“Jewellery takes people’s minds off your wrinkles.” — Sonia Henie
Jewellery is indeed a great accessory to enhance any boring outfit and to highlight what you really want to show. But what kind of jewellery is work-appropriate? And how much jewellery are we allowed to wear at the office?
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It’s difficult to answer these questions in general, because there are so many different work environments. So let’s take a very formal office as a starting point and look at the do’s and don’ts. If you’re working in a less dresscode based office, you can always bend these rules and experiment a little bit more.
Garnish, don’t embellish.
Jewellery at a formal working place should be about restraint. You want to garnish your outfit, not embellish it. A great idea is to either pick a few small pieces, like a ring, small earrings, and a watch or to pick one big piece, like a very chunky necklace (or several necklaces for a layered effect) or a statement ring, to be worn with bare ears and wrist or very plain accessories.
Keep the noise down.
Clinking bracelets, tinkling earrings…are not for the office!
Less is more.
Don’t overdo it with too many different pieces. Keep it elegant and sleek. Good examples are diamond or pearl posts (these do not need to be real and expensive), or very small hoops.
Wear a watch.
It doesn’t need to be an expensive watch, but I think it does subtly communicate to people that you’re responsible and aware of time.
Don’t be afraid to show personality.
But don’t let it distract from the professional traits you want to show at the office. Here are some ideas on different things you can try that are outside the fairly conservative advice above:
- statement rings – avoid too much bling and go for quality and elegance. There is a wide variety of rings that look amazing!
- stackable rings – you find these with different colour gemstones, different initials… A great idea is to make a stack of rings that are meaningful to you.
- statement earrings – as long as they don’t make any noise or disturb you when answering the phone, statement earrings can frame your face beautifully.
- a simple pendant necklace – maybe you‘ve got this special piece with a good gemstone, which has a special meaning to you.
- layered pendant necklaces – wear this with a simple top instead of a blouse in order to really let the necklace shine.
- brooches – these tend to be very trendy some years and not in other years, but I think they’re a classic look as well. Wear a nice brooch on the lapel of a blazer or cardigan, or even to close the cardigan.