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July 7, 2015

4 Gents’ Looks for an Effortless Casual Friday, Any Day of the Week

As we talked about in this week’s Clothes & Conversation, “Tackle Casual Friday Dressing with Summer-Appropriate Style” ”Casual Friday” can be easy to misinterpret, especially in the summertime. And office environments are so varied these days, looking professional can take on many different meanings. So we’re showing you 4 outfits, for traditional or casual work places, that will ensure you are still feeling appropriate while enjoying some Summer comfort at the same time.
Let us know what you think in the comments below and on social media. We’d love to hear about your office dressing obstacles, so we can help. Remember, whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/suiting/PRD~A0498/A0498.jsp
A cotton or linen suit, worn with a t-shirt or casual button up shirt and no tie is a great casual Friday outfit. The Ludlow fit from J.Crew is their leaner, more contemporary fit, which makes this soft Italian cotton fabric look modern and dapper. This vintage stone color is the ideal neutral that gives you plenty of versatility. On the more casual side, wear it with a white, black, blue or grey t-shirt. Tip: When you wear a t-shirt with a jacket, it’s especially important that the neckline is nicely finished and the fabric is substantial and rich – it will make or break the look. Alternatively, play it safe with a solid white or small scale plaid button up. As you’ll see through the ‘shop it’ button, this suit will give you tons of opportunities to wear it, as it can easily be dressed up with a tie, too. To ensure a great fit, the pants are sold separately.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/robert-talbott-classic-fit-three-button-blazer/3998784 Robert Talbott - Classic Fit Three Button Blazer
Robert Talbott - Classic Fit Three Button Blazer
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Robert Talbott - Classic Fit Three Button Blazer
Classic Fit Three Button Blazer
Robert Talbott
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Traditional Work Environment. If you usually dress pretty conservatively for work, Casual Fridays in the Summer can feel really tricky. You don’t want to veer too far from your comfort zone of what’s acceptable, but you do want to take advantage of this perk. Start off with this Robert Talbott blazer. It has an easy modern fit, in a slightly shorter length and soft construction, which gives it a more casual vibe than a typical blazer. The silk and linen blend fabric gives it a just right look for the office on a casual Friday. The neutral shade of cadet blue color makes it easy to accessorize, so you will have lots of opportunities to wear this beyond the outfit we’re suggesting here.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Peter-Millar-Large-Tattersall-Woven-Sport-Shirt-Newport-Blue/prod176630289_cat21150732__/p.prod Peter Millar - Large Tattersall Woven Sport Shirt
Peter Millar - Large Tattersall Woven Sport Shirt
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Peter Millar - Large Tattersall Woven Sport Shirt
Large Tattersall Woven Sport Shirt
Peter Millar
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The easier, modern fit and pop of blue and mustard tan color make this Peter Millar sport shirt a winner under the sport coat in this outfit. The stronger colors brighten up the jacket to make it Summer-ready, but still completely professional.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Peter-Millar-Stretch-Five-Pocket-Khaki-Pants-Beige/prod177850025_cat42600734__/p.prod Peter Millar - Stretch Five-Pocket Khaki Pants
Peter Millar - Stretch Five-Pocket Khaki Pants
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Peter Millar - Stretch Five-Pocket Khaki Pants
Stretch Five-Pocket Khaki Pants
Peter Millar
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A pair of dark wash jeans will certainly work with the jacket and shirt in this outfit, but if your office doesn’t encourage jeans – or you’re just not comfortable wearing them at work – these cotton twill pants from Peter Millar are the solution. They have the casual styling of jeans in a modern fit that works with the rest of this look. And the beige color is a nice contrast to the jacket.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/bills-khakis-original-bridle-leather-belt/4108041 Bills Khakis - Original Bridle Leather Belt
Bills Khakis - Original Bridle Leather Belt
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Bills Khakis - Original Bridle Leather Belt
Original Bridle Leather Belt
Bills Khakis
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We often remind you to make sure you have a great belt to complete any outfit, and that is certainly true for a casual Friday look. This is the finishing touch, like shoes, that can’t be overlooked. And it should be good-looking. The belt is the detail that generally goes unnoticed – unless you do it wrong. The tan bridle leather and roller buckle of this Bills Khakis belt has the right casual feel, in a 1 ¼” width that is modern and just right for this outfit.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_feature/NewArrivals/shirts/PRDOVR~C4218/C4218.jsp J.Crew - Irish Linen Popover Shirt
J.Crew - Irish Linen Popover Shirt
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J.Crew - Irish Linen Popover Shirt
Traditional Work Environment. While light and easy is the name of the game on a Summer Friday, you can still look polished and professional without a sport shirt or blazer. This J.Crew short sleeve linen shirt is the perfect way to do it. It’s basically the marriage of a polo and a sport shirt, so you get wonderfully upscale woven fabric with the casual styling of a polo. J.Crew tapped Baird McNutt of Ireland for this seriously soft deep blue herringbone material that works with cotton twill pants and jeans. J.Crew’s typically modern fit looks great on most gents and can easily layer under a blue blazer, if needed.
