“They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity,” Yves Saint Laurent once said of the humble jean. Take denim into the workplace, however, and it is only by following clear-cut rules that one can hope to embody such a persona.
Shades should never stray too far from a dark, indigo wash and should on no occasion boast a rip, frayed hem or any element of distress. Clean lines are key if your Levi’s are to blend into the tailored workforce.
On-point options for autumn include denim culottes or a flared jean. Both require height; a block heel will counterbalance the width of a culotte, and serve as a leg-lengthener with flares (the style should be long enough so you only see a mere peep of shoe underneath).
A crisp denim shirt would also sit well with dark cigarette pants and brogues, or tucked into a fitted skirt (see above).
Rules of skirting, meanwhile, are simple; keep hemlines below the knee and be wary of thigh slits. A high-waisted, button-down style will draw the eye down the body, and leave no one querying whether it is ‘dress down Friday’ or not.
Here are our top four tips and key pieces for autumn:
1 Utilitarian shirt dresses sit well with loafers or pristine white trainers. A belt or sash (why not try your patterned skinny scarf?) will banish woes of washing out your waist.
2 A white shirt and chunky heel will keep this clean wash looking sharp. Heighten your feminine side with a top-handle bag and trophy earrings.
3 For shirts, keep Western stitching subtle and embellishment to a minimum. Avoid pairing with blazers; the high-low contrast is too vast.
4 A fine polo-neck knit and knee-high boots need be your only accompaniments to this sleek AM-to-PM option.