Sure, distressed jeans may not be acceptable in most corporate environments (they’re more embraced in fashion or startup jobs), but depending on your work culture – the more laid back, the better – they can be perfectly acceptable with a conservative button-down shirt and structured blazer. One caveat is that the jeans shouldn’t be too ripped, but rather tastefully distressed without revealing too much skin. Olivia Palermo nails the look.
Full confession: I am a huge fan of wearing dark-wash jeans in lieu of dress pants and most of the time people don’t even notice the difference. Go for a coated or waxed texture with a slim fit and pair with pumps or pointed flats. Here’s some inspiration from Isabel Wilkinson of The Cut.
I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t always liked white jeans but somehow Emmanuelle Alt is making them grow on me. The editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris is Insta famous for her effortless Parisian style which almost always includes jeans. Borrow her sartorial cues and pair white jeans with a black blazer and black ankle boots for an office-ready look.