Not so long ago, we’d have been ridiculed for suggesting jeans were a versatile addition to your work wardrobe. Once solely the reserve of off-duty dressing, they were seen as far too inferior for the office. Nowadays, opinion is shifting and workplaces are more accepting of our favourite fabric. But there’s a fairly sizeable caveat where 9-5 dressing is concerned – denim is for dressing up, not down. Keeping reading for the rules…
G o f o r a d a r k w a s h
If you’re worried about not being smart, it’s best to opt for a dark wash. Inky jeans will show you mean business, unlike lighter, more acid washes. Ultimately it’s about the ability to create a sleek ensemble, and that’s far more likely with dark blue or black jeans. Skinny styles (with no rips or distressing) are going to facilitate a slender silhouette.
E l e v a t i o n i s k e y
Dressing up your denim is the aim of the game so consider smarter, more structured pieces when outfit building. A tailored blazer is an effortless throw-on which will elevate your jeans in seconds. Similarly, a slick button down blouse will give a professional, no nonsense feel – tucked in of course.
T o n a l e n s e m b l e s w i n s t y l e p o i n t s
If you want to be different, why not try an all-white ensemble with white denim? Granted, it’s out there, but no one can deny you’re anything but immaculately well put-together in a white blazer, tee and jeans. If you’re not comfortable with white, try navy with inky jeans, or the ultimate failsafe – all black everything.
A c c e s s o r i s e
Treat your jeans as a blank canvas – keep the rest of your outfit minimal and use accessories to make a statement. Dress up a simple shirt and black skinny jeans with tassel earrings and a colour pop tote bag, or a leather belt with sleek hardware and strappy heels. With a dress, these accessories may seem a bit OTT for the office but with jeans, strike the perfect balance.
D r e s s f r o m t h e f e e t u p
Much like how a blazer counteracts the casualness of denim, standout shoes help take an outfit from zero to hero. Whether it’s some simple black stilettos, a metallic boot or even some box fresh sneakers (read this post for tips; Dress Down Friday – how casual is too casual?), making your footwear the star of the show can achieve instant outfit elevation.