Top tips for office jewellery
Before we get into specific jewellery to wear from 9-5, here are some top tips on how to accessorise for work.
Stick to the rule of three
The rule of three comes up a lot when it comes to accessorising, like necklace layers, ring stacks and how much jewellery to wear to work. Try to stick to three pieces so as not to overdo your look, for example, a pair of earrings, necklace, and a ring.
Put aside your neon colours and jazzy patterns when you’re heading to work. Instead go for neutral tones, like gold and silver. Similar to colour, pick simple materials like metals, beads, and thread.
Just because you’re at work, doesn’t mean you have to pick plain and boring jewellery. Gemstones are a great way to add a bit of colour to your outfit and can also bring out different aspects of what you’re wearing. Stick to classic gemstones like diamonds, crystals, and pearls.
Casual jewels over statement pieces
While we all love our OTT jewels, keep the chandelier earrings at home and go for studs for the office. Oversized statement pieces are better for the dancefloor and can be distracting while you work, for both your colleagues around you and yourself.
Noise cancelling jewels
Finally, put away the loud jingling jewellery and pick pieces that don’t make much noise while you work. Noisy jewellery like multiple bangles can be distracting and get in the way, especially if you’re in a profession where you use your hands a lot.
Now you know a few staple rules for accessorising at work, below are 10 pieces to wear in the office.
Diamond jewellery adds a touch of elegance and luxury to your everyday look, whether you’re at work, on a night out or chilling out around the house. Diamond stud earrings are great to wear to work, as they add a great amount of sparkle that makes an impact but isn’t too over the top. The simple design works well in any shape or size, like circles or squares. Diamond studs are extremely versatile and can easily take your look from day to night, helpful if you’re planning a dinner out with friends after a long day at the office.
Pendant necklaces never go out of style and are the perfect everyday accessory. Simple yet effective, a pendant looks beautiful alongside smart casual looks or formal business attire. With so many pendants to choose from – like birthstones, hoops, or names – a pendant necklace allows you to show off your personality and style. Even while at work, it’s important to still be yourself and wear what you’re comfortable in. A piece of jewellery like a pendant necklace is a simple way to do this and keeps your outfit looking interesting and professional.
Bracelets and bangles are a great accessory to include in your business wardrobe. In a typical office environment, you’re probably shaking a few hands and making a lot of hand gestures especially during presentations. Wearing multiple bangles that jingle together can be distracting and loud, so picking a single bar bracelet creates a good impression and limits the noise and distraction. They’re simple, stylish and show off the metal and colour of the bracelet.
Many jobs are hand-based, whether you’re a gardener, teacher or simply use a computer for most of your work. If you want to show off your style while still sticking to your work dress code, go for a signet ring. A signet ring can be personalised with your initials or family crest and are typically one solid colour and in a simple shape. Choosing a signet ring allows you to express yourself while still being business casual.
If you’re not a stud person, go for a pair of huggies. Huggies are a mix between hoops and studs, in that they’re close to the lobe and have a slight drop down from the ear. Huggies are casual, trendy and add more shape to your face and outfit. Drop or dangling earrings can be too much in an office environment, so huggies strike the perfect balance.
A classic watch is the ultimate everyday accessory that uplifts and adds a finishing touch to any look. Watches are also extremely practical, especially for work, as it helps you keep track of time and how long you’ve been working on each task. To create a look that’s truly your own, you can customise your watch strap to compliment your outfit and jewellery. Pick a monotone or pastel watch strap for your 9-5 and switch it up to something more colourful for after work drinks.
Pearls are sophisticated, feminine and offer that neutral tone to your business outfits. A string of pearls around the neck or on your wrist adds a great sense of texture and shape. Different coloured pearls are also a fun way to spice up your work look. While white pearls are the most popular, pink and grey pearls are also pretty, bold and blend in nicely to whatever you’re wearing or doing.
Lapel pins & brooches
Lapel pins and brooches are fun and expressive accessories that look great on your work blazers, waistcoats, or jackets. If your job means you wear a blazer or a suit multiple times a day or week, brooches are an excellent way to add some personality to your outfit and makes your look more interesting and intriguing. While we’ve been saying that the simpler the better, brooches and lapel pins are where you can really play with colour and sparkle, so go big or go home!
Complete your shirt or jacket sleeves with a stylish pair of cufflinks. You might not think it, but cufflinks look good on both men and women. Rather than a boring button, go for a unique pair of cufflinks that shows off your style. Personalised cufflinks are extremely popular, especially if you’re buying someone a gift. Alternatively, if you want to stay professional and show off the company you work for, pick a pair of cufflinks that are in your company’s colours.
Finally, if you’re still unsure of what jewellery to go with for work, pick a matching jewellery set. Matching sets typically consist of a necklace, bracelet, and a pair of earrings. There are lots of fun ways to wear a matching set – either all together or mix and matching with other pieces in your jewellery box. Matching sets are also helpful if your jewellery collection isn’t best suited to your profession, but you still want to accessorise.
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