Dav 3487 Dav 3485 Egg3 Egg2 Dav 3648 Casual Fridays. An all-too-common term that doesn’t have to be (but often is) synonymous with boring. “Casual Fridays” is a Western term that was created to give the professionals a break from suits traditional —and conservative— suits. The cultural act was picked up all over the world as a trend, but the act of designating a single day to dress down is now all but obsolete in most work environments.

In fact, the New York Post recently published an article about a study that revealed an increased productivity level of up to 56% in the workplace when employees were allowed to dress down. The reasoning is that when you’re comfortable in your clothing, you can dedicate your energy on what’s important – not tugging and pulling at your tight pencil skirt or hobbling on too-high heels. Comfort increases your energy and focus, both essential to succeeding at work. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’ve transformed my own wardrobe and am living proof that this trend toward casual cool is here to stay.

In these times, when more and more jobs are cropping up in the creative, tech, media, and other industries where conservative dress is not de rigeur, trends like sneakers, bombers, torn sweatshirts aren’t entirely out of place in the office. I have embraced being comfy cool, whereas at one point, I never even wore flats because of my insecurity over being short. Now, I live in them!

Rule of thumb: Casual does not have to be boring or basic. Casual can be comfort at its chicest, just embrace the look and rock it with confidence.

Here are the top three trends you need in order to master Casual Fridays (or Mondays, or Tuesdays, or…)

Kannas sneakers: If you’re looking for something a little edgy, our go-to shoe is the handmade Colombian brand, Kaanas. Affordable leather kicks for everyday wear.

Bomber Jackets: I first spied this trend at the Yeezy show a few seasons ago and this is a look with some serious staying power. Whether it’s satin or embroidered, the best thing about the bomber is its day-to-night kind of feel. You can pair it casually or you can dress it up—perfect for an after work happy hour.

Sweats (Yes, Sweats!): “Athleisure” is where comfort meets casual at its finest. A good sweatshirt is a must for the Fall, and you can pair yours with a leather legging, a skirt and of course, denim. There is no right or wrong to rock this look and it’s so comfortable and versatile that this is a trend that I hope sticks.

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Have you ever had that one tee shirt that you have had for years, and still love it? It may have a small hole, a minor stain, but the wear has just made it even more comfortable and great?

I do! I’m proud to say that I’ve got one tee that I have had for 7 years, and survived many closet clearings and wardrobe overhauls. My trusty v-neck Vince tee is my go-to, ready for any adventure.

Last November, I traveled to Los Angeles and visited Maxfield’s, a high-end but edgy boutique frequented by celebs like Justin Beiber and Kendall Jenner. There, I discovered a line called Madeworn, a brand of t-shirts that include some new and some vintage tees, all customized to highlight detailing and “wear.” The shirts are treated with everything from burning, steaming, distressing and cutting, all hand done with care to give each top the perfect look.

Recently, when I was in Dallas for Spring Market, I stumbled upon Madeworn again. This time, I learned that the designer was obsessed with vintage rock and roll tees and found an original Japanese sewing machine that he used to reconstruct band t-shirts he purchased at auction from the 60s and 70s. He scoured the globe to find the original ink and tints used on the shirts back during their original production, and created a “new old tee,” adding his own distressing and designer touches. The designer frequents thrift shops and estate sales to find the perfect military vintage jackets (seen below) and hand sews patches on to all of his jackets.

These custom-made, exquisitely crafted tees are hard to find, but I was able to score a few for GAL. To no surprise, we sold out of the shirts in one day. I love the story behind this incredible brand and I am glad you did too! I look forward to bring you more fresh pieces this year!

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