Now that we’ve all come to terms with the great denim comeback of 2016, it’s time to start taking advantage of its versatile nature. And by that we mean wearing your jeans to work. If the idea of rocking your Saturday jeans on a Tuesday gives you HR anxiety, fear not. We have five gorgeous and professional ways to sport denim around the office. And trust—you’ll be pushing that LBD to the back of your closet in no time.

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With Luxe Fabrics

A silk blouse in a polished style (e.g., with a necktie and in a rich hue) instantly elevates a pair of basic skinny jeans. And the more laid-back your company culture, the lighter you can go with the denim wash. If classic blue jeans don’t quite make the cut, opt for an inky black wash. (Sharp booties are the professional cherry on top.) 

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With Built-In “Flare”

Jeans with zippers at the ankles are a great way to add interest should raw hems be too casual for your day job. Unzip them a tad and let the hemline flare for an edgier take on your typical skinnies. They look ultra cool with pointed-toe pumps and your standard button-down blouse.

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With a Blazer

This little jacket might seem like an obvious way to bring the business to an otherwise causal outfit, but the beauty lies in how you style it. Opt for straight-leg denim with a mid-rise fit and cuff the bottom to highlight your heels (a single roll will do). A plain white T-shirt keeps the focus on that smart topper. Styling tip: Try a longer blazer or a textured fabric for an added dose of sophistication. 

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With Long Layers

Your most comfortable slouchy denim looks slightly more upscale when paired with a lightweight knee-length coat or sleeveless trench. Wearing your jeans as part of this long-lined look creates a streamlined silhouette and feels intentional, as opposed to the weekend throw-on-and-go role they might normally play. (Note: Distressed denim should be reserved for more creative work environments.)

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With Oversized Jewelry

Oversized sculptural earrings are our new favorite way to punch up any look. A crisp button-down shirt acts as a blank canvas for those stunners (and tones down those amazing patchwork jeans you just picked up). You’ll never go wrong with this effortlessly easy ensemble. 

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