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Learn how to wear jeans to work and look professional

A casual workplace is often more relaxed but can open the door to terrible fashion choices. It used to be that a man could buy a handful of dark suits and ties and always look well turned-out for the office. However, the advent of casual Friday has made dressing for work a new pitfall for any man’s career. One might be tempted to fall back on the ubiquitous chino or khaki trouser to save the day, but let’s be honest and admit that wearing a great pair of jeans with a well-cut sport coat and a tie (if you must) is far more liberating and instantly more pleasing to everyone’s eyes. This look has been around for awhile, but even here, one must think a little about how to pull it off. Wearing jeans to work is not as easy as pulling on the closest pair and grabbing a blazer from your closet. You have to think about your office environment, who will see you in your jeans and, most importantly, you have to think about the jeans themselves. Wearing that old pair you’ve broken in over the years is not your best option.

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The do’s of wearing jeans to the office

Dark denim is a must. A dark pair of jeans is much more professional and looks more refined with a blazer and dress shoes. If the denim is too light in color, you risk looking outdated and too casual. This being said, don’t be afraid of a dark jean with a button fly closure such as these from JDC. They have a button fly and a dark blue wash, but they also have a modern cut that easily goes with sweaters and dress boots.

 

Straight leg cuts are bestHugo Boss jeans - Credit: http://shop.nordstrom.com

You might get away with a boot cut in some offices, but a straight cut makes it every time. They simply allow you to pair them with a variety of footwear options, from loafers to dressy oxfords. More importantly, for as much as you might pay for a well-made pair like these from JDC , you’ll get more wear time out of them over the years if they have a traditional straight-leg cut. You can always update your look with progressive shoes like dress sneakers from Salvatore Ferragamo that have the appearance of dress oxfords but employ sport shoes technology for a comfortable fit.

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Wear jeans that fit you like a good pair of chinosTrigger jeans - Credit: www.neimanmarcus.com

They might be jeans, but they should still fit like a pair of casual trousers if you expect to wear them to work. That means they should fit well but not too loosely or too tightly in the seat. Find a good pair of chinos that fit you well, and use these as your guide to find a denim line for work. Then look for flourishes like these jeans with an antique wash that give you just enough style to look contemporary.

 

Think about the coat you’ll wearGucci belt - Credit: www.bluefly.com

Consider the color and cut of the sport coat you will wear. Having a sport coat or dark blue blazer to wear with your jeans is always a must, but great jeans also need accent accessories like thick belt with a buckle that stands out, such as this number from Gucci.

The don’ts of wearing jeans to the office

Do not wear the same jeans you would wear to a club. Jeans with intricate stitching on the rear pockets are great for nightclubs and concerts, but they have no place in the office. Any accents or stitching that highlight your anatomy is better left for the weekend.
 
Do not wear jeans with ragged and frayed cuffs because they just make you look sloppy.
 
Do not wear jeans that are too tight or too baggy. You should never put you boss or clients in the awkward position of seeing too much or thinking you should pull up your pants.

having good jeans

Jeans may have begun as utilitarian work pants for men as industrializations spread across the world, but their appeal to every man as a comfortable alternative to wool and cotton trousers as our work roles and schedules shift with the times is unmistakable. A good pair of dark jeans no longer serves as the anti-establishment statement at work. Today they form the foundation of work attire for nearly all professions.