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Linen Sweater
Michael Kors
Sold by: Saks Fifth Avenue

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A linen sweater is a key layering piece for Casual Friday in the summertime - the textured look just says Summer, and is polished over a pattern button up shirt or even a t-shirt. The lightweight of the natural fiber keeps you comfortable as you travel to and from work, and at your air-conditioned office. This modern fitting, crewneck style from Michael Kors is in the perfect shade of blue-grey, working with all those neutral colored twill pants that get so much wear throughout the Summer. And, of course it looks great with jeans.
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07/07/2015

Tackle Casual Friday Dressing with Summer-Appropriate Style

4th of July has passed, and if you’re like most of us, you’re in a Summer mindset – you know, it involves vacation, baseball, barbecue, golf, all that good stuff. Even at work, summertime means some changes. Some offices implement flextime and half-day Fridays. Some implement a Casual Friday dress code on Fridays – or, all week long. So, that’s what we’re talking about this week. What is “Casual Friday” appropriate? With more and more work places taking a less formal approach to what is acceptable office dressing, even with that memo from HR explaining the rules, lines can easily blur. And with so many of us working in non-traditional environments and telecommuting these days (over 40% more Americans work from home than they did 10 years ago), it becomes harder to judge what will keep you looking professional and appropriate. Sure, our work is what we should be judged by. But the fact is, how we present ourselves is equally important. Therefore, when in doubt, we generally believe in erring on the side of more professional. And that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice any casual comfort. A linen shirt, a great polo, a light sport coat, and the right pants will have you looking as good as you’ll feel.

We’re showing you a few of our top summertime work casual picks here. Then head over to “4 Gents’ Looks for an Effortless Casual Friday, Any Day of the Week” in Fashion Finds to see 4 of our favorite outfits for the ideal “Casual Friday” look, whether you work in a more traditional or casual work environment. If you like something, just click on the “Shop It” button to buy it from our suggested retailer. And let us know what you think through the comments section below and on social media.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/corneliani-trim-fit-flax-blend-sport-coat/3921515
Corneliani - Trim Fit Flax Blend Sport Coat
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Corneliani - Trim Fit Flax Blend Sport Coat
Trim Fit Flax Blend Sport Coat
Corneliani
Sold by: Nordstrom

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This sport coat from Corneliani, one of Italy’s finest luxury clothing manufacturers, offers a polished look to finish a casual Friday outfit. The unique fabric offers the best of both lightweight wool and flax, a fiber similar to linen. So it’s seasonally comfortable, and while it has the look and texture of linen, wrinkles less. That means you can wear this jacket with your jeans or white or stone cotton twill pants and look fresh all day long. A pattern button up completes the look. The fit is modern, so it's great for most gents that want to invest in a jacket they’ll wear for years.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306630908&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446838351
Billy Reid - Rosedale Plaid Linen Sportshirt
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Billy Reid - Rosedale Plaid Linen Sportshirt
Rosedale Plaid Linen Sportshirt
Billy Reid
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Linen is a great Summer fabric, as the texture lends a rugged and polished look to any piece, making it ideal for any gent’s Friday wardrobe. This Billy Reid linen shirt effortlessly dresses up a pair of dark jeans and pairs easily with any cotton pants in a neutral color. The contemporary fit and smokey blue/rust color combination work really well under a blue or tan sport coat or sweater, too.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Peter-Millar-Tattersall-Twill-Sport-Shirt-Pink/prod181150019___/p.prod
Peter Millar - Tattersall Twill Sport Shirt
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Peter Millar - Tattersall Twill Sport Shirt
Tattersall Twill Sport Shirt
Peter Millar
Sold by: Neiman Marcus

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A button up shirt in a pop of color coordinates with any pair of neutral color pants (including jeans in any wash), and creates a seasonally fresh look that makes for a smart addition to your Summer Friday casual wardrobe. The easier, modern fit of Peter Millar’s pink tattersal plaid shirt is polished on its own, and can be layered under a sport coat or sweater, too.
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Vince - Essential 5-Pocket Soho Stretch Twill Trouser
Whether denim is appropriate in your office or not, a great pair of cotton trousers will always be acceptable for a casual day. The contemporary fit and perfectly washed blue (called “Nocturn” through the ‘shop it’ button) make these Vince pants an easy alternative to jeans. The color has a similar vibe to denim, so wear them the same way – they look great with patterned button up’s, polos, or upscale t-shirts for a really relaxed office. If you have a meeting, throw on a tan sport coat or shawl collar cardigan. From the picture, you can see they look cool with sneakers, and work just as well with plain toe or brogue lace-up shoes.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Boss-Hugo-Boss-Rapino-Slub-Short-Sleeve-Polo-Shirt-Blue/prod182010013_cat13140748__/p.prod
BOSS Hugo Boss - Rapino Slub Short-Sleeve Polo Shirt
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Rapino Slub Short-Sleeve Polo Shirt
Rapino Slub Short-Sleeve Polo Shirt
BOSS Hugo Boss
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A cotton polo is a staple for many gents on a casual day, and with dark jeans or khaki’s, this good-looking polo from Hugo Boss is office-ready on a casual day. It’s also a great look for those casual meetings at coffee shops that happen more and more these days. The contemporary fit, textured slub cotton, and contrast-trimmed button placket gives it a polished look so it’s a step up from a basic polo. A navy or tan cotton blazer can be added if you need to take that extra step.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/j-fold-montreal-satchel/3819408
J. Fold - Montreal Satchel
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J. Fold - Montreal Satchel
Montreal Satchel
J. Fold
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Friday is the day to leave that leather brief case at home and bring something more casual to the office, especially if you’re heading out for some fun after work. J. Fold’s rugged nylon bag makes a stylish statement in red that is modern without being too bold. (It does come in some great neutrals through the ‘shop it’ button, too.) The white cotton shoulder strap and tan leather handles add the perfect Summer details. Plus, it has all the necessary interior and exterior pockets and pen loops to keep you organized without the bulk or weight of a big bag. In red, you won’t lose it in the sea of black and brown bags that can pile up at your favorite watering hole after work.
 

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