6 Things You Need to Know When Wearing Denim Jeans to Work

Power dressing is essential when it comes to business and work in general. But this doesn’t mean that you should put denim jeans out of the equation. Countless modern day women have started turning their denim jeans into a work staple.

But there’s a fine line that exists between looking just right and too casual. If you still want to exude a professional aura in your denim jeans, here are some of the things you need to consider:

1. Black jeans are a great option

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Fearne Cotton2Fearne Cotton, Celebrities outside BBC Radio 1 in London on May 23, 2014

Black gives the illusion of a more formal wear. What’s even better is that you can add more black pieces, even if those pieces fall in the casual category. Just check out Fearne Cotton’s black jeans and shirt combo on her way to work!

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2. High-waisted jeans can make you look more polished

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Jessica Alba2Jessica Alba leaving a meeting at Internal Enviroment Institute in Los Angeles on May 22, 2014

Anything baggy might make you look sloppy. And you definitely have to say no to low-waisted jeans because of butt exposure threats. Clean up in a pair of high-waisted jeans just like Jessica Alba, who wore this outfit for a meeting.

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3. A chic blazer can instantly amp up your jeans look

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Kate Bosworth2Kate Bosworth wearing three quarter length jeans, brown jacket and silver high heels, leaves Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) holding hands with husband Michael Polish in California on May 14, 2014

This is the easiest trick in the book. Don a blazer and look instantly office-ready even if you are in a pair of jeans. Take a cue from Kate Bosworth, who managed to make her cropped jeans look formal with just the addition of the blazer.

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4. Wear a formal button down blouse with it

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Fearne Cotton4Fearne Cotton and Katy B arrive at the ITV Studios for ‘Celebrity Juice’ in London on April 30, 2014

A button down blouse not only injects femininity to the jeans but also gives it a more formal flair. A satiny one like Fearne Cotton’s can even turn a pair of boyfriend jeans into a work-perfect outfit.

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5. The right shoes can go a long way

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Nikki Reed1Nikki Reed spotted leaving Andy LeCompte Salon in May 23, 2014

Shoes can either be a deal breaker or a deal maker. Turn it into the latter with a sleek pair of pumps. Something in a bold color just like Nikki Reed’s will do the trick.

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Clu Clu Too Mix Media Color Block Top, $99.00
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Marc by Marc Jacobs Too Hot to Handle Small Top Handle Bag, $428.00

Invest in a good pair of jeans and get more wear out of it by turning it into an office essential!

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