Summertime is perfect for picnics; our organization has one every year at the park down the street. It's held on a Friday, so that we can dress more casually, and there are often activities that involve physical movement (a few years back we had an Olympics, the same week that The Office did. The year before I started, it was Survivor-themed, just like The Office. Both times the picnic happened right before the TV show). The Casual Friday dress code is even more relaxed for that one day of the year, with shorts, sandals, and tees on the acceptable list.
But what if the dress code isn't relaxed at all for a social outing? What if it's not on a Casual Friday? Even when allowed, you should be aware that casual for the office does not mean random weekend wear. Steer clear of torn jeans, skimpy tanks, and rubber flip flops.
For our office picnic this year I wore a ruffled plaid short-sleeve button-up, cuffed skinny jeans, and my flat black sandals. It was perfect for the barbecue and sitting at a picnic table (and I helped set up...helloooo social committee).
There is still a good month's worth of summer left, so here are some ideas on what to wear for more casual work outings.
I love this look so much I'd wear it anyday, not just for work.
I featured this striped dress last month, and I still love it (have I mentioned it's only $13?). Here are two ways to style it: tough and girly.