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What to Avoid with Jewelry on the Job

Working endless hours a day at the office can often make you feel like you have to hide your personality and accessories. But don’t fret! It is still possible to express yourself in the way that you dress.
When choosing jewelry to wear to work, remember that this is an opportunity to accent your looks and skills, not to overwhelm them. Stay away from statement pieces and flashy bling that can distract or make noise.

But what if you don’t have what you need and you don’t know where to buy jewelry for work? The secret is to shop small. This will make your boss and your purse happy. It doesn’t have to come from a pricey jewelry boutique; thrift stores and garage sales will often have beautiful but simple pieces. Look for stud earrings, delicate pendant necklaces, or thin bracelets.

The office is a place to focus, and distracting jewelry can offend clients and coworkers. Show your individuality with respect to the workroom by following these few simple guidelines:


  • Do match the environment; in a conservative office, try wearing small stud earrings. These are also easy to style as they tend to match almost any outfit. In a less conservative office, you can try out some small hoops. Make sure they don’t dazzle the eyes or make any noise.
  • Do spice it up when you can. In a more relaxed environment, feel free to break out the larger pieces if you want. Remember, though, that the focus should not be drawn to what you wear but rather to the great work that you do, so select pieces that won’t make noise when you move.
  • Do express yourself with simplicity and taste. Leave skulls or wild designs for after-hours and choose pearls, small diamonds, and solid colors instead.
  • Do play it safe. If you’re not sure how much is too much when it comes to jewelry, always go with less rather than more.


  • Don’t wear flashy or bright jewelry, such as rhinestones or large diamonds.  Your work ethic and performance should be what people notice about you.
  • Don’t choose any sort of bracelet that makes a lot of noise. Stacked bangles tend to bang against the desk or the keyboard when you work. Until they invent soundproof cubicles, avoid annoying or distracting your coworkers with loud jewelry.
  • Don’t overdo it. At the office, fewer is better. Even if you love layering on the jewelry, stick to a small number of pieces. Don’t combine more than a watch or bracelet, a necklace, a ring, and a pair of earrings.

Every workplace requires a different style. Embrace the challenge of discovering how to express yourself in a tasteful manner. Match your jewelry to the office demands and have fun with it! Remember, when you shop, search for the small and the simple. It doesn’t need to have a high price tag to have a high reward.

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