[Dare to Do] Denim
So I just [had] to do a post about wearing denim in the workplace after picking up a denim number at the weekend.
I finally got round to using my little Debenham’s Summer Soiree treat I received when I attended their High Summer event. [Which by the way] – was a fantastic event – cocktails, manicures&a showcase of high summer fashion.
Being invited to pick something from Designers at Debenhams or Debenhams own range, I was a little apprehensive as brands such as Principles, Red Herring and Julien Macdonald aren’t brands I would usually shop in. However, on the hunt for something a little different to add to my corporate wardrobe I came across this amazing, dark denim,
utility dress from Julien Macdonald.
[Apologies for the poor photo quality – It’s a work in progress!]
To be honest – it didn’t look much on the hanger and the photography of the dress online doesn’t do it justice. [However] I imagined a crisp white shirt against the denim and it instantly POPPED.
I questioned whether it was appropriate for the corporate wardrobe but thinking about the #AllergictoAverage mantra and my desire to push the boundaries of corporate fashion – I went for it.
The quality of the dress is excellent. A thick denim with sparkling silver buttons and well-considered tailoring, particularly around the neckline. It’s double-breasted pockets oozes sophistication and style. I’m wearing a size 10 and the fit is perfect. It’s fitted but not tight [there is a difference] making me feel confident and self-assured.
Hugging the [curves and swerves] I feel good, I feel confident and ready to strut. At £65 – it’s worth every single penny.
Paired with the white shirt, it adds necessary element of professionalism [without] compromising on style.
Pushing the boundaries of grey suits and shapeless dress;
Is denim acceptable in the workplace?
Done right, Hell Yeah, I think so.
[Dare to Denim]
As you’ll all know, I’m a strong advocate for the Topshop Joni High Waisted Jean. I have 2 pairs in black; one for the office – to keep them dark and one for outside of work/weekends etc as they are now slightly lighter due to over-wearing!
You’ve cracked it.
So you’ve mastered the denim Jean? Let’s get adventurous and make denim the focal point of your look.
[The All Denim Pinafore]
Ranging in colour, these pinafores all have one thing in common, excellent cuts. Structured necklines, clean cut finishes and waist detail. To keep it professional, layering is essential here; make your base the ever loyal, [crisp white shirt].
Think you’re ready to go for it? Consider one of these pinafores and adhere to the
[Corporate Denim Bible]
- Always choose a well-structured dress with attention to the waist.
- Look for double breasted detail or large buttons to avoid the usual causal connotations of denim.
- Consider layering with a light shirt; white or pink to keep within the corporate context.
- Make sure it is an appropriate length – not too short but equally as important NOT too long; ‘punk rocker with flowers in her hair’ floor length denim vibes is OK for Glasto; not OK for your Monday morning board meeting.
- NEVER do double denim. It might be OK for Rihanna, it might be OK for the club, but it is not OK for the office.
- Avoid super light denim; it’s casual, summery with a laidback look; stick to darker, more pigmented denims.
- Hot Pants; just no. You know why.
- Rips; again, just no.
- Not feeling ready to go full on [Dare to Denim]? Consider a cute little Filofax for a flash of denim when you’re walking through the office floor.
[Go On – I Dare You]
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