Midi rings at the office: yea or nay? In terms of the bigger picture, how do you know whether to try out a fashion trend at the office? What makes certain jewelry or accessories too trendy or unprofessional for work? Reader J wonders if midi rings are appropriate for the office.
Here’s her question:
I normally don’t wear any rings other than my wedding bands but I recently bought some midi rings on a whim and I am wondering if they are appropriate to wear to the office. I am a solo attorney, so I can wear what I want but I don’t want to look unprofessional. I’m thinking like 3 max on my right hand and I would not wear them to court, just on days that I am at the office. What do you think?
We’ve talked about how to build a tasteful jewelry collection, when to splurge on jewelry, wearing religious jewelry to the office, when to wear pearls and how to buy pearls, but not this. I just yesterday saw a Facebook post where people wondered whether midi rings were “connected somehow or separate,” so there’s obviously some confusion there — let’s discuss.
(For the record, they can be both! But most of the ones we’re discussing below are separate.)
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Hunting for great jewelry for the office? As of 2021, we’re long been fans of affordable brands like Kendra Scott and Gorjana, as well as mid-tier brands like Monica Vinader, David Yurman, and Stephen Dweck. For our $.02: spend money on things like a good watch (or watch strap), gold or diamond earrings, a pearl necklace, and more.
For my $.02:
- Simple, delicate jewelry is always going to be more work appropriate than other types — and I think a simple midi ring wouldn’t be a big deal.
- While wit has its place in jewelry, watch out for overly loud statements. This lips ring, for example, would be cute as a delicate, regular-sized ring — but as a midi ring AND a lip ring, it feels like a bit much to me. (Ditto, say, for this set of breakfast midi rings, or this skull midi ring.)
- Avoid wearing multiple trends at once — for example, I think one of the reasons the picture at top works is because her nails are barely painted. On the other hand, I think the picture at right almost looks a bit trashy, in part because of the greige color on the nails, combined with the thumb ring and numerous layered rings (I count five on her left hand alone!). It’s a fun look for a weekend in distressed jeans and boots, but not, for my $.02, for the office.
Ladies, what do you think about midi rings — are they appropriate in the office?
Psst: here are Kat’s latest favorite ways to store jewelry…