Having just graduated college and lacking a full-time job – or any job that pays even a dime, for that matter – my shopping budget is limited, to say the least. I can easily sit here and day dream about sumptuous clothing all day, but it’s not anywhere near my reality. Having done my best to collect a small group of season-less classics, I now rely primarily on accessories in the workplace.
So far this summer, my co-workers have witnessed an incredibly small selection of clothing adorning my bod day in and day out; theoretically, my creative use of jewelry has tricked them into seeing much more.
I try to use statement necklaces as often as possible, because they’re big and fun and so interesting that most people won’t notice that it’s the same navy sheath dress I wore two days before. Luckily for me, a select group of female family member have knowingly passed down or gifted me a beautiful collection of these pieces. Unfortunately for many, however, a funky tangle of golden swirls to distract from a boring wardrobe may clash with a conservative office dress code.
I’m thinking specifically of some of my poor* friends slaving away for 16+ hours a day in the bowels of various financial firms, committed for the rest of eternity to charcoal suits with personality-less white button-up blouses. And I offer to them an interesting twist on the classic stud.
Of course you could choose to wear the same (insert stone) studs every day, but we all want to show off our fierce style every now and then and the basics just won’t cut it. Instead, we crave something a bit more.
I’ve selected three looks from Topshop that offer just that. These earrings don’t dangle around or jingle when you walk, and they certainly aren’t large enough to be noticed from across the boardroom, allowing you to maintain the conservative manner of the office. They do, however, offer a way to personalize that same boring ensemble in a relatively wallet-friendly way.
Bead Frame Studs (Topshop, $15)
Star Stone Studs (Topshop, $25)
Pearl and Net Studs (Topshop, $25)
*Reminder: money does not necessarily buy happiness.