Summertime can be a hard time to get a work wardrobe to work. There’s something about wearing that third layer over a pant or skirt — such as a swing cardigan, jacket, or vest– that makes one feel dressed for the day and a little more professional in the workplace.
So what do you do when you’re wearing fewer clothes, less layers, going more bare but you still want to look finished, polished, and professional?
That was both the lament and a question from a reader.
Q: “I miss how my wintery jackets, blazers or cardigans always made me feel put together. Now when I’m just wearing a blouse and a pant or a tee shirt and a skirt, I feel underdressed. What should I do?”
A: Wear a strong enough necklace and you’ve virtually created a third piece. Why? Because it’s eye-catching, it is a focal point, it adds interest to “just” a blouse and a pant or a tee and a skirt. Statement necklaces can create a conversation or reveal something about your personality. Stop worrying about buying more clothes. Let your jewelry do the work of “getting dressed” for you.
I love these examples below. These photos were taken in a New York office. Both women were wearing slacks and blouses but they looked so great! I wanted to talk to both of them. Their jewelry gave me a clue that they were thoughtful, interesting people.
And their jewelry was right!