Take It to Work: How to Get Away With Wearing Denim at the Office

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Those who work in creative environments are used to wearing jeans from 9 to 5, but for folks in the corporate world, denim is usually relegated to nights and weekends. Executive women, rejoice: The line between casual and professional is getting blurrier by the day, experts say, and even denim is no longer off-limits—if (big if) you style it right. Here are five outfits that'll help you make a case for slipping skinnies, flares, and the like into the company dress code all week long. Hey, worst case scenario, we know exactly what you'll be wearing on Casual Friday.

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1 Monday

The brilliance of this outfit is that it looks pretty and grown-up...when in truth, it stems from you barely wanting to roll out of bed. (Mondays!) Pair boyfriend jeans with a half-tucked (but freshly ironed!) pajama-style shirt. Add statement accessories and a pair of chic heels to make it look like you really tried.

AG The Iris Shirt, $208, agjeans.com; Vanessa Mooney Suede Wrap Necklace With Spikes, $43, shopbop.com; Armani Exchange Medium Wash Distressed Boyfriend Fit Jeans, $120, armaniexchange.com; Otaat/Myers Collective Large Ring Pouch in Camel, $185, needsupply.com; TopShop Golden Court Shoes, $100, topshop.com

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2 Tuesday

You'll soon see floral dresses aplenty around the office, but floral skinny jeans? Not so much. Tuck a chambray shirt (double denim!) into the ladylike pair, and add a boss-lady tote—plus (not too) metallic shoes and accessories.

Mango Light Denim Shirt, $60, mango.com; Ted Baker London Concentric Swarovski Crystal Ear Jackets, $59, nordstrom.com; Armani Exchange Floral Print Super Skinny Jeans, $120, armaniexchange.com; Aldo Valterra, $60, aldoshoes.com; Kate Spade New York Cameron Street Large Lane, $278, katespade.com

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3 Wednesday

When the dress code calls for a blouse and trousers (but you just. can't. do. it.), fake HR out with an on-trend banker-striped bodysuit that looks like a deconstructed button-down, plus white flared jeans so crisp they can double as dress pants. (Funky shoes and accessories optional based on your office's level of trendiness.)

Zara Striped Bodysuit With Front Knot, $49.90, zara.com; Moon and Lola Zebra Block Font Personalized Nameplate Pendant Necklace, $48, nordstrom.com; Armani Exchange White Mid Rise Bootcut Jeans, $110, armaniexchange.com; MCM Mini Backpack Wristlet Pouch, $322, harrods.com; See By Chloe Leather Platform Sandals, $275, matchesfashion.com

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4 Thursday

Pro tip: Your trusty after (after!) party dress feels far less sexy—and dare we say office-appropriate—when smartened up with a sharp double-breasted blazer, muted skinny jeans (tucked in) and some sensible-yet-cute block heels.

Fleur Du Mal Platinum Rose Velvet Mini Slip Dress, $398, fleurdumal.com; Armani Exchange Rose Gold Glam Watch, $160, armaniexchange.com; Armani Exchange Light Grey Cropped Moto Skinny Jeans, $105, armaniexchange.com; Zara Medium Heel Gathered Leather Shoes, $89.90, zara.com

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5 Friday

A fitted denim skirt is an ideal stand-in for a traditional pencil when worn with ladylike, silky striped button-down. Dress up the simple combo with a smart, structured satchel, chic accessories, and sky-high mules. (Bonus points if the plan is to dash out the door for happy hour at 5:01 sharp.)

H&M Long-Sleeved Blouse, $19.99, hm.com; Ben-Amun Collar Necklace, $270, nordstrom.com; Armani Exchange Skirt, $120, armaniexchange.com; Tory Burch T Mini Satchel, $298, toryburch.com; Kendall + Kylie 110M Essie Leather Mules, $181, luisaviaroma.com; Armani Exchange Scattered Logo Watch, $140, armaniexchange.com

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