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.



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.



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.



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.


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.



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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