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Casual Fridays are a blessing to the business world.
It's an opportunity to lose the tie and dress slacks and put on jeans and tennis shoes. However, casual Friday isn't a free-for-all. There are certain attire standards to follow. Going beyond the norm can cast a shadow on your professional appearance and possibly hinder your career.
Read the following casual Friday attire guidelines below and make sure your Friday wardrobe is not over the top.
Jeans - Jeans are a casual Friday staple.
They have been accepted as part of the standard causal Friday wardrobe for years. However, tattered, dirty, or faded jeans are not acceptable. Even though current fashions are incorporating such looks into new designs, it's not a good idea to wear jeans like this to work. Your boss might not understand the fashionable aspect of your jeans. Stick with traditional styles and make sure your jeans are in good condition. It's not worth upsetting your boss over the latest trendy look.
Shoes - We all have our favorite pair of broken-in tennis shoes. Unfortunately, they're probably also a bit worn. As comfortable as they may be, don't wear your worn-out tennis shoes to work. It's important to wear clean shoes on casual Fridays.
Chances are management will frown upon wearing tattered and dirty shoes at the office. You might not think twice about wearing your most comfortable pair of shoes, but it could be misinterpreted that you don't care how you represent the company. Clean up those shoes before you wear them into the office.
Shirt - Different companies have different guidelines for casual Fridays. Some allow T-shirts while others require at least a collared shirt. In either case, make sure your shirt is business friendly.
Keep the questionable T-shirts at home - the last thing you want to do is upset management.
Furthermore, no matter what shirt you wear, make sure it's clean with no stains or tears. It's probably also a good idea to tuck your shirt in, unless it's a shirt designed to wear tucked out. A lot of this may seem like common sense, but take a look around the office on the next casual Friday.
You'll probably see a few people breaking several of these casual Friday rules.
Even though it's called casual Friday, you still need to maintain a professional appearance in the office. Managers expect their employees to dress in a way that represents the company in a positive light, regardless of the occasion. Dressing too casual will most likely upset management and could hinder your career.
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