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What to wear on Casual Fridays

by Lisa Lyford
What to wear on Casual Fridays

I’m sure some companies rue the day they introduced Casual Fridays for staff. It is not okay to wear your sloppy, around-the-house clothes to work, regardless of whether you’re in a customer-facing role or not! It's not only about professionalism - what you wear and your overall appearance has an impact on how you feel. 


What to wear on Casual Fridays is one of the most popular questions I get asked. The women who ask want to take part in Casual Fridays, but they also want to be dressy - smart casual.


Four key items for a smart casual wardrobe


1. Blazer


You can’t look past a blazer to dress up your look. Blazers are smart and professional looking. Don’t just reserve the blazer for Casual Fridays, wear it throughout the week. An alternate to the blazer is a cardi - cropped or long-line.

2. Accessories


Accessories add an important finishing touch but also help to dress an outfit up a notch or two. For example, by adding a necklace to a plain merino knit, you’ve instantly taken it to a whole new level.


3. jeans

A smart pair of jeans - no tears, holes, dyed or faded patches. A great alternative to a pair of jeans are Ponti pants. Ponti is a jersey-knit fabric and is stretchy and oh so comfortable. They come in skinny, straight or wide leg styles and look very smart. Consider them a great wardrobe staple. And back again this season, no doubt due to popularity, are the lovely ‘coated’ jeans - a slight sheen to them. They come in a range of colours and are a good smart casual option.




Ankle boots or heeled shoes - a heel can smarten the look of any outfit and look great with jeans. A smart pair of flats can look equally fab.




we love LAYERING

Layering is key this Autumn-Winter. It’s been around for some time now and for very good reason, it looks great. Take a long-line top and wear a cropped or waist-length blazer with it. Add a long pendant necklace.



We’ve put together a few looks for you


Please note, most product is available online. 






Left, clockwise:

EziBuy Capture Lambswool Collared Cardigan $59.99 - great range of colours

Country Road Stripe Crew Neck T-Shirt $89.90

The Warehouse Garage Scoop Neck Merino Top - scrummy colours - $35

eQUIP Chunky Chain Necklace AUD $14.99

Overland Presents Merchant 1948 Assist Ankle Boot $249.90

Max Zip Spliced Coated Jean $99



Left, clockwise: 

Witchery Babywool Waterfall Cardi $159.90

Glassons Stripe Wool Blend Jumper $39.99

Glassons Cross Over Merino Top $59.99

eQUIP Chunky Chain Necklace AUD $14.99

Overland Presents Merchant 1948 Assist Ankle Boot $249.90

Max Zip Spliced Coated Jean $99






Left, clockwise:

EziBuy Grace Hill Leather Jacket $189.99

The Warehouse Maya Drop Shoulder Animal Print Top $25

The Warehouse Maya Flounce Front Shirt $25

The Warehouse Maya Mandarin Collar Tunic $29

eQUIP Long Cluster Tassle Necklace AUD $14.99

Max Flocked Baroque Pant $89






Left, clockwise:

The Warehouse Garage Green Cardigan $12

The Warehouse Garage Geo Leggings $20

The Warehouse Garage Long Sleeve Float Dress $29

Shoe Connection Django & Juliette Landis Boot $239.99

eQUIP Long Cluster Tassle Necklace AUD $14.99






Left, clockwise:

The Warehouse Maya Biker Jacket $35

The Warehouse Garage Drop Hem Oversized Knit Top $25

Witchery Knitted Pom Pom Scarf $29.90

The Warehouse Debut Rebel Chain Necklace $20

Max Love Bracelet Set $29

Max Merino Knit $69, colour capri

Witchery Adrianna Point Flats $169.90

Just Jeans Hi Rise Slim Indigo Jean AUD $69.95






Left, clockwise:

Witchery Leather Sleeve Milano Knit $259.90

Max Hammered Satin Top $99

Witchery Reptile Chain Necklace $89.90

eQUIP Warped Hinged Bangle AUD $16.99

Max Fine Crepe Batwing - Cobalt $49

Max Lace Bomber Jacket $129






Zebrano Chocolat 72029P Crystal Clear Waters Tuck Top
Zebrano Chocolat 72022WF Cascade Treggings


Zebrano Obi 82397 Pinhole Panelled Coat
Zebrano Obi 82419 Stripe Contrast Top
Zebrano Obi 82422 Merino Slouch Pant






From left:

TS14+ Eplisse Chiffon Party Tunic AUD $129.95

TS14+ Fairylights Jacket AUD $129.95

Zebrano Obi 82379 Geo Crescent Top, NZD $239





From left:

TS14+ Virtu Tabbard Tunic Shirt AUD $99.95

TS14+ Virtu Soho Stripe Top AUD $79.95

TS14+ Tribeca Pullover AUD $99.95






For other great Casual Friday looks, check out Modern Modesty 



Cover image: Witchery Leather Sleeve Milano Knit

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