The clothing worn in a corporate work environment can often feel incredibly uninformed, and almost androgynous at times. Despite this, men are fortunate enough to have a wardrobe staple that they can easily use to display elements of their personal style, interests, even hobbies … their tie. Working women, on the other hand, often look towards jewelry to jazz up their work attire. But what styles of jewelry are work-appropriate? How much is too much?
My general rule of thumb as I rifle through my jewelry box in the morning is to pick pieces that enhance my outfit, not pieces that outshine it. If I am planning on wearing one large piece of jewelry (like a statement necklace), I let that necklace be the focal point for the day. On the other hand, if I am gravitating towards smaller pieces of jewelry, I will usually layer and incorporate more items. Here's what I recommend (and be sure to check back next week for Part II of this post).
Bracelets/Watch - Skip the Alex and Ani bracelets, friendship bracelets, pandora bracelets with a hundred charms … you do not want to become the office gypsy jingling and jangling every time you hit the water cooler. Source a thin bracelet that won’t get in your way while typing .. and remember it is okay to wear just one bracelet. I have recently had my eye on these two bracelets from Upper Metal Class.
I also love that a watch can easily become a useful accessory in the office. It communicates that you are responsible, care about your time, and I personally think it is a bit more tasteful to glance at during a meeting than checking your cell phone.
Necklaces - Statement necklaces are a wonderful way to add beauty with a oxford shirt, but make sure your necklace is not causing coworkers to squint as light reflects off the baubles. Pair a statement necklace with one or two other pieces that are minimalist in nature. Or, opt for a thin chain and and elegant charm.
One of the necklaces I have been gravitating towards, as the weather warms, is this pineapple necklace from Mackenzie & Rowe. I love how the charm is small enough to avoid distracting clients or colleagues during a presentation, but still allows me to express a bit of my personal style.
Hair Pins - Most women don’t even think about hair accessories for work. I recently started incorporating classic + elegant hair pins as part of my office jewelry rotation, and adore this look. Skip the necklace or pair of earrings and secure your hair with a beautiful hair pin or clip rather than an elastic band (or worse yet, an actual rubber band).
The endgame here is that less is more. You want to appear elegant + chic + polished at work, not look like a gypsy. Think about how you want to be conveyed … do you want clients to remember you for your blinding or overdone jewelry, or do you want them to remember your message. If someone happens to notice a bracelet, pair of earrings or your necklace, it should be in a complementary way, not because it was so prevalent they couldn’t get past it.
What are some of the jewelry pieces you most often wear for work? Be sure to check back next week for Part II of this topic covering rings + earrings + brooches!
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