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5 Denim Ideas That Are Totally Appropriate for Even the Stuffiest of Offices

It *can* be done.

While I wave my I Love Jeans flag high, I get that not every office is as denim-friendly as mine is. But as someone who's worked in stuffy places too, I can attest that denim *does* work—you just need to know how to do it right. Here, a primer.

<p>Fact: With a killer shoe, structured bag, and <a href="http://www.marieclaire.com/fashion/news/g3218/fall-coats-under-200/">statement coat</a> you can totally get away with wearing jeans. Just make sure to sport a dark wash (it's like going incognito) and keep the pieces in the same color family to keep it totally polished.</p><p>1. Fifteen Twenty Mohair Jacket, $429; <a href="https://www.fifteentwenty.com/blazers-and-jackets/mohair-jacket" target="_blank">fifteentwenty.com</a></p><p>2. H&M Silk Top, $50; <a href="http://www.hm.com/us/product/88623?article=88623-F&cm_vc=SEARCH" target="_blank">hm.com</a></p><p>3. DSTLD High Waisted Jeans in Dusk Vintage, $65; <a href="https://www.dstldjeans.com/products/high-waisted-skinny-jeans-in-dusk-vintage" target="_blank">dstldjeans.com</a></p><p>4. Micro Perry Satchel, $295; <a href="http://www.rebeccaminkoff.com/micro-perry-satchel-holiday-black" target="_blank">rebeccaminkoff.com</a></p><p>5. Ted & Muffy Oberon, $240; <a href="http://www.tedandmuffy.com/us/womens-shoes/brogues/black-leather/oberon/TMS15049.html?dwvar_TMS15049_color=1" target="_blank">tedandmuffy.com</a></p>
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Traditional Jeans

Fact: With a killer shoe, structured bag, and statement coat you can totally get away with wearing jeans. Just make sure to sport a dark wash (it's like going incognito) and keep the pieces in the same color family to keep it totally polished.

1. Fifteen Twenty Mohair Jacket, $429; fifteentwenty.com

2. H&M Silk Top, $50; hm.com

3. DSTLD High Waisted Jeans in Dusk Vintage, $65; dstldjeans.com

4. Micro Perry Satchel, $295; rebeccaminkoff.com

5. Ted & Muffy Oberon, $240; tedandmuffy.com

<p>Jeans only acceptable on Fridays? (Or just an anti-pants gal?) Try a denim take on the always-appropriate pencil skirt. Pair with heels and a structured bag for a look that's still totally appropriate for meetings with the boss. </p><p>1. Oversized faux leather bag, $30; <a href="http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=f21&Category=acc_handbags&ProductID=1000165222&VariantID= " target="_blank">forever21.com</a></p><p>2. Frame Le Drope Yoke Popover Blouse, $258; <a href="https://www.shopbop.com/drope-yoke-popover-frame/vp/v=1/1549649743.htm?folderID=2534374302060711&fm=other-shopbysize&os=false&colorId=83977" target="_blank">shopbop.com</a></p><p>3. Nina Agenda, $148; <a href="http://ninashoes.com/nina-agenda_3550" target="_blank">ninashoes.com</a></p><p>4. Jenna High Waisted Skirt, $30; <a href="http://www.boohoo.com/usa/denim/jenna-high-waisted-denim-pencil-skirt/invt/dzz97986 " target="_blank">boohoo.com</a></p>
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Denim Skirt

Jeans only acceptable on Fridays? (Or just an anti-pants gal?) Try a denim take on the always-appropriate pencil skirt. Pair with heels and a structured bag for a look that's still totally appropriate for meetings with the boss.

