THE JEANIUS Wear denim to work. Still have a job to­mor­row

Can you wear denim to work? Amy Ban­ner­man says hell, yes

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Think work­wear, think syn­thetic trousers shinier than Gregg Wal­lace’s fore­head? Same here. Which nat­u­rally got me think­ing *adopts Car­rie Brad­shaw circa 1997 voiceover here*, ‘Could’ – whis­per it – ‘denim be worn to work?’ I ask this be­cause denim saves the day in most sar­to­rial sit­u­a­tions. Night out? Black jeans and a sexy, loose white T-shirt. Night in? Boyfriend low-rid­ers and a scrappy sweater (No? Just me?). Now I know what you’re think­ing: denim in the board­room? It’s too ca­sual. But hear me out. It’s doable. Just with a few caveats…

One: al­ways, al­ways stick to the mantra ‘dark and smart.’ Black and indigo is good. Any­thing lighter than a mid­night sky in De­cem­ber? It’s a no from us. Two: think be­yond jeans – well, un­less they’re straight-legged and high-waisted, with slim black stitch­ing. Ba­si­cally, th­ese are trousers by an­other name. A dark denim shirt with a stiff tri­an­gu­lar col­lar can be as smart as the crispest white shirt. Keep it but­toned high and tucked into a black skirt, and noth­ing is sim­pler or more el­e­gant.

Denim dresses also now come in a wide range of op­tions. Make sure they’re lengthy – any­thing sky­wards of the knee looks too ca­sual. And ac­ces­sorise wisely. Pointed flats or kit­ten heels will be your friend (think ‘Alexa Chung goes to meet Alan Sugar for a loan’) and per­haps a bun. A pair of chaps? Maybe an added ex­tra too far.

Jeans, £221, Frame Shirt, £95, Re­play

Dress, £265, Toast

Dress, £85, Levi’s

Alexa Chung

Em­manuelle Alt

Glasses, £271, Miu Miu at David Clu­low

Shoes, £175, LK Ben­nett

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