Do offices even have casual Fridays anymore? LOL! With so many people working from home these days, maybe most people are going pretty casual all the time. But I think the term casual Friday is familiar enough to most of us that we instinctively know what kind of outfit I’m sharing today, right? So whether you wear this winter classics outfit for a Friday in the office, a more contemporary worship service on the weekend or even a date night or lunch with friends, this is one you can probably create with those classics in your closet.
Honestly, this is the kind of outfit I love and admire every time I see someone else wearing it, but then I fail to put it together for myself often enough. I tend to complicate things and try to create interesting new looks. But this simple but chic style uniform is one I could easily wear frequently and never tire of.
Every piece that comprises this casual Friday outfit is a classic staple. So this is a good example of why it pays to stock your wardrobe with those interesting, good quality and well fitting essentials that work together for you.
Building a Wardrobe that Works for You: If you haven’t already read my series about building a wardrobe that works together so you are able to create beautiful outfits consistently, you might want to start here. You can also locate all the posts in that series through the top menu under FASHION.
I had been looking for a camel blazer for the past several years, and finally selected this one just this year. Unfortunately this luxe Italian blazer from Talbots is not on sale right now (I purchased it for at least 50% off), but if you’re interested in it you could “favorite” it in the shopping widget below to receive a notification when it does go on sale. Just click on the ? in the widget.
I know that not all of my readers love a blazer as much as I do. But I do think it’s an investment piece worth considering. You can add a classic blazer to jeans, dress slacks, a dress or even shorts to change a look completely. And it doesn’t have to feel stuffy or extremely “businesslike” either. Choose a blazer that feels comfortable across the shoulders. You should be able to hug your honey in it! But also look for a blazer with well placed and constructed seams, a proper fitting lining (if it has one) and good hardware (the buttons don’t have to be fancy, just good quality).
I’m also a fan of a nice fitting, classic white button up shirt. It’s not what I choose to wear daily, but especially if I need to command a room or look like I know what I’m doing, this wardrobe staple definitely helps send the right messages. I’m planning to share a video soon about a variety of ways to style a classic white shirt. Again, mine is not marked down right now unfortunately. But it is a good one that I can recommend. I like a white shirt that I don’t have to wear a camisole under. This one is structured with front and back body darts, but also has stretch for comfort and movement. You also do not have to iron this shirt.
The final element that I consider key to this casual Friday outfit is the medium rinse “clean” jeans. By clean I don’t mean I washed them. Hahaha! I mean they don’t have a lot of fading, whiskering, distressing or other distracting details. While I love all of those elements, I think it’s a good idea to have a pair of jeans in a medium to dark wash (depending on what you wear with them most frequently) that can serve as a blank canvas for more elevated casual looks.
These skinny jeans from Vineyard Vines do have minimal whiskering and fading, but just enough to make them look rich and well-loved. While these don’t carry the name of any of the more well known premium denim, I would rank them as such. They’re certainly a little pricey. (I meant to style them for this post and then return them, but I was too impressed with them so I kept them!) But they’re marked down 30% today with code BIGSALE. These Jamie high-rise jeans are also available in a darker wash. I’m wearing a size 30 and they are soooo comfortable.
Finally, I love my leopard print kitten heels with this casual Friday outfit. I’m wearing my true size and they fit quite comfortably. The bad news is these leopard print kitten heels are only available in a few sizes; the good news is they’re marked down 70%.
I kept my jewelry minimal and professional for the casual Friday outfit, but you could add a necklace and/or larger earrings for a bolder look. But I think these Tima oversized studs are so versatile and modern.
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Blessed for My Day
In recent posts we’ve been walking through 1 Corinthians 13 here in this blessing. Today we wrap up that well known passage with a reminder that when all is said and done, all we have is faith, hope and love. These three crucial choices will indeed get us through the toughest days and the most difficult relationships.
Faith keeps you going. It causes you to get back up on your feet when you’ve been dealt another blow. It’s a statement of trust in God. Hope turns your focus forward, determining to press on even though the circumstances are not promising. It also helps you to take one step and then another in the right direction. And love helps you engage again. We’re not meant to press on alone, but in relationship.
But now faith, hope, and love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:13