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July 7, 2015

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

Many offices have already sent around their reminder about what is “appropriate” attire now that we are feeling the heat of summertime. And as we talked about in this week’s Clothes & Conversation, “Tackle Casual Friday Dressing with Easy Summer Style” that can mean still be easy to misinterpret, especially on days when we can dress “Casual Friday”. Whether that’s actually on Fridays or every day of the week in whatever environment you call “the office”, looking professional takes on a new meaning those days. So we’re showing you 4 outfits, for traditional or more casual work places, that will ensure you are feeling appropriate while having some summery fun with your look 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.
http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/569975/Equipment/brett-striped-silk-crepe-shirt
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Equipment - Brett Striped Silk-Crepe Shirt
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Menswear inspiration is always safe for a Casual Friday work look, and it’s so on trend, you get the best of both worlds. This Equipment blouse is so polished looked, in a gorgeous silk that drapes for that effortless and breezy Summer look we all strive for. Equipment is known for their button downs – that’s the focus of the line and they’ve got the modern fit down. They’re not too oversized but loose and office appropriate. The stripe is a very dark navy, so this blouse will work on a casual day with jeans in any color – white, basic denim, or a fun pop color – and, you will get plenty of use out of it on a dressier day with trousers or a pencil skirt and a blazer.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/equipment-kenton-cotton-shirt/3749281 Equipment - Kenton Cotton Shirt
Equipment - Kenton Cotton Shirt
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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. You’ll never go wrong with a simple white button down shirt. Don’t skimp here. It’s a basic that you can dress up when needed, or dressed down with jeans or even jean shorts on the weekend. The better the quality, the easier it will transition in uses, since the cotton will stay crisp and white and the shape will hold up. This Equipment shirt does just that. With its modern and easy fit, this lightweight cotton shirt is completely professional. Be sure to wear a nude bra.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/blazers/regent/PRDOVR~B0323/B0323.jsp J.Crew - Regent Blazer
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While a blazer might not be necessary to wear on a Friday, this J.Crew blazer is a gorgeous add-on to wear with the basic white button down in this outfit. In Clothes & Conversation, we featured the linen version, and this timeless style deserves another mention. In 000-16, Petite to Tall, there is a size for most everyone. And the single button closure works for all chest sizes – no pulling if you are large busted or sagging if you are smaller. The faded teak color gives this seasonless wool version a sophisticated and airy feel. Unroll your shirtsleeves and throw it on for that last minute meeting with a client or the boss.
http://www.7forallmankind.com/Fashion_High_Waist_Wide_Leg_Trouser_in_Pristine_Blue_Black/pd/c/5/np/5/p/9678.html 7 For All Mankind - Fashion High Waist Wide Leg Trouser
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Balancing this timeless button down and blazer with a slimming pair of jeans creates a casual vibe that is still work-right. A crisp white pair or broken-in cuffed jeans are great, but today, we’re highlighting this wide leg pair from 7 For All Mankind. The material simply can’t be softer, with just the right amount of stretch to provide comfort without cling. The rise is higher, sitting at/just above (depending on your torso) the belly button. It’s not an exaggerated high rise as some jeans can be, so its just high enough to suck you in and prevent muffin top - very flattering. The trouser hem finish gives them a professional look that is ideal for a casual Friday. (If you need to get them shortened, any tailor can keep the “original hem” so you won’t lose this detail.) The easy contemporary fit and even dark wash is slimming on all figures.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/kate-spade-new-york-lizette-perforated-leather-pointy-toe-pump-women/3921112?origin=category&BaseUrl=Pumps kate spade new york - Lizette Perforated Leather Pointy Toe Pump
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A pair of heels always looks great with wide leg jeans, and the perforated design of these kate spade new york pumps give them a touch of casual flare that prevents them from looking too formal. The luggage brown is the perfect shade for this neutral outfit, and a color that you’ll get plenty of use out of all season long. The sale price is pretty great, too.
http://www.shopbop.com/pave-circle-lariat-necklace-jules/vp/v=1/1550473471.htm Jules Smith - Pave Circle Lariat Necklace
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Since this outfit is all about timeless staples, the accessories are an easy way to give it some fun flare. We just talked about the shoes that have some playful details and this delicate lariat necklace adds just a touch of edgy style. It’s adjustable, so you can slide the center crystal charm to rest at just the right spot a bit above the first closed button of your shirt. This will show off the delicate chain and allow the ends of this pretty necklace to casually drape down the center of your shirt.
