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Give a girl the right jewellery, and she can conquer the world
How much is too much when it comes to work wear jewellery? Sparkles are wonderful and always bring a pop of joy to the day, but when is too much jewellery, too much in the workplace? Reinvent our work wardrobe by making what we already have work harder with a simple solution to our work wear woes. Welcome to the MYJS Style Guide To Jewellery For The Office.
Jewellery is simultaneously the most understated and powerful element to every outfit.
Modern jewellery designs allow for simple clean pieces to be worn casually and elegantly, segueing easily through the workplace to end of work drinks. But jewellery is also about making statements – just be sure that statement is appropriate to your workplace. In our professional world, it can be a precarious balance between work appropriate and a night out with the girls. We want our look to express who we are: a force to be reckoned with, and plenty of flair.
I get distracted by shiny things
Start the day
As you pop your jewellery on for the day ahead, always ask:
Will my jewellery distract me and others from my work?
At work, we should command rather than demand – and let our work do all the talking.
From clipping on hoops or throwing on chains and bracelets, jewellery guarantees instant polish for your work wardrobe – from the uniform to the standard business suit. Work is about not disrupting your everyday duties and working in safety and comfort – while still retaining your personality and style.
Bold accessories are a woman’s armour
Bad jewellery can cheapen an outfit or turn a simple look into a clumsy one. It can make you look unprofessional or worse, inappropriate. If you work in a creative workplace, you’re likely to be lucky enough to go large with as many sparkles as you can. If your workplace has a dress code, leave the gaudy, flashy pieces in your jewellery box.
❎ Avoid large gems, chandelier earrings, oversized statements pieces, chunky bracelets, blingy rings, loud jingling bangles, dangly earrings and massive brooches where they’ll distract from your professional look while also getting in the way
Most importantly, don’t be afraid to show your personality.
Surround yourself with sparkles, not negativity
If uniforms or business attire with blazers, work shirts and pulled back or up hair is the way of work-life, simple, understated, minimal and elegant never fails.
Since flashy statements are out for meetings and the workplace, classic and smart will always win.
Small pieces give the aura of stability and self-assurance without the need for calling attention to yourself.
Stick to the rule of three: choose three pieces so you don’t overdo the look – such as earrings, necklace and ring or bracelet or watch.
Neutral colours are your friend. Leave the neons and busy patterns and stay close to gold or silver metals with jewellery that is either understated or designed to add to your work clothes.
Classic gemstones easily add pops of colour to your outfit, so stick to diamonds, clear crystals and pearls for a subtle shine.
The MYJS Rules To Wearing Office Jewellery
✨ Less is more
✨ Keep it simple
✨ Stick to minimal
✨ Go miniature
✨ Stay modest
✨ Opt for the classics
Dare to be fearless
You can still manage to stand out and bring a little sparkle with you to work every day. Just add elegance with delicate pieces such as classic studs, drop earrings, a tennis bracelet or an elegant pendant.
If you’re active in the workplace, heavy and long necklaces can be awkward – if not dangerous.
❎ Avoid chunky statement necklaces and bold coloured gemstones.
✅ Opt for versatility – slim necklaces are elegant and easy to match to business outfits. Delicate, short gold chains fit in easily with a work-lifestyle. Have a long chain? Wrap it for a double chain reaction.
Pendants are a staple for the wardrobe with plain, minimal styles elevating your professional look. Simple yet effective, they look beautiful with smart casual looks and uniforms.
Personalised jewellery especially brings your individual style to the boardroom table, so add a charm, your initials, birthstone or a unique pendant to your work look. You are still you at work; your personalised pieces will still keep you looking interesting and professional.
Tap into your magic
While wearing earrings to work can be risky, choose wisely to frame your face for a subtle fashion statement.
As a simple and elegant choice, Studs are a fabulous feature to our business wardrobe.
Ideal for busy prints and patterns, studs will always elevate our uniform or suit without going overboard and transition nicely from the office to dinner parties or formal occasions without needing to change.
Just tie hair back or up for that subtle shine to stand out.
Ultra-chic and sophisticated, break the work earring rut with Drop Earrings. Stylish without being over-the-top, drop earrings perk up your everyday – and always have your back. Just stick to subtle and classic.
Jewellery is our favourite art
While Hoops can be a bit ho’ for the office, the next level of elegance and sophistication come with Huggies.
As the perfect blend of studs and hoops, Huggies add shape to your face and outfit and strike the perfect balance of being small enough to wear comfortably all day, but big enough for the right attention. With no uncomfortable hoops to push against your ear when you’re on the phone or catch in your hair and no lost earring backs, simply hinge your Huggies in, sit back and shine.
Hoops are great for a final touch to your outfit, but in the workplace, less is always more. As a playful option, opt for midi hoops for added edge and eternal class to frame your face for a delicate fashion statement. Stick to plain, thin styles and be sure to wear your hair up high or in a bun to and showcase those Midi hoops for a delicately fierce yet understated shine.
Wear a fabulous smile and great jewellery, and know that you are totally and utterly in control– Donatella Versace
Lovely and feminine, Bracelets are an elegant subtle complement to your office wardrobe. But wearing more than one can be risky — from shaking hands to typing at your desk, the sound of multiple bangles can be distracting and loud.
Tennis Bracelets are ideal for the office with Cuff Bracelets an understated statement in strength.
Classy and delicate, stackable minimal rings will always fit the work bill nicely. Thin with minimal decoration and design, never say never to a subtle elegant ring stack.
Or keep it simple with understated gems such as a diamond or clear crystals on a simple ring.
❎ Avoid wearing more than one gemstone ring as it could be too much bling.
Want to go bold and show who is the boss b*tch in charge? A bold signet ring will sing. Just wear it fabulous – and with attitude.
Beauty is who you are. Jewellery is the icing on the cake– Misty Burgess