My office is business casual. Most days I wear a pair of slacks or pencil skirt, a casual shirt (not a t-shirt, but just a cute jersey or knit top), a cardigan or blazer, and cute flats.
I was wondering if wearing a nice pair of jeans (more towards the designer end) and a more formal top would be appropriate for my workplace. I've seen three girls and one guy who wear jeans to the office regularly, all of them higher ranking in the company than I am, but I'm not sure if it's appropriate for me or not. I asked my boss and she didn't really give me a straight answer.
Jeans are not "business casual," they are "casual." If your office requires business casual, and you wear jeans, you probably won't hear any complaints, but it *will* likely be noticed, and *could*, depending on how your office works, be remembered at raise/promotion time, though you'll probably never hear a word about it.
Again, some offices are much more loose about these rules, and lots of people wear jeans, so look around and see what other folks are doing, and use that as your guide.
Jeans usually aren't business casual unless stated on certain days like casual Fridays. I wouldn't regardless though just because your boss didn't give you a straight answer. Its better to be safe than sorry.
Be definition, jeans are not business casual. Doesn't matter if they are designer jeans or not. Business casual basically means the area between jeans/shirt and a suit. So slacks, skirts, cardigans, blouses, nice shirts.
The other people you see in your office who wear jeans regularly are, as you already noted, higher ranking than you so I do not suggest that you take that as a sign that you can also do same.
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