You’re Doing it Wrong–How to Wear Jeans to Work

I love “casual Fridays” as much as the next person, but if your colleagues ask if you mowed the lawn before work that morning, you’re doing it wrong.

I encounter this phenomenon way too often, so when I saw “casual attire” listed as the dress code of a recent work trip, I decided to use it as an opportunity to showcase Jeans At Work done right.

Apologies in advance for the poorly-lit, pre-coffee hotel room selfies.

 

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Jeans, vintage Armani Exchange. Tank, Everlane. Blazer, Elie Tahari. Belt, Everlane. Shoes, Cole Haan. Earrings, Silpada. Necklace, Polk Museum of Art (craftsman unknown).

On Monday, I opted for a slight flare-leg with a classic tank and tweed blazer. Simple but polished shoes and bold, artsy accessories send an “I’m a professional” vibe. Note–if your shirt is tucked in, and your pants have belt loops….well, you know where I’m going with that one.

 

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Jeans, Level 99 via Hattie’s Branches. Silk tank, Elie Tahari. Safari Jacket, J. Crew. Calf-hair leopard shoes, Nine West. Earrings, Sorrelli. Necklace, Polk Museum of Art (craftsman unknown).

On Tuesday, I paired dark-rinse skinnies (I’m not ready to give them up just yet) with a drapey silk tank and cinched safari jacket. Tiger’s Eye and leopard accessories add a hit of sophistication.

 

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Jeans, Tommy Bahama. Tee, J. Crew. Jacket, Ann Taylor Loft. Jewelry, vintage and gifts.

Since these flares are a bit faded (but not ripped or holey, which is key in a professional environment), I dressed them up a bit with sparklies. I love the layered brooch look that Prada is doing, so I decided to do my own rendition with gifted and vintage treasures from my jewelry box. Simple pearl earrings keep the polish, but don’t compete.

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Jeans, GAP. Tank, Everlane. Sweater, J.O.A. via 5th and Hall. Loafers, Coach. Earrings, Babe’s Apparel.

After sitting in class all day and studying all night for three days in a row, my brain was mush (I believe I’m staring longingly in the direction of the coffee maker in this shot), so I went for comfort on Thursday. Slightly faded boyfriend jeans, an untucked tank, a sweater instead of a structured jacket, and flat loafers are more casual than I’d normally wear to work, but put-together enough to avoid giving the impression I just rolled out of bed.

 

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Jeans, Level 99 via Hattie’s Branches. Sweater, J. Crew. Belt, Everlane. Camouflage calf-hair booties, Nine West. Earrings, Babe’s Apparel. Long miniature skull necklace, Banana Republic. Shorter gold chain, custom-made.

Back at the office on Friday tackling my overflowing inbox. I’ve never been so happy to burst through the front door of HOME on a Friday evening.

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