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How to Wear Denim to the Office Like a Fashion Girl

Yes, you can.
How to Wear Denim to the Office Like a Fashion Girl
ILLUSTRATOR Gab Gutierrez
Yes, you can.

Did someone say casual Friday?! Whether we heard that right or not, there are still some factors you need to consider when toning things down at the end of the week—after all, you're in the office, and you've got a stylish rep to keep. That said, denim doesn't have to look sloppy or, on the other end of the spectrum, outré! Below, we give you five ways to make those jeans work. Hard. Cue Rihanna.

1. Instead of skinny jeans, go for an on-trend cropped, wide-leg pair.

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The more volume, the merrier—and who wouldn't love an extra yard of denim? The great thing about this super-'70s silhouette is that it's actually really flattering. Find yourself a high-waisted version and cinch; the flare accentuates the tinyness of your midsection! Also, compared to skintight jeans, a wide-leg shape is a ton more reminiscent of your usual work trousers, making it casual-yet-appropriate-yet-very-chic.

2. If you MUST wear skinnies, layer a dress on top!

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We concede, but conditionally: toss your fave button-up shirtdress over those ol' favorites for a look that's some hundred notches above boring!

3. Swap your usual blazer for a cool, boxy denim jacket.

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Free your shoulders from those pads and throw a cooler option on. The key is to pick a piece that's oversized (general rule: if it looks like it was stolen out of your well-dressed dad's teenage wardrobe, then A+) so that it slouches oh-so-coolly over any and every outfit.

4. Distressed details a little too rugged for the office? Try ruffles instead!

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If your boss is eyeing those slashed jeans with not-so-hidden apprehension, it's time to head back into your closet and change. No fear, there's still tons of fun here! The frothy ruffle is one of this year's best-loved trends, and you can 101% take it to that end-of-the-week meeting.

5. Two-tone jeans are a funky-yet-subtle option.

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Here's another 2017 denim #thing we positively adore! Two-tone jeans, done up in contrasting shades of blue, are such a favored flavor right now—pair with all your workwear basics, then take it straight to Saturday chill. Too versatile.

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