The Best Denim Brands for Casual Friday (and What Not to Wear)

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Does Causal Friday have you stuck in a rut trying to figure out what to wear? What actually is Causal Friday? Those are thoughts we have all had before. Whether casual days are few and far between or a daily occurrence for you, we have prepared a breakdown of Casual Friday – aka denim’s day to shine – and a guide to certain types of denim that work and some that do not.

What is Causal Friday?

Think denim. Causal Friday is your day to trade in your work suits, dresses, pencil skirts and slacks for a pair of simple jeans. Of course, bottoms like khakis work too. Jeans, however, are the most popular; almost everyone owns a pair. Casual days are your days to dress down for work and go with more relaxed styling. Many offices still have rules on what clothing and styles of denim are appropriate. Let’s take a look at some of those.

What Not & What To Wear

Please, No:

  • ripped/distressed
  • destroyed
  • shorts (above the  knees)
  • mini skirts
  • paint splattered
We recommend shying away from the above denim styles, especially jeans with holes. These denim styles are most likely at the top of your offices not appropriate for work list. But when in doubt, check with your manager.

Yes, Please:

  • flares
  • wide leg
  • skinny
  • high waist
  • capri
  • cropped
  • skirts (knee to long)
  • relaxed-fit
  • shorts (knee-length)

Denim Washes & Colors:

  • Denim washes: dark blue to light blue (No acid wash or bleached denim)
  • Denim colors: black, white, neutrals, muted colors (like burgundy and mauve, bright colors*
On the bright side, there are many options, washes, and colors that are appropriate for the office. The above is just a short list of some popular styles. (*Some colors may not be suitable for your workplace, especially bright colors like neon.)
Joes Jeans (Nordstrom.com)

Good Denim Brands (to know)

There is a plethora of denim brands on the market. These are some of the denim brands that stand out to us and reasons why.

Blank NYC

  • Trendy styles, nice fit and reasonably priced
  • Good for fashionistas on a budget
  • Sizing: TTS (true to size)

Joe’s Jeans

  • Exceptional for fitting ladies with curves
  • Denim is high-quality and styles are ultra-feminine
  • Sizing: Runs large; size down 1 or 2 sizes, depending on style

Levi’s Jeans

  • Your tried-and-true brand for durable and economically priced denim
  • Offers staple styles and jeans that allow for movement
  • Sizing: TTS

AG Jeans

  • Premium quality denim with soft fabrics 
  • Designs a great skinny jean
  • Sizing: TTS

Wash Lab

  • Specializes in stylish denim skirts and denim dresses
  • Good for women that crave innovative denim styles
  • Sizing: TTS
Joes Jeans (Nordstrom.com)
Wash Lab (Washlab.com)