Don’t get excited, it’s not Friday. We’ve just reached the middle of the week. A*cute, like your mother and 9 out of 10 doctors, believes that prevention is better than cure, so we’ve decided to preempt your Friday wardrobe choices with this post.
Fridays are a little piece of heaven at the end of a long, taxing work week. Not only is it the gateway to two free days from the 9 to 5, but it’s also the day when most workplaces loosen their dress codes, allowing employees to break from the conservative Monday through Thursday fashion. While this is an opportunity to show a more relaxed side of your closet, it’s not time to slack off from being professional. After all, the day is termed casual Friday, not sloppy Friday. The weekend may seem close, but it’s not here yet. A*cute has seen some fashion choices that couldn’t even be worn on Saturdays without a scheduled confession on Sunday.
Leggings as pants are never appropriate for the workplace. No, not even on a Friday. The term even screams a workplace no-no. Leggings-as-pants. Basically, these are tights pretending to be pants. They show too much of the body (no matter how tight it is) and suggest that you're going to the gym, ballet class, or over to a friend's house for Sunday football.
Sweatpants. Again, it's in the name ladies. The pants were designed to "sweat" in, not sit at your cubicle as you organize your Outlook calendar. Reserve sweatpants for the gym and the supermarket. If they say "Juicy" across the butt or "Pink" down the thigh, I even question whether a woman over the age of 23 should wear them outdoors at all.
Shorts. 1) It's getting cold outside. 2) Why would you even want to do this? I'm not talking about capris or floods that are must-have warm weather work wear fixes, but I'm talking about shorts; pants that fall above the knee. Reserve these for barbecues and other Summer weekend activities. I know that the textures available in this pant length may fool some of us into thinking they are appropriate, but they're not. Don't get got ladies!
Fear not! There is hope. A*cute has tracked down some looks that will definitely inspire you to look your casual best!
The Boyfriend Blazer. It's dressy enough to wear with a tank and slacks Monday through Thursday, but relaxed enough to wear with a white tee and jeans on Friday. Feel free to accessorize this with a colorful statement necklace or pair with a bright-colored fitted tee for a fun alternative.
The Fitted Tee. Baggy tees are too informal for the workplace and are more suitable for painting, but a fitted-tee with a clean fit paired with jeans and even dressed up with funky jewelery is easy to wear and simple. (Pssst, hey...Don't tell anyone, but you can get a rack of these at Forever 21 for around $5 a piece.)
Great-fitting Jeans. Ladies, we all know that nothing beats a good pair of jeans, except...well, no, that's it, good jeans pretty much top everything. Getting a good fit can be tricky, however, especially for ladies whose waist-to-hip ratio is more than the inch stick-figure models display in the magazines. As hard as it is for me to part with this secret, I feel compelled to spread the denim glory with you all. It's called PZI. It's designed to come in at the waist and glide out over the hip and thigh. Leave the True Religions and the Seven for All Mankind behind if you have a behind. Make sure that your jeans love you as much as you love them.
These basic pieces are just the springboard for all of the Fabulous Fridays to come in your wardrobe. Feel free to build upon these essentials with jewelery, diversify with colors and textures, and don’t be afraid to throw on some heels. Pumps don’t have to hide under your desk on Fridays.
A*cute looks forward to your end-of-the-week fashion!