Career Style: Denim at Work
Feb 2, 2011
Earlier this week, I mentioned that if your Boss let’s you wear jeans to work, you need to wear them “properly.” Since then, I’ve received several e-mails asking me what I meant. So here’s the deal.
If you’re going to wear jeans to work, you need to put a little more effort into your wardrobe than just throwing on a top. And please, ladies, don’t throw on just a t-shirt/polo/pullover sweater and call it an outfit. That may be fine for the weekend, but it’s just not enough for work.
As for what you should wear, I like to layer sweaters. The J.Crew feather weight sweaters are great for this. It’s comfortable, looks put together and is guaranteed to keep your warm in the chilly offices.
First off, I like wide or flare leg jeans for work. Skinny jeans are casual, and on occasion, a bit vulgar. Plus a trouser jean, like these Seven for Mankind Dojos, will make you look really tall, even if you’re not.
While I would prefer pointy-toe shoes to balance the wide leg opening on the jeans, I really wanted purple flats. The tote is fabulous for under $100, and is great for any season and most occasions. I think the whole outfit is just a well put together casual alternative to professional attire.
Thanks to my Boss’ draconian dress code, I can’t wear jeans to work. And the reason I can’t is because most of the Hill staffers who he sees traversing the halls during recess look less than professional. So step up your game. Maybe if you all start wearing jeans the right way, I might be able to get the denim dictator to change his mind.