One Swainky Couple: Casual Friday Attire

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Casual Friday Attire

K: Well, I'm three days into the 2017-2018 school year! Besides being overwhelmed at trying to memorize 167 names, we're off to a great start and I loved getting to share a little more of my heart for teaching with you guys in Monday's post. Today, I thought I would address an issue that probably affects most working women and maybe even a few college students: how to look professional with a "casual Friday" dress code. For me, casual Friday means that teachers get to wear jeans and a school shirt. When I did this on the first Friday of my very first year teaching, I instantly knew I'd made a mistake. "Honey, what class are you supposed to be in?" I was asked this question (or a variation of it) throughout the day as I made my way through the halls in my t-shirt. Quickly realizing that I looked like a student in this outfit, I came to the conclusion that casual Friday should mean something different for me. 

Now that I've learned that lesson, I've come up with a few key ways to distinguish myself as a teacher so that there isn't any confusion. I still wear jeans, but I opt for a dark wash, as they seem more professional. A tailored blouse or button down is the perfect solution to looking polished and this top that I'm wearing from Loft is so soft and feels even better than a t-shirt. Paired with booties and some fun jewelry, and this look comes across as casual, yet still manages to separate me as a professional. 

K: Just have to give a little shoutout to my sister-in-law who makes the most amazing jewelry, tote bags, and other accessories. Her shop is Colores Collective and everything is handmade, brightly colored, and fun. I'm obsessing over the Miguel Bird Earrings and this unique sequin tote. The coolest part about her shop is that everything is one-of-a-kind; so if you order a pair of earrings like these, she makes each pair a little different, ensuring that yours are unique to you. 

K: What about you guys? I'd love to know if your office partakes in casual Fridays, or maybe every workday looks like this for you?! How do you manage to still dress professionally with a lax dress code? 

On Katherine: Loft top (this tank underneath), Wit & Wisdom jeans, Colores Collective earrings c/o, Kenneth Cole Reaction booties, DSW bag, monogram necklace


  1. I love your hair like that and adding those fun earrings really takes this casual friday look to another level girl! Looking beautiful! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  2. Such a cute look for casual Friday! I LOVE those peep-toe booties! Happy Wednesday!

    Rosy Outlook

  3. Such a cute casual Friday outfit! That story is too funny! Hope you had a great first week!

  4. I love this top on you and those boots are great too!! Beautifully Candid

  5. I'd probably get mistaken as a student as well lol! Love that blouse on you!

    Effortlessly Sophisticated

  6. This is such a fun look, and I love all of the details including those fun earrings and cute booties! I'm so jealous that you have a sis'-in-law that makes such cute accessories.
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  7. Such a fun cozy chic look, especially loving those peep toe booties <3
    Green Fashionista

  8. This is such a cute casual Friday look! I am obsessed with those earrings. Soooo fun! I have been thinking about doing a casual Friday post because I think it's something people struggle with. My coworker and I were talking last Friday and it seems like people don't understand how to dress for it. We both go the more professional route, but it seems like a lot of our coworkers don't.

  9. Love this look! Your blush top is so pretty, and those earrings are amazing!

    xx, Elise

  10. My heart sank when I read the part about a teacher asking you what class you were supposed to be in! A very similar thing happened to me when I was well past graduation and I had to step back on campus to sign my younger sister out. Nothing worse than being mistaken for a student!!
    Casual really isn't all that casual because everyone would show up in their yoga pants if it was!

  11. I'm loving those booties, babe- what great staple shoes!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  12. I love the top! Looks so fun and comfy, would be perfect for Fall. Details are so pretty as well.

    Jessica |