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Jeans are undoubtedly one of the hardest working staples in a man’s wardrobe. But are they suitable for work? We give you tips on how to wear jeans to the office.

 Yes, gentlemen, you’ll all be happy to hear that you can wear jeans to the office! There are however a few fundamental rules that you must follow for wearing jeans as business casual.

  1. No (di)stress please

No rips, no tears, no signs of distress whatsoever on the denims you choose to wear to the office, please. While distressed and ripped jeans are one of the biggest trends to hit denims this year, save the trend quotient for the weekend. Choose a dark blue pair that fits you well.

  1. Go indigo

Dark blue jeans or black jeans are the best bets when looking to wear jeans as business casual. With the plethora of denim hues available these days there is always the urge to experiment with your style. This is great – but save your chili red and olive green pairs for Sunday brunch.

  1. Fantastic fit

We know, we may be starting to sound like your mother, or grandmother – probably both. But again, we must emphasize on how a regular, mid-rise, straight pair of denim duds works best for the office. Baggy (boyfriend) jeans and skinny jeans are all great if your office is MTV, not otherwise.

  1. When and how 
  • Jeans are a great option for team-building exercises, seminars in the office, workshops, team outings and ‘casual Fridays’ at the office.
  • Jeans are also great for travelling on work with or without your colleagues. Best worn with a plain white shirt with a black belt and matching black shoes and socks for seminars and meetings, this will give you a more formal look.
  • To keep it casual, for picnics and on Fridays, you can opt for a cream or olive green polo T-shirt with a pair of dark brown loafers and a matching belt. You could also choose to wear your jeans with a blue and red checked shirt or a short-sleeved navy shirt with tiny polka dots, but nothing more adventurous.
  • If you wear a leather-strap watch, it’s always nice to change the strap to match your shoes and belt.
  • The last step for every working guy as he leaves the house is to check his stubble and splash on some citrusy aftershave – body odor isn’t going to win you any friends at work or outside!
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Shibi Kumaramangalam
Shibi, like the song in ‘West Side Story’, is oh so pretty, witty and bright! Modest too, but we can discuss that later. A Chennai native (34) who now dwells in the capital, there is nothing she loves more than a good story. Except for a good handbag. A self-professed shopaholic with impeccable taste, the young women’s rights lawyer and mother was ‘discovered’ by an Indian Express editor in Chennai at a famous boutique eight years ago and she has not looked back since. Fashion writing allows her to combine her two greatest loves and Shibi has been published in The Hindu, the Indian Express, Femina, Scroll, Bodahub, Hi-Blitz Magazine and many more. A militant optimist, Shibi abhors armchair activism and suggests that everyone ‘Be the Change’ instead of complaining about Modiji. Or run for POTUS – anybody seems better qualified than Trump. She also loves animals and has orchestrated many a doggy/kitty rescue; her most fervent hope is to see the status and treatment of both animals and women improve in India and the world over. Also, she requests you to RECYCLE and to REUSE. Climate change is real, people. Jai Hind!