Wear To – Casual Friday

With the summer season comes pool days, beach vacations, and…casual Fridays at the office!  I jump at the chance to temporarily escape from suit separates and button downs when the sun is beating down on me and the humidity is already at 80% by 8am.  Speaking of the heat/humidity — it’s never easy dealing with the summer sun outside while the office building inside is colder than the polar vortex.  To compensate, I try to reduce my outfits to layers  — like sleeveless shells or dresses with blazers or fitted jackets.  (Blazers are also a quick way to professional-ize my outfit if I suddenly get called into a more formal meeting.)

When pairing together a business casual ensemble, I focus on structure; structured pieces help keep a casual look polished and office-appropriate.  This means I typically sport cropped pants (though my office does allow dark denim), a blouse, and a blazer.  This combination can easily be replicated with other casual-esque pieces.  I’ve been meaning to find some office-worthy fit and flare dresses to add to my casual Friday ensemble — and take me straight to a post-work happy hour or dinner.

LOFT Cropped Pants (similar herehere, and here)  //  GAP Striped Moto Jacket (similar here and here)  //  Forever 21 Surplice Top  //  Adrienne Vittadini Perforated Pumps  //  J. Crew Patent Belt (similar here and here)

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Lauren, the blogger behind The Glamour Less, is a self-proclaimed fashion enthusiast. She started The Glamour Less with the idea of overcoming the need for 'the perfect outfit,' and instead, finding classic and unique pieces that complement and accentuate each other.

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