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I've never worn jeans to work, but I've seen a few people do it and they always seems smart.
Can you recommend anything? I suppose they would have to be plain, so that at first glance, it's not obvious they are jeans (it's the strong material I'm interested in). Not skinny - I look awful in skinny, I did buy some to see if they grew on me, but I still look awful.
Also some long tops - at least hip length so I can bend and move etc. I'm not feeling confident weight- wise. Fitted and long looks far better than loose and/ or wide.
I'm not skinny (a 10/12) but think longer tops are not always flattering over jeans - I tend to wear things which finish on the waist or at the hipbone, despite the fact my arse is the size of a small country.
I have a pair of black jeans from Next that I wear to work. I think they are the lift and shape slim ones. They don't really look like jeans if you wear a longer top as no obvious stitching/rivets away from the waistband. They are haven't faded in the wash - I think black jeans need to be properly black to get away with wearing them to work (we aren't supposed to wear jeans).
Glad to find out I'm not alone in my recent transition to black jeggings and loose tops for work!! Need comfort even though I'm in a fairly formal office environment. I tend to go for smart but longer tops (I agree that too long is not flattering and just on hips is perfect). It makes shopping so much easier as I now just look for the same style top is different colours.
Just on hips is fine - I just struggle to find this length. I keep finding either tunic/dresses that are too short to be dresses, but too long to look right, or tops than finish too close to the waistline - not a good look!
I'm a teacher and I often wear all black or all navy jeans with brogues and a smarter blouse, they just look like trousers. I never emphasise the 'jeans' look of them. As I work with the youngest children I'm often covered in paint/glue etc so I don't like to spend a lot. I have a few pairs from Primark but I have found that hey can be cut quite low at the back so can gape when you bend forward. Or I just got a fabulous pair of jeans from M&S, high waisted and sooooo comfortable! Only £22.50 I think! Good luck!
Oh and I have a load of hip length tops. From M&S per Una and Next.
I also get my jeggings in Matalan for £12. Size 16 regular, every few weeks I run the black ones through the machine with a dylon velvet black to keep the strong colour and stop them looking Jeansy. I always used to get the 5 pocket jeggings from M&S but I used a wear holes in the inner, upper thighs in a few months!