How to Wear Jeans to Work Like a Boss

Once upon a time, jeans were limited to casual Fridays. Today, women are rocking jeans every day of the week. The trick to making jeans workplace-friendly is styling them right — which means swapping out your ripped skinnies and tees in favor of a more sophisticated approach. If you’re ready to add more denim to your professional wardrobe, try these tips for a polished look that even your boss will be admiring.

Wearing Jeans to the Office: The Dos

Do Go Darker

Dark wash jeans are the standard for workplace environments. They’re clean and crisp and generally have a more professional vibe than jeans that are light or have an acid wash. From a distance, your dark-wash denims may even pass for a navy trouser.

On the opposite end of the spectrum are the light denim and acid-wash jeans, which can feel way too casual for the office. Also steer clear of jeans with embroidery or other embellishments that may draw attention to your ensemble.

A nice option is the Mid Rise Perfect Boot Curvy Jeans from GAP. The dark indigo rinse will pass most office dress codes and the structured boot cut looks great with heels, pumps, or wedges.

Do Step Up Your Shoe Game

The right shoe will set the tone and put your coworkers on notice that you’re all business. Sneakers and tennis shoes, of course, are major no-nos in the office. Sandals may also be too casual. Instead, try classic, closed-toe pumps. As a general rule of thumb, the wider the pants’ ankles are, the more pointed your shoes should be.

If skinny jeans are your thing, a single sole pump like the Kristin Cavallari ‘Copertina’ Pump can take your outfit to the next level. This chic high heel pump is on-trend and has a nice, streamlined look at the base of cuffed or uncuffed jeans.