AUGUST 01, 2015 

Jeans for Genes day: How to style jeans to suit the office

Melanie, Bonnee, Lucy, Lauren and Helen model office-friendly jeans. Picture: Jason Edwards

JEANS are fast becoming acceptable work wear as more offices embrace the contemporary corporate wardrobe.

Whether it be on a daily basis or just on casual Friday, more workplaces are accepting jeans as a fashionable and functional alternative to more conservative workwear.

More employees than usual are expected don denim this Friday for Jeans for Genes day, an annual event where Australians unite by wearing their favourite jeans to support genetic research.

All funds raised on the day go directly to the Children’s Medical Research Institute to find cures for childhood genetic diseases, which currently affect one in 20 Aussie kids.

Chadstone stylist Lauren Brain says creative industries and workplaces where staff need to move freely are leading the jeans charge.

“Many offices still enforce a strict corporate dress code, but with jeans being a staple item of clothing for both men and women, you’ll find there is a growing trend towards an acceptance of denim in the workplace,” she says.

The cut, style and wash of your jeans should be a consideration when choosing the right pair for the office.

“Think about creating a clean overall look, using the style and colour of your denim,” Ms Brain says.

“Solid washes, particularly in dark blue or black work well for the office, and popular styles for this season including a flare or straight leg cut, can be dressed up with a tucked-in shirt. Skinny jeans can be okay for work, I’d style these with a longer-line top or flat shoes.”

Ms Brain says you should avoid anything too ripped, baggy or low-rise.

“The distressed boyfriend jeans you wear on the weekend might be fine for brunch, but they probably aren’t suitable to wear to work.”

“A button-up shirt, jeans, boots combo is always a winner for a casual, yet smart office outfit. Heels can dress you up that little bit more, and a trench or blazer will finish it off,” she says.

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Melanie wears Cue vest $389, Cue top $145, Kmart jeans $10, Nine West shoes $159.95

Bonnee wears Forever New trench $139.99, Forever New top $59.99, Paige jeans available at David Jones $349, Nine West hoes $159.95

Lucy wears Witchery blazer $249.95, Camilla & Marc top available at David Jones $340, Nobody jeans available at David Jones $199, Nine West shoes $189.95

Lauren wears Forever New jumper $44.95, Jeans West jeans $79.99, David Lawrence top $149, Nine West shoes $129.95, Specsavers glasses $39

Helen wears Cue shirt $125, Frame jeans available at David Jones $349, Forever New necklace $24.99, Nine West shoes $139.95, Cheap Monday glasses available at Specsavers $199

All clothing and accessories from Chadstone, The Fashion Capital

Models: Melanie, Bonnee from Scene Models, lucy, Lauren, Helen from Chadwick