HOW TO WEAR JEWELRY IN THE WORKPLACE
1. KNOW THY WORKPLACE
Before placing your jewelry on, it's essential to consider your workplace and office dress code. Underlying this is the type of work you do and the industry or sector you work in, such as financial or creative. For instance, workplace jewelry is best subtle if you're in a conservative environment. In contrast, bold accessories are more acceptable (yes, you can stack stud earrings!) if you're working in an artistic field.
Creative businesses will usually have a way of doing things that are unique and individualistic. This creative environment is the perfect opportunity for women to show off their sense of style by wearing statement jewelry. However, remember that too much workplace jewelry is never good, so perhaps wear just one statement piece per outfit to avoid going overboard.
In contrast, a strict work environment will have a much more professional approach to clothing and appearance. Here, it's all about looking polished, sleek, and put together. In this case, opt for dainty jewelry that won't be too distracting.
2. NO MORE THAN THREE EARRINGS PER EAR
Most experts agree that too many earrings can make you look like a teenager, not to mention distracting co-workers and making your outfit look disorganized. If you love to stack stud earrings and want to get away with wearing more than one pair of earrings, allow two months for your colleagues to adjust.
OFFICE WEAR JEWELRY SHOULD BE:
A. Subtle - Keep jewelry simple and classic so it doesn't overshadow your outfit or distract from your work. This means ditching your favorite crawler earrings or thread earrings for a more demure style.
Office Jewelry Should Be:
3. LAYER NECKLACES CAREFULLY
4. AVOID OVERSIZED STATEMENT RINGS
Skip the oversized statement rings that draw too much attention and take away from how you present yourself as a whole. The worst kind of workplace jewelry to wear are rings with glitzy bling on the sides or patterned ones that flash. You don't want your colleagues distracted by your flashy rings and not hearing a word of what you say.
Another tip for wearing rings in the workplace is to keep your rings the same color family as your outfit while choosing one or two that make a statement. This way, your rings will look intentional and purposeful rather than an afterthought. If you're wearing a simple outfit, try a bolder ring to add some personality to your look.
You can even opt for an on-trend look by wearing rings on alternating fingers. This way, your ring accessories are seen but not overpowering, and you can still get away with wearing a few more than you normally would.
Another option is to make your workplace as distraction-free as possible by wearing a classic piece like a single baguette ring. This type of ring is sleek and modern and will complement any outfit you wear to work. Plus, it's an understated way to add a little bit of personality to your look without being too over the top.
5. ACCESSORIZE, BUT DON'T OVERWHELM
Overly flashy jewelry doesn't look professional. A loose diamond or gemstone in your work necklace, a ring that looks too much like a cocktail ring, or a bracelet that's more glitz than it is business can make you look like an extra from "Sex and the City."
The purpose of wearing jewelry at work is to show that you care about your appearance. You don't want people thinking you're more preoccupied with impressing them than the client, so tone down the bold accessories. Save the flashy jewelry, although beautiful, for special occasions. Opt for a simple piece like a classic diamond pendant or a single baguette ring.
6. SKIP THE DANGLING JEWELRY
Avoid dangling jewelry. When choosing earrings, bracelets, and necklaces for work, select pieces that aren't too large and don't make too much noise when they rub against each other; it's not a good idea to have your office jewelry rattling around while typing on a keyboard or operating machinery; it is distracting or dangerous, depending on your work.
Before typing on a keyboard, try removing any rings that make clanking noises and other non-practical jewelry items, such as a dramatic charm bracelet that loudly jangles. If you can't take off your rings for work, make sure they aren't too noisy.
Another thing to avoid is bulky multi-charm necklaces that get in the way of your work or hit you around the neck every time you move your head. Although adorable, multi-charm necklaces can be a nuisance if you are trying to be professional. Opt for a lightweight, dainty jewelry style if you want to wear one. Bulky necklaces are best for after-work fun; opt for office-appropriate jewelry like slim chains that easily tuck under shirts for a classic diamond pendant.
Likewise, bracelets should be delicate and not make too much noise when typing or moving your hands. For example, a tennis bracelet with small, quiet stones is always a good choice if you're looking for a bracelet to wear at work. Also, you could try wearing just one bangle bracelet that doesn't jingle around too much. Practical jewelry is always key when accessorizing for work.
7. AVOID BADLY SET JEWELRY
If you're wearing a ring, make sure the gemstone is secure and not going to fall out. A loose diamond or gemstone in your ring is distracting and dangerous as it may end up in your food, on the floor, or in someone else's drink. A loose stone spells disaster not only for your jewelry but also for your workplace.
8. BE CAREFUL W/COSTUME JEWELRY
While costume jewelry is fun and funky, it's not always the best jewelry for work. If you're going to wear it, make sure it is high quality, designer costume jewelry, and doesn't look like something you would wear on a night out. Designer costume jewelry is usually better made and more polished than cheap costume jewelry and also tends to look more like business professional jewelry.
One way to incorporate costume jewelry into your work wardrobe is by wearing small, subtle pieces like stud earrings with fake diamonds or a fake pearl bracelet instead of large necklaces dripping with fake jewels. The best jewelry for work avoids giving the impression that you are trying too hard to be fashion-forward.
Also, avoid any costume jewelry that might look too gaudy or make noise, as this is not business professional jewelry. These styles might include anything with bells, sequins, or big dangling pieces.
