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 August 1, 1999

HOW TO DRESS CASUALLY FOR THE OFFICE

Casual Friday has run into Casual Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and even Thursday. Especially in Boulder County where high-brow jobs — the kind that require suits every day — are outnumbered by the jobs where pressed khakis and a button-down shirt are the norm. Getting more casual than that could tempt some to arrive in sweatpants and running shoes.

But there are plenty of occasions where you will be face to face with customers, vendors, your boss or where the atmosphere requires looking sharp.

Here are some things to remember about casual dressing:

*Wrinkles are too casual.

Always, always have shirts, slacks and skirts pressed. The rumpled look is a sign that you are a slob, or didn’t make time in your schedule to press your clothes. The worst message you could be sending is that you just don’t care what you look like.

* Don’t show too much skin.

Casual doesn’t mean baring all. Unbuttoning shirts an extra button — for men and women — may reveal more about you than people ought to know. Chest hair and cleavage may be considered unprofessional by most standards.

Also, long side-slits in skirts, short mini-skirts or see-through clothes without slips and camisoles are equally as unprofessional.

*Casual doesn’t mean taking off a tie.

Too often men get the idea that to dress casually for work, all they have to do is put on their dress slacks, jacket, starched shirt, polished shoes and just leave off the tie. Wrong. That’s what visitors to Colorado do when they realize that suits are not required; they stick out like sore thumbs.

*It’s not just khakis anymore.

Men have more options for casual dressing than ever before. In addition to the old reliable khakis, slacks are available in new colors, new materials and styles. Try some linen slacks in taupe, olive drab or black. Tropic-weight wool is a classic choice, and they can be worn generally throughout three seasons. Most of the name-brand makers offer wool in their lineup.

Pleats can be tossed out for casual dressing. They are more in-line with the conservative, dressed-up look. Flat front pants are very popular today. They present a clean but relaxed look.

*Buttons or not?

Women have it made when it comes to choices for tops. They can wear button-down blouses of silk, cotton, linen — you name it. Or they can don pullover tops in a variety of ble nds. Boat necks, V-necks, crew necks and mock turtlenecks are available for the women. Men, too, can get into the no-button look. Today there are more tops for men that look sharp and don’t require pressing, such as lightweight wool sweaters — especially good for air-conditioned offices. Other choices include cotton blends that are soft to the touch in such styles as V-necks and crew necks. These fashionable pullovers come in stripes and other patterns, which tend to look even more casual, but refined.

As you pour through your closet looking for something casual to wear to work, stop and think if it’s clean, pressed, professional and comfortable. If nothing fits the bill, take a long lunch and do a little shopping.

Casual Friday has run into Casual Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and even Thursday. Especially in Boulder County where high-brow jobs — the kind that require suits every day — are outnumbered by the jobs where pressed khakis and a button-down shirt are the norm. Getting more casual than that could tempt some to arrive in sweatpants and running shoes.

But there are plenty of occasions where you will be face to face with customers, vendors, your boss or where the atmosphere requires looking sharp.

Here are some things to remember about casual dressing:

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