Today’s reader mail has to do with office-appropriate jewelry…
I noticed that you said, “We’d wear it with a white cardigan or a cropped jacket, and maybe one or two long, simple necklaces” in a recent post. You, as usual, are accurately tuned into to what I’m thinking. Please help! Where can I find fun, simple jewelry that’s appropriate for the work place? I feel as though I wear the old standbys (pearls) or a gold necklace every day I throw on a necklace. I usually wear pearl or Tiffany silver ball studs for earrings—but what other earrings would be okay? I’m a summer associate at a medium-size firm and I’d like to show my personality, but still be appropriate. I’m looking for inexpensive jewelry, but am willing to spend more if it’s a piece that will last a long time in my wardrobe. Usually, I grab a piece or two from Ann Taylor or Banana Republic’s sale bin, but lately nothing has really excited me. Do you have pieces that a girl can’t live without?
We recently ran an open thread on this that might be helpful to you. For us, our standbys are huggy earrings (we can’t stand earrings with posts). For the long necklaces we mentioned, we’ve bought things in the past from Maria Chavez and really loved them. From her current collection, we’d suggest something like the 950-S, pictured at right (available at MariaChavez.com for $275). For our $.02, we’d rather buy one piece that’s made of real material (sterling silver, gold, gemstones) rather than buy 10 pieces that you get at a bargain store — but that’s a very personal preference. Etsy can also be a great resource for jewelry; we’ve also been eyeing the collection at Erin Gallagher recently.
Readers, anything to add that you didn’t say in the open thread?