No matter what job you have, your workplace appearance says a lot about your personality and professionalism. Business and office wear isn’t exactly exciting, nor is it something you would wear on the weekend or in your free time. However, it is important to look smart and make a good impression in the workplace. To elevate your work appearance and brighten up your office outfit, introduce jewellery into your office wear.
Accessories are a fabulous way to show off your personality and make a smart office outfit look more exciting. It is important to remember that you are at work and not a party, so keep in mind that less is more and it is best to keep your accessories simple at work. If you pick the right pieces, you’ll send the right message to your colleagues and boss - that you’re confident, professional and fashionable!
Quick Tip! Try to stick to 3 or 4 accessories. It is easy to go overboard with jewellery, especially if you’re trying to liven up a basic outfit. Keep in mind that you’re there to work and having too much jewellery on your hands or wrists can get distracting and annoying for you and others around you!
Depending on your style, pick a necklace that is suitable for work but will also stay true to your style and personality. For example, if you prefer bigger necklaces, pick a statement necklace that will add colour and texture to your office look. If you prefer minimal jewellery, pick a necklace that has a simple pendant hanging from the chain. Keep in mind that picking a necklace also depends on what you’ll be doing at work. If you have an important meeting that you will be on display for and want to make a good impression, wear a statement necklace. If you will be on your feet most of the day, consider the length of the necklace. Wearing something closer to the neck adds structure to a look and will prevent the necklace from getting in your way, like a string of pearls.
Quick Tip! Pick classic gemstones and metals for an understated but powerful look. Gems like pearls and diamonds, and metals like gold and silver are simple and neutral colours that are timeless and never go out of style.
Bracelets are elegant and complete a work outfit, adding some fun and glamour to smart and plain office attire. Incorporating gemstones into bracelets is a perfect way to add colour and sparkle to your work look. If you prefer simplicity, a simple bangle with a minimalist accent would also look beautiful and class up your look. When it comes to bracelets, make sure they are tight fitting to the wrist and they don’t make too much noise, so as not to distract yourself or others.
Earrings are the accessory that is adored by everyone. They are also a way to really express yourself, especially in the workplace. You can never go wrong with a pair of studs, so pick studs that best describe your personality and sense of style. Drop earrings jazz up and add excitement to your office outfit - just remember to make sure they’re not too long, so as not to get in the way. If you typically wear your hair up at work, add a beautiful pair of drop earrings for some wow factor.
Quick Tip! We love earrings because of their versatility, but if you’re leaning towards drop earrings, remember to pick a pair suitable for work. Chandelier earrings are too much for a work day, but look perfect on a night out. Hoop earrings are deemed too casual, so save them for the weekend.
For a work-a-day look, pick classic and staple rings. An elegant band will always look attractive on the hand. Pick metals like gold, silver or rose gold for a pop of colour. Signet rings are widely popular with men but women have recently been purchasing them too. Signet rings look professional and can be extremely meaningful, if you decide to have them engraved with your initials or your family crest. Make sure the rings you wear are tight fitting and won’t slide off your fingers!
Nothing makes a suit or shirt look more professional than a striking set of cufflinks. Cufflinks are another subtle yet powerful way to show off your personality. If you prefer something classic, pick cufflinks that have a basic colour and shape. If you want to showcase your fun side and out of work hobbies, pick quirky cufflinks that show this off. While office wear should be smart and professional, don’t dull down who you are and incorporate cufflinks that describe you!
Quick Tip! Keep in mind the colour of your shirt when pairing with cufflinks. A white shirt goes with any cufflink colour or design so you can really play around with your pairings here. If you’re wearing a darker shirt, choose cufflinks that are of a similar colour and darkness so as not to clash. If your shirt is patterned, keep the cufflinks simple and stick to a classic silver set.