https://bonobos.com/products/washed-chinos?color=stone%20cutters&fit=tailored Bonobos - Washed Chinos
Bonobos - Washed Chinos
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Washed Chinos
Bonobos
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Bonobos is a favorite of ours for a great pair of flat front chinos. Since the line started out with a focus on pants, they’ve really nailed a good fit. And not just one – many of the pants, like these great basic chinos - come in 3-4 different fits: Tailored (the trimmest, contemporary fit), Straight (a modern “everyman” fit that is still updated and current), and Slim (which is in between the two). The Boot is their most relaxed fit. Besides choosing your waist size, you can also choose an inseam length that is right for you. We are suggesting the Tailored fit for this outfit, to pair with the sleek look of the J.Crew shirt, but you will still look completely polished if you are more comfortable in one of the more relaxed options. The perfectly neutral Stone Cutters color we’re highlighting pops the mixed blue color of the shirt, and plays up the updated fabrication.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/original-penguin-strauss-stripe-canvas-belt/3977504 Original Penguin - Strauss Stripe Canvas Belt
Original Penguin - Strauss Stripe Canvas Belt
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Strauss Stripe Canvas Belt
Original Penguin
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Choosing the right belt can be a challenge for casual wear, but one we happily accept. Original Penguin’s canvas belt has a denim blue and white stripe with a leather trim that ties this outfit together with a stylishly modern, preppy look. It looks great with shorts too, and can even be worn with pops of color, so you’ll get plenty of use out of it throughout the Summer.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/toms-classic-brogue-cotton-twill-oxford-men/3914810 TOMS - Classic Brogue Cotton Twill Oxford
TOMS - Classic Brogue Cotton Twill Oxford
Consider these shoes a dressed up version of sneakers. They are designed for casual Fridays. From Toms, the all canvas upper has oxford styling with a cap toe and a white rubber sole that is the perfect contrast to the natural color of these shoes. You’ll wear them every Friday, not just with this outfit.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Robert-Graham-Walkane-Plaid-Sport-Shirt-Blue/prod181890420_cat21150732__/p.prod Robert Graham - Walkane Plaid Sport Shirt
Robert Graham - Walkane Plaid Sport Shirt
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Robert Graham - Walkane Plaid Sport Shirt
Walkane Plaid Sport Shirt
Robert Graham
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Casual Work Environment. If you work in a more relaxed or creative environment, jeans are probably a standard part of your wardrobe, and Fridays can get tricky because you don’t dress conservatively throughout the week, anyway. We don’t believe in throwing it all away on Friday. The relaxed modern fit of Robert Graham never disappoints, using their own designs, in the finest cottons, to create patterns that make these shirts collectibles. This blue windowpane check is subtle for the office, but with a pop of Summer color in the contrasting cuff and collar that is just right for a Friday. The length of the shirt is designed to wear out or tucked in, so you can’t go wrong either way.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ag-new-hero-relaxed-fit-jeans-switch/3989493 AG Jeans - New Hero Relaxed Fit Jeans
AG Jeans - New Hero Relaxed Fit Jeans
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New Hero Relaxed Fit Jeans
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These dark wash jeans from AG are a perfect compliment to the Robert Graham shirt in this outfit. The wash is clean and even, which is more appropriate for a traditional office that allows jeans, since there’s minimal distressing and whiskering. These are made from a premium Japanese denim and have a clear wash with just a touch of sanding on the knee and thigh. The fit is just right, too – AG’s Hero model is relaxed in the waist, seat and thigh, with a straight leg. The fit is modern and easy, so they won’t be fitted and work for most every gent.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/wolverine-javier-plain-toe-derby-men/3778261 Wolverine - Javier Plain Toe Derby
Wolverine - Javier Plain Toe Derby
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Wolverine - Javier Plain Toe Derby
Javier Plain Toe Derby
Wolverine
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This plain toe black oxford from Wolverine has a classic style that is easy with the dark jeans and shirt in this outfit. The full grain leather, cushioned leather foot bed (for comfort), and EVA outsole (for support) ensure you’ll want to wear these every chance you get – and they will easily work year-round.
