This post is sponsored by Thomas Laine, but written by your usual friendly blogger, Kat Griffin.
I met the entrepreneur behind Thomas Laine — a woman named Eimear Thomas — a few months ago at a networking event, shortly before the jewelry site launched. I was interested, but it wasn’t until I attended a December trunk show that my interest really piqued. Looking through Eimear’s well-curated jewelry, I was struck by how interesting the pieces were, and how each one made a bit of a different statement. I’m excited to work with her on this post! (Oh, and do note that they offer free shipping (in really lux packaging) for the moment if you sign up for the newsletter.)
The first thing about the Thomas Laine collection that stood out were the bold, fun pieces, to be honest. Particularly for working women, where you may have about 5 minutes to “change” as you run from desk to dinner, jewelry can be a lifesaver.
|A simple black sheath dress can go from ho-hum to za-zing when you have a bold necklace to change into for the evening. The multiple metals in this necklace (black, gunmetal, gold) make it a versatile piece, but the sparkly crystals add a lot to even the most simple of outfits. It’s $855 at Thomas Laine. Erickson Beamon – Chain Gang Necklace|
|I’m generally against dangly earrings for the office, but after work — these are fabulous. I love the art deco look to these (and the flattering coral color). I’d “refresh” an office outfit of a black sweater, trousers, and simple earrings by switching into jeans and heels (and, fine, perhaps by removing a camisole or adding a push-up bra) and then pulling up my hair to make these earrings pop. Perfect for a night out on the town. These earrings are $119 at Thomas Laine. Kenneth Jay Lane – Silver and Black Coral Crystal Deco Earring|
|I attended a conference for fashion bloggers yesterday, and one of the things I noticed was that the “arm full of bracelets” trend is alive and well. (Joan Rivers spoke around lunchtime, and, after being asked by an audience member how many bangles she had on, claimed “I just put on all of the ones that I could find this morning.”) The look is fashionable and fun, particularly for after-work hours — I like the look of these 5 gemstone bangles from Kara by Kara Ross. I particularly like that the gemstones are all different. Was $295, now $206.50 at Thomas Laine. Kara by Kara Ross – Wave Gemstone Bangle|
The other thing that struck me about the Thomas Laine collection was how many pieces were great for adding a bit of personality to your regular office wardrobe. We all own the basic pieces — the blouses, the blazers, the sheath dresses — but jewelry is one of the primary ways to personalize your look.
|For example, this necklace isn’t quite as blingy as the Erickson Beamon necklace above — but it leaves a fashionable impression. Worn with a simple crewneck sweater or even a white button-down, it’s a rich look that translates well to the office. This necklace is $588 at Thomas Laine. Janis Savitt – Rose Triple Strand Knot Necklace|
|I have one friend who always wears pearl button earrings (no matter what!) and I like the slightly different take that Gerald Yosca takes on them here. They’re still ladylike and delicate, but the oxidized brass gives them a vintage look, while the crystal gives them just a hint of bling. They’re $73.50 (were $105) at Thomas Laine. Gerard Yosca – Pearl and Crystal Button earring|
|Like I said, I’m not a big fan of dangle earrings for the office — but hoops are the only possible exception to that because they’re fairly static, so they don’t distract when they move. These gunmetal and crystal earrings strike me as a great way to add a bit of “edge” to your office look — I particularly love the way the crystals point in different directions, as well as the vintage look to them. They’re $119 at Thomas Laine. Kenneth Jay Lane – Medium Gunmetal and Crystal Earring|
Readers, what kind of statement pieces do you like to wear to the office? How do you determine whether a statement piece is “acceptable for the office” or “only for evenings”?