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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.
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
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
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
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
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