This post may contain affiliate links and Corporette® may earn commissions for purchases made through links in this post. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.2017 Update: I still stand by this basic advice on how to wear jeans to the office on Jeans Friday — but you may want to check out our latest discussion on what tops to wear with jeans to the office. We’ve heard from a few readers about their offices allowing jeans to be worn on Fridays. As one reader put it, “I am a bit confused, however, about what type of shirt/top I should wear with the jeans.” It’s an interesting dilemma — on the one hand, yay jeans! You feel more comfortable, you can go out after work, and jeans need to be washed less than a lot of trousers. On the other hand — yay, sartorial conundrum.
- Ripped jeans should never be worn to the office (the possible exception being on the weekend, but never if you’re working with other people on the weekend — and never ripped anywhere but the knee)
- To me, extensively faded jeans seem a bit more casual — the darker, more solid-colored the jean, the better for the office
- Try to wear niceish shoes with your jeans — not sneakers. We love to wear boots with jeans; if a pump is casual enough then it’s a nice way to elevate the look. Colorful flats, or other heeled shoes (wedges, Mary-Janes, T-straps) also go well with jeans, particularly with a stacked pump.
- Before you leave the house, crouch down in your jeans. How’s the situation in the back? If “not good,” add a belt. If the answer is the same and you’re already wearing a belt, switch pants.
- OK, finally, our reader’s question — what tops. Our $.02 for professional-looking wear includes:
- a cotton button-down top — maybe worn belted, maybe (if it’s fitted) worn untucked — maybe with a sweater vest on top
- a twinset
- a matchy look, like a gray t-shirt with a gray boyfriend cardigan (or, hey, black on black)
- a blazer, either with a t-shirt beneath it or a blouse