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Casual Friday not Freaky Friday
Translated by: Rodrigo Samour Calderón.
Fridays transform the environments of Salvadoran offices and the mood is more relaxed; in spite of the same responsibilities, appointments, calls, or meetings that exist on weekdays due to “Viernes Casual” or Casual Friday employees are allowed more freedom and a more relaxed attire than the rest of the week. This is a policy that experts consider to boost productivity.
Even though we can choose a different, more comfortable attire, we’re often surprised by colleagues who get confused and dress for the beach or for going out, which may be considered disrespectful towards the company where they work.
There are no golden rules or dress codes for all offices, it all depends on the essence or style of the company. Creative agencies or jobs in the field tend to be more flexible towards the way their workers dress, but most of us work in offices with an established dress code.
We must take into account:
- Dress according to your age; both on Fridays and other days
- Having simple clothes that look good with most anything, such as a good pair of jeans, a pair of khakis, or black, pastel, or white shirts.
- A good neutral colored blazer
- A sweater for cold offices or weather. No hoodies or sweatshirts with scandalous styles or brands.
- A pair of nice shoes
In El Salvador, young and talented advisors provide aid through blogs and social networks, which are accessible mediums to generate ideas on how to dress, and which we can use and adapt to our jobs, such as in the case of las Molinas, who accurately suggest: “For her: Jeans are an option for “Casual Friday”, you must choose a solid color and straight cut; avoid skinny jeans and worn pants. We recommend dark blue. You may also opt for a sundress, either of solid colors or patterned. The length of the dress must be at least knee-high. Shoes. We recommend neutral colored flats with a metallic detail to add elegance to your attire. Leave “cork heel wedges” for a more informal occasion.
For him: We recommend a gray or beige suit, interchangeable with a straight-cut, dark blue shirt. You may use a checkered pastel colored shirt. Forget the Oxford shoes, for casual Friday we recommend moccasins.”
Another salvadoran blog “The Good-Looking Blog” brings suggestions for new employees, commenting: “Nobody should go to work in shorts. Among the essentials are blazers because they add style and elegance to your look, jeans or colored pants like classic blue, white, or beige. White shirts are also essential.”
We have to become conscious of ourselves, that is, knowing you’re going to work. You could be called to an unscheduled meeting, an appointment with a client or colleague, or give a presentation, and dressing properly reflects security and respect. Many complain about not being promoted or being unappreciated, when they might be doing an excellent job but they must take into consideration the impact of their image, and remember: “dress for the job you wish you had, not the one you have.”