When it comes to dressing for work, it’s useful to have a selection of chic, classic items of dress and jewellery that will ensure you’re always looking elegant (and work-appropriate!).
Obviously, your choice of dress will depend on your profile and on the general dress code at work but jewellery can be a great way to dress up a plain outfit and to ensure you’re always up for taking any challenge.
Now, what kind of jewellery you should wear at work?
Gold or silver is generally the most classic, smart choice for jewellery to wear to work. Gold is extremely flattering to most skin tones and goes well with most outfit colours. Pearls are also a great option, they are classic and sophisticated. You can wear stones as well but with contrast and on a moderate level.
Some people like to choose a simple necklace that can be worn every day, only changing the earrings sometimes to give it a variety whereas others prefer to wear a stylish necklace or earrings each day. There is no harm in trying different looks as long as they justify your job and role.
If you want to go all out with some snazzy statement earrings, wear them without a necklace to allow them to take centre stage. You can always wear bracelets and rings to work, but for a sophisticated look, don’t wear too many pieces at once.
It’s best to save any oversized jewellery for non-work occasions and keep the sparkles and bright colours to a minimum. This will ensure, you project a professional but stylish and individual look. But at the same time don’t be afraid to express a little personality in your choice of jewellery. Perhaps choose a subtle but quirky necklace that gives a glimpse of your style.
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What jewellery complements work outfits?
When choosing your work outfits and jewellery, you should consider the neckline of your top or dress, the colour, fit (loose or fitted) and whether there’s a pattern on what you’re wearing. Avoid wearing a necklace that comes just to the top of your neckline: one that’s significantly longer or shorter will work better.
What jewellery to wear with what neckline:
- High neckline: statement earrings and no necklace; long pendant necklace
- Shirt collar: short pendant, layered chain necklace
- Deep V neck: mid-length pendant or round necklace
- Cowl neck: statement earrings and no necklace
- Simple rounded neckline: shorter pendant or necklace, or long pendant necklace.
If you’re wearing a patterned kurta, dress or top, keep your jewellery fairly simple to avoid an overload of detail. For saree, try out metal jewellery, long pendant necklace with earrings or big studs earrings. It goes well with all the style since metal can never overpower any outfit it even blends and looks professional.
Consider colour: choose jewellery that goes well with the colours of your outfit, for example, golden or metal with a black, bottle green (though gold tends to go with almost anything so knock yourself out!), silver with royal blue or navy. If you’re wearing coloured stones, it’s best to keep your outfit on the plainer side to allow the colours to stand out more.
If you’re wearing a fitted top, you’ll find that either a short or long necklace works. For a loose, flowing top, it’s best to forego the necklace and opt for earrings, a ring or bracelet instead.
Impractical jewellery for work
At times we follow the fashion around us and forget about the practicality – who even has time for that? But, we wouldn’t be doing our jobs if we didn’t mention a few must keep in mind points.
You should avoid those 4-inch drop earrings while hanging out near the office paper shredder. Prevention is better than cure!! Be aware that bracelets can get in the way as you type or write (but you can always hang it on your handbag strap, trust us, it will look stylish), and that earrings can be uncomfortable if you spend much time on the phone. Rings can catch on things if you are working with your hands. So it really depends on what you actually do at work and what’s going to be comfortable to wear all day long. Many people consider that long dangly earrings are distracting and less professional than studs, hoops or small drop earrings.
And if you wear a set of jangly bangles, you may find the jingling noise gets on your co-workers’ nerves! Wondering if you should wear a nose piercing, well we are Indians and nose pins are classic that can be worn with western and traditional wear. So grab our favourite nose pin and embrace your tradition.