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The Casualties of Casual Day

Updated on May 26, 2012

Ahh, casual Friday at the office. As office employees trudge through the workweek, one thing keeps them going….Casual Friday. On Friday morning we spring out of bed and with a little extra pep in our step. Grab a t-shirt, dust off those jeans and get comfortable. But just how casual is your Friday?

Some won’t partake at all. Sticking with the Dockers, they just refuse to dress like a slacker at work. Others take full advantage, pushing the limits of casualness. We get to know our coworkers just a little bit better on Casual day as we are offered a peek into their personal lives. Here are a few examples:


Tucked in t-shirt guy – This is the guy that never looks quite comfortable without a button up and khakis. He tries to pull it off, wearing a Habitat for Humanity T-shirt tucked tightly into his well pressed jeans. Maybe he'd do better as....

T-shirt over the button down guy – Usually reserved for corporate types, this is usually found at a team rally or group outing. Feeling the need to take part, but also having an 11:00 meeting, a colorful t-shirt stating, The Choice For You! or some sort of slogan will be worn over his shirt and tie. This shows that he’s just like you.

Rock-star Lady – Sporting her Bon Jovi World Tour XXL T-shirt, this woman came to party. Casual Friday for her means letting her hair down and rocking out. Wearing denim Capri pants and some sort of sandals or flip flops, she may have a beer at lunch.

Workout guy – This guy will be wearing a medium T-shirt to show off those well sculpted guns he’s been working on after hours. Take notice.

Jersey Dude – This sports fan will wear his ill fitting football jersey every Friday to profess his love for his team. Customized on the back with something to the effect of Burtmeister or Frankenator, the normally timid Actuarial puts his game face on for casual day.

Overly Casual – It never fails, no matter how many emails or memos circulate with the dress code, there’s always that person that takes it too far. Wearing Jogging pants and sandals, or a tank top and shorts, the offender sees casual day as an excuse to roll out of bed and throw on the first thing they find on the floor.

Cammo Gal –Wearing her camo jacket and pants with a blaze orange shirt, Cammo gal looks as if she just might have an arsenal in her truck. She may work in an office but don't let that fool you, she's a country girl at heart.

Offensive Tee– Another dress code violator, this is the guy that comes in wearing a Jagermeister, or the Female Body Inspector t-shirt he got at the beach. Maybe these are the only types of t-shirts he owns, or maybe he just wasn't paying attention. Regardless, somebody will complain and he’ll be changing in the parking lot.

Night Club Girl - Hot to trot and ready for ladies night, Night Club Girl is wearing a skirt, high heels, and enough make up to paint a car. Complete with glitter and lipstick, NCG wants some attention.

Showing off the ink – Casual day is all about expressing one’s self. What better way to do that than by showing off your tattoos? Did you know that Glenda in Customer Care had a tattoo that read Devin’s Gurl on her chest? Or that John in IT has an awful blur in the form of a spider on his left bicep? Thanks to casual day and summer, you do now!

Skinny Jeans guy – You’re on your way to the break room to grab a water when, out of nowhere you are subjected to just a little bit more manliness than you bargained for. Skin tight and clinging, Kevin from accounting likes his skinny jeans, unfortunately you pay the price for it.

Overall, casual day is a great way to keep the office drones from revolting. For the most part, everyone has a good time and the office is a little bit more relaxed and ready for the weekend. In some cases, casual day tickets are sold to raise money for charity, so it's a win win...until somebody wears spandex.


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      Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

      I agree with you on the skinny jeans Becky, thanks!

      Well said Chris!

      Glad I could help bac2basics, thanks for reading!

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      Anne 5 years ago from Spain

      Hi weestro. I have never worked in an office, so don´t know about casual days, or rather didn´t until you painted such a clear picture with words. Great hub , voted you up and following. Thanks

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      Chris Hugh 5 years ago

      Love it, love the humor. In law offices in California, every day is casual day, except when clients are around; then the female lawyers dress play dress up and look like they're going to a cocktail party.

      The super low jeans are the worst. Counselor, if you have to shave it, I don't want to see it. I've seen everything. Spandex, tank tops, flip flops, cleavage, and bra straps, bra straps, bra straps. I don't know why it's so challenging for some women to cover what needs to be covered.

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      Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Funny and oh, so true. I have seen many of these outfits. Skinny jeans don't look good on anyone and men look terrible in them. I hated when the straight leg jeans came out and my calves were squeezed into pants that would have fit a bird leg. I have muscle and shape in my legs and they were very uncomfortable.

      I have seen a few outfits that made bikinis look sedate though. One girl wore short shorts so high and low that they were only a few inches high. That was on the backside. Bad taste as well as too revealing for casual day. She ended up wearing a t-shirt over that hid the fact she was wearing shorts at all. UGHHH

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      Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

      Can't argue with that Mark! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Mark Ewbie 5 years ago from Euroland

      I love it. Recognise all of them. Dress down Friday is a nightmare for me - a social phobic with a fear of standing out. I tend to work from home on Fridays...

      There is no one that does casual quite as well as a British politician invited to Camp David.