Most corporate environments tend to go for a more clean, sophisticated look. But there are some industries where you can somewhat get away with it. So, let me show you some examples of how you can pull jeans off at work and still be the envy of the office!
Go for darker jeans. Lighter jeans tend to look more casual, so stick to a darker wash. Dark blue jeans or black jeans are generally more appropriate for the office, so choose your darkest jeans when wearing jeans to work.
Pick a work-appropriate cut. Trendier cuts, like skinny jeans or flared legs, are generally less office appropriate. Straight legs or trouser silhouettes are usually a safe option to wear to the office.
Avoid faded jeans or embellishments. Flashier jeans may look too showy to be appropriate for work. Faded jeans, torn jeans, or jeans with embellishments like embroidery are generally not welcome in an office setting.
Check the dress code. Before wearing jeans to work, it's always best to check the dress code. Some offices may have specific rules for the types of jeans that are appropriate. Others may outlaw jeans altogether or only allow them on days like casual Fridays.
Go for a turtleneck. A classic turtleneck is a classy, conservative wardrobe choice that is generally appropriate for any office. A turtleneck can pair nicely with formal jeans for a work setting.
Wear a blouse. While jeans and a blouse may seem like an odd contrast, more formal jeans can look great when paired with a blouse. Blouses are generally considered highly appropriate for an office setting, so jeans and a blouse is a versatile option when wearing jeans to work.
Try a classic button down shirt. A classic button down shirt is usually considered appropriate attire in most offices. These can easily be paired with jeans for a nice, business casual outfit.
Try a sweater. During the cooler months, a sweater can be a great option to pair with jeans. If you're wearing straighter cut jeans, a larger and bulkier sweater can provide a nice contrast.
Wear a t-shirt on casual days. If your office practices something like casual Fridays, take advantage of this by simply wearing jeans and a t-shirt. This is a classic, causal look that can fit into an office on less formal days of the week.
Select appropriate footwear. Flats and dress shoes are generally safe to wear at most offices. Pairing jeans with sneakers may look unprofessional.
Throw on a watch. A watch is a versatile accessory that's generally appropriate for the office. It can be paired with most shirts and outfits, so throw on a watch with your jeans to make the whole look more professional.
Wear a blazer or cardigan. Blazers and cardigans can add a little professional flare to any outfit. If you're worried your outfit doesn't look work appropriate, toss on a blazer or cardigan before leaving for the office to give your look a professional feel.
Add a tie. Pairing a tie with a button down shirt and jeans will give your outfit a more professional feel. Ties generally signify formality, so a tie can be a great accessory to ensure you stay work appropriate when wearing jeans to the office.
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