1. Oversized faux leather bag, $30; forever21.com

2. Frame Le Drope Yoke Popover Blouse, $258; shopbop.com

3. Nina Agenda, $148; ninashoes.com

4. Jenna High Waisted Skirt, $30; boohoo.com

<p>These jeans have a trouser feel, making them perfect with a button-down and duster vest for meetings, appointments, or whatever you have on that 1032-item to-do list of yours. </p><p>1. Mumu Black Crisp Top, $96; <a href="http://www.showmeyourmumu.com/new-mu/original-mumu-black-crisp-1 " target="_blank">showmeyourmumu.com</a></p><p>2. Missguided Longline Sleeveless Blazer, $34; <a href="https://www.missguidedus.com/clothing/category/coats-jackets/sleeveless-coats-and-jackets/longlinesleeveless-blazer-d-ring-belt-camel" target="_blank">missguidedus.com</a></p><p>3. Citizens of Humanity Butterfly Trouser in Highline, $188; <a href="http://www.citizensofhumanity.com/product/women/1556-132-high-line" target="_blank">citizensofhumanity.com</a></p><p>4. Kenneth Cole Reaction Arbol Satchel, $35; <a href="http://tjmaxx.tjx.com/store/jump/product/women-complete-the-look-handbags/Arbol-Triple-Entry-Satchel/1000081155?colorId=NS1003531&pos=1:99&N=1754350429" target="_blank">tjmaxx.com</a></p><p>5. Everlane The Modern Point Shoes, $155; <a href="https://www.everlane.com/collections/womens-shoes/products/womens-modern-point-black-white" target="_blank">everlane.com</a></p>
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Jeans Masquerading as Slacks

These jeans have a trouser feel, making them perfect with a button-down and duster vest for meetings, appointments, or whatever you have on that 1032-item to-do list of yours.

1. Mumu Black Crisp Top, $96; showmeyourmumu.com

2. Missguided Longline Sleeveless Blazer, $34; missguidedus.com

3. Citizens of Humanity Butterfly Trouser in Highline, $188; citizensofhumanity.com

4. Kenneth Cole Reaction Arbol Satchel, $35; tjmaxx.com

5. Everlane The Modern Point Shoes, $155; everlane.com

<p>If you're company is really anti-jeans, you can incorporate denim in other ways—like a denim top with sleek pants with interesting flats.</p><p>1. Current Elliott Popover Top, $89; <a href="http://www.currentelliott.com/the-popover-tidal-wave" target="_blank">currentelliott.com</a></p><p>2. Bella Large Satchel Bag, $328; <a href="https://www.fossil.com/us/en/bags/womens-handbags/satchels-and-shoulder/bella-large-satchel-sku-zb6645084c.html " target="_blank">fossil.com</a></p><p>3.  Cigarette Pants, $58; <a href="http://us.topshop.com/en/tsus/product/clothing-70483/pants-70502/black-pants-70603/cigarette-trouser-4710800?bi=1&ps=20" target="_blank">topshop.com</a></p><p>4. Chloe Flat, $295; <a href="http://shop.coyenokes.com/chloe-flat-black-calf-leather-black-platform/" target="_blank">coyenokes.com</a></p>
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Denim Top

If your company is really anti-jeans, you can incorporate denim in other ways—like a denim top with sleek pants with interesting flats.

1. Current/Elliott Popover Top, $89; currentelliott.com

2. Bella Large Satchel Bag, $328; fossil.com

3. Cigarette Pants, $58; topshop.com

4. Chloe Flat, $295; coyenokes.com

<p>A simple, shift denim dress with a blazer and tights is appropriate for pretty much any office setting. Not to mention, is the lazy girl's ultimate office hack. </p><p>1. Topshop Notch Blazer, $65; <a href="http://us.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?Nrpp=20&beginIndex=1&langId=-1&productId=20708990&Ntt=notch+blazer&pageSize=20&Nty=1&catalogId=33060&Dy=1&pageNum=1&productIdentifierproduct=product&storeId=13052&qubitRefinements=siteId%3DTopShopUS" target="_blank">topshop.com</a></p><p>2. Victoria Beckham Denim Dress, $395; <a href="http://www.net-a-porter.com/us/en/product/574271" target="_blank">net-a-porter.com</a></p><p>3. Rae Satchel in aster, $295; <a href="http://www.uggaustralia.com/women-handbags-hobos-satchels/rae-satchel/WZS024.html?dwvar_WZS024_color=ASTR#start=22&cgid=women-handbags" target="_blank">uggaustralia.com</a></p><p>4. The Heist Pump, $365; <a href="http://www.stuartweitzman.com/products/heist/?DepartmentId=159&DepartmentGroupId=13&ColMatID=21375 " target="_blank">stuartweitzman.com</a></p>
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Denim Dress

A simple, shift denim dress with a blazer and tights is appropriate for pretty much any office setting. Not to mention, is the lazy girl's ultimate office hack.

1. Topshop Notch Blazer, $65; topshop.com

2. Victoria Beckham Denim Dress, $395; net-a-porter.com

3. Rae Satchel in aster, $295; uggaustralia.com

4. The Heist Pump, $365; stuartweitzman.com

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