Different Ways to Wear Jeans
Jeans are a staple of most people’s wardrobe. While they are typically worn casually, you can dress them up or down as needed. When dressing jeans up or going for a look that is more put together than throwing on a pair of jeans and a t-shirt, there are some things to consider. If you can wear jeans to work, there are even more things to keep in mind.
A Casual, but Put Together Look
Outside of work you can wear whatever you want. Jeans, t-shirts, and sneakers can be worn in any combination you feel like. However, many casual looks can appear sloppy. The first step to classing up your casual look is to save the gym shoes for your morning workouts. That’s not to say you can’t wear sneakers. As long as they are clean and don’t look like you just came from a gym, you will look fine wearing them. If you don’t want to wear sneakers with your jeans, you can wear loafers or a nice pair of boots.
Once you get the shoes down, the next step is finding the right shirt. When wearing a t-shirt, be mindful of its condition. An old, worn out t-shirt with an equally worn out pair of jeans may be comfortable, but it’s not very fashionable. Instead, opt for a plain colored t-shirt and dark jeans for most occasions.
Jeans in the Workplace
American workplaces have become more casual over the years. Now, many employers allow their employees to wear jeans to work. However, that doesn’t give you permission to wear your beloved beat up pair of Wranglers. Anything with cargo pockets, rips, tears, and distressing should be avoided at work. Play it safe by sticking to dark blue or black jeans. Dark jeans look the most professional and let you play with shirt colors.
At work, your jeans should have a slim fit, but not be ultra-skinny or have a large boot leg. Skinny jeans may be appropriate for the club, but they aren’t appropriate for work. For a slightly dressier look, wear a dress shirt or throw a sports jacket on. When choosing a jacket, stay away from structured blazers and opt for a military style jacket, a corduroy jacket, or a cotton twill jacket. If you don’t want to wear a jacket, you can’t go wrong with a collared dress shirt under a V-neck sweater.
Once you’ve figured out the main parts of your outfit, it’s time to pick out your belt and your shoes. Your belt should be stylish and work appropriate. For shoes, you have multiple options: brogues, saddle shoes, and wingtips. Unless you work in an extremely casual workplace, it’s not wise to wear sneakers to work.
Regardless of how you usually wear jeans, the key to any successful outfit is looking put together.