No matter your style, or the company culture, there are ways to bring some summer into your office. Here are some ideas and advice on how to look professional while adding your own personal style.
First, know your office’s style.
You probably know this already, but just in case, here’s a reminder to dress appropriately for your office. Companies, like people, have different personalities — some are more conservative, while others are more casual. Know what your company and colleagues consider acceptable and don’t cross the line. You don’t want the negative attention that comes from dressing inappropriately. It really can negatively affect your career. When in doubt, dress more formal rather than too casual. That said, there are ways to express your unique style and individuality within the confines of a corporate dress code.
Office jewelry etiquette.
While there are no hard and fast rules to wearing jewelry, there are some best practices to keep in mind, especially when dressing for work. In an office environment, you want your clothing and accessories to be a subconscious message to your coworkers that you’re smart, professional and well put together. In other words, keep it classy.
One way to achieve this look is by wearing a fashionable watch. A silver or gold watch says both time and elegance is important to you. Wearing watches has become more popular over recent years, as people are tiring of always having to pull out and look at their cell phones to tell the time.
If you choose a larger statement piece, for example, such as a big bracelet or necklace, make sure to complement it with simpler, more minimal pieces. Like art on a wall, you want to highlight your statement piece, and not have competing elements confusing the eye. Keep earrings on the smaller side, and save your bolder pieces for after work or the weekend. Delicate earrings and necklaces with a little diamond or gemstone instantly add just the right amount of sparkle and flare to your neckline without being too much. For an extra dressy look at the office, layer two or three thin necklaces together.
Pearls are all about timeless elegance, but strands that are too long or large could be perceived as pretentious in the office — consider saving them for more important occasions, such as a client meeting or industry conference.
Charms on a bracelet or necklace are a great way to add a personal touch. Wearing an heirloom piece or something meaningful to you, such as a butterfly or dragonfly charm, can be a great conversation piece in a meeting.
Pay extra for quality and versatility.
If you’re going to spend money on one or two new jewelry pieces this season, shop around for the best price, as well as the highest quality. A low price doesn’t make sense if the piece breaks in two month’s time; it pays to pay extra for a higher quality piece.
Also, make sure it’s versatile — something you can wear at work, then out on the town afterwards. You can’t go wrong with timeless go-to pieces such as a pearl necklace, a pair of diamond stud earrings, or a gold or silver bangle bracelet (depending on your metal of choice). A classic piece will never go out of style and you’ll wear it a lot, so you want it to last.