Getting dressed for work can be a #struggle, especially come Friday. You've worn your trousers a few too many times, and you're not feeling a pencil skirt with pumps. Thankfully, however, Fridays have, in many workplaces, turned into casual Fridays—a day where those oftentimes strict dress codes are not enforced, and you're given much more sartorial freedom when it comes to piecing together an office outfit.
Of course, you still want to be mindful of what you show up wearing because you may have to attend meetings or grab lunch with a client. A good general rule to follow? If you're the slightest bit hesitant about your casual Friday work outfit, follow your intuition and dress it up with something a bit more refined and polished, like a blazer or a button-down.
For example, jeans are office Friday-friendly, but consider pairing them with a sleek, minimalistic blouse or even a cool dress to prevent them from looking too laid-back. Need some more inspiration? Below, we've rounded up the best casual Friday work outfits to copy that will take you straight from the boardroom to happy hour with your besties—no outfit change required.
Have fun with colors. Start with a pair of fiery red pants and a versatile white T-shirt. Add in a structured blazer in a complementary color.
Or show off those pastel-hued trousers that have been hiding in your closet.
Test out a cool two-piece set. Skip the heels this time around, and instead, slip into some comfy sneakers. It's the perfect chic-meets-sporty pairing.
If your office has slightly stricter rules come casual Friday, go the safe route by pairing a trendy pair of trousers with a minimalistic blouse. Add colorful shoes for the finishing touch.
Yes, casual Fridays can include a pair of jeans. Just team the denim with chic and elegant pieces like this lightweight trench and fun heels.
Or consider wearing them with a playful dress, as shown above. Throw a blazer on top for that refined touch.
Another no-fail casual Friday outfit? A dress (sans jeans) styled with a pair of edgy boots.
Opt for a bold printed dress (with sleek pumps) for a fun look that's guaranteed to ring in the compliments.
White pants and a striped shirt are always casual Friday–friendly.
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