Dress Down Friday is a weekly terror for some. "Casual" and "corporate" are two words that just don't tend to mix, so it seems pretty twisted to torture us weekly with a day where we must teeter the balance between on- and off-duty. Help is on hand, however: each Thursday, theworkwearedit will bring to your desktops a little nugget of inspiration to help you plan an outfit for the follow day.
Image on left courtesy of Stockholm Street Style. Clockwise from top: Blazer, £49.99, Zara; shirt, £29.95, T M Lewin; bracelet, £8.50, Miss Selfridge; belt, £9, ASOS; jeans, £95, Levi's; bag, £28, Topshop; shoes, £149, Hobbs; sunglasses, £102, Ray-Ban at my-sunglasses.
If you've been following theworkwearedit on Pintrest (and you should - click here!) then you'll notice from my Dress Down Friday board that the blazer-and-jean combo is a classic that artfully treads the line between smart and casual. Often the case on dress down days at work is that we worry about looking too casual - although the name of the day suggests looking off-duty, it often feels odd to go to work entirely in your weekend gear. That's where this neat little look comes into play - chances are you've got the main components already floating around in your wardrobe, but for a little nudge in the right direction (or for an excuse to go shopping), check out my choices above, inspired by Susan Cernek on Stockholm Street Style. Team your standard black blazer with a pair of skinny boyfriend jeans (unlike in the inspiration photo, I suggest ruling out rips for the office) and keep the look tonal with a blue striped shirt and shoes. Lightly accessories with a pretty, simple gold bracelet, a pair of almost ubiquitous Ray-Ban sunglasses to shield you from the summer sun and a soft pink satchel to add some interest.