denim

How many times did we stand in front of our open closet and doubtfully looked at our much loved jeans because of THIS basic question. Can I, or could I, or should I rather not, wear my jeans for a special occasion or event, or even a job interview…

Our experienced and knowledgeable buds at BLUER Denim broke down this fundamental question and – wow – they’ve made our denim decisions “where-what-when” so much easier! Read on to find out and let us know: did this solve your denim dilemma as well? 🙂

“We just say no to athleisure outside of the gym. So what to wear when you want to be casually cool? Denim. Here’s when and how you can wear denim. Denim as formal wear? Here’s how (and when) you can pull off denim for most any occasion. Navigating dress codes can be perplexing when they’re as ambiguous as business casual or “picnic formal” but take note of a few rules and you’ll be sure to be a denim Do. And don’t worry, we’re not advocating conformity; the beauty of denim is that it’s the perfect, er, canvas, to express yourself.

Job Interview

Traditional rules say that women should wear a skirt suit or button-up shirt and trousers, while men should be dressed in a suit. That still holds true for most corporate jobs in finance or law, but increasingly, companies are offering more informal environments to attract younger, creative talent.

The best rule of thumb is to research the company culture first: check out their website and Instagram for reference. If you’re a candidate in a creative field or tech, chances are jeans are a solid option. Just make sure they’re clean, pressed or wrinkle-free and no holes or distressing. Pair them with a pullover sweater or button-up with a sport jacket or opt for a crisp blouse and cardi. Shoes should be in good condition, polished and free from scuffs. {Note from the editor: it’s probably a good idea not to wear your beloved sneakers!}

Business Casual

This category can be open to interpretation and will vary from one industry to another, but for the most part, denim is de rigueur for business casual. Make sure your denim follows the company’s dress code policies which usually means no thread-bare or ripped jeans (and no flip flops). Keep things classy with a well-cut striped t-shirt or chambray button-up or opt for a sleeveless top and linen blazer.

Blind Date

Whomever you choose to keep romantic company, unless your first date is a costume party (in which case you may want to reconsider), jeans are always an acceptable option. The best advice is to wear a pair that feels comfortable so you’re not tugging or pulling or worse. Choose a dark rinse for an evening date paired with dressier shoes.

Denim is also the perfect complement to a shoulder-baring top or a fitted tee that shows off your extra time in plank pose. The best part of jeans on a first date? They make for an inconspicuous walk home the next morning.

Cocktail Party

Cocktail hour was originally established to mark the interim between daytime (work) and nighttime (formal). It’s since become a term that indicates a little black dress for women or suit for men. Essentially a notch down from black tie.

While there’s now some wiggle room for jumpsuits, sport coats and kimonos, jeans are usually a no-no. Unless of course you’re invited to one of the infamous “diamonds and denim” variety, in which case you’ll want to pair your dark denim with a luxe top or jacket: think velvet, brocade, or lace and, of course, a couple of carats. 

Wedding

No denim, no exceptions. Unless the invite explicitly says to dress like a ranch hand, this is a no-go.

Remember, if you find yourself invited with deepest sympathies, or summoned to appear, err on the conservative side and don’t show up in denim. If there’s one place you don’t want to break the rules, it’s anywhere there’s a grieving widow or a bailiff.

Fashion rules will continue to evolve and take denim with them. If in doubt, take a cue from Vanessa Friedman, style writer for The New York Times who has three tenets for dressing like an adult:

Don’t distract: you want people to remember you, not the outfit you’re wearing.

Think of your clothes as a costume: dress for the job you want and the way you want to be perceived.

And keep your clothes in good form: anything can look dapper if it’s clean, fitted properly, and free of wrinkles. That’s a dress code that never goes out of style. “

And guys, you can never – for no occasion when you “are allowed to wear jeans” – go wrong with a pair of dark blue or black selvedge jeans. BLUER Denim’s Rogier is always available to help you with finding the right fit and style. Just shoot him an email: [email protected]. Rogier answers most every email he receives and he’ll be happy to chat more with you about BLUER Denim.

3 COMMENTS

  1. I always order/purchase my denim jeans several inches longer than my inseam. I have the length cuffed after I wash them. I have them cuffed at an angle like a pair of dress slacks. Longer in the back and a slight angle up to the front seam. Only way I know how to get them to fit and look great. Not happy wearing denim and looking like a soup sandwich.

  2. I always order/purchase my denim jeans several inches longer than my inseam. I have the length cuffed after I wash them. I have them cuffed at an angle like a pair of dress slacks. Longer in the back and a slight angle up to the front seam. Only way I know how to get them to fit and look great. Not happy wearing denim and looking like a soup sandwich.

  3. I am having difficulty finding a source to send old denim/no longer wearing, for recycle or upsourcing. I feel like there must be a method industry can utilize…

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