Causal Friday, also known as Dress-down Friday, or simply Casual day, is an American and Canadian trend which for a time spread to other parts of the world, wherein some offices may celebrate a semi-reprieve from the constrictions of a formal dress code.
Dress Code for Men on Casual Fridays:
A. Jeans and a vest for autumn/spring;
B. Jeans and a casual shirt for summer; It's simple, functional but also very stylish.
C. A perfect fitting cardigan. It makes you look confident, professional and classy. This look is perfect for anytime of year and can also make that important transition from work to an evening out.
Left Image: A man is wearing a navy blue blazer, a skinny stripe tie and pale blue button down oxford shirt for a casual friday.
One should always check your company's policy on what is appropriate for Casual Friday.The casual Friday policy allows our employees to work comfortably in the workplace. In workplaces that have no dress codes some employees enjoy fancy Fridays by dressing up on Friday. Some companies might allow jeans, casual blouses or T-shirts, hoodies, track jackets, and sneakers/running shoes or even stocking feet, but others require business casual or smart casual dress. Some offices allow a themed dress down day. On this day, even managers in such workplaces are allowed to dress down.But sometimes, the fact that casual Friday is on Friday can give people the misconception that it is already the weekend; therefore, it is important to distinguish that Friday is not the weekend and a work mentality should be maintained.
Here are some Do's and
Don'ts to appropriate dress on Casual Friday:
Don't wear clothing with advertising message or slogans that are inappropriate for the workplace. Casual Fridays do not means unprofessional, if you are not sure the clothing is appropriate or not, just don't wear it. Depending on the business, this can mean anything from corporate casual instead of formal looks or wear your company logo polo and jeans.
Don't assume that flip-flops are suddenly appropriate in the workplace. I must admit that this is pet peeve when it comes to workplace fashion. There is nothing about flip flop that stays professional. Save the flip-flops for the beach.
Don't show skin than you should. Cleavage may be sexy on Friday night but before five.
Don't wear Flipflops. You can wear some comfortable shoes instead of the high heels, flipflops are never appropriate for the office. Save the flip-flops for the beach
Do dress your age and NOT your size. When building your career you want to command respect and always remain professional. Coming to work in your teenage daughters clothes will not accomplish this. Don't pull out your tightest jeans or shortest shorts. Not even on the hottest day of the year is this appropriate.
Do make every effort to still look professional. Jeans CAN be dressed up but not every jean. No holes, no rips, no sparkles, no lettering.
Do make sure that your clothes are clean and in good repair. Make sure your clothes are clean and wrinkle free (preferably pressed), and free from tears, missing buttons, hanging hems, etc.
Do follow the rules of your office's Casual Friday. Don't assume that casual means jeans and t-shirts. In some office causal means no ties and jackets.
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Origin of Casual Friday:
The tropical roots of Casual Friday go back to at least 1947 in Hawaii, when the city of Honolulu allowed workers to wear the Aloha shirt part of the year. The term Aloha Friday dates from the 1960s, when the shirts were worn on Fridays instead of normal business attire. It may be seen as a corporate response attempting to raise worker morale in a sometimes stifling white-collar office environment. In the late 1970s, when the production of cheap clothing outside the United States became more widespread, there was a massive campaign by large clothing producers to make Casual Friday a weekly event.