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Regent Blazer in Linen
J.Crew
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We love J.Crew’s Regent blazer for lots of reasons, with the most important being its wonderful fit and its versatility. 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 linen fabric gives this blazer a more relaxed feel that is perfect for a Casual Friday. It comes in a few colors (all through the ‘shop it’ button), but the deep navy is our top pick. The color and style pairs easily with cotton pants or jeans – from clean dark wash or white on Friday, to a pair of distressed slouchy jeans on the weekend.
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07/07/2015

Tackle Casual Friday Dressing with Easy Summer Style

With 4th of July behind us, we are all in a Summer state of mind. And for many offices, 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, we generally believe in erring on the side of more professional, when in doubt. And that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice any style. A simple dress in a casual fabric or silhouette, an airy top (that doesn’t show your bra straps or too much skin, of course), polished jeans, stylish flats or heels…we get excited just thinking about it. Let’s get started.

We’re showing you a few of our top summertime work casual picks here. Then head over to “4 Ladies’ 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.
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kate spade new york - Catlyn Sneakers
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kate spade new york - Catlyn Sneakers
Catlyn Sneakers
kate spade new york
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Sneakers have become part of every outfit, and these kate spade new york shoes have all the details of a shoe in a stylish sneaker - the perfect blend for a Friday at the office. The brogue details and rich nubuck pick up the natural shell color (shown) and the navy (through the ‘shop it’ button) for a sophisticated alternative to sneakers. These are seriously cute with a pair of linen trousers or a cuffed up pair of jeans.
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Bailey44 - Vita Difficile Maxi Dress
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Bailey44 - Vita Difficile Maxi Dress
Vita Difficile Maxi Dress
Bailey44
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If your office is truly casual, that still doesn’t mean a sundress is appropriate. But you can get away with a knit dress when it’s demure, yet stylish, like this one from Bailey44. The crewneck, short sleeves, and maxi length provide some work-appropriate coverage, while the knotted waist gives it shape and makes it a lot more elevated looking than a t-shirt dress. It’s cute with simple white sneakers or saddle colored sandals.
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J.Crew - Linen Swing Sweater
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J.Crew - Linen Swing Sweater
Linen Swing Sweater
J.Crew
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An easy sweater is great for the office on a casual day. You don’t want it to be too oversized, but this J.Crew linen sweater has a minimalist look in its clean lines and sophisticated colors that offsets the loose body. We’re choosing this olive green to wear with dark denim, white, stone, or a pretty color like orange. Layer it over a slim tank top to peek through the side slits, or do a little half-tuck of the front of the sweater to give it a little more shape.
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Vince - Skinny Rib Open-Front Cardigan
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Vince - Skinny Rib Open-Front Cardigan
Skinny Rib Open-Front Cardigan
Vince
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This is a great little Vince sweater to wear over anything for a more professional finish to casual pieces. The lighter weight works with its ribbed stitching and waist-length to effortlessly wear over something loose and flowy, as shown, over a slim knit, or a simple dress. Truly, this sweater is that perfect layer you’re always looking for. Unlike most Vince pieces, this has a trimmer fit, so you won’t need to size down if you are between sizes.
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J Brand - Tailored High-Rise Flared Denim Trouser
If denim is on the work wear roster, J Brand’s contemporary fitting trouser style will always look great at the office. They are designed like any pair of professional-looking pants, but made of a rich dark (and stretchy) denim to give them just the right amount of casual flare. The higher waist, self-color stitching, and trouser cuff finish elevate these jeans for a career look that pairs with heels or flats. (If you need to have them shortened, the clean finish is easy for any tailor to work with – just make sure you choose heels or flats to properly tailor them to just skim the ground.) Throw on a blazer, if needed – the clean lines and contemporary fit are flattering and look great with tucked in shirts or sweaters, alike. J Brand offers a similar trouser style in polished white on their own site, too.
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AYR - The Floating Cotton Shirt
This newer line, AYR (who’s name stands for All Year Round), is all about well-made wardrobe staples that have an easy, contemporary fit and timeless feel. So, it’s a brand who’s aesthetic easily goes hand-in-hand with a casual work look. The airy cotton fabric has a hatched line pattern in it that makes the indigo blue and white combination take on a truly luxe look that is pure sophistication. (Click through the ‘shop it’ button to see the close up images.) The single chest pocket and back pleat give this button down a more relaxed feel, yet it can be paired with anything from tailored trousers or a skirt to jeans – so it will work in any office environment.
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Alice + Olivia - Fitted Sweater with Collar Trim
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Alice + Olivia - Fitted Sweater with Collar Trim
Fitted Sweater with Collar Trim
Alice + Olivia
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This Alice + Olivia top was just made for casual Friday dressing. The marled knit has a great weight to it, which is really luxe and actually seasonless. The best part, of course, is the white collar and sleeve cuffs, making a simple, timeless knit work ready. On a casual Friday, pair it with ...well…anything. From slim, ankle-grazing black pants to a pair of flare white jeans, you have a look that’s ideal for work. On a less casual day, pair it with a pencil skirt in any color. The collar and cuffs are removable so once the weather starts to cool add your own long sleeve button down underneath. Click through the ‘shop it’ button to see how great it looks without the collar and cuffs, too. Endless uses.
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Vince - Silk Layered-Hem Top
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Vince - Silk Layered-Hem Top
Silk Layered-Hem Top
Vince
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The ease of this Vince silhouette is paired with a luxurious upscale silk fabric that makes it an ideal casual workday piece. The layered look means you can wear it untucked over slim pants or jeans for pure comfort, yet still give off a polished look. The sleeves really make it special. Here, you can see they’re styled using the button tabs and letting the sleeves casually drape. You can also cuff them up using the tab, or leave the tab unbuttoned for a longer, ¾ sleeve. Vince’s modern aesthetic and easy fit is perfect for a more relaxed workday – even if it’s only relaxed in how you dress.
 

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