Offices have gotten a lot more relaxed these days, with many not only offering denim-friendly "casual Fridays" but welcoming jeans as acceptable attire on other workdays, too. But that doesn’t mean you get a free pass to dress exactly like you do on casual weekends. So how can you wear jeans to work while still looking professional and stylish? We’ll show you how in our ultimate guide on how to wear jeans to the office.
You should still maintain a professional appearance, which you can absolutely do while being comfortable and stylish, too. One of the easiest ways to look sophisticated when you wear denim is by sticking to jeans that have a dark denim wash. These are dressier than faded blue denim and will make your outfit look instantly polished.
Plus, a dark wash jean acts as a neutral in your wardrobe, making it easy to pair with just about any top, from bold bright colors to pastels, white and black separates.
When worn right, skinny jeans are fashion forward and definitely a cute look for the office. Pair your skinny jeans with a nice tunic, blouse or other work-appropriate shirt, with a blazer layered on top. You can show off your personal style by accessorizing with a long necklace or chunky boyfriend watch. Pumps or a pair of nice flats finish off the look, which also easily translates from day to night.
If you feel your work environment may tolerate jeans but want a dressier way to wear them, try some wide-leg denim trousers. They look both polished and professional when worn with a nice tucked-in blouse or button down and often come in both high-waisted and mid-rise styles. Trouser denim looks best with a pair of high-heeled pumps to elongate the legs.
Unless your boss is wearing them or you work in a very casual office, you may want to pass on wearing any kind of denim leggings or “jeggings” to the office.