Serious Business: Can Jeans be Office Appropriate?
Dressing appropriately for work doesn't mean you have to sacrifice comfort or style. With the rise of more casual work environments, it is important to find the perfect balance between professionalism and personal expression. Whether it’s casual Friday or your employer offers a more relaxed dress code all week, in this blog we'll share some tips on how you can incorporate jeans into your work wardrobe while maintaining a polished and sophisticated look.
The most important rule? Make sure your jeans are clean, pressed or steamed to eliminate wrinkles, and not overly distressed. Darker denim styles are most ideal for creating business-appropriate looks with jeans.
Modern Classic Professional
For an office-appropriate yet relaxed look, pair jeans with a tailored blazer. This combination exudes confidence and professionalism while incorporating a touch of casual sophistication. Choose a blazer with a fit that flatters your body type. It is best to pick a blazer in a neutral colour, such as navy, black, or gray, to create a modern classic work look. Underneath the blazer, you can wear a crisp button-down shirt for a more formal appearance or a simple, well-fitted t-shirt for a casual twist. The right accessories and footwear will always elevate denim, so that your final look appears more refined – consider timeless pieces such as a chain necklace and watch in gold and silver tones, and loafers or a block heel pump in neutral shades. The resulting look will be polished and smart with a touch of luxury, suitable for business meetings, networking events, or any occasion that calls for a professional yet approachable outfit.
If you're aiming for a more elevated casual look, wear your jeans with classic tops that are of high quality. Well-tailored pieces made of quality fibres make all the difference in how a garment looks and feels. Quality fabrics like cashmere, merino wool, pure cotton, and viscose provide a special richness to everyday workwear essentials. A sweater or cardigan may be an effortless pairing with your jeans, but one with a touch of cashmere provides a luxurious hand feel that typical sweaters or cardigans won’t. A soft cashmere blend sweater is insulating to keep you warm and lightweight and moisture wicking for added comfort. Another quality fibre to consider is LENZING™ ECOVERO™ Viscose. This is an eco-friendly, sustainable viscose material that offers a dressier, lightweight drape and smooth hand when used to create casual styles.
An easy way to achieve a business casual look with jeans is to combine them with a shirt that has a buttonfront placket and collar (a fluid blouse can work equally well). You can always stick with safe colours like white, light blue, or pale pink for a traditional professional look or you can opt for statement print and colour to add a burst of fashion personality to your outfit. To ensure you’re not compromising professionalism, opt to tuck in your shirt so your appearance is neat and polished. You may also choose to tone down a statement print or colour by adding a cardigan or blazer in a neutral colour to your look. Opt for harmonious, minimal accessories and sleek footwear.
We hope this has inspired you to explore the possibilities of building work-appropriate looks with jeans. From modern classic pro to tastefully making a fashion statement, there are several ways to style jeans for work. Don’t forget, it’s important to take proper care of your jeans – be sure to follow the care label instructions – this will preserve their color and retain shape so you can style them on repeat.