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5 ways to wear denim to work

Victoria, Victoria Beckham Pre-Fall ’18

Convinced blue denim doesn’t have a place in your corporate closet? Think again: for SS18, designers have been reimagining this off-duty stalwart, creating structured separates and standout pieces that promise to breathe new life into your office attire. These are the elevated denim pieces to wear to work now…



We mentioned that denim jackets were having a moment at the beginning of the season. But not content with infiltrating your off-duty attire, now they’re coming for your work wardrobe, too. The trick to making them office-appropriate is sticking to dark washes. Victoria, Victoria Beckham’s belted version (above) is the perfect example – use yours to update well-worn pieces like cigarette pants and ballet pumps, or pair with co-ordinating pants for a fresh take on the suit.

  • Alexander McQueen
    Layered denim peplum jacket
  • Alexander McQueen
    Cotton-poplin shirt
    Le High cropped straight-leg jeans
  • Acne Studios
    Odry leather ballet flats


Not to be confused with jeans, tailored pants cut from dark denim are every bit as wearable as the former, but thanks to labels like Elizabeth and James flirting with directional silhouettes, they’re 100% office-appropriate. Our top tip? Slightly cropped, wide-leg shapes are an easy way to add elegance to your look. Tuck in a crisp white shirt and finish with a pair of SS18’s elevated slides for a modern take on corporate dressing.

  • Elizabeth and James
    Ace cropped high-rise wide-leg jeans
  • Monse
    Asymmetric stretch-cotton poplin shirt
  • Paola Vilas
    Constantin gold-plated sodalite earrings
  • Saint Laurent
    Woven croc-effect leather slides


A wardrobe workhorse of the highest order, the shirt dress is one of those wear-with-anything-to-anything pieces that solves all manner of dressing problems. Ergo, you need one in your closet. Our top choice is this denim update courtesy of Tomas Maier; finish with a pair of sculptural heels and you’ll be ready to break the glass ceiling in style.

  • Tomas Maier
    Belted denim dress
  • Boyy
    Karl 24 buckled leather tote
  • Madewell
    Courier cotton and linen-blend chambray shirt dress
  • Mercedes Castillo
    Carlie leather mules


The mere mention of a ‘denim skirt’ might bring to mind a micro mini with frayed hems, but this season it’s all grown up courtesy of classic shades and minimal designs. Pair yours with a sculptural blazer, a pristine white tee and timeless loafers for a ’90s-inflected desk-to-dinner approach.

  • Michael Kors Collection
    Pleated denim midi skirt
  • Saint Laurent
    Appliquéd cotton-jersey T-shirt
  • Stella McCartney
    Ingrid wool blazer
  • Gucci
    Jordaan horsebit-detailed leather loafers


Since taking the helm last year at the French fashion powerhouse, Natacha Ramsay-Levi has turned the Chloé girl into a force to be reckoned with. This denim vest might have bohemian undertones, but the strong silhouette makes it a perfect addition to any corporate closet. Layer it over a rollneck and floor-skimming wide-leg pants to show you mean business.

The model featured in this story is not associated with NET-A-PORTER and does not endorse it or the products shown.