Euro Chic

I always blame growing up in Europe for my deep love of neutral colors. Sometimes I even wonder whether neutrals in fashion should be called colors at all. In the US, neutrals often function as a frame to show-cast a bright color, a pretty print or pattern. In Europe, they are often worn just combined with other neutrals to create a professional outfit.

Pattern are sparsely used in professional outfits, and, of course, are also neutrals, may be with some red or soft pink. This fact makes me often to consider red and soft pink as a neutral too.
styler blogger in leather pencil skirt, oversize denim jacket and striped button-down shirt in all neutral colors

over 50 years old fashion blogger in polished casual Friday look
Outfit details of Casual Friday look: Oliveo leather skirt, Great Northwest oversize denim jacket, unbranded pumps, Ray Ban mirrored sunglasses, Hermes collier de chien bangle, unbranded bag, vintage gold bangle (gift from my late mom) and Jones New York striped button-down shirt (all own)

Denim plus leather mean some edge

At least here in the US. In Europe, a straight leather is considered business casual style. You can wear it even in a conservative work environment except for corporate style.

In today’s outfit photo, I am wearing  a striped shirt in shades of blue and white, a faded blue denim jacket and a black leather pencil skirt with L.K. Bennett navy patent leather pumps. The denim jacket gives the classic pencil skirt-shirt-pumps outfit a twist towards casual. The fact that the pencil skirt is leather adds a slight edge. Together the denim jacket and leather skirt keep the neutral colored outfit from being  boring and stiff. This outfit works well in a casual or creative work environment in the US. See the post at the link for an ultimate guide how to look great in denim over 40.

Is the a Casual Friday culture at your work place? Do you just exchange one item to casual or do you go casual full on? Let me know, I am curious.

Photos: G. Kramm

© 2013-2020 Nicole Mölders | All rights reserved