We all know that there’s such a thing as suitable work clothing, but is it the same for accessories? I’m about to start work at a new, more conservative office and my work-wear is changing, but does that mean my jewellery should too? I’ve always viewed jewellery as an expression of my personality and if i’m stuck in conservative blacks, greys and navy blues, It’s going to be more important than ever that I’m able to inject some of my personality through my jewellery. I’ve read online that office jewellery should be all simple studs, classic pearls and muted shades. Apparently, bright colours & statement pieces are distracting and unprofessional. I don’t agree. I’m a firm believer in the phrase “It’s not what you wear, but how you wear it” and if anyone’s distracted by my drop earrings, beaded bracelet or statement necklace then they really need to work on their focus!
So here are my top tips for adding some fabulousness to conservative work wear:
- Use your jewellery to inject colour: So you’ve spent yet another day in a black suit and white shirt, why not add a red coral necklace? Think pearls only come in classic cream? Think again. Experimenting with different colours may seem a bit daunting at first but if you keep to a simple single stranded design you won’t feel like you’re going too far out of your comfort zone.
- Make a switch: If the only thing you ever wear on your wrist at work is to a boring watch, how about ditching it for the day? I haven’t worn a watch in years and I always know what time it is. Instead, try a gold metal or beaded cuff. They’re a great way to add an edge to your work-wear and unlike bangles they won’t sound like a cow bell every time you move your arm. Pair with a sleeveless blouse for maximum exposure.
- Less is more: This golden rule for jewellery-wearing applies ten fold in the office. Only wear one statement piece at a time and for a uber professional power look, keep to clean sharp edges. Geometric shapes say you mean business, too much fuss and it’s just a mess!
- Wanna wear earrings? – Do it! I remember at school we were always told not to wear dangly earrings as they were a health & safety hazard. We’ll we’re all grown up now so it’s perfectly safe to ditch the studs. I’d recommend you steer clear of hoops and full on shoulder length chandelier types at work, but some sophisticated long drops can look fabulous. A couple of semi precious beads linked together or wire wrapped briolettess can make great office friendly earrings and depending on the stones you choose, they can tick the colour box too!
Until next time!