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All That Glitters: How to Accessorize Your Office Style

Work fashion starts with the basics: suits, dresses, blazers, and more, but the pieces that will really set you apart in the office are the not-so-basic items, like accessories. Once you nail down your wardrobe, you should start shopping for accessories that will make your outfits stand out. Instead of buying tons of cheap accessories, go out and invest in a few versatile items that you can mix and match to create unique, classy ensembles.

Accessories for Women

Necklaces and Earrings

The most obvious way to accessorize is through jewelry. A statement necklace or a gorgeous set of earrings can elevate your daily pantsuit from drab to fab. A trendy necklace that will match just about everything is a crystal statement necklace. If you only have the money to buy one pair of earrings, treat yourself to a set of real pearl studs.


You also need something to store your cell phone, pens, and lipstick, so what’s better than a chic handbag? Break out of your comfort zone and buy one that has a bold print or color since most of your wardrobe basics will probably be neutrals. A standout handbag will add more depth and variety to your ensembles - and you don’t even have to lift a finger. Just grab it and go!


A scarf is one of the greatest accessories because it’s both functional and fashionable. During the colder months, you probably already wear a scarf on your daily commute, so this is a pretty easy accessory to transition into your 9-5 wardrobe. A chunky knit scarf usually isn’t office-appropriate, but silk or pashmina scarves can take a blazer or dress to another level.

Accessories for Men


An easy way to add some visual interest to your outfits is to invest in a variety of neckties. It’s a good idea to have an assortment of solids and patterns on-hand so you can easily mix and match them with your shirts and suits. Some good basic colors to start off with are marsala, navy blue, black, stripes, and possibly a subtle polka dot.


You also need some kind of bag to carry your papers and daily essentials in, so the most stylish way to tote those items around is in a briefcase. To maintain a professional look, choose a leather briefcase in a neutral color. Chestnut, mocha, and black are some of the most popular colors because there’s virtually no other colors with which they won’t match beautifully.

Lapel Pins and Cufflinks

Last but not least, you should consider adding a touch of personal style to your work suits. A suit is already one of the classiest outfits you can wear, but there’s always room for improvement. A simple lapel pin with your company’s logo would be perfect, or if you work in a highly formal environment, cufflinks are a great addition as well.

Last Updated: May 07, 2015