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5 Necklace Trends You Need To Wear To Work Right Now

Inspiration for this post came from Ambitious reader,Tara. Tara asked about stylish accessories to dress up her outfits at work. 

Necklaces are one great way to improve your look in the office.

Necklaces add a unique twist to your office basics, differentiating yours from the similar basics your female colleagues (likely) also own.

And if you are a fan of capsule wardrobe dressing, accessories set your look apart from others, and extend your wardrobe. For example, a simple dress accessorized three ways will create three completely different looks.

So what type of accessories should you choose for work?

Otherworldly anything is on trend right now. I encourage you to start by diving into your jewelry stash for any global items you purchased abroad. One might be just the right unique finishing touch to your look.

 

Vogue’s photo of bestselling Delhi-based author, Arudhati Roy wearing a pendant necklace.

In this month’s Vogue article “Indian Summer”, bestselling Delhi-based author, Arudhati Roy (pictured above) has a wonderful spin on style. Roy says” I run away from tradition, I run away from modernity, and then – you find your own space.”

I love this approach to jewelry in the office. Relax, and look for what appeals to you to find your jewelry voice.

Here are five necklace trends to use as inspiration when accessorizing for work:

Oversized pendant necklace trend as seen on the runway.

1. Pendant Necklace – seen all over the runway, if there is one necklace to highlight in 2017 it is the pendant necklace. This necklace, especially a delicate metallic version, is a wardrobe staple that stands on it’s own perfectly, and layers nicely too.

Current pendant styles run anywhere from super chunky statement pendants to delicate chain pendants, and monogrammed initial pendants.

When you want to be subtle or conservative at work, simply choose a small gold or silver pendant

Try pairing a neck scarf with a white button down. Photo Credit 

2. Neck Scarf – a neck scarf is one of my favorite work-worthy neck accessories. I like the idea of a neck scarf because of it’s small footprint compared to full sized scarves. It’s uber sophisticated.

Neck scarves do not overwhelm even petite frames, and women with “girls”. I encourage women blessed with large breasts to try wearing the neck scarf trend in place of a statement necklace. Here are a few ways to tie your neck scarf.

 

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A long necklace looks great with V-necklines. Photo Credit 

3. Long Necklaces- navel-grazing chains on a variety of necklines look good. But long necklaces look especially great with V-neck collars, and when paired with this season’s oh so-chic wide leg pants – the result is major sophisticated drama.

At work, you may opt for a shorter than navel-length necklace. You may want to test the necklace, for example, if you were to sit down or stand up in a meeting would it bang the table, as you lean forward?

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4. Statement necklaceStatement necklaces are going strong, and I like this year’s lighter weight versions like Mary Orton’s above. Statement necklaces read less conservative, so the more of a statement you make the less traditional should be your office. Or the more established you want be in your career to pull off a big statement piece.

 

Bar necklace layered with a pendant necklace is subtle and chic.

5. Bar Necklace – A bar necklace is an accessory wardrobe staple that works well on it’s own, and plays well with others too. A bar necklace pairs especially well with your long necklace, and/or your pendant necklace.

Choosing a bar necklace with a dainty chain shows off your collarbone– a feminine part of your body, while being completely appropriate for any work environment.

Parting tips:

Necklaces are a wonderful way to enhance your look in the office. It’s worth the extra effort it takes to curate a necklace wardrobe.

To achieve a fashionable, yet professional look, one rule of thumb according to Business Insider, is to remove one piece of jewelry before leaving the house. Keep it clean and simple. So if you are wearing earrings, ring, bracelet and necklace – you may want to consider removing one for maximum style and polish.

Also, FYI, the bigger your necklace, the smaller your earrings….

Xo,

Jamie

P.S. 2017 is the year of “Your Best Image”. We are only halfway through the year – still plenty of time!  Please let me know how your journey is progressing. I always enjoy receiving your pictures, comments, and your questions.

 

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My Favorite Nordstrom Black Friday Week Wear To Work Picks

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends. Today I sat down and picked a few favorite items from Nordstrom’s Black Friday sale for you.

These are pieces that will either go a long way in your wardrobe, update your style, or rally a little holiday spirit.

Hope you enjoy my finds- it was great fun hunting them down:

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Ambitious TGI Friday Find* – Baublebar Piñata Tassel Earrings

*Ambitious Finds: items hunted to help you feel haughter, happier, and more confident in the boardroom and out.

 

Keep a pair of statement earrings in your tote or at your desk. Even on Fridays you leave the house thinking you are going straight home, spur of the moments invites will be no problem.

