As I sit and write this it is Friday and I’m in my home office and wearing jeans. The rest of the week I work in a different office environment which has moved from being very formal to more informal. Of course it is still smart dress – and this is particularly important when we meet clients. Which is why wearing denim in the office is a tricky thing to do so Trilogy Stores, premium denim retailers of straight cut jeans for women, have provided us with some insights on how to wear denim for work. I hope you find them useful:
Styling the jeans
If you’re new to wearing denim for work, or your office isn’t super relaxed, you can play it safe with black denim. Worn with a patterned shirt tucked in, black high-waisted jeans can create a more fitted look than black work pants. The high-waist element of the jean can make your legs look longer – which is great for me at 5ft 3in tall! They are also great with your favourite pair of heeled courts. Buy a pair of black jeans with a playful hem to add an edge to your outfit that’s still smart.
Culottes are very in this season, and there’s no reason why you can’t bring the trend to the desk. Black or indigo jean culottes paired with a smart blouse, oversized jacket, and peep-toe flats is one outfit that would look summery yet work-appropriate. Tuck your blouse in to neaten up your outfit and add heels when heading out for after-office drinks.
Similarly, cropped leg jeans are suitable for the warmer months and pair well with loafers and a cami-blouse combination. If you feel like adding a pop of colour to your look, but don’t want to go too loud, opt for a pastel palette. Lilac or sky-blue denim can complement a smart shirt well — ideal for keeping it bright and cool when the sun is shining too.
Classic blue skinny jeans don’t have to look casual either. With a sleeveless white shirt tucked in and a checked blazer, you can create a fashionable ensemble that’s anything but boring. Slip on your point-toe pumps and begin your commute.
Don’t forget about white jeans either — often thought of as ‘holiday jeans’, they can be styled so that they’re suitable for work. Worn with a dark or pastel shirt, white denim can be work-appropriate — choose a pair with a slim-leg to create a smart, summer look.
Styling a skirt
Pencil skirts and a shirt is a classic style worn by women in the office. It’s one way to feel feminine without revealing too much and can look uber stylish as part of a power suit. Why not trade in your black midi garment for a denim skirt?
Dark-wash denim skirts look smart and on-trend this season. Avoid distressed denim and light-washes as these can appear more beachwear than workwear, and steer clear of any pieces that sit far above the knee. Instead, a pencil-style skirt in navy or black denim worn with a ruffle shirt is a go-to outfit. Pair with a fitted jacket to replicate the power-suit, or with a floaty blazer for a less formal look. For added embellishments, choose one with subtle press studs down the centre and leave the bottom stud undone to create a leg split. Alternatively, an A-line denim skirt can be a smart look, paired with a long-sleeved crew-neck and heeled ankle boots.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with different colours either. Similar to when wearing denim jeans, pastel coloured fitted skirts are a fun go-to for the warmer months — tuck in a chiffon blouse and wear with heeled sandals or pointed ankle boots. Or, if you’re feeling more daring, opt for a bold red or green denim skirt and wear with a classic black V-neck to tone it down. Co-ordinate your outfit with a complementing coloured cross-over or tote bag.
As we can see, there are a range of ways to style denim for the office. Your office may only allow you to wear jeans on casual Fridays but you could test that out by opting to wear a denim dress to see how it goes. Whatever options are available to you, you can still wear your beloved jeans by using the above tips for making them look more professional. It will also show off your own personal and individual style while still looking professional and chic.