Dress Jeans for Men: Make "Business Casual" Comfortable

You love denim. You love looking good. You love dressing appropriately at work. The only problem? For too long, you couldn’t do all three at once. Enter men’s dress jeans. Dress denim is essentially the office-friendly version of jeans: it’s cotton, comfortable, and appropriate enough for the conference room.

Use Our Self-Sizer to Find Your Ideal Pant Size

Since fit is as important to fashion as location is to real estate, finding the best pair of dress jeans for men starts with our self-sizer. Click over to our Dress Denim Flat Front pants to find out how it works. Or, if you want to pair these with a suit on top, try going for the Pleated Dress Denim option.

When viewing a pair of our dress denim pants, you’ll see a few variables you can enter to get the fit right. Here’s what you’ll need to know:

  • Inseam
  • Waist
  • Bottom Finish (Finished Hem or Cuff)

If you have these in mind and know your specific numbers, your pants should fit the first time you try them on. If you’re still in doubt, either look up the numbers of your best-fitting pants or simply have a tailor write down these numbers for you.

Treat Men’s Dress Jeans Like Khakis

From suit tops, blazers, sweaters over collared shirts, and more, khaki pants can go with just about anything. If you’re unsure of what to wear with jeans at work, a good rule of thumb is to treat them like you would a blue pair of khakis. If you want to dress up even more, pretend they’re simply blue suit pants.

In other words, don’t think that your outfit selection is over simply because you’ve replaced your denim with a pair of dress jeans. You still should take a few things into consideration if you want to look your best, such as:

  • Matching your belt with your shoes. With blue pants, brown pairings tend to work the best.
  • Pairing your pants with an appropriate top. A sweatshirt and jeans might be “Casual Friday” fare in some offices. But at the office, anything short of a button-up or button-down shirt on top will likely look out of place.
  • Keep a work-appropriate belt. No fancy buckle designs, no cluttered leather patterns. You may think that this shows personality, but try to master the basics of style first until you branch out with a few risks.

In short, dress jeans are a step above standard denim pants that look nicer and are just as comfortable. You aren’t exempt from the other rules of office wear simply because you feel as comfortable as you do in jeans. You’re simply using these fine denim pants as a way to feel your best while looking office-appropriate. Believe it or not, it really works—but only if you take the time to make each outfit work.

November 15, 2016 by Berle Editor
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