Regardless of what type of environment you work in—whether it's a brand-new startup, creative agency, or a more established business firm—there will be some days (if not all) where you will be dressing on the more relaxed side. But let's be honest: Dressing business casual is easier said than done, especially when it varies from office to office. However, in the times you find yourself toiling over what to wear that's considered both casual and appropriate for the office, know that you can do business casual with jeans—it just depends on how you style them.
Traditionally speaking, denim has been seen as an option reserved for out-of-office outings, such as company-wide picnics and the like. Now, jeans have become regularly incorporated into our everyday work wardrobe (unless you work in a more corporate office). That said, you'll also want to make sure your ensembles remain polished, even if you're wearing jeans.
To give you an idea of what we mean, we've rounded up looks from our favorite It girls who have mastered the art of styling denim for the office in a way that'll show everyone you still mean business. Check them out below and then get ready to add these looks to your closet.
Style Tip: You can never go wrong with a classic button-down and a pair of straight-leg jeans.
Dress this classic button-down shirt up or down.
Skip the skinny jeans for the straight legs.
Style Tip: Use a blazer as an easy way to instantly dress up your ensemble.
This will be a refreshing alternative to your everyday black blazer.
We can't get over this versatile wash.
Style Tip: Stray from the norm and opt for a pair of white jeans. Add a chic bag to make them feel more polished.
A new It bag for the office.
White jeans for the winter are so unexpected.
Style Tip: If you're going to wear jeans and a tee, add a longline coat to make it more streamlined.
The perfect way to take on the leopard-print trend.
Everyone needs a pair of classic jeans.
Style Tip: Flared jeans will always look polished, especially in a dark wash.
A floral blouse is a perfect way to channel the spring season.
Flared jeans are always so flattering.
Style Tip: A beige sweater paired with darker jeans will feel more polished with a pair of heels.
This beige sweater will go with everything you own.
These wide-leg jeans will never get old.
Style Tip: Add a touch of color to your gray jeans with a brighter sweater and an even brighter coat.
We love everything Ganni makes.
Yes, you need a pair of gray jeans in your wardrobe.
Style Tip: Wide-leg pants will always look polished, and striped sweater will be the perfect finishing touch.
A striped sweater you'll never want to take off.
Denim doesn't get more polished than with wide legs.
Style Tip: When in doubt, a neutral blazer and black ankle boots will always make you look ready for work.
Plaid blazers are still a major trend.
We're still not over kick flares, and these have subtle details that make them so much more interesting.
Style Tip: Give yourself an easy ensemble for the office with the help of a camel coat, a long-sleeved T-shirt, and black boots.
You won't believe how soft the fabric is.
With a fit that'll look good in any setting, these will easily become some of your favorite jeans.
Style Tip: You can also opt for an elevated sweater and a pair of heels when dressing jeans up for the office.
The puff sleeves of this make it feel so polished.
Between the sturdy material and wash, you can't go wrong with these jeans.
Style Tip: Dressing in a monochromatic hue—especially neutrals—will instantly elevate your look for the day.
Every fashion girl needs a classic neutral sweater.
There's something about lighter denim that feels elevated compared to your everyday blues.
Style Tip: An oversize sweater and pair of jeans with your favorite boots is always a good option for work.
Cozy up in this soft sweater for the rest of the season.
Light-wash denim is back and in a big way.
Now, read about the denim trend to you'll want to trade in your skinny jeans for.