Even if you’re a parent and need to get home – keep a pair of statement earrings nearby.

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Flattering Coats For Your Shape

As the mercury drops, your winter coat is your single most viewed wardrobe item. If your coat doesn’t fit your shape, you tend to look frumpy instead of polished as you move in and out of the office, and to and from business engagements.

In the interest of creating a fabulous sartorial experience for all – I found flattering coats for every shape.

Click on any coat to discover more, or use these tips as a guide when you search for the perfect winter coat.

Boyish:

If you have a narrow  frame, a long tailored jacket will flatter you. Belt your coat to create additional curves. Use the belt the coat comes with, or try adding your own for professional sartorial flair.

Look for military inspired detailing such as epaulettes, a double row of buttons, or peplum to enhance to add drama and curves:

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Ambitious TGI Friday Find

*Ambitious Finds  items hunted to help you feel haughter, happier, and more confident in the boardroom and out.

   Dressing up all week is great for getting in the zone, but when casual Friday comes around I love to relax a little and dress up my jeans.

Today I found this beautiful purple Classiques Entier tweed blazer inspired the J.Crew purple tweed blazer look I posted on Instagram.

Classiques Entier combines a striking  blend of quality and style without the high price points of other quality workwear brands. For a polished powerful casual Friday look, coordinate your tweed jacket with a tie blouse in white, light blue, or the spicy yellow that is so popular this fall.

 

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Smart Casual Jacket Style Inspired By Mary Orton

Fabulous Ambitious reader Susie asked me where she could get a jacket like the one blogger Mary Orton wore in the picture below.

Susie wants something like this to wear to luncheons.

You may like to create a fresh smart casual look like this for yourself. It’s an easy wear for any smart casual occasion, like casual Friday, and the jacket mixes nicely into the rest of your wardrobe.

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So, I searched around the web and found a few great options for you:

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TGI Friday Find

 

Rebecca Minkoff ‘Aiden’ Mule. This butterscotch color is gorgeous and the reviews are good – 4.5 stars.  Wear to work for casual Friday and on the weekend for a fresh take on the basic bootie. This Rebecca Minkoff mule also comes in black, but I like it in this unusual, yet neutral hue. Mules pair well with pants, jeans, and even dresses and skirts.

Readers, would you wear a mule like this to work on casual Friday?

xo,

Jamie

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Friday’s “To Die” Find

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  TD, I discovered, stands for “to die”. Used when something is so amazing you’re worried you just might die.

And the color of this icey blue tissue weight scarf is TD! The mornings now have a little chill. The evenings too. Not much – barely enough for a sweater.

Which makes sense – yesterday marked the fall equinox, it’s a perfect time to find a cool scarf like this Nordstrom brand one I found. It’s a beautiful hue which happens to be one fall’s pantone colors. Pair with red, darker blue, and even yellow. Or be safe and wake up a simple neutral palette.

For ideas to tie your scarf click here.

xo,

Jamie

P.S.  Readers, have you discovered any fun new acronyms lately?

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10 Fall 2016 Color Trends You Need To Know About

How was your summer? Mine was action packed, including a move to DC. I am excited to share all the fun I have planned for fall, including an ebook (coming soon) to help you project the very best version of you to the world and in the boardroom.

Now about this thing called Fall. Adding a piece or two in fall’s pantone colors instantly awakens your work wardrobe.  You are well on your way to loving the upcoming season.

The Fall 2016 Pantone Color palette is led by blue – and the desire for tranquiliy, strength, and optimism. Blue skies represent constancy as they are always above us and anchoring earth tones dotted with exuberant pops of vibrant color add an element of surprise to fall fashion.

Here are my top ten fall pantone colors for women in leadership:

Riverside Blue

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My Favorite Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Wear To Work Finds

Winter shopping in the dead of summer. It’s whimsical. Like breakfast for dinner. Or indoor camping on a rainy day.

I’m talking about Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale.

This was my favorite time of year when I was a Personal Stylist at Nordstrom Tysons Corner. It was insanely busy. All the effort that went into the sale created a festive air.  I thought of each of my customers, and what piece would be amazing for them.

In  honor – I curated a few modern classic pieces that caught my eye for you, my readers.

A few gems to help you shine at work this fall:

Happy Anniversary!

xo,

Jamie

P.S. What is your favorite find for anniversary? Please share in the comments. Have a question how to wear any of these pieces ? Ask me! I want to hear from you.

 

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