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What to Wear (And Toss) for Summer Fridays

by Amy E. Goodman, Lifestyle Editor zulily

With summer in full swing—a time when al fresco happy hours and casual Fridays become a weekly highlight—it’s hard to know exactly where the boundaries of work-appropriate attire begins and ends. True, this is the ONE day of the week you get some say regarding what you wear, and understandably you want to flex a little fashion muscle. But the key is to do so without getting overly causal…such that the water cooler conversation is all about your outfit.

Here are my “wears” and “tosses” a.k.a. dos and don’ts to make sure your summer Friday style stays on track:

WEAR: COLORED JEANS

If you still haven’t gotten on board with this fun, fresh style, colored jeans have gained popularity over the last three years and are now an acceptable wardrobe choice for the creative office place. One way to make sure you keep the look in check is by combining your brightly hued denim with a silk blouse to dial up the dressy factor or top it with a blazer when the office air conditioning gets frosty. I draw the line at ripped or torn denim: save these for after hours.

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Cream Catherine Sleeveless Top, Darling: shop here

Papaya Distressed Straight-Leg Jeans, Request Jeans: shop here

TOSS: FLIP FLOPS

I once had an old-school, Hollywood director’s wife, who hailed from the golden age of cinema, tell me to leave my click-clack mules at home: “Any footwear that makes distracting sounds at work is offensive to your co-workers,” she’d say. Imagine how she’d feel about flip flops! That slap-happy sound drives people batty, especially when it comes down a long hallway. Plus, I’m hard pressed to think of a time when your office mates want to stare at your toes. So keep those flops in your beach bag and opt for this season’s embellished flats, strappy sandals and sweet wedges, for numerous work options with panache (a thong sandal is even preferable). 

Black Molly Burnished Leather Sandal, Calvin Klein Jeans: shop here

WEAR: TASTEFUL SUNDRESSES

A sundress can keep within an office dress code as long as it covers enough skin (so no barely-there straps, plunging necklines or sky-high hems) and isn’t see-through. A monochromatic white look is ultra crisp this summer or if a splash of hue is more your take, opt for refreshing citrus tones. Don’t forget the floral prints, which designers adored this season in all size of bloom: from dainty to watercolor to graphic.

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Black & White Appliqué Scoop Neck Hi-Low Dress, LARA Fashion: shop here

Lime & Blue Color Block Gracie Sleeveless Dress, Darling: shop here

Pink & Blue Jin Ju Ruffle Cap-Sleeve Dress, Mata Traders: shop here

TOSS: MINI SKIRTS & MICRO SHORTS

A general rule: if your knees will be knocking together due to cold air conditioning at work, your hemline is likely too high. Mini skirts are fly when worn at the right time (for example, they’re great with opaque tights in the fall), but for the office place, exposing bare legs is simply too much. As for short shorts (and you know what I’m talking about with an inseam of 3-5 inches) screams “summer picnic” instead of “power lunch.” That said, if you love shorts as much as I do, and your workplace embraces the concept of work suit shorts, opt for a longer style closer to the knee in a polished fabric or try a Capri pant.

WEAR: THE MAXI

Surprised? What we love about the maxi – the breezy flow, the to-the-floor hem, the forgiving style, which means we don’t need to suck in our lunch burrito – is also what makes it great for the office. Inherently the maxi doesn’t over-expose in the skin department and is one of the more covered-up articles of clothing that exists in our wardrobe repertoires. So wear it. Top with a fitted jacket or cardigan to offer more structure on the clock, and consider a statement necklace to complete the look.

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Coral & Fuchsia Floral Sullivan Maxi Dress, emploi New York: shop here

Red & Gold Braided Coil Necklace, Mata Traders: shop here

Time to Embrace the Hue of the Season-White on White

With the passing of Memorial Day, it’s time to user in the haute-white hue of the season. Known for its versatility and contemporary style association, white is quickly becoming the new must-have for your summer wardrobe.

You can go soft and simple with a snow white eyelet sundress.

Or edge it up with a structured blazer or dress that boasts modern notes.

We suggest doubling up with your accessories for white on white accents. Block out sun rays with a pair of pearlescent mod-shape sunnies.

 

When paired with an ultrasoft infinity scarf and ivory satchel, you have a Jackie-O inspired look just ready to take on trendy city scenes.

Shop our White On White accessories event on Tuesday, May 27th.

Get the Look: Summer Trends Part #1

The temps are rising, and we know you’re hot on the social scene. From playdates and garden parties, to dinner soirees and island vacations, your schedule is jam packed! We totally get it. With that being said, you need styles that can hold up to an extensive agenda, (am workouts, breakfast for the kids, afternoon dance recitals, plus dinner with hubby).

This crop of warm-weather trends includes styles that are able to see you through the day in comfort, in addition to sultry numbers that can accompany you at night, for a versatile dawn till dusk look. Now how’s that for multi-faceted apparel!

Shop these looks below.

Color Trends: Shades of Melon and Water Hues

 

From fruity melons to cool blue hues, these two color trends are making a splashy appearance this season. Play up these signature tones with your accessories for peppy accents. Sport a peachy handbag and statement necklace with a sleek office ensemble to sweeten up a company merger, or don a mint scarf and sunhat for a day at the beach.

 

The soft pastel tone of these colors makes them ideal as subtle touches or signature statements within a look, so feel free to go minimal or bold when experimenting with these shades.

Get the look with our Color Trends: Melon Accessories and Water Hues events premiering Wednesday, April 30th and May 7th.

Miami Heat

Get sultry and sassy with apparel that brings the Miami heat! We’re talking vibrant colors packed with passion, and styles that skim along curves. Hint: this is the trend to wear for that special dinner date with the hubby, or while vacationing in the tropics.

 

In addition to its bold accents, Miami is all about retro-inspired classics like tunics, wide leg pants and flowing sheaths full of decorative prints, so go wild with mod styles.

Find your flavor-filled counterparts in our upcoming Miami Heat collection premiering Friday, May 2nd.

Music Festival

Ditch the the heels and office frocks to embrace festival-infused pieces that are as leisurely as they are lovely. The ideal apparel for backyard bbq’s and other outdoor scenes, these styles go beyond festival season, for looks that fair well with everyday outings. From fringe focused accents and crochet top, to trendy cutoffs and gladiator sandals, expect to be cozy and look cool with this ever popular trend.

 

Our all-time favorite – in addition to breezy maxis – has to be haute-hippie sandals. A tried and true staple for spring and summer, this shoe is sure to go the distance, while seeing you to your destination in style. Shop this boho-inspired trend next Tuesday, May 6th with Music Festival.

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