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How to Wear Denim to Work


How to Wear Denim to Work

Making the transition from season to season can sometimes be challenging when you don’t know what to wear. Luckily, denim is a go for every season. Most may think you should always keep denim out of the work place, but unless your place of work is strictly business attire, a lot of companies are moving towards a more business casual look. I don’t mean wear your jeans and ratty sneakers to work. But what I do mean is know how to dress up your denim and look polished so that you can use denim to transition between seasons appropriately. Here’s how to get the look right.

First thing first no matter what with denim- find a pair that fit. Yes, this is a huge challenge for most women. Try on a thousand pair if need be, but unless your denim fits right and you feel comfortable in it, you won’t wear it. Think of your jeans as an investment piece. While you’re at it, look for a dressier pair that you can dress up or dress down accordingly. A darker wash and a sleeker, fitted (but not too tight!) pair are good. Skip out on the light washed, low rise denim- neither of those things screams work place. A fit and flare pair might be more your style. The 70s vibe is back this fall so channel that if you aren’t into ankle-length skinnys.WorkDenim

Now that you have that down, what do you pair your denim with? If you’re going for denim on the bottom, go for a statement jacket like a blazer or more professional tweed. Layer a basic blouse or even a tailored button up beneath. For that transition into fall while the weather is still warm, a dressed-up tee and a light blazer is perfectly paired with well fitted jeans and a pair of basic heels or flats. A loose blouse and a cardigan also pair nicely with jeans for a casual but chic work look.

As for wearing denim up top, this is also pretty easy. Take your classic work look- a pencil skirt or your typical A-line skirt and pair with a basic dressed-up tee and a denim jacket. You want to keep your denim jacket tailored just like you would your jeans. Not too loose but fitted to where you have some room to work and you still look like you have a figure. Also, a denim (dark washed chambray) button up pairs perfectly with a pop of color or even a patterned skirt or cigarette pant. 

Not all denim is for play and not all work places are so stuffy where you can’t pull this look off. You just need to remember the basics. For style inspiration, celebs Miranda Kerr, Olivia Palermo and Carrie Underwood are great at pulling this look off as seen above. 

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