Work uniforms can be limited to, your fashion styles, but they shouldn’t stop you from looking good. For those who have “Tech casual” or “smart casual” work uniforms, wearing jeans to work is actually a norm. Of course, not all jeans are “office-appropriate”. We believe there are some important watch-outs to ensure you’re not defaulting dressing policies. We’ve put together a short denim workwear guide to help you out.
Always invest in high-quality denim that can last for years. You definitely don’t want to spend so much on a clothes that won’t see the next season.
Choose clothes that are comfortable and let you do your work with ease. People who work with their hands have always worn clothes specialized for the job. Fortunately, the Industrial revolution led to the development of modern work wears to protect labourers in their respective work environments like railways lines or down mines. Fabrics such as denim, corduroy, and heavy drill cotton are ideal for workers because they are cheaper to produce and offer more protection.
Back in 1980, most people adopted styles that helped express their heritage. Over the years, work wear has been adopted more widely by people, particularly those interested in the heritage and craft of their clothes.
These are a few must-haves:
What’s classier than the Levi 501s? Straight leg styles are highly versatile and should be among your wardrobe collection. Consider buying this style in several different colours like black, gray, white, and navy blue.
These offer great comfort and also produce an extremely flattering silhouette when tucked in an oversized shirt or layered with a boxy blazer or jacket.
As the name implies, these styles are often paired with boots. However, you can also rock the bootcut with a nice pair of mid-to high-heels.
Never go out of fashion with these incredibly cute modern styles. They are best paired with kitten heels, loafers, or sneakers.
- Flared jeans
Extremely flared styles may be unsuitable for a corporate environment, but matching these styles with a more traditional business attire a crisp shirt, or blazers gives an appropriate and stylish look.
These styles are currently part of the trend and their popularity only keeps growing. However, we advise you choose styles that are not too high to ensure they last longer. Always remember, it’s quality over quantity.
- Denim Midi skirts
Although this style is an interesting feminine twist on denim, it is just too challenging to pair with other clothing options and unfortunately, has very limited use. A comparison of flared and pencil skirts shows that pencil skirts have the capabilities to evolve into extremely lovely looks.
Four Styles you must avoid
- Extra tight denim. A cloth that restricts your movement is definitely not needed in your wardrobe.
- Distressed denim. I believe we don’t need to explain why this style is not office appropriate.
- Patchwork, heavily embroidered, or rhinestone-encrusted jeans. Sometimes, overly designed jeans can be an eye sore.
- Colorful dyed jeans. These are just simply hard to match with other styles. Imagine trying to pair these jeans with a grey-scale/blue-scale color palette.