shirt and high waisted shorts along with white sneakers. To really live up to the “Tumblr pink” name, use some popular makeup products like Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, Anastasia Dipbrow for brows on fleek, and matte liquid lipstick for that real Tumblr baddie vibe.

Look #2: Head to Toe

 

For a more professional and sleek look, wear different variations of the millennial pink color head to toe.

A muted nude-pink top (blazer optional) with blush-colored cigarette trousers and nude heels elongate your body for the perfect monochromatic look. Accessorize with a black clutch to create a nice contrast between the dark and light colors of the outfit.

Look #3: Dress it Up

 

For a dressier vibe, try a drapey tie-waist millennial pink dress and black gladiator sandals for a versatile look.

Keeping your accessories in the same color family as the warm light pink keeps everything cohesive, so try a long gold necklace and a nude and gold crossbody purse. Do your hair up in the popular half-bun to keep your look effortless and low key