Jeans in Office?

So I have an internship starting in the next few weeks at a F500 company and their dress code allows for jeans. Does anyone have recommendations on some outfits for this kind of dress code? I was prepared for more of a business casual and while being overdressed isn't the WORST thing, I would rather fit in with what everyone else is wearing. Also I don't have a lot to spend so price is a factor.

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Comments (39)

May 11, 2018

I work at a F500 company as well. On Fridays I wear sportshirts with jeans and either loafers or chukka boots. Polos occasionally as well.

May 11, 2018

Any recommendation on jean brands?

Jun 5, 2018

You can't be helped

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Jun 9, 2018
seowrps32:

Any recommendation on jean brands?

Bonobos if you're thin, Levi's if you aren't. Simple, easy. They're jeans.

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Jun 5, 2018

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May 11, 2018

Err on the side of being overdressed the first few weeks until you get a feel for what's okay. Always better to be overdressed than underdressed.

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May 11, 2018

Very true, I was planning on wearing khakis and long sleeve button-downs anyways.

Jun 29, 2018

Get some chinos in blue and gray. Slightly nicer than jeans and more relaxed than slacks..

Jun 4, 2018

I've worked in a fairly casual environment for a few years now and you can get away with any the following combinations...

Jeans - You're always safe with dark wash. As an intern you don't need to ball out on jeans, so some nice Levis will do the job. As you start to make more cash, AG Jeans are great and have a professional attitude.

Shirts - Polos are great assuming they're clean and void of crazy logos (ie Polo Big Pony Collection). Dress shirts are always a good choice (no prom colors please). Please by all things that are holy make sure to iron your shirts. Nothing makes me think less of someone's outfit more than wrinkled shirts.

Shoes - Dress shoes of any kind. Loafers, brogues, wing tips, who cares...

Belt - Match the color of your shoes. No need to spend anything crazy here.

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Jun 5, 2018

No

Jun 5, 2018

Work in a F500 as well, usually on Thursday/Friday I do wear jeans with polo or jeans with shirt. Obviously no ripped jeans or similar shit

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Jun 5, 2018

If I were in this situation (this is just preference) I would go with regular business casual for Monday to Wednesday (so slacks and a dress shirt), Thursday I would go jeans and a dress shirt, and Friday I would go jeans and a golf shirt.

Just me though. I think it shows you are presentable with general business attire, but also aren't a try hard to the point where you do it every day.

Jun 5, 2018

just make sure to crease your jeans

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Jun 5, 2018

If you are a smart shopper you can buy nice 100% wool slacks for $50-80 if you keep your eyes open. Just buy those instead of jeans. When I see someone in an expensive pair of jeans I think "sucker'. Grown men wear slacks to the office.

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Jun 5, 2018

Any recommendations on where to buy quality slacks under $100?

Jun 5, 2018

Nordstrom Rack, Off Sacks (got a pair of Zanella slacks there for like $90 my FAVORITE pair of pants now) , in NYC we have a place called Century 21. Outlets basically.

Jun 5, 2018

Second Nordstrom Rack. Men's Warehouse isn't bad either, they sell in the same tier and similar pricing for jeans to the Rack nowadays.

For dress, in most companies, either everyone dresses the same the whole way up, or folks dress more or less casually as they go up the latter (usually more so). You want to be generally dressed like the full time employees for the role you would have, but not be one of the most underdressed. Being a little overdressed is OK, but if everyone is in jeans and polos, and you rock a suit with no tie, that's no bueno.

As has been stated - dark jeans only, button downs and/or polos depending on the rest of the office. Matching shoes and belt (real shoes, loafers/boots/whatever, try Cole Haan). If you wear slacks in a jeans environment, they should be stylish (J. Crew is a good option, also for shirts).

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Jun 6, 2018

Dad jeans are usually best.

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Jun 9, 2018

See what other people do and follow. Where I work, (F100) untucked polos loafers and or sneakers are absolutely OK. If you're not sure where some nice chinos some loafers and a tucked in shirt.

Jun 9, 2018

If you don't have a pair of these yet I highly recommend them. I know guys at a number of firms now wearing them. They look pretty much like slacks but are more comfortable than jeans.
https://shop.lululemon.com/p/men-pants/ABC-Pant-Re...
If you are looking for jeans, I recommend J Brand Tyler jeans. Get 2-3 pairs of the same dark jeans so they don't wear out colour too fast. But be ready for this to happen - it's an expensive replacement
https://www.jbrandjeans.com/tyler-slim-fit-in-eart...

