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How to look great on casual friday without jeans

#fashionover40 Shorts for Casual Friday  instead of jeans
Oversize cable-knit sweater worn over Oliveo plaid shirt and Oliveo leather shorts with GNW tights, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, and Double H lace-up booties (all own)

When Casual Friday is a dressing nightmare …

Do you like to dress up, but there is a Casual Friday culture at your office?  You are not a jeans gal, but don’t want to break the spirit? Thus, you struggle every Friday whether to wear the jeans or to exclude yourself from the pack.

#over40 Looking slim in an oversize cable-knit sweater
Side view of Oliveo leather shorts, Oliveo plaid shirt and oversize cable-knit sweater to show how the belt adds shape

… go wild for Casual Friday

Try this solution of the problem. Take Casual Friday as an excuse to wear something more wild than you normally wear. The possibilities are endless. It can be an extreme color piece or a leopard print skirt with otherwise office appropriate clothing or even these dressy leather shorts with an oversize sweater.

But what about when it is cold?

I wore the shorts with two pair of tights to insulate my legs from the cold environment. In the lace-up booties, I wore little socks to keep my feet warm. Because of all these additional layers around my feet I buy my winter shoes always a size larger than my summer shoes. If I would buy the same size as for summer shoes, the shoes would squeeze the socks and feet – the recipe for cold feet. Under the oversize cable knit sweater I wore a plaid shirt and long sleeve silk underwear.

#over40 Mature woman in stylish winter outerwear
Shearling coat styled with silk cashmere floral scarf, Kieselstein Cord belt, head band, Double H lace-up booties, gloves and Celine bag (all own)

Dress up your outwear as there is no peer pressure for Casual Friday

As an outer outfit, I added my short shearling coat, a wool scarf that has a silk floral part attached on one side to look polished, head band, a belt for shape and a bag. Of course, a pair of silk lined gloves are a must.

Do you like to dress up? Do you like Casual Friday? Are you a skirt or jeans gal? Let me know by email what dressing situations you struggle with so I can help you.

You can find another styling idea with this calble knit sweater at the link.

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Photos: G. Kramm (2014)

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