The Guy’s Guide to Casual Friday

Christopher Straub, MOA® style expert and "Project Runway" alumni, shows the guys how to master casual Friday the right way.

Ahhh, casual Friday. It’s the end of the work week, so let out that overdue sigh, rest the suits and get comfortable. But before you get too comfortable, remember, even though Friday is casual that doesn’t mean you have to resort to Mark Zuckerberg casual (sorry, Mark). Although nothing is wrong with a staple grey tee and jeans, casual Friday is your chance to show your style personality. Don’t be afraid to spruce-up your T-shirt and jeans with a little color or even some sick leather kicks. We brought in our very own Mall of America® style guru, Christopher Straub, who put together three laid-back looks for you to nail your next casual Friday.

Yes, You Can Wear a Hoodie To Work. IF you pair it with more structured pieces. Christopher’s first casual Friday outfit dresses up your average hoodie by pairing it with a staple, plaid button down from Eddie Bauer and cool skinny tie.

Stylist Tip: Some of us guys, myself included, LIKE to wear a tie. To make this accessory more casual pair it with a plaid button-down and a hoodie.

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Khaki pants: Eddie Bauer | Plaid shirt: Eddie Bauer | Zip-up Hoodie: LEN | Tie: Forever21 | Belt: Eddie Bauer | Messenger Bag: LEN | Brown Boot: DSW

Try a Colored Pant. Don’t just assume casual Friday equates jeans. Switch things up by pairing a maroon pant with a grey crew-neck sweatshirt.

Stylist Tip: A crew-neck sweatshirt is a great alternative to a sweater. Make a statement with a bold colored pant, just make sure the rest of the outfit is neutral tones.

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White Patterned Button-Up: Cotton On | Grey Crew-neck: Cotton On | Maroon Pant: Cotton On | Bracelets: Cotton On | Watch: Forever21 | Sunglasses: Aldo Accessories | Black Boat Shoe: Call it Spring

Go Untucked. For Christopher’s last outfit, he kept it un-tucked with a classic button-up layered with a heathered tee underneath. Oh, and some killer leather-like sneakers.

Style Tip: Yes, you can wear denim but keep in mind that darker is better and to stay away from adorned or distressed jeans.

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Blue Polka-Dot Button-Up: LEN | T-shirt: LEN | Jeans: Levi’s | Messenger Bag: DSW | Black Sneakers: Call it Spring

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