The It Girl Way to Style Jeans for Work | Outfit Ideas + Tips

The It Girl Way to Style Jeans for Work | Cute Outfit Ideas
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So your office’s dress code is business casual. Well, hallelujah 🙌

Now it’s time to put all those pairs of jeans in your closet to work (pun intended).

Follow the tips and outfit ideas below on how to wear jeans to work and you’ll remain classy, professional, and stylish.

Styling Tip #1 | Go for dark wash denim as it’s inherently dressier

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The first thing to know when styling jeans for the office is that the darker the jean’s wash, the more dressy they’ll naturally look.

Dark denim also happens to be the easiest to style, so wear it like you would a pair of black dress pants.

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Short on styling ideas in the morning?

Pair your dark denim with a blazer and heels for a works-every-time combo.

Oversized. Fitted. Colorful. Double-breasted.

Take your pick, as a blazer is always approved for the office.

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And if your office tends to run cold, pair your pumps or sandals with socks for an added it-girl touch.

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– OUTFIT DETAILS –

HEELED SANDALS | Susi Studio (similar by Cult of Coquette)

ORGANIC COTTON SOCKS | Pact

TURTLENECK | J Crew (find one on ebay)

PURSE | Stella McCartney (current styles by Stella McCartney)

All other outfit items bought preloved.

Styling Tip #2 | Experiment with colored denim (grey & black are always safe bets)

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Another denim style that’s perfectly fit for office wear is colored denim.

And thanks to Sarah Jessica Parker, grey jeans are once again in the spotlight (not that I had ever stopped wearing them 🙃).

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Play your colored denim safe by opting for grey or black jeans to get your jean fix without standing out too much.

Not sure what to pair with grey jeans?

Pretend they’re grey dress slacks and the styling possibilities are endless.

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Some colors that pair beautifully with grey are red, yellow, pink, and purple, so start with any of these if you’re struggling for ideas.

Adding some pops of color keeps the outfit looking luxe and fashionable.

And if you’re less of a wallflower and yawn at the thought of grey jeans, check out this other post on colored jeans and pants for more office outfit inspiration.

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– OUTFIT DETAILS –

RED LOAFERS | By Blanch (similar by Carmona Collection)

GREY JEANS | J Brand (find a pair on ebay)

BELT | Peta + Jain (current styles by Peta + Jain)

PURSE | Angela Roi (current styles by Angela Roi)

SUNGLASSES | Thrifted Emporio Armani (current styles by Emporio Armani)

All other outfit items bought second-hand.

Styling Tip #3 | Swap your suit pants for jeans and keep everything else the same

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An easy way to think about styling jeans for the office is to take a typical suit outfit (blazer, suit pants, dressy blouse, and pumps), and just swap the trousers for jeans.

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Can’t stand the thought of wearing heels all day?

What’s great about an outfit like this is that it also looks great when worn with sneakers.

Black or white pairs are a safe choice or go for a pair that matches or clashes with your top.

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Add a subtle splash of color (either with your shirt, footwear, or both) to look ultra-chic without being over the top.

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– OUTFIT DETAILS –

HEELS | Matt & Nat (current styles by Matt & Nat)

BELT | Peta + Jain (current styles by Peta + Jain)

PURSE | Peta + Jain (current styles by Peta + Jain)

All other outfit items thrifted.

Final Thoughts

Jeans can definitely be office-approved when styled right.

Keep these fashion tips in mind when putting together your next business casual fits and you’ll feel stylish and confident when you step out the door.

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As always, happy styling!

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