Dos and Don’ts of Accessorizing at Work

We love our jewelry and want to show it off every chance we get. However, there may be times when we need to consider what is appropriate when it comes to wearing jewelry to the office. Jewelry draws the eye and even small pieces draw attention to where it is placed, which can be both good and not so good. Read on for tips for accessorizing at work:

  • Jewelry can complement your body, drawing attention where you might want it, but it also can draw attention where you might not want it in an office setting. A long necklace makes your neck look longer, but can also draw attention to your chest and cleavage. Drop earrings help to slim the face, but can be distracting if they swing around a lot. Consider bracelets that can add to your outfit, but not draw unwanted attention.
  • Less is more, especially with sparkly jewelry. Sparkles may be more appropriate to other venues than the office where you’ll be looking to keep it professional.
  • A good rule of thumb on the number of pieces to wear is 2-3. Helps to keep you from looking over-accessorized. Keep all the pieces minimal or choose one as a statement piece and build the rest of your jewelry around it.
  • Avoid noisy jewelry like too many bracelets that clink against each other. Noisy jewelry can be a distraction to your co-workers. Test your jewelry at home and remove any pieces that are too noisy for an office setting.
  • When buying jewelry, look for pieces that are versatile and can be worn in all seasons and for all occasions. Less shiny and less complex designs work well for this. And keep in mind, classics are classic for a reason and never go out of style!
  • Don’t forget useful and beautiful pieces like watches!
  • Depending on your job type, consider safety. Could your long necklace get caught in a machine, for example?

Thinking of adding a few pieces to your office jewelry collection? Stop by Bridgewaters and we can help you find the perfect pieces!