Many workplaces offer a casual Friday in which they allow their employees to dress down for the day. This is a wonderful idea that often helps boost morale and productivity. However, sometimes people can become too lax with their outfits. It can get to the point where clothing is inappropriate, even for a “casual” day.
Remember, you are still going to work, not the club to go dancing. Keep yourself covered. Make sure you don’t have any more flesh showing than you would on any other work day. Not only might you open yourself up to unwanted advances, you would also be making yourself look highly unprofessional. No one is going to take you seriously in a tube top and mini skirt.
Do not wear sweats, other workout clothes, or pajamas to work (unless of course you work in a gym). Just as no one will take you seriously in a tube-top, no one will take you seriously in your Little Mermaid footie pajamas. It is perfectly okay to wear more casual clothing, but pajamas and sweats are too casual for the workplace.
Along with the lines of modesty comes appropriateness. Do not wear shirts containing obscene language. Do not wear clothing covered in advertisements for beer, cigarettes, or other such things. Do not wear clothing with words printed on the butt to draw attention. These things are all highly unprofessional, and in some workplaces can result in disciplinary action.
Casual does not mean sloppy. Still make sure you look presentable. Comb your hair, brush your teeth, and take care of any basic appearance necessities. Avoid wearing torn or shabby clothing. Make sure you don’t have stains anywhere on your outfit. You may still have contact with the general public. You will almost certainly still have contact with coworkers and supervisors. Do not let yourself look like a slob when going to work, even on casual Fridays.
Any time you go into work, you should be dressed professionally. There is no excuse for slovenly appearances. Remember that you are a representative of your employer and a representative of yourself. In a perfect world, clothing would not matter. However, in our society, appearances are generally taken into account.