We all look forward to it: Casual Friday. Slacker Friday. Thank God it’s Friday. Cocktail Friday. Whatever you want to call it, it means one thing for sure: you get to dress in denim! The only question is, how do you do that and not look like you’ve schlepped into work in what you’d wear to plant your garden or run to the grocery store? There are two words I use to describe America’s favorite pant: jeans and denim. You always want to wear denim – never jeans. Here’s how to do it:
Your First Rule: don’t wear a sweatshirt. If you wear a sweatshirt, then you’re wearing jeans, and we’ve already established we’re going for denim. If you’ve got some sort of theme day going (like wear your favorite sports attire), then it’s acceptable. Otherwise, a sweatshirt is going to make you look dumpy.
Rule Number Two: don’t wear boyfriend jeans. They look sloppy, and that’s not work appropriate. I happen to believe that they’re on their way out, anyway – how long can ripped, sloppy jeans stay in? Instead, go for fitted denim; my favorite labels include Seven for All Mankind, Chip and Pepper, and Rock and Republic. Great, classic options: the boot cut or the straight-leg jean.
Addendum to Rule Number Two: Fitted denim, not tight. Work is not a nightclub. I have a pair of Theory denim leggings (with stirrups, which is genius because when I tuck them into boots, they never ride up), but they’re not for work because they’re simply too tight. Also, be mindful of your body type – these days, they have denim that can fit just about anyone, so head to Nordstrom to find the pair that makes you look best, and invest the money in them; it’s worth it.
Rule Number Three: Don’t wear your denim too low. This is bad. It makes them jeans, not denim. It also makes them trashy, which is not appreciated by your co-workers. No one wants to see your thong or anything else you may have to offer under there.
Addendum to Rule Number Three: Don’t wear your waistline too high, either. This makes them the dreaded “mom jean,” and you don’t need to do that to yourself. That’s an indication that you’re overly concerned about being appropriate – you don’t need to sacrifice fashion to that extent.
Rule Number Four: Wear a cute, fitted top – you can even wear a fitted graphic tee. A graphic tee looks especially good if you wear a suit jacket over it – it looks chicly casual. I have a Burberry jacket and a Theory jacket that I love equally, but if you’re looking to spend less cash, BCBG Max Azria has great jackets as well. Just remember that a fitted top that is less casual will dress up your denim, which is always fabulous.
Rule Number Five: Finish your outfit. You can do that with statement piece of jewelry; either sparkly, dangly earrings, or a big chunky necklace, or a set of shimmery bangles. A scarf can work, too, if it’s not summer. Finishing off an ensemble with one of these things is essential for maintaining professionalism and style. Follow these simple rules, and you’ll turn casual Friday into a day to do denim right.
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