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casual Fridays — done right

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We moved into our new apartment coming on one year, pretty soon. Maybe it was just a surge of inspiration, but it wasn’t until yesterday that we realized our pale grey walls and floor-to-ceiling windows made for the perfect naturally lit, makeshift studio.

We’ve spent the last two winters shooting outside in snow and subzero temps, and maybe we’re just getting old — but we just can’t deal anymore (is it too soon for a Florida retirement?). So we pushed furniture out of the way and took down our paintings, and jumped right into our first shoot of 2015.

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With the both of us pretty much done school for now (you’ll probably hear us talking about these minutiae in some form in the next few weeks), a post on workplace fashion seemed like a good fit. Specifically, the all-mystical “casual Friday”.

So we have some major beef with casual Fridays. Don’t get us wrong, we love to dress down, but it can take a wrong turn when people take it way too literally. This isn’t the time to pull out your oversized sweaters, joggers, or sneakers — save that for a weekend off. Rather, casual Fridays are the opportunity to dress up your more casual pieces, or subtly dress down your office wear.

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For the ladies, maybe take your fave dark wash skinnies and pair it with a collared shirt and fitted sweater; for the gents, loose the tie and experiment with slacks in different hues. If you struggle with the grey area that is casual Friday, a good rule of thumb is to pick one “classic” workplace piece like a blazer, classic slacks, or collared shirt, and dressing everything else down. Once you master the casual Friday outfit young, stylish grasshoppers, you’ll see your work and play wardrobe in a completely different way.

Side note. Man, does it feel good to be shooting and writing again.

what she’s wearing | Le Chateau pants | Le Chateau sweater | Old Navy plaid shirt | Valentino rock stud booties | H&M jacket
what he’s wearing | Le Chateau pants | Banana Republic blazer | Express shirt | Daniel Wellington watch | Vintage bag

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