How to Wear Jewelry in the Workplace

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In the workplace, jewelry can say a lot about you. You want to look professional and chic, but not under or overdone. It's a delicate balance depending on what industry you work in.

Here are some tips for wearing jewelry at the office:


Know thy workplace

Before applying your jewelry, it's important to consider your workplace and dress code. Underlying this, however, is the type of work you do as well as industry or sector you work in such as financial or creative. For instance, if you're working in an office jewelry is best left subtle, whereas, if you're working in an artistic field bold accessories might be more acceptable.

Creative businesses will usually have a way of doing things that's unique and individualistic. For women, this is the perfect opportunity to show off your sense of style by wearing statement jewelry. However, do bear in mind that too much is never a good thing, so perhaps wear just one statement piece per outfit to avoid going overboard.


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 coworkers and making your outfit look disorganized. If you want to get away with wearing more than one pair of earrings, allow two months' time for your colleagues to adjust.

          Keep the design classic and the color simple so that it looks purposeful rather than fun. A classic pearl or diamond stud is always appropriate in an office environment while a chandelier earring probably isn't.


Layer your necklaces carefully

Just because you can find a thousand and one ways to wear layered necklaces doesn't mean you should do it everyday at the office -- or even every week! Save this look for Saturday nights out, but when you do pull it off at work, make sure no layer is longer than two inches.


Avoid oversized statement rings

Don't wear oversized statement rings that draw too much attention to themselves and take away from how you present yourself as a whole. The worst kind of bold rings to wear at work are ones with glitzy bling on the sides or patterned ones that flash. You don't want your colleagues distracted by your rings and not hearing a word of what you say.


Accessorize, but don't overwhelm

Overly flashy jewelry looks unprofessional. A loose diamond or rhinestone in your 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". Save the flashy jewelry, although beautiful, for special occasions.


Select jewelry that doesn't jangle

When you choose earrings, bracelets and necklaces, select pieces that aren't too large but also don't make noise when they rub against each other. Be careful not to let your jewelry clink around when you are typing on a keyboard or operating machinery, it is distracting and dangerous depending on the work you do.


Maintain an even color palette

Wearing one red accessory, such as a scarf or ruby studs, is fine. But wearing an all-red ensemble is too much; it will detract from the rest of your outfit and look unprofessional.


Keep bright colors to a minimum

If you wear a brightly colored necklace, earrings or bracelets – it will draw too much attention. People shouldn't have to look at your outfit and think "Wow, she's really making a statement with her accessories!" Instead of very bright colors, wear pieces with light pastel tones. Try wearing clear pieces instead of colored ones, or choose pieces that are mostly silver or gold in color with just a hint of color.


 Make sure your jewelry is in tip-top shape

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.


Go for quality over quantity

If you want to wear accessories in the workplace, it's essential to pay attention to quality over quantity. It's better to settle on one or two high-quality pieces that you love and take care of as opposed to buying lots of cheap jewelry that will end up getting damaged in short order.


Final Thoughts

We hope these tips help you as you navigate the world of workplace fashion. It's tricky at first, but once you get the hang of it you'll look like a pro. If in doubt, think simple and classic when it comes to your jewelry choices in the workplace. Good luck!