Because my life at the moment is ridiculously busy I have fewer chances to actually sit down and write. However i have decided to take advantage of my morning commute to offer these little morning thoughts on the world of fashion.
Today’s topic, can jeans ever be smart? Short answer? Kind of. Look jeans are made from denim, denim as a fabric is rightly associated with work wear and specifically with the working class. Jeans were originally designed to be worn by men doing manual work, like so many style staples they were never meant to be fashionable. It wasn’t until the 50’s and the rise of the teenager with actors like James Dean and Marlon Brando that the Jean became a symbol of stylish working class rebellion.
So if we look at it from a cultural point of view a pair of jeans will never be as smart as a pair of tailored trousers. That being said, times change and there are always exceptions to rules. While jeans are not going to be as smart as trousers there are jeans that you can wear with a smarter look to dress the whole thing down.
So what makes some jeans smarter than others? The rule for smart jeans is a simple one: the darker the Jean, the smarter it is. So, keeping this in mind I would say that if you’re unsure about whether or not your jeans are smart then you have two options.
The smartest and most preferable option is black. Black jeans are super versatile in that they go with absolutely anything and their dark colour means that from afar you can’t even tell that they are jeans. Be careful of things like faded washes and distressing though if you want to nail that smarter look.
The second option you have is indigo. Indigo jeans, unlike black are more obviously jeans however they are dark enough to be considered smart. An indigo pair of selvedge jeans can look really good when paired with a complementary blazer and shirt.
So jeans can be smart, but not really. Whether or not you can wear them in the office depends on the kind of office that you work in but if your boss is flexible or if you want to dress down a smarter weekend look then a pair of dark jeans are a fantastic option.
Thanks for reading, I’ll be back soon.