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Traditionally, professional women have been stuck with stuffy work attire options -- suits, slacks or dresses. Period. However, many offices have begun to relax the rules on workplace attire, allowing women to wear a more versatile business wardrobe. Particularly on Fridays or days with no big meetings or presentations, jeans have become acceptable for the workplace. However, they are only appropriate when worn properly. Jeans and a blazer with some chunky jewelry and suede boots? A resounding do. A baby tee, pink Chucks with a pair of ripped jeans? A very definite don't.
Check With the Boss First
Before you sashay into the office in a pair of jeans, check with your supervisor or human resources department to be sure this is an acceptable interpretation of the company dress code. It may be that you can only wear jeans on Fridays or on days with no meetings or client interaction. Get it in writing so that you are not in violation of company policy; the last thing you want is to be sent home to change.
The Right Jeans
There are certain rinses and types of jeans that are acceptable for work. Dark rinses are almost always considered more professional than a light rinse. Don't choose jeans with bells and whistles; a simple, dark denim wash is perfect. Jeans with rips, holes, distress or patches on them are not professional; neither are jeans with writing or characters parading down the leg of the jeans or marching across the backside.
Proper Top and Accessories
Marie Claire suggests matching professional jean looks with bright and chunky jewelry and business kicks, such as fierce solid-hued pumps or a sophisticated strappy sandal. To further dress up your denim, pair it with a starched button-down top or a simple solid-colored tee and a patterned blazer. To complete your power look, add a classy bag or tote to the denim ensemble.
The Right Fit
Don't come into the workplace in jeans that look painted onto your skin. It simply isn't professional, no matter what you pair with it. A flattering boot cut is always safe and conveys a professional appearance. Leave the skinnies for happy hour.