Jeans and chinos: how to wear them at the office

Do you want to look your best and make a good impression on your colleagues, superiors, business partners and clients, even if your office doesn’t have a strict dress code? At Ernest, we know it’s crucial to have a few pairs of jeans and chinos in your closet. These wardrobe essentials are timeless, and you can never go wrong with navy, black or cognac chinos and at least two pairs of jeans (dark wash for a chic look and light wash for more casual occasions). Do you need advice on how to put together outfits for the office? In this blog post, we explore five trendy ways to wear jeans and chinos to work.

  1. With a casual shirt and cardigan

For a polished look, wear a solid shirt in a neutral tone or, if you want to inject some creativity into your outfit, opt for a bright colour or bold pattern (think floral, paisley, geometric or checked). To complete this professional ensemble, add your favourite buttoned or zippered cardigan over top the shirt. If you don’t have any suitable options in your wardrobe, you can find beautiful pieces in the sweaters section of our online boutique. Finally, to ensure your pairings match, don’t hesitate to ask a member of our in-store team. With our experience, you can trust us to put together flattering outfits for our valued customers.

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  1. With a shirt and a half-zip or V-neck sweater

    Are you looking for a classic and elegant outfit to wear to the office? Start with a pair of jeans or chinos, and add a casual button-up or dress shirt. Elevate the look with a half-zip or V-neck sweater that will show off your collared shirt, and voila! Pro tip: for a more flattering silhouette, opt for a slim-fit shirt.

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  1. With a shirt and a vest or sport jacket

    Are you meeting with important clients or interviewing candidates for a job opening in your department? If you want to dress a little more formal without looking pretentious, pair your jeans or chinos with a vest or sport jacket. At Ernest, we love thoughtful layering as well as luxurious fabrics and finishes. If you want to make a good impression, opt for our stunning sport jackets from brands like Orvieto and Anthony of London. Compliments are guaranteed!

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  1. With a solid or patterned shirt

    Are you less than keen on layering? If you tend to get warm at the office or prefer a simpler look, forget the layers. Jeans or chinos paired with a neatly ironed casual shirt is always a winning combination. This is also an ideal style if you work from home and participate in video conferences. A tasteful shirt is sure to look good on screen whether you opt for a solid colour, a subtle motif (anything from birds and leaves to books and cacti) or an eye-catching print. We carry an impressive selection of shirts in our stores to suit all preferences. During your next shopping trip, you’ll likely find favourites among brands like Orvieto, Bugatchi, Anthony of London, Soul of London, Au Noir and Marco Ferrera.

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  1. With a distinctive turtleneck

    Is the air conditioner in your office always blasting or do you just tend to get cold? There’s no need to rack your brains for a look that’s both comfortable and stylish. To stay warm, simply pair your jeans or chinos with a high-quality turtleneck. We offer a variety of turtleneck and mock neck sweaters, from solid and textured to striped and patterned. If you want a comfortable work outfit for even the coldest days, fill your closet with every style you like.

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Bonus tip

There’s no denying that a sophisticated man’s look needs to be thought out from head to toe. Make sure to pair your jeans or chinos with stylish and, above all, comfortable shoes or boots. We have a great selection of quality footwear from brands like Florsheim, Steve Madden, Cole Haan, Stacey Adams, Bugatti and Geox. Whether you opt for lace-up shoes or slip-on loafers, you’ll be able to walk with confidence and comfort.

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Needless to say, your socks must also be impeccable. Discover our unique collection of colourful and patterned socks; you’re sure to find a pair that lets you put your best foot forward at the office. With choices ranging from stripes to shapes to hilarious prints, it’s easy to let your personality shine.

Ernest: a name synonymous with elegance and sophistication

Are you ready to put together the perfect outfits to wear during your online and in-person business meetings? At our Ernest shops, we have everything you need to create a flawless look. Whether you prefer an athletic, classic or casual style, you can’t go wrong browsing our stores. From jeans and chinos to shirts and sweaters, discover our men’s clothing collections today by visiting our online boutique and consulting the latest Lookbook.

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