First up is this question from Kristen:
I work in a pretty casual office environment...jeans are a-ok most days and like you I LOVE denim, but I still want to look professional, especially since I'm the youngest person (by about a decade) in my office. Any tips for sophisticated, professional looks that include jeans? I have to venture out to the construction site from time to time for inspections & such, so I try not to wear anything too precious.
Here are my tips for looking professional while still wearing jeans:
- Dark denim looks a lot more polished and professional than lighter rinses or distressed looks - so go for those!
- Extra layers like a cardigan, a blazer or even a nice looking scarf when the weather gets cooler adds instant style and sophistication to a look.
- Don't skimp on shoes... just because you are wearing jeans doesn't mean you have to sport equally as casual of a shoe. Go for something more refined in a shoe, it's a great compliment to a classy pair of jeans.
- Carefully chosen and understated accessories like a simple bangle bracelet, a skinny belt or stud earrings go a long way in exuding a professional air.
Here are some looks that illustrate my tips!