Wearing denim to the office is often considered to be “casual” and is often reserved for the last working day of the week. Hence Casual Fridays. But what if we told you that not only can you wear denim to the office every day, but to your boardroom meetings too, and still look like a boss?
Seems far fetched, doesn't it? Well, you can, as long as you take care of a few things. By the way, you may want to ditch those funky t-shirts, if you're really going denim.The Right Fit Is Key
Your office is not the place where you want to experiment so it's better if you stay a little conservative and don't go overboard with fits and sizes. Always go for pairs that fit you well and don't stick out from the wrong places. Not only is that far better looking, a pair of denim, much like a suit, has a really profound impact when they fit you really well.Go For A Dark Wash
This is something that you don't need to follow religiously, but try to go for dark washes, be it a pair of jeans or denim jackets. Again, think of making an impact and a lasting impression. Of course, you can wear light washed denim, but for some reason, they don't translate that well into a corporate setting.Stay Away From Distressed Pieces
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Like point 1 says, you ought to keep things a little conservative, especially if you are eyeing that corner office and don't want to take chances with your promotion. A pair of distressed jeans is only unnecessarily screaming for attention without doing you any good.
And while you're at it, avoid going denim on denim, unless, you have an exceptionally strong layering game.Wear A Blazer Or Something
You have no idea how many situations can be salvaged if you just put on a blazer. And, if you can make things a little interesting with the blazer without going overboard, go for it. Not only does layering add an air of sophistication and panache, it always goes a long way in amping up the appeal of an ensemble.Think Above The Belt
Although a regular denim jacket may be a strict no-no for the office, with clever layering tactics, they can really work well for a basic outfit. Especially if you have colour co-ordinated your layers.Watch Your Shoes
Sneakers in the office may be acceptable, but they certainly aren't in the boardroom. Wear something that has a regal appeal to it, like a pair of really exotic leather boots. If you're really confused, a pair of good ol' brogues or even a pair of simple oxfords always does the job.Embrace Minimalism
Embrace minimalism with open minds and open arms especially when you're accessorising. That, however, does not mean that you'll forego accessories altogether. Wear a simple, but classically designed watch, one of those timeless pieces with a leather strap. And for heaven's sake, don't wear a bracelet, armbands; they look just tacky.
Whether you're planning to go for a denim jacket or a classic pair of denim jeans, simplicity is the key. That shouldn't stop you from experimenting.