http://www.shopbop.com/angel-belt-b-low/vp/v=1/1521470905.htm B-Low The Belt - Angel Belt
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A simple slim brown belt gives a polished finish to your jeans, in that lighter shade of brown that gives off a casual and easy feel. B-low The Belt uses a sturdy leather that is perfectly broken-in looking, so you’ll wear these with all your jeans for a long time to come.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Frank-Eileen-Murphy-Chambray-Shirtdress-Navy/prod178920453___/p.prod Frank & Eileen - Murphy Chambray Shirtdress
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Casual Work Environment. Unlike many shirtdresses, this Frank & Eileen doesn't have a shirttail, so the straight-across hem creates a finish and length that is much more work appropriate than many shirtdresses on a casual day. We love Frank & Eileen – they specialize in woven button down shirts and the quality and fit is amazing. They’ve recently branched into shirtdresses. The luxe fabric and ideal button placement (no pulling or gaping around the chest) carry over in to this easy fitting silhouette. With a few well-chosen accessories, including a belt to give you a slimming shape, this deep chambray dress will quickly get you out the door on a Friday.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/halogen-woven-chevron-belt/3911141 Halogen - Woven Chevron Belt
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Whatever your figure-type, a belt will give this shirtdress in this outfit a pulled-together look that will also give you a pretty shape. We suggest a wider belt - it makes a little more of a statement and creates a bit more structure than a slim belt. Because the dress is so neutral, any color or material will work – leather with an interesting buckle, even cork. Our top pick is this woven chevron belt to give this dress a casual look that is still appropriate in a relaxed work environment. The combination of color touches on all the great colors and neutrals of the season, making it cheery and Summer-right...and versatile with the rest of your accessories.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/dolce-vita-laynie-dorsay-flat-women/3914477 Dolce Vita - Laynie d'Orsay Flat
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Sandals may be appropriate in your less conservative workplace, but we suggest pairing the dress and belt in this outfit with an airy pair of flats. It’s just as seasonally appropriate, but a little more polished for the office with a shirtdress. These Dolce Vita flats are ideal, with the perforated leather toe. They come in other colors that will match this look through the ‘shop it’ button, and this caramel and ivory combination brings in the colors of the belt with ease.
http://www.shopbop.com/pearl-wrap-bracelet-chan-luu/vp/v=1/1534524580.htm Chan Luu - Cultured Freshwater Pearl Wrap Bracelet
Chan Luu - Cultured Freshwater Pearl Wrap Bracelet
The woven fabric of the belt, textured chambray of the dress, and perforated leather of the shoes all have subtle interest that are both sleek and sophisticated at the same time. And this Chan Luu bracelet is the finishing touch that shows it all off. The brown leather cord is knotted and rugged, but it’s accented with cultured freshwater pearls – and what’s more refined than pearls? When done in this cool wrap bracelet, they take on a look that you’ll wear with everything and make a simple leather cord work-right.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/velvet-by-graham-spencer-button-front-voile-tank/4038515 Velvet - Button Front Voile Tank
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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. Wearing more casual fabrics and layering some key pieces will get you there. For this outfit, we’re starting with a cotton voile blouse from Velvet. The simple ivory ground has a black print that hints at the stylish tribal trend, but in neutral colors that make for easy outfit pairings. The sleeveless silhouette and buttoned half-placket easily conceal a nude bra, but it is available with a ¾ sleeve, too.