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Jun 9, 2018

I absolutely love these pants, but I would say they tend to look slightly less dressy than regular chinos - I usually wear them on Fridays in a business casual environment, and they're great for traveling in general.

I've heard that the commission pants look dressier and can truly pass for slacks/chinos, but I wear the ABC relaxed fit and haven't seen the commission relaxed fit in stores anywhere.

Jun 9, 2018

Dude just ask HR for fuck sake

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Jun 9, 2018

Disagree with the people who say you should wear dress pants most days - if everyone else is wearing jeans (and best believe they will be if that's the dress code) you're just going to look funny. Stick with dark washes (indigo, not black), minimal fading, SLIM FIT, zero rips. If the bottom edges are at all frayed, no go (also your jeans don't fit). Uniqlo jeans are totally fine and cost like $20-$30 a pair. Levi's like someone else said are good too. Pair it with an oxford collar button-down in solid colors (please no pastels) or simple patterns. Wear dress shoes and match them to your belt. Toss a sweater over your shirt to change up the look a couple times a week.
You can have a full wardrobe by buying:
2-3 pairs of jeans
5 shirts
2-3 sweaters

Shouldn't cost you more than $200 (just skip the bar one weekend) and you can wear this stuff outside of work.

Jun 29, 2018

We have casual Fridays and jeans, a tucked-in polo and leather Chukkas are the perfect combo. Fit in but also show you are still trying to go above and beyond as an intern!

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Jul 26, 2018

pink stripy shirt and neutral or gray jeans

Jul 26, 2018

Make sure you iron your jeans. It's what all the pros do

Jul 26, 2018
SillyPanda9:

Make sure you iron your jeans. It's what all the pros do

What sort of loser has time for Ironing? Just send them out to get pressed. Heavy Starch.

Jul 27, 2018

My company also is business casual and allows jeans on Friday's, here's is why I don't wear them.
Jeans look weird with tucked in shirts (even polos IMO)
My boss doesn't wear them, you should dress to work for the position you want in the future. My supervisor and director both never wear jeans so I follow.

Jun 5, 2018

I think the final word on this is: Anyone who spends $100+ on a pair of jeans has NO business analyzing investments for a living. You WILL be the one stuck without a chair when the music stops playing.

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Jun 29, 2018

Any jeans with elastane are a godsend for those casual fridays...especially with sport shirts like M&M!

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Jul 31, 2018

Here's another thread, though they are getting into nicer jeans like Japanese denim or nicer raw denim brands and you really don't need to buy that unless you're an enthusiast: https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/where-do-ya...
Darker jeans and just a slim (but not skinny, unless you want to be uncomfortable) cut is fine. If you do want to spend more money on jeans, go for quality denim names and not just the brand. As mentioned, some Japanese denim brands are great but you're likely looking at the low $100s as a starting point. Otherwise something simple from Uniqlo could work. I believe they do some affordable selvedge jeans that you can check out as well.

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Jul 31, 2018

Please, for the love of god, do not tuck your shirts into your jeans. That is all.

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Aug 3, 2018
seowrps32:

I would rather fit in with what everyone else is wearing.

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Sep 2, 2018

Can't go wrong with dress pants / slacks / khakis and a dress shirt... like ever. My office also recently transitioned to a Jean's allowed policy. Some people abuse it... others (including myself) still wear a shirt and pants, senior leadership sometimes wear suits if they have anything important going on.

I'd recommend sticking to business casual for now (can maybe wear khakis instead of tailored dress pants). I find the dress pants lighter / more comfortable since they're tailored for me. One thing is for sure though... nobody will notice if anyone is a bit overdressed but I sure as shit remember all the people that abuse the situation / wear wrinkled shirts / sneakers (lmfao are you fucking serious) / saggy jeans / baggy clothes etc... I just can't help but feel like they've got no motivation / professionalism / etc. One day we got a new business CxO and she came in to meet a few teams... I would hate to be "that guy" remembered as the motherfucker making good money and still wearing 10 year old jeans and baggy, washed out shirts.

Sep 5, 2018

Wear business casual the first few weeks, and once you notice general patterns around the office, adjust accordingly.

As long as you're good at what you do and don't make a point of dressing more casually than everyone else, no one will care what you wear. I wear a t shirt and jeans to the office literally every day, but we have a very casual office.

Sep 6, 2018

Paige jeans. They're expensive ($90 a pair) compared to Levi's, but so comfortable. And black jeans look slightly more formal than blue jeans.

Sep 25, 2018

we have a relationship with menlo house so we rock their five four denim. Not bad tho there are multiple that wouldn't necessarily be workplace appropriate

Nov 15, 2018