Leave These Styles at Home on Casual Friday

Let's be honest, there's not a single person who doesn't TGIF.  Friday is a sigh of relief after a seemingly endless week.  It's a time to wrap up assignments and get ready for a relaxing weekend.  For those of us in the corporate world, the end of the week often signifies something else: Casual Friday.  Casual Friday is a celebrated tradition that allows professionals to break free from the chains of a strict, work-week dress code.

Unfortunately, people can get a little too liberal with their definition of "casual" (I'm looking at you, Meredith Palmer).  Casual Friday dress should still be appropriate for work.  Use common sense.  If a client/ superior/ your mom walked in to see you wearing your Casual Friday outfit, would they still view you as professional?  The goal of Casual Friday is comfort, but without sacrificing professionalism and good-taste.

Below are the three styles that I absolutely cannot stand to see in the office on Casual Friday:

Light Wash Jeans

Obviously, jeans are a Casual Friday staple.  However, the type of jeans you decide to rock on casual day can make or break your professionalism. Light-wash jeans are too casual for a professional work place.  The wash looks worn out and can come across as sloppy. 

Instead: Try a pair of tailored, dark-wash jeans.  Dark-wash denim is flattering on everyone and looks crisp and clean. Get some inspiration for your next jean purchase here, here and here.

Flip Flops

Flip flops are unprofessional, period.  They're the ultimate lazy shoe.  They make a horrible thwat thwat thwat noise when you walk, and not to mention, your poor coworkers have to look at your nasty flipflop feet all day (you might have great feet, but that's not really the point...  We just don't want to look at your feet).  Unless you're going to the pool or on a quick walk with your dog, leave these "shoes" at home.

Instead: There are thousands and thousands of cute, comfortable sandals available on the market that are not flipflops. I've found some that I love here, here and here.

Gym Attire

This should be pretty self explanatory, but so many people seem to not understand this.  Athleisure is on trend right now, but that doesn't mean it's appropriate for a day at the office.  Gym clothing, such as running shoes, leggings and muscle shirts, should stay in the gym. Yes, workout clothing is comfortable, but that is not enough of a reason to justify wearing them in a professional setting.

Instead: If you absolutely must wear leggings to the office, pair them with a long blouse and comfortable flats.