[This post is part of the series The 5 Levels of Working Mom Outfits, where you learn ways to assemble outfits for any situation, whether you’re on the job or on the go.]
Or at least it’s Casual Friday for those working moms in more conservative offices, like law firms or banks, that allow one non-suited day a week.
If you work somewhere with a more laid-back atmosphere like I do, maybe a non-profit or a creative agency, or even if you work for yourself, Casual “Friday” might be your everyday working uniform. (And Level 2/Weekend Chic might be your Casual Friday!)
The idea here is to bridge the gap between casual wear and full-on dressiness. It’s what’s otherwise known as “dressy casual.”
How to create a Level 3 Working Mom Outfit: Casual Friday
- Shirt: We’re still in the realm of casual here, so once again you can dip into your wardrobe of Level 1/2 tops: solid T-shirts, patterned tops, even button-downs. Or what about a flowing tunic? If your office is super conservative, you might opt for a polo shirt; there a lots of options in more feminine tailoring so you don’t have to look like you work at an electronics store!
- Pants/Skirt: Depending on your workplace, you could still incorporate your premium denim jeans. But you definitely can’t go wrong with a cute flat-front khaki trouser or A-line skirt. If it’s warm, go bare-legged; if it’s cold, this could be your day for a more experimental tight or legging–bolder colors, even patterns.
- Top layer: Your cute (belted) cardigan is still a great choice here. Other options: a cotton blazer or a collared button-down on top of that T.
- Shoes: Again, let your workplace and your normal work-week style be your guide. If you’re in wedges all week, this is your chance to slip your fit into your cute Level 1/2 flat shoes. If your office is dressier, this is where you go from stilettos and pumps to a wedge, strappy sandal or ankle boot.
- Accessories: Once again, this is our “volume knob.” A scarf looks tres chic, as does that string of pearls. It’s a way to signal that your outfit is workplace casual, not at-home casual.
And if your office actually does require a uniform? See if you can incorporate some of this advice into the way you put those pieces together; there are khaki pants with polo shirts, and there are khaki pants with polo shirts. And who says you can’t wear killer accessories and boots with them?
What to buy
$74 - jcrew.com
$88 - anthropologie.com
$106 - nordstrom.com
$68 - madewell.com
$70 - madewell.com
$85 - reissonline.com
Hurley Winchester blazer
$59 - tillys.com
Not Your Daughter’s Jeans cargo skirt chino
$98 - zappos.com
MICHAEL Michael Kors skinny fit cargo pant
$110 - zappos.com
$99 - macys.com
$100 - dsw.com
jacquard scarf in acrylic
$46 - espritshop.com
Next week: Level 4: Client meeting
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