Not only will it distract you during the day, but others can hear your office jewelry jingling when you walk past them in the hallways.
Regardless of what costume jewelry you wear to work, be sure it is clean and sparkling so people will not question its authenticity.
9. KEEP AN EVEN COLOR PALETTE
10. KEEP BRIGHT COLORS TO A MINIMUM
11. JEWELRY MAINTENACE
Your appearance speaks volumes about how much time you spend on yourself, so think twice before leaving the house in wrinkled clothes or scratched jewelry. Sparkling jewelry that is clean with a bright, high-polish finish sends the right message to your co-workers, i.e., that you respect yourself and take pride in your work and appearance.
Jewelry Maintenance is essential. Wearing dirty or scratched jewelry is like admitting that you don't care about yourself or your appearance. Plus, wearing shabby accessories can make people wonder if they get a similar response from you, such as, "It's ok, I'm not interested in what you have to say. I'd rather be at home with my dingy jewelry".
Make sure your office-appropriate jewelry is in tip-top shape. For example, if you have a faded pearl necklace, break off the loose pearls and restring it. If you have a favorite ring that has lost its luster, take it to a jeweler to get it replated. The same goes for earrings and bracelets.
If your bling has seen better days, give it a good cleaning:
- Use a small amount of dish soap and warm water and wash with a soft cloth or toothbrush.
- Let the piece soak in the soapy water for about five minutes.
- Rinse it thoroughly to remove all of the soap and air-dry.
If your jewelry is in bad shape, consider replacing it or repurposing it somehow. For example, a jeweler can take an old necklace and turn it into bracelets by stringing them together through the clasp with an additional chain. Or you can take an old pair of earrings and use them as embellishments on a new piece of clothing or even your shoes.
12. QUALITY OVER QUANTITY
When wearing jewelry for the office, it's essential to pay attention to quality over quantity. It's better to settle on one or two high-quality jewelry pieces you love and take care of well instead of buying lots of cheap costume jewelry that will get damaged quickly. This will save you money in the long run, and high-quality jewelry also reflects better on your professional image.
When choosing earrings for work, go for sleek and simple high-quality earrings such as a pair of gold huggie earrings. These simple earrings are professional and understated but still make a statement. You can still show your creative side by choosing a pair of gold huggie hoop earrings with a unique texture (such as hammered) or through tiny details like a pattern of flushed stones.
A good rule of thumb is to choose a pair of high-quality earrings that are the same size as your ring. This sizing style lets you create a cohesive look and gives off a classic impression.
13. ADD A WATCH
While bracelets, rings, and necklaces might be a no-no, watches are always considered office-appropriate jewelry. A watch is always a good idea for work, as it shows that you're punctual and reliable. However, if your watch is big and flashy, it might be best to leave it at home. If you have a more subtle watch, go ahead and wear it.
If you're looking for something more creative, you could go for a watch with interesting details or a unique color. For example, a pop of color (like a bright blue watch strap) can add some fun to your look without appearing unprofessional. If you want a more subtle look, go for a watch bracelet or strap in varying shades of white and silver. Some brands even make watches with interchangeable straps that allow you to switch up your look regularly.
Having a watch with you in the office is like having an umbrella on hand when it starts raining. It's just one of those things that will save your day, make life easier, and draw less attention to itself than other accessories. Good work jewelry should make your life easier, not harder!
14. AVOID BOLD CHAINS
Keep your jewelry professional; if you're going to wear a necklace for work, avoid anything that is too long or has very bold chains. It is distracting, especially if the chain is rattling on your desk or is too loud when you sit. There is a fine line between an exciting necklace and one that's distracting, so err on the side of simplicity. Bold, heavy chains can also give off the impression that you're trying too hard, which is not the message you want to send in the workplace.
Instead, a delicate silver chain with a light pendant or two is an excellent option for work, especially if you want to show that you're creative and stylish without stealing the show. Heavy chains can be a pain to wear all day (literally), so go for something lighter that you won't even notice.
A delicate silver chain with a light pendant or two is versatile and easily worn with professional and casual outfits. This type of work necklace is perfect because it is sleek, sophisticated, and won't get in your way or distract you during the day.
15. PROPERLY SECURE IT
16. GO HYPOALLERGENIC!
17. WHEN IN DOUBT, LEAVE IT OUT
If you're not sure whether a piece of jewelry is appropriate for work, leave it at home. You don't want to be the person who's constantly wondering if her outfit is too flashy or if her accessories are too loud. It's better to play it safe with a simple piece such as a classic diamond necklace and leave the more daring pieces for when you're not at work.
Plus, a classic diamond necklace is one of the jewelry wardrobe essentials for every woman, and it always goes with anything. In contrast, a more trendy piece might only go with a few things in your closet, which means you'll probably not wear it as often.
The key to office-appropriate jewelry is to keep it simple, classic, and understated. You want your jewelry to accent your outfit, not steal the show. If you're unsure about a piece, it's always a good idea to ask your office manager or human resources department what is appropriate for workwear. This way, you can avoid guessing and still come off fashion-forward!
We hope these tips help you navigate the world of workplace jewelry. As a general rule of thumb, keep your jewelry professional-simple, classic, and understated pieces for the office. This way, you can look polished without being over the top.