It seems that office dress codes have become less formal, but it is still good to feel smart and dress appropriately for work. Denim at work can be a tricky one as you don’t want to look too casual however, if you know how to style it right then you shouldn’t have a problem. Luckily Trilogy Stores, retailers of straight jeans for women, have taken a look into how denim for your nine-to-five should be done to provide you with some insight:
Styling the jeans
Black denim is always a safe option, especially if your place of work isn’t very relaxed or you aren’t used to wearing denim for work. Worn with a patterned shirt tucked in, black high-waisted jeans can create a more fitted look than black work pants. The high-waist element of the jean can elongate your legs — perfect when matched with your favourite pair of heeled courts. Buy a pair of black jeans with a playful hem to add an edge to your outfit that’s still smart.
Culottes are part of a trend that has become popular so why not introduce them to your work wardrobe. Black or indigo jean culottes paired with a smart blouse, oversized jacket, and peep-toe flats is one outfit that would look summery yet work-appropriate. Tuck your blouse in to neaten up your outfit and add heels when heading out for after-office drinks.
For the warmer months, try cropped jeans paired with a cami-blouse and loafers. If you feel like adding a pop of colour to your look, but don’t want to go too loud, opt for a pastel palette. Lilac or sky-blue denim can complement a smart shirt well — ideal for keeping it bright and cool when the sun is shining too.
Style it right and your classic blue skinny jeans won’t look too casual. With a sleeveless white shirt tucked in and a checked blazer, you can create a fashionable ensemble that’s anything but boring. Slip on your point-toe pumps and begin your commute.
Even though they’re sometimes thought of as ‘holiday jeans’, white jeans can also be suitable for work. Worn with a dark or pastel shirt, white denim can be work-appropriate — choose a pair with a slim-leg to create a smart, summer look.
Styling a skirt
A shirt and pencil skirt has always been a classic style for women in the office. Avoid distressed denim and light-washes as these can appear more beachwear than workwear, and steer clear of any pieces that sit far above the knee. Instead, a pencil-style skirt in navy or black denim worn with a ruffle shirt is a go-to outfit. Pair with a fitted jacket to replicate the power-suit, or with a floaty blazer for a less formal look. For added embellishments, choose one with subtle press studs down the centre and leave the bottom stud undone to create a leg split. Alternatively, an A-line denim skirt can be a smart look, paired with a long-sleeved crew-neck and heeled ankle boots.
Try to introduce colour and don’t be afraid to experiment! Similar to when wearing denim jeans, pastel coloured fitted skirts are a fun go-to for the warmer months — tuck in a chiffon blouse and wear with heeled sandals or pointed ankle boots. Or, if you’re feeling more daring, opt for a bold red or green denim skirt and wear with a classic black V-neck to tone it down. Co-ordinate your outfit with a complementing coloured cross-over or tote bag.
As we can see, if denim is accepted in your workplace then there are a range of different ways you can style it without holding back! From stylish indigo culottes to studded pencil skirts, bringing denim to the office can keep you fashionable and well-dressed. Don’t forget to accessorise appropriately too, cross-body bags are a good way to inject some colour into your outfit and a tailored blazer is a perfect staple piece to formalise your wardrobe.
We’re very proud to bring you this feature in association with Trilogy Stores. For more style inspiration, please pay a visit to our fashion page. (The main image is courtesy of: Trilogy Stores).