The right details make a jean look professional. The wrong details make a jean look too casual to be professional. Here are the details that make a jean work in a diverse range of workplaces and professions.
1. Denim Color
Traditionally, denim has been Indigo dyed. Indigo dye makes the denim a brighter shade of blue, and gives a jean its American-style. But American-style blue jeans come with a history, most commonly a casual-wear history.
For today’s modern workplace, we think jeans should have less casual-wear references, and be more versatile. Pro Original has a midnight Navy color and a sophisticated surface texture, making it good for any profession.
2. Low-contrast Stitching
Gold or yellow stitching makes a jean look casual, western, or vintage. But most jeans today still use high-contrast stitching. With Pro Original Darks, we maintain the DNA of a classic blue jean, but without the bright stitching.
Low-contrast stitching matches better with a diverse range of business-casual shirt fabrics. High-contrast stitching works with casual shirts (like flannels or t-shirts), but can clash with shirts found more frequently in the workplace.
3. No Logos
Logos are meant to help people identify with a certain group or class. We believe this type of group identification is limiting in the workplace. Dressing in a neutral style helps our customer successfully connect with different generations and different worldviews.
4. No Stretch Denim
Stretch denim is and looks like a ‘comfortable’ product. The synthetic fibers necessary to make a jean stretch, changes the denim surface to look more casual. All cotton denim and stretch denim look different.
Stretch denim is OK for guys who put comfort above style and fit. But we believe a jean for the workplace should be all-cotton, it looks more elevated, it holds its shape better…and it’s still plenty comfortable.
5. No Fake Fades
We recommend avoiding jeans that are pre-faded, especially jeans that try to replicate a vintage, worn jean. Regardless of how good the fake fades are, people can tell they’re fake.
Fake fades can send fake signals, a professional liability. Faded jeans are acceptable in the workplace, but we the believe jeans should fade naturally, through lots of wear.
6. Up-to-date Fit
A professional jean doesn’t need to look like it’s intentionally tailored, but it should look like you care about details, and you’re aware of the fits that are current with the times.
We advise paying close attention to how much room you have through the seat, thighs, ankles – and the overall length. The most common improvement is reducing excess fabric in these key areas.
If you have questions about jeans for your workplace, reach out to us, we’re here to help.