The Gentleman's Guide to Casual Fridays
Posted on 22 August 2018
After the long working week, everybody is waiting for Friday. Friday means the weekend is coming and that is already a reason to celebrate. Fridays mean less stress and nervousness while you get ready for the weekend. But, as a real gentlemen, it is your duty to be well dressed every day.
There is a difference between the style of an ordinary man and a gentleman. A gentleman remains classy and never compromises style. But, that doesn’t mean he has to be stuck in a suit and tie.
Fridays are a free pass to wear something more relaxed. But don't be so quick to wear your favorite jeans and t-shirt. There is actually a certain "gentleman dress code" for dress-down fridays that we are about to explain to you. We call it: The Gentleman’s Guide to Casual Fridays. You will look professional, stylish and youthful at the same time. Just follow some of the advice we are about to give to you.
As we mentioned above, the usual gentleman outfit implies a tailored suit, elegant tie, pocket square, and some classy shoes. This can sound a little uptight, right? Being a gentleman doesn’t have to mean looking dead serious all the time. Contrary, you can be one with a casual style that also leaves a good impression. On top of that, comfort should always be on your list of priorities.
What should you avoid?
Blue jeans are not recommended if you want to achieve a gentleman style in a professional setting. You should also avoid sports apparel. So, no trainers, sneakers, sweat suits, shorts, and similar pieces.
Now your question is what SHOULD you wear?
Instead of the regular suit, tie, and lace-ups, here are our picks for casual friday outfits:
As you can see, a good blazer or sport coat is definitely something you need. Tweed or wool is recommended for the winter and autumn style. For the warmer seasons, a linen blazer is a must!
When we talk about the pants, chinos are a perfect pick. They got their name after the country they were made in, and that’s China. This is a version for casual and classy variants. Chinos have a narrow cut and are straight with the leg. In other words, they belong to the “skinny” section. They are more likely to be worn in the summer and autumn period. This is because they are made of cotton and are very pleasant to wear.
It’s always better to pick a dress shirt rather than a plain shirt if you're a gentleman. This type of shirt can look both relaxed and professional and you can have some fun with some nice prints. For example:
Shoes are equally as important as the rest of the outfit. So, as we mentioned above, lace-ups are more formal. Wear them for the rest of the working week. For Friday, pick loafers or some brown wing-tips. We like a nice pair of penny loafers. A good pair of shoes can do miracles. Research has been conducted about the shoes, and they are on the top 7 list of things women notice about a man ;)
When we talk about colors, you can't go wrong with black, navy and gray. But don't be afraid to go for a classy beige, olive or burgundy.
On Casual Friday, ties can be omitted. Yaaaay! Right? Yup, take a rest from the tie till Monday. The mentioned button-up or even a turtleneck will solve the no-tie problem. However, since you are dressing down with no tie, adding a pocket square to the outfit will refine your style.
Extra tip: Never wear clothes that are too tight or revealing. A gentleman is both comfortable and stylish.
As you can see, a gentleman takes his style seriously. Even on casual fridays he makes sure he stays professional and dapper. What is your go-to business casual outfit?