The right jewelry can add the missing piece to any outfit. But, while you might put extra thought into the jewelry you wear for a night out, how about what you wear to work? Whether you work from home on conference calls or you go into the office, adding jewelry to your work outfits can really elevate your outfits. Let’s look now at jewelry for work, and what to consider when choosing it.
What to think about when choosing your own jewelry for work
Below are some pointers to consider when selecting the jewelry you will wear for work.
1. Your office environment
It goes without saying that some industries are different to others. Your office might be particularly funky so you can wear any jewelry you want, or maybe you have practical reasons you can’t wear dangly earrings, for example.
2. Wearing a watch
Even if you don’t tend to use a watch to tell the time in these days of smartphones, you can still add a watch to your work look as a piece of jewelry. That way, even if your office isn’t somewhere you would wear a lot of jewelry, you can still add some to your outfit.
3. You (probably) don’t want chandelier earrings
While I think a statement necklace can add a stylish element to your work look, you probably want to avoid big, heavy earrings for the office.
4. Avoid too noisy jewelry
I would avoid stacked bracelets or a jangly necklace that will make a distracting noise as you move.
5. Emphasize areas that will be seen
For example, if you do most of your work on a conference call, you could wear a statement necklace or just some subtle stud earrings.
Let’s look at some specific jewelry ideas to use for work
Now that you’re thinking about what you usually wear to work and whether you want to add more to your work outfits, let’s take a look at some specific pieces of jewelry you could choose.
Starting with the classics, no matter what the dress code (if any) at your office, a pair of stud earrings will almost always be okay to wear.
A statement necklace is good to add some impact
A statement necklace can be useful to add interest to your work looks, and to create harmony. You could wear your necklace over your white shirt or a silk top.
You can layer your necklaces
If you want to make a statement but you don’t feel you can wear a big piece of jewelry, you could always wear a layered look and wear several delicate necklaces layered over each other. Choose difference lengths so you can see them all. Also take a look at how to layer jewelry.
Eileen @eileenternullo above opts for a layered necklace and hoops with her stylish blazer and wide leg pants.
Think about shape
You can create harmony in your work look by matching the shape of your jewelry to any prints on your outfit. For instance, if you are wearing polka dots, you could choose round jewelry, or for stripes, you could opt for a linear jewelry look.
A monochrome look
You can wear earrings in the same color as your top. For example, if you’re wearing a white shirt, you could team this with white earrings.
For a harmonious look, you can think about matching your jewelry color to the rest of your accessories. For instance, if you’re wearing red shoes, you can choose a red necklace.
Gold or silver generally works best
If you ever aren’t sure, then gold and silver will always work with everything.
Pair a watch with a bracelet
If you usually wear a watch and want to add more impact, then add a bracelet in matching metal to the same wrist.
Don’t forget about brooches
If you wear a blazer for work, a brooch can give you a different look day-to-day.
Borrow from menswear
Lots of workwear looks tend to take inspiration from menswear. Think about your crisp white shirts and work pants. So, why not take it a step further and add a pair of cufflinks to your shirts or blouses.
If you tend to work with a keyboard, your fingers will be on show, so rings are the perfect jewelry if you want people to notice.
If you want to make sure you look put together, then you could go matchy matchy with a set of jewelry designed to go together.
Adding an edgy element
What jewelry do you usually wear for work? Let me know in the comments below.
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