skinny jeans as business casual attire

jeans to work?!


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Zekes

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Oct 25, 2017
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I work for my provincial government and in my ministry (and others) the so called business casual dress code is pretty lax. There’s lots of jeans and tees
 

Psychotron

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Oct 26, 2017
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We're not allowed to wear jeans except on Friday's, and that's with approval. If we have a meeting that day, then absolutely not. I mostly wear dress pants, button down shirt and I'll put on a tie if I'm meeting with high level management.
 

HardRojo

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Oct 25, 2017
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I only wear jeans on Fridays since they're casual Fridays. Usually slim jeans, a regular T, a jacket since it's cold and casual shoes, that's it.
 
Oct 28, 2017
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I dont know if they have to be "Skinny" jeans but you can 100% make jeans work in a business environment. Unless your job strictly prohibits denim. The Jeans, blouse and nice shoes combo is legit.
 

SoaringDive

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Feb 3, 2019
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As a software engineer in business casual I just wear whatever other than graphic tees. Unless there's a meeting with the C-level or clients that day.
 

RedNalgene

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Oct 25, 2017
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As others have said...it depends. In some offices jeans are totally fine, while others have a more strict dress code. For instance, I work in the FinTech industry. On our sales floor jeans wouldn't be acceptable except on Friday. On our Dev floors you can wear jeans any day. And when we go see clients of course we're in suits but everyone on site at our Financial Services clients is in business casual but that means slacks and dress shirts for the dudes and dresses/pants suits for the women. Definitely no jeans.

So as others have said, dress professionally for the first couple of days so you can get a sense for the office vibe, then decide. There's no way anyone on the forum can answer your question, unfortunately.
 

bionic77

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Oct 25, 2017
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Is buying jeans over 70dollars worth it?
If you value getting better looking jeans then it is totally worth it. As with everything you are paying for the details. Its the same with tech or anything else. Cheap jeans and expensive both keep your ass from showing, but the more you spend you get a better cut, better fabric, etc.

Also haven't women always worn skinny ass jeans? I thought skinny jeans thing was the new thing for men in the last 10 years or so. And honestly it looks way better than the baggy jean phenomenon of years past.

I have seen people wear skinny jeans to work on casual Friday so I don't think its a big deal.

Man it must be cool to go to work in jeans or shorts everyday.
 
Oct 28, 2017
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maybe it would help if people kinda visualised what outfits i'd be wearing with jeans? think:



except instead of a tiny skinny little thing i'm a bigger girl. same style/colour of jeans, though
Perfectly fine for most of sane Business America. Ive worked for a fortune 50 company and a mom and pop (and everything in the middle) and most of them seem to allow a bit more freedom to business casual for women. Dudes really only have 3 options. Sweater, Polo or dress shirt and slacks.


Also, good luck at the new gig!
 

Rangerx

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Oct 25, 2017
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I work at a government department and the majority of the office wear jeans. It's really only the dog eat dog, ultra corporate companies that have such rigid dress codes.
 

Robin

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Oct 25, 2017
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It really depends on the place. Black skinny jeans are PROBABLY fine but there are some places that are just total sticklers about that kind of thing and even though it's totally the norm now it just will never be OK in that locale. I think paradoxically it's less professional places like retail, etc, that are going to be really "NO EXCEPTIONS" on jeans, everywhere else it basically comes down to if you look clean and professional or not and the fabric of the pants isn't going to matter or be scrutinized. I basically wear nothing but long open sweaters w/ tunics and shirts and skinny jeans and leggings and it's always been fine and pretty much the norm.

Skinny jeans? lmao

Regular jeans. Sure.
I'm now imagining you wear business jncos
 
Oct 29, 2017
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hi! first ever post! i deal with the biggest first world problem: pants don't fucking fit me. i'm a woman who is super pear shaped. i'm a little overweight, i have a small waist, really wide hips, and big thighs. i look cute as hell in like, underwear or whatever! but for the life of me i literally cannot find pants that fit me. if it doesn't have an elastic waist, don't even think about it. if it's straight leg, it's too tight on my thighs. if it's not high waisted, it sits at my widest point and i can't even sit down. if i size up, it balloons around my waist even if it fits my thighs. if i size down, it fits my waist, but squeezes my hips and thighs. if i size just right, it's a combination of too loose and too tight. every day is a living nightmare, existence is suffering

i have one pair of pants that are comfortable and make me look all sucked in and nice: plain, black skinny jeans. coincidentally, i'm also starting a new job next week. the dress code is smart, casual, business attire. i've got stacks and stacks of cute blouses, blazers, collared shirts, whatever. but i don't have a pair of pants to match them with. i'm not a big skirt person either.

here is my question for you, era: is it appropriate to wear skinny jeans in a professional setting? a google search is giving me equal amounts of 'go for it' and 'don't even fucking think about it'. they're nice jeans, not really denim textured, but they're still obviously jeans. fwiw, i like to tuck in most of my shirts and wear some plain heels. good people of era, please help me!!

