How to Wear a Tank Top and Jeans to Work

June 10th, 2008

Wear to Work: Tank Top + Jeans, Stripey Style

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Wear to Work: Tank Top + Jeans, Nautical Style

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If you’re like me, you have a whole closet full of casual clothes–and not enough great work clothes.  You can make your wardrobe work for you–even at work–if you blend your casual clothes into your work wardrobe.  Lesson 1? You can wear a tank top and jeans to work.  Here’s how:

Wear Dark Jeans:  Dark denim feels more formal than medium or light colored denim, which lends an air of casualness to any outfit.

Slip on Nice Shoes:  If you’re going to wear jeans and a casual tank, up the formality of the outfit with a good pair of shoes.  Heels are preferable, but a good quality pair of flats will also work.

Add a Structured Jacket:  Layer your tank top under a structured jacket or blazer.  The tank top can peek out from under the jacket to add a bit of visual interest, but use the structure of the jacket to up the formality of the outfit.

Work with a Theme:  You’ll look instantly pulled together if you unify the outfit with a theme.  The first outfit pulls together the separate elements using color and stripes.  Notice how the stripes in the tank top echo the stripes in the lurex scarf–and the single vertical stripe on the satchel bag.  The remaining two elements, the bow jacket and the ballet flats are unified through the bright yellow color.  Similarly, the second outfit works with a structured military/nautical theme through the blazer and the handbag.  And the blue color of the tank top is echoed in the flower patterned scarf and the nautical handbag.

Have a great tip about how to wear casual clothes to work? Share your style with us in the comments!

Entry Filed under: Ready Made Outfits, Women

8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. janelle  |  June 10th, 2008 at 7:57 am

    i just wanted to comment and say that i love this post! the 2nd outfit is superb.

  • 2. Margarite Elaine  |  June 10th, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    I love that yellow jacket and what girl can turn down a pair of Tory Burch flats. Either one of the outfits would be perfect to wear in my current work environment. Great job!

  • 3. Trisha  |  June 10th, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    Thanks for the love, both of you! I love how you can dress up and dress down a simple tank and jeans so they work in both casual and more formal environments.

    And thanks to this hot weather, I wore a tank top and jeans to work today :)

  • 4. Ming-Ming Ly  |  June 11th, 2008 at 7:59 am

    I LOVE those outfits!
    I also find a great way to dress up or down an outfit is purely with accessories.
    The right accessories can make anything work!
    Sometimes i have a simple tank top and I wear it with pearls, or I have a cock tail dress and I wear it with fun jewelry for a night on the town!

  • 5. Trisha  |  June 11th, 2008 at 9:07 am

    Mmm great point, Ming-Ming. You’re spot on about accessories–you can dress almost anything up or down with the right accessories!

  • 6. Jessica Rae  |  June 14th, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    Trish! I love both of these outfits a LOT. So pretty.

    I think right now the only jeans I have are dark denim, I need to get some other shades. I’ve always l liked that my jeans seem a little fancy if I just change a few elements. Very good style tip for everyone!

  • 7. GYPSY 05 – Riley Ta&hellip  |  July 30th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    [...] an occasion appropriate tank [...]

  • 8. bob  |  March 16th, 2010 at 9:18 am

    those collections are hot to bad i dnt have anything close lol

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