When I worked in corporate years ago, denim wasn’t necessarily the most appropriate piece to wear. However, as years passed, I know more offices have began embracing a casual-professional attire, making denim more common today. That being said, styling denim for the office is completely different from your usual jeans and t-shirt combo on the weekends. I would recommend steering away from overly distressed styles, and sticking to clean washes and a fitted silhouette. With spring around the corner, there are definitely going to be more denim combinations you can wear. I thought I’d share six different ways you can wear denim to work now and still look professional
Gucci Belt (read my Gucci Belt Sizing Guide HERE, wearing a 70) | Balmain Blazer (wearing an FR34, better for budget here) | Intermix White Tee (wearing an S) | Asos Black Denim (wearing a 25 – size up) | Givenchy Sunglasses | Christian Louboutin So Kate Heels | Gucci Marmont Velvet Bag
1. With pumps & a blazer
When it comes to jeans, a dark wash is ideal for the office. I prefer my black denim in a skinny fit for a sleeker look and will often pair it with a blazer. With a such a basic yet strong foundation, you can always add interest with printed pumps, a bold handbag, or a statement belt.
White Equipment Sleeveless Top (wearing an XS) | Levi’s White Jeans (also here, wearing a 24) | Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Tote (better for budget here and here) | Saint Laurent Sunglasses (better for budget here and here) | Christian Louboutin White Heels (better for budget here)
2. Dress in similar tones
My go-to styling trick to elevate any outfit for any occasion is to dress in similar tones – particularly neutrals. Whether that color is black, white, beige, or gray, it never fails to create a streamlined look that’s professional and stylish for the office. This spring, try an all-white ensemble.
Abercrombie Striped Shirt (wearing an XS) | Levi’s White Jeans (wearing a 24 – run TTS) | Nordstrom Silver Necklace | Christian Louboutin Heels (better for budget here) | Saint Laurent College Bag | Amazon Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees (under $100!) | Home Depot Trestle Table | Amazon Peace Sign Sculpture
3. With an oversized button-down top
White jeans are a staple in my wardrobe year-round. I love how they brighten up any outfit even on the gloomiest of days. For a look that’s fresh yet light-hearted for the office, pair it with an oversized, stripe button-down top. It always looks so chic with dainty layered necklaces.
4. Dress down a blouse
There’s no outfit pairing that’s better for the office than jeans and a blouse. Jeans have a way of toning down anything, especially dressy tops. It looks especially chic with a high-waisted pair and strappy sandals.
Asos Sweater (sold out, similar here and here) | Chloe Faye Medium Bag | Similar White Denim | Christian Louboutin Heels (similar here) | Janessa Leone Hat (old – similar here, better for budget here)
5. With a knit top
Knit tops are a must-have for all working women, and they look quite chic tucked into jeans too. My favorite updated styles include puff sleeve sweaters and oversized cardigans. Simply add a pair of pointed toe heels to complete the look.
Isabel Marant Belt (wearing an S) | Similar Topshop Blazer (wearing a US 2) | AGOLDE Denim Skirt (sold out, similar here) | Gucci Marmont Mini Bag | Quay Sunglasses | Hermes Sandals (better for budget here)
6. Cinched at the waist with a belt
A cinched waist makes any look more polished. The great news is, you can literally add a belt to anything from blazers to cardigans and tunic tops. It adds an air of sophistication to something so casual like jeans – and also feels incredibly modern for a work outfit. Try the look yourself by cinching your waist with a thin, neutral belt.