https://www.everlane.com/collections/mens-accessories/products/mens-single-sided-belt-black Everlane - The Single-Sided Belt
Everlane - The Single-Sided Belt
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This black Italian leather belt from Everlane completes the outfit. The smooth rectangular buckle and 1 ¼” width is modern and simply timeless. And there is simply no beating the price for the quality.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Rag-Bone-Avery-Shawl-Collar-Knit-Cardigan-Charcoal/prod182460058_cat48620735__/p.prod Rag & Bone - Avery Shawl-Collar Knit Cardigan
Rag & Bone - Avery Shawl-Collar Knit Cardigan
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Rag & Bone - Avery Shawl-Collar Knit Cardigan
Avery Shawl-Collar Knit Cardigan
Rag & Bone
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Casual Work Environment. A cardigan is a dapper layering piece for a casual office setting that instantly steps up your sartorial game. This contemporary fit shawl collar, waffle weave cotton cardigan from Rag & Bone has a modern look that lets your cohorts know you pay attention to your wardrobe. And that’s a good thing. When you button up the top four buttons, it takes on a polished look that is the easy alternative to a jacket , especially in this rich charcoal grey color.
http://www.vince.com/ombre-geo-print-crew-neck-tee/invt/vnm25779001&color=Carbon Vince - Ombré Geo Print Crew Neck Tee
Vince - Ombré Geo Print Crew Neck Tee
If you are in an office where casual dress is well-accepted, like many companies in the creative or tech fields, a t-shirt is all you need to layer under the cardigan featured in this outfit. But make sure it’s a good one. This contemporary fitting t-shirt from Vince has a geo print that forms an hombre look that is seriously cool. The design is so fresh and modern, making a heather grey t-shirt so much more – feel free to take your cardigan off when you’re wearing this one. The high quality prima cotton is soft and less prone to shrinkage, so it’s really durable. If a t-shirt may be a bit too casual, this short sleeve sport shirt is a great alternative to wear under this cardigan.
http://www.jbrandjeans.com/tyler/d/4613C11977 J Brand - Tyler Jeans
J Brand - Tyler Jeans
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Tyler Jeans
J Brand
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J Brand’s contemporary fit and just-right wash work effortlessly with the cardigan and t-shirt in this outfit…and will work for any outfit. J Brand uses a hand process to get the subtle broken-in details just right without excessive distressing. The Tyler model has a slim fit that is not too skinny, so you’ll get to wear them to the office and when you head out for the night, too.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/tsovet-jpt-ts44-chronograph-leather-strap-watch-44mm/4038958 TSOVET - JPT-TS44 Chronograph Leather Strap Watch
TSOVET - JPT-TS44 Chronograph Leather Strap Watch
A great-looking watch is just the right finishing touch to a gent's outfit, especially for the office. This 44mm chronograph from TSOVET has a clean, bold look. But it’s not just its good looks that make it a pick for us – it is hand built, with a stainless steel case, precision dial features, and aerospace-grade details. It’s even water resistant to 100 meters, though we suspect that feature won’t come in handy at the office (for most gents, anyway).
 

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