The Guide to Dressing for Summer Fridays

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Nothing says "I see you, casual Friday!" quite like a head-to-toe denim look. Since cutoffs and a chambray button-up aren't exactly office-appropriate (unless you happen to work at a dude ranch or summer camp), communicate a similar message in an adorable, highly versatile chambray sundress instead. Wear it with a cardigan in your cubicle, then shed the outer layer when it's time to bounce at 2 pm.

From left: Dotty Chambray Dress, $226.80, Marc by Marc Jacobs, saksfifthavenue.com; Chambray Jumper Dress, $35, Derek Lam for Designation, kohls.com; Chambray Polo Dress, $380, Carven, shopbop.com

On days when you're planning to go straight from the office to a picnic in the park, reach for a pair of polished, strappy, ultra-summery shoes. Our current faves? Anything woven, metallic or Grecian- (but not gladiator-) inspired.

Clockwise from left: Hedley Heeled Sandals, $76.36, asos.com; Heddie Lucite Heel Sandal, $325, loefflerrandall.com; Clio Two-Tone Leather Sandals, $185, Ancient Greek Sandals, net-a-porter.com

So long as shorts are permitted in your particular workplace, there's absolutely no reason why you can't make them part of your Summer Friday outfit rotation. Pairs in leather, natty tweed and metallic jacquard are a step (actually, several) above cutoffs and look amazing paired with a colorful silk button-up or lightweight sweater.

From left: Harper Short, $395, rag-bone.com; Collection Metallic Foulard Short, $168, jcrew.com; Washed Leather Short, $595, helmutlang.com

This one's kind of a no-brainer: when you're leaving the office just after (or, if you're really lucky, justbefore) lunchtime, you're gonna want to throw some statement-making shades in your bag for that stroll home.

From top: Juliet Frame, $179, wildfoxcouture.com; N°9.2. Color Revolution, $165, westwardleaning.com; Hepcat Shades, $55, madewell.com

Off to someplace exotic this weekend (or, you know, someplace that's a train ride away)? Let a spacious tote that can double as a weekender be your go-to. It'll look polished and professional while sitting by your desk during working hours, and nobody has to know that you've got bikinis and beach towels stashed inside.

From left: The Alison Cotton and Leather Shopper, $1,175, Chloé, net-a-porter.com; 31 Hour Bag, $750, 3.1 Phillip Lim, shopbop.com; Gym Bag I, $1,190, reedkrakoff.com
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There are a lot of benefits that accompany the summer season-late sunsets, beach days and outdoor dining being just a few of them-but in our humble opinion, abbreviated Friday workdays are the ultimate warm-weather perk. There's nothing like strolling out of the office at 2 pm (or earlier, in some cases!) to get your weekend started off right-especially when Summer Fridays come with their own looser-than-usual dress code.

Here, you'll find five Lucky-approved essentials that'll see you through a whole season's worth of shortened Fridays. Click through to shop them all!

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