What industry? Tech/IT? Did you get a good look at your new coworkers when interviewing?

Black skinny form fitting clean jeans seems well in line with business casual in my experience.

That said, if you like close fitting black pants then I'm sure you could find some slacks that fit you well.
 

Zoe

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Oct 25, 2017
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No, skinny jeans are not business casual, and as a woman you will be judged by your peers.

BTW, people are saying the right skinny jeans can pass off as trousers, but that's less the case when you tuck your shirt in which you said you plan to do.
 
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abellwillring

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Oct 25, 2017
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There are a lot of factors at play in whether it feels like the right decision. My wife and I work at a university and my office mate (female) wears jeans every day but she mostly just deals with the faculty members and grad students from their group. My wife has a role elsewhere on campus where she's interacting with more external people and she usually wears work pants and some sort of blouse but on occasion she'll wear some jeans. I wear (skinny-ish) jeans and a polo every day personally.

Given that it's a new job, I'd feel it out. Try and find a few nice work pants and wear those initially and then see what your coworkers are wearing and go from there. The fact the jeans you really like are black probably helps -- that gives them a more professional feel at a minimum. If you're dealing with clients in person, it might feel a little inappropriate. If it's just you in an office setting, then I bet a lot of people will wear them regularly.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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It might depend how nice these jeans look and their color. Normal blue jeans might be stretching business casual, but if they're more like khaki (brown) or dark blue, or black, they might work
 

Futureman

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Oct 26, 2017
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I would guess largely depends on the office. My gut instinct though is no way for skinny jeans. Guess the poll largely disagrees with me though.

Why not start off by wearing something more traditionally business casual and see what others in the office wear?
 

shnurgleton

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Oct 27, 2017
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I don't buy skinny jeans because I have chun li cycling legs and the straight fits and athletic cuts are snug enough

but based on the picture you posted, yeah I would think that's good for business casual
 

Kismet

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Nov 9, 2017
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I only wear skinny and slim fit jeans.

Wide jeans look horrible. You'll look like a nerd from the 90's. And shoes look bad with wide jeans.

But most people I see with wide blue jeans have ugly shoes as well, so it's hopeless anyway.
 

CesareNorrez

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Oct 25, 2017
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Also haven't women always worn skinny ass jeans? I thought skinny jeans thing was the new thing for men in the last 10 years or so.
For youths, typically denim jeans have fit skinny in the thighs, male or female. It’s the fit in the calf that has seen changes. Elvis was criticized for wearing tights jeans, and Rockstars have pretty much worn skinny jeans since. In the internet’s favorite movie, Back to the Future, the lead character Marty McFly wears skinny jeans. Never see anyone make fun of him for it.

The relaxed fit is more of recent thing in pop culture.
 

Mik2121

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Oct 25, 2017
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I guess it completely depends on your industry as well? Where I work, almost anything is fair play, as long as you look clean and decent.

Then again, I sometimes go to work on my gym wear because it’s too hot outside and if I get stuck in conversations it might be a couple hours before I change to my normal clothes (chino pants and a T-shirt, generally).

In your case, and if I was a woman, i would probably wear a skirt instead (since you don’t seem to find enough pants that fit you) on day one and see what’s up, ask a couple people, etc. Then if it’s ok, just swap to those jeans.
 

The Albatross

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Oct 25, 2017
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Yes, good denim is in and it's fine. I'm not business casual anymore but in my old dept we were, and good denim is often sharper looking than sloppy slacks.

Business casual is pretty nebulous, but it mostly just means dressing smart, but without wearing a suit & tie. For a lot of people who started working 15 years ago+ they take it very strictly to mean slacks + shirt, no tie, or slacks + polo shirt, no tie. But... a lot of people in slacks and a polo look sloppy as fuck, because they're buying shitty fitting Kohl's slacks and some enormous oversized billowing polo shirt from Old Navy or something that has dimples in the middle of it because it never fits.

Good denim will always look better than sloppy slacks, and a lot of good denim makers make denim that is denim but it's not a traditional denim/jean color.

For instance, this is denim:







(above, various shades of Paige's alternative denim colors)

With the right shirt, smartly fitted, esp. with a suede belt, this will be much more appropriate business casual than this sloppy ass dork wearing traditional business casual



This model checks all of the business casual boxes... tucked in shirt, slacks, no tie, no jacket. But he's a slob... huge pleats, poorly fitted, not hemmed, super billowy like fucking hammer pants, enormous open collar, white undershirt, enormous Alladin sleeves, etc. And yet this sloppy mess checks all of the business casual boxes from the 90s/2000s.
 
