Is Casual Friday a thing of the past?

by Kat
Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook

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Casual day at work used to be on Fridays.  Do you have casual day at work?  When did casual day begin anyways?  Isn’t it casual day every day now?

More and more, we see in the workplace young people going to work in a t-shirt and jeans.  Take Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook for example.  He gives corporate speeches in his casual clothes.  Since when do millionaires wear faded jeans at a corporate event? (Should I have said billionaire?) Modern day CEO’s have lengthened casual day to casual week.  Do we really work better in casual clothes?

My first big job in a corporate setting was like attending a fashion show every day.  A suit, shirt, tie, dresses and heels were all part of a regular day.  In the early nineties, our company began providing internet access to employees and shortly thereafter came casual Fridays.  Yet, casual Fridays did not include jeans and a t-shirt.  We just dropped the skirt or tie for a day.  I was more comfortable; although, my work didn’t improve.

Most young people today do not even own a suit, unless they need to attend a wedding or a funeral.  They need to run out and get one, or better yet, just wear black pants and a charcoal button down top.  It costs less.

Do young people know how to dress up today?  Were they taught guidelines on what to wear and when?  This must have happened during the dot com bubble.  What if the internet never took off?  Would young people be wearing ties and jackets at work today?

It’s nice to see that the restrictions of a formal dress code at work have been dropped.   However, now, do we need new guidelines for the work place?  Perhaps the guidelines would look like this:

  • Leave the ripped jeans at home in the closet
  • Drop the ripped t-shirts also
  • How about a clean t-shirt free from swears
  • no flip flops that cost less than $1.99
  • Shorts aren’t quite right when it’s 10 degrees outside
  • Perhaps pull up your pants, at least to the hips
  • Yellow really doesn’t look good with teal

Perhaps the funniest outfit you’ve seen on someone at work belongs on this list.

The best way to dress is to remember that your appearance can make or break your success.  You can dress like a multi-millionaire CEO after you have made your millions, but while you work your way up the ladder, people might remember how you looked more than how you performed on the job if you don’t dress appropriately.

The start of casual day has groomed a generation of young people with new traditions in the workplace.  Perhaps younger people will start having Dress Up Fridays.

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7 Responses to “Is Casual Friday a thing of the past?”

  1. Hi,
    I’m a firm believer in dressing appropriately especially in the work place. You can look nice and still be comfortable I feel if you buy the right clothing.

    In Australia we have what is known as “Jeans for Genes Day” this is held every year on the fist Friday in August.
    On this day, whether at work or school everyone can wear jeans, and you even can buy badges. The money raised on this day goes to the Children’s Medical Research Institute.

  2. Most young people do not know how to dress, i have seen them at a funeral and wedding with just a shirt and trousers.
    Even in work they try to wear as little of the proper clothes for the job.

  3. Buying badges is a great idea. I have also heard of private schools allowing students to be out of uniform for a donation that would be given to organizations in their communities such as a food bank.

    Just to clear things up, I was not in my PJ’s and slippers when I wrote this article. 🙂 I like to dress up, even when I can’t been seen. I guess that’s why I write a fashion blog. (

  4. I hate shirt and trousers, but I have to wear them at my current job, though I’m assistant sales manager so if I wanna untuck my shirt and roll up my sleeves, my shirt gets untucked with rolled up sleeves. That’s just the kinda guy I am.


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