A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.
Today’s post is all about jewelry and inspired by the gorgeous dark green Trina Turk Monarch Sheath Dress that was featured on Commandress yesterday (shown on the right – so chic!). A few readers asked for jewelry suggestions and I’m delighted to share some ideas!
Over the past several years, I’ve become much more interested in jewelry – and slowly but surely I’ve also become more comfortable wearing bigger and bolder costume jewelry. My sister has a theory that the gravitas that comes with age makes bolder jewelry feel more appropriate. Makes sense to me!
I also have a theory that my preference for delicate jewelry was a holdover from navigating the 90s minimalist/grunge aesthetic during high school and college – an impressionable age when I wanted to follow big fashion trends even if they didn’t suit me or my taste (for the most part, they didn’t). Old habits are hard to break, so perhaps it took me too long to recognize and accept the very obvious: I am not a minimalist. I want my jewelry to have some presence – and some flash.
Shocking, right? But my story leads to an important piece of jewelry advice. Most beauty and make up professionals recommend choosing between a bold lip or a bold eye. I think this idea correlates very well to jewelry selection – especially in a professional setting. Yes, you can wear bold jewelry to the office, but each day you should choose between a bold earring or a bold necklace.
Said another way, you don’t have to be a jewelry minimalist at most workplaces – but I recommend that you display your developing gravitas one big, bold jewel at a time.
I also recommend quiet jewelry for work – no jingle bells at the office, please!
Here is a selection of earrings and necklaces that would look fabulous with the Monarch Dress! Each group starts with smaller pieces that glow quietly and builds up to a showstopper (or two). I’d also love to admire more jewels if any readers would like to share their suggestions!