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Get a Boyfriend Blazer
Before you slip on a pair of weekday jeans, consider your workplace and what is appropriate—if you are a banker or a lawyer, you might be limited to twill trousers even on Casual Friday!
But if you work in a more casual profession, try upgrading a sleek pair of jeans with a structured blazer. For a classic look, pair a black jacket (like Sarah Jessica Parker’s velvet number) with dark denim or a bright white tuxedo design (like Gwyneth Paltrow’s) with a lighter or acid-washed pair. Think suit and match light colors with light and dark with dark.
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A bit of shimmer is an instant outfit upgrade. If you’re a risk-taker (and your office is fashion-forward), try a bolder sequined piece, like Rachel Bilson’s eye-popping blazer. For a more understated look, try a shimmery tank under a cropped jacket a la Rihanna.
Throw On a Cardigan
Embellished sweaters lend retro charm to a pair of jeans. Look for crafty details that will dress up denim, like Penelope Cruz’s frilly ruffles or Heidi Klum’s beading.
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Buy a Silk Blouse
A sweet silk blouse will give your jeans a feminine feel—look for tops with pretty patterns or intricate necklines. If your workplace is more formal, skip distressed denim (like Eva Longoria Parker’s bootcuts) in favor of a crisp pair of dark-wash jeans such as Katherine Heigl’s skinnies.
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Try a Little Leather Jacket
A cropped leather jacket gives a jeans-and-a-T-shirt look a luxurious spin. Just skip the heavy motorcycle jackets in favor of light, soft skins in classic colors, like gray (Nicole Kidman), brown (Malin Akerman) or black. Add a feminine touch with accessories like a great pair of heels and a fun bag.
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Look For a Chic Button-Down
A crisp button-down shirt is a no-fail piece for the office. For a streamlined appearance, tuck a light-hued blouse into matching skinny jeans like Kate Moss’s and take it to the next level with chic heels and a status bag. Or, if your workplace is more laid-back, try a patterned version, like Sienna Miller’s, and add boots and a bright satchel.
Summary: A pair of jeans is the most versatile piece of clothing that we all own. Jeans can either be dressed up or dressed down.
Jeans are usually considered as casual wear but with the perfect accessories you can dress up in jeans to fit in any occasion whether it is a conference, a dinner date or a night on the town.
Depending on how you dress up in your jeans, you can either look sophisticated or fashionable.
Invest in a pair of dark washed jeans — the darker the color, the dressier they look. Make sure they fit you well — definitely don’t go too tight! Pair them with an office-appropriate camisole or t-shirt and a fitted blazer. Simple jewelry, a skinny belt, and a good pair of heels, boots or strappy sandals complete the ultra-professional look.
Use the pattern on the dress to inspire your choice of big, funky jewelry (think beaded necklaces and bracelets). A scarf around your neck or in your hair works as a fun accessory to this look as well. Flat, metallic sandals provide a comfortable, but sophisticated finish.
If you are feeling flirty, pair dark jeans with a pretty, dressy tank top or camisole. Lace, silk, sequins, beading, linen, or even cotton with embellishments like fabric flowers or petals will instantly take your jeans to a new level. Avoid going skin tight in both top and jeans — a little less is often more.
If your top is relatively simple, one really dramatic piece of jewelry — amazing earrings, a long pendant necklace or an oversized cocktail ring — completes your look perfectly. If your top is heavily embellished, go for simple jewelry. Don’t forget about your shoes — simple, strappy heels will add length to your legs without detracting from your top.
For a classic look, take your dark jeans and pair them with a dark fitted t-shirt, slim sweater or dressy button-down. Add a dark, skinny belt and high-heeled boots or shoes. Silver or gold jewelry — one or two elegant pieces — finishes this monochromatic, long and lean look.
To ensure that your jeans look their absolute best, launder and dry them until almost entirely dry — don’t leave them in the dryer to wrinkle. This also stops shrinking and keeps jeans in that great, just-bought shape.