Reader Elizabeth emailed me with that very question:
I just started working at a casual office and I am having trouble creating work appropriate casual looks. I love seeing how you make jeans work for the office. Are there any "rules" you follow when you wear jeans or other casual clothes to work?
While I don't really have "rules" for wearing jeans, here are some of my tips:
- The darker wash the better. Look for uniform washes--whiskers and other details can be too casual for the office.
- As far as cuts go, I recommend trouser jeans (usually a thinner fabric that falls straight from your hips down to the floor), wide-leg jeans, or slim cut/skinnies that aren't clinging to your body.
- I try to go with a dressier shoe. If it is a trouser or wide-leg jean, a pointy-toe looks really chic and balances out the volume. Heels are preferable, since they instantly dress up the jean (even a one-inch).
- The "finishing piece" is key--a nice blazer or cardigan is a great way to really bring jeans into the office.
- I usually keep the top something I'd wear with a trouser to work on a regular day. That way the jeans are the only casual piece in the whole outfit and look less out of place.
- Bold accessories can really dress up jeans as well--belts, necklaces, bracelets (but probably not all at once. :)
Can you wear jeans to your office? How do you style them to be more office-y?
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