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ElMexiMerican

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Oct 25, 2017
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Skinny jeans can be considered business casual, but two things are dependent on that answer. 1. Your work environment and 2. The style of jeans. If the environment is typically laid back professional, then a nice pair of skinny jeans is okay.

Since this is a new job, I'd be somewhat hesitant of wearing jeans simply because I'd have no clue what the environment is really like, but if they're not really an apparent denim, you might be able to get away with it.
 

Wren Wolfe

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Nov 10, 2017
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Hey, OP! I'm in a similar boat in that I'm 5'1", so most jeans are way too long, and I have small hips and big thighs, so the only jeans that fit me are either mom jeans that have a lot of room or something with plenty of elastic and stretch. I work from home most days, but I have one trusty pair of black skinny jeans for when I need to go in to the office. I think it's absolutely work appropriate in a business casual setting. Especially with the material being black instead of blue denim, I think it amps up the dressiness.
 

Doc Kelso

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Oct 25, 2017
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ITT folks applying male fashion standards to a woman.

I'd wear a skirt for a few days just to get the lay of the land. You'll likely be fine wearing skinny jeansas more and more places are accepting of straight casual instead of business casual in the workplace.
 

meow

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Oct 27, 2017
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This is highly dependent on your office and your industry. You should always try to err on overdressing for your first day (this does not mean go in full business formal if the place is obviously more casual).

If you've already managed to (and can afford to) spend $500 already on pants that don't fit, you need to be getting pants that fit your hips /thighs and tailoring them to your waist. As long as the difference isn't huge, I believe that's actually one of the easier alterations to make.

I would also suggest looking into ponte fabrics. They're super stretchy, super comfy, and look more professional than jeans.
 

RedMercury

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Dec 24, 2017
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Unfortunately there are judgmental "but what about our traditions" people out there who will deem it inappropriate but it should be seen as alright. It really depends on the field.
 

Powdered Egg

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Oct 27, 2017
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Nothing screams "Please fire me" like skinny jeans on business casual day.
No, skinny jeans are not business casual, and as a woman you will be judged by your peers.

BTW, people are saying the right skinny jeans can pass off as trousers, but that's less the case when you tuck your shirt in which you said you plan to do.
Lmao I love this response.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Jeans are not business casual. Ever.

But you can wear a button down/tie with jeans for a look if your workplace allows it, or for casual Friday or whatever.

But it’s not business casual, and we don’t need to redefine what business casual means just because some people can wear cargo shorts to work.
Jeans are absolutely business casual

Jeans and a button down with a tie? That’s some midtown uniform if I ever heard one.
 

ViewtifulJux

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Oct 25, 2017
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I have no idea what the dress code is at work, and I work for the government. I wear slim jeans and t-shirts most of the time. No ones ever said anything and I meet with pretty high up dudes often. Guess it just depends on your culture. I played it safe for a while until I realized no one gave a shit.
 
Nov 14, 2017
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a few people have recommended chinos so far. i've tried lots of different pairs of chinos on, no bueno. the material is usually too thick and canvassy; they are WAY too tight around my thighs, if i can even pull them over my thighs at all. they also sit really low on my hips/stomach, so i can hardly sit down without them falling down, even with a belt. the only kind of pants i can wear, at a minimum, need to have a stretchy material throughout. hence why skinny jeans work for me: they stretch around my curves while being more snug on my smaller waist, while being thick enough to make sure i don't look like i'm spilling out of some leggings
You can get stretch chinos. I 'd recommend having a look for some in a slim-fit (look for measurements based on your thigh-size), speaking as someone whose wardrobe contains a number of pairs of pants that are so loose at the waist they look like they'd fall straight off without a belt, yet are stuck in place due to being stretched over my thighs. I'm also Australian so I know that we have access to this textile technology, but unfortunately the only brands I can recommend are menswear.
 

ForgeForsaken

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Oct 27, 2017
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i'm also starting a new job next week. the dress code is smart, casual, business attire. i've got stacks and stacks of cute blouses, blazers, collared shirts, whatever. but i don't have a pair of pants to match them with. i'm not a big skirt person either.

here is my question for you, era: is it appropriate to wear skinny jeans in a professional setting? a google search is giving me equal amounts of 'go for it' and 'don't even fucking think about it'. they're nice jeans, not really denim textured, but they're still obviously jeans. fwiw, i like to tuck in most of my shirts and wear some plain heels. good people of era, please help me!!
Maybe not for the first day at the new job, scope it out first. Business Casual means different things to different companies, I've worked at many where jeans are fine, but some say business casual and jeans are against dress code.