Once delegated to the wardrobes of cowboys and coal miners, jeans’ humble history hasn’t hindered them in becoming one of the most versatile styles in contemporary fashion. Throughout the years we’ve seen their ascent from strictly casual leisurewear to mainstream business casual. Recently, stars like Emma Stone, Jessica Biel, and Zoe Saldana have proven jeans can even look fabulous on the red carpet. If you’re one of the legion of denim-heads looking for a way to sport your denim from 9-5 and after, read on for some tips on styling denim for a versatile professional look.
Pair it With a Silk Blouse
Pairing your jeans with a silk blouse will give your ensemble a light, feminine feel. Tops with intricate detailing and pretty patterns are especially complementary. Tuck it in for a little extra formal touch. In regard to the denim itself, dark-wash is the best way to go in this case, either dark blue or black. Other colors can also work, depending on the style, though for a more formal workplace it’s usually best to avoid any high-contrast washes or distressed denim.
Style a Monochromatic Look
If you’re worried blue jeans may be a bit too casual for your workplace or after-work plans, try a monochromatic look in white or black. All-black is flattering for all figures and can work well with all skin tones, and all-white is eye-catching yet soft. If you’re feeling a bit more daring you can even try a Canadian Tuxedo all-denim ensemble.
Pair it With a Blazer
A well-fitting blazer is a wardrobe staple. A classic choice among professionals, blazers are great for important business meetings as well as more formal after-work plans. A boyfriend blazer is especially nice for an effortless transition from the office to anywhere the day takes you. When pairing your blazer with the perfect bottoms, think of it like matching a suit: dark wash jeans with a darker colored blazer, or light wash jeans with a bright blazer. Neutrals like navy blue, black, or cream are solid choices; but red, coral, or yellow are also excellent for those who prefer a little more color.
Add Some Bling
The right accessories can do a lot to pump up an outfit. Pair your jeans or denim jacket with a solid-colored simple top and then incorporate some eye-catching accessories like a bold-print clutch or a statement necklace and matching bracelet. Silk scarves can also work well here when paired with bracelets or a handbag. Finish off the look with some bright pumps or flats.
Sparkle It Up
Shimmer isn’t a precursor to formal dress, but it can definitely help. We aren’t talking the level of shine you’d see in the figure skating rink or at the casino. But a shirt, blazer or jacket with sequins or metallic accents is a fun and fashionable way to upgrade your denim, perfect for transitioning from the office to after-work cocktails. This look is especially appealing when paired with heels.
There are plenty more ways to spruce up your denim; but these should provide some inspiration to get you started! If you’ve got some styling tricks of your own, we’d love to hear them!