When it comes to work and fashion, it's common to hear the phrase, "Dress for the job you want, not the job you have." And while that may be true, even in the age of sweatshirts and C-suites, it's harder to gauge how that adage can be reflected in jewelry. "Jewelry is a great way to express personality and style," celebrity stylist Caley Rinker says. "However, depending on the office environment, there are some rules to follow."
Traditional offices, for instance, may expect business casual attire from employees rather than the laid-back looks of more modern workplaces. In each space, it's best to follow the sartorial clues of those surroundings—and of what higher-ups are wearing in particular. If you're seeing more pearls in meetings, then veer toward classic pieces. But if you're noticing bolder accessories in the halls, then feel free to take more chances. As long as you're mostly in line with what you see from 9-to-5, then you shouldn't worry too much.
Nevertheless, if you're still unsure about how to master jewelry for work, Rinker has provided seven easy tips to follow when you're looking to dress for career success.
Jewelry That Works
Jewelry should enhance, not detract, from your clothing. "Jewelry at a workplace shouldn't be too distracting," she says. "It should complement your outfit."
Less is more. "If you choose a statement piece, pick just one," Rinker notes. "For example, you can pair a big statement earring with a basic top—just make sure that the rest of your outfit is simple."
Invest in timeless pieces. "When in doubt, stick to the classics," she adds. "You can never go wrong with a classic hoop or bangle."
Choose jewelry you can wear every day. "I love pieces you can wear daily and don't have to take off. They can be trendy without being boring," Rinker says.
Jewelry to Skip
Extremely big earrings. "Earrings that are too colorful or large can be distracting and painful to wear all day," she says.
Gaudy cocktail rings. "Big rings can get in the way of doing work well and can sometimes discredit your professionalism," Rinker adds.
Oversized bangles. "Bracelets that are too oversized and layered can be noisy and look tacky," she says. "Stick to layering classic bracelets or one statement bangle that isn't too much."