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While the top in this outfit easily works with jeans, for a Friday look, slim black trousers in a stretch cotton twill give you the comfort of jeans with the more refined look of trousers. Joie’s pants are so, so soft with just the right amount of stretch that plays perfectly with their easy, contemporary fit. The slimmer cropped leg (hitting just above the ankle is ideal) gives them a polished look, but the waist is a bit more relaxed for even more comfort. Tuck the featured blouse in for a sleek finish.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Vince-Lightweight-Knit-Long-Belted-Cardigan-Vince-Lightweight-Knit-Long-Belted-Cardigan-/prod179060194___/p.prod Vince - Lightweight Knit Long Belted Cardigan
Vince - Lightweight Knit Long Belted Cardigan
You may not be comfortable having bare arms in the office – whether it’s because you feel like you’re showing too much skin or it’s just downright chilly with the air conditioning on. This light and airy linen cardigan from Vince is just the right shape and fabric to accent the top and pants in this outfit. As with all Vince pieces, no detail goes unnoticed, like the raised hems with ribbed details, making this cardigan look great open or belted shut. It’s Vince’s typical easy fit, but cut with a slimmer shape so the longer length is polished and not overwhelming – even on petite ladies. When you’re not wearing it with this outfit, you’ll love it with jeans and a simple tank – or even with a pair of shorts to show off the longer length.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/vince-mason-genuine-snakeskin-leather-flat-women/4001778 Vince - Mason Genuine Snakeskin & Leather Flat
Vince - Mason Genuine Snakeskin & Leather Flat
Complete this outfit with a comfortable pair of flats. This updated silhouette from Vince is the perfect middle ground between ballet flats and menswear-inspired loafers that are modern and not heavy looking. The smooth band is a stylish accent to the snakeskin leather, and the comfy rubber sole means you can walk out to grab lunch without having to change your shoes.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/niczoe-bright-stripe-cardigan-regular-petite/4009104 Nic + Zoe - Bright Stripe Cardigan
Nic + Zoe - Bright Stripe Cardigan
Traditional Work Environment. While you might wear a blazer or suit on most days, for Casual Friday, you can reinterpret that idea with this striped Nic+Zoe cardigan. In XS-XL (Petites, too) this linen/cotton sweater hits at the waist, with bracelet-length sleeves and a rounded neckline to create an easy and tailored fit that is just right for the office. The stripes combine pops of color and easy neutrals so you can wear white, tan, or black with it.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/niczoe-perfect-layer-tank-regular-petite/2986700 Nic + Zoe - Perfect Layer Tank
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The striped sweater in this outfit pops with simple white pairings, so just add Nic+Zoe’s simple tank top underneath. Like the sweater, it’s sized XS-XL (including Petites) and has a scoop neckline and armholes that ensure your bra won’t show and you’ll look appropriate for the office. The cotton has a nice weight to it with a touch of stretch so it will holds its shape without clinging. This is a great basic – you may want to stock up on the other colors offered through the ‘shop it’ button, as well.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/nydj-wylie-five-pocket-colored-stretch-trousers-regular-petite/3688341?origin=category&BaseUrl=Women NYDJ - Wylie Five-Pocket Colored Stretch Trousers
NYDJ - Wylie Five-Pocket Colored Stretch Trousers
NYDJ’s linen pants have the 5-pocket styling of jeans, but in a more polished linen fabric that is appropriate for a casual Friday. If jeans are allowed, NYDJ has a similar pair in white denim. The wide leg is modern and fresh looking, and a great balance to the waist length of the sweater in this outfit. You can leave the tank top untucked for a layered look or tuck it in for added polish. These pants are truly a Summer essential with NYDJ’s exclusive lift-tuck® technology, and a combination of lyocell and spandex to give the linen fabric a wonderfully soft feel and comfortable modern fit. You can really sit and work all day in comfort.
http://www.shopbop.com/waverly-wedge-pumps-belle-by/vp/v=1/1547214699.htm Belle by Sigerson Morrison - Waverly Wedge Pumps
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We couldn’t help but fall hard for these Belle by Sigerson Morrison wedges. The taupe linen fabric has just a hint of metallic that is still so work-right, providing a touch of feminine style. Everything about these shoes work with this outfit, from the color to the fabric to perfectly appropriate closed toe and simple wedge that are ideal for the office. You’ll love them for any night out, too, so you’ll surely get plenty of use out of them.
http://www.shopbop.com/bar-short-necklace-kenneth-jay/vp/v=1/1599060136.htm? Kenneth Jay Lane - Bar Short Necklace
Kenneth Jay Lane - Bar Short Necklace
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Kenneth Jay Lane - Bar Short Necklace
Bar Short Necklace
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The wider neckline of the cardigan and tank in this outfit leave room for a statement necklace. The shorter length of this one from Kenneth Jay Lane will hit at just the right spot. Not only does the gold accenting pick up the metallic threading of the shoes in this look, but the black cord and gold bar design play up the stripes in the cardigan in a subtly stylish way that brings it together with ease.
 

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