Have you ever considered the message you’re giving in the workplace with your choice of iPad covers? Do you think your scuffed portfolio with the broken zipper could be a determent to your professional status? Is the jewelry you’re wearing distracting your customers? You may dress well for work but are your accessories giving you a bad name? All details matter in the workplace! Here are some dos and don’ts to guide you in making choices that support your good name.
Tech covers for your laptop, iPad, or smartphone
Don’t cover your electronics in anything childlike or too cutesy such as anything bedazzled, bunny ears or quirky literal images such as images of bacon, chocolate bars, or a human ear.
Do try covers in solid bold colors, subtle geometric prints, or smooth or embossed leather.
Do consider choosing tech cases that mirror your power symbols. If a lion’s head, crests, or bumble bees have special meaning to you than consider using them in these accessories to reinforce your personal brand or business mantra.
Don’t overdo it with your love of animal prints. They can be too provocative for business.
Do consider embossed leathers as a way to add subtle pattern or texture to neutral colored cases.
Don’t skimp on this purchase.
Do find one made from quality materials. Make sure the zippers are strong and easy to use and that there aren’t any loose threads.
Don’t buy a portfolio with fussy details that could break off or get caught on things. This devalues your image.
Do choose one that’s spare in detail. It won’t go out of style and you’ll use it for years.
Notepad and pen
Do go to the nicest stationary store in your area to choose from a better collection.
Don’t use flimsy school composition notebooks that you’d find in a drugstore.
Do look for a notepad with a leather cover or a marbleized thicker cover and thicker paper. Your notepad should look refined, elegant, and distinct.
Don’t use cheap pens that are bought in bulk and advertise its name on the side.
Do choose an elegant silver or gold pen or one in rich jeweled tones. Anything streamlined that catches your eye and sets you apart will work too. This is one area where you could choose a pen in an animal print because it’s on a smaller surface.
Don’t wear shoes with too many straps, studs or rivets.
Do consider a shoe with refined hardware.
Don’t wear a pump with a thick ankle strap. This look is too sexy for the office.
Do wear a shoe that has structure like a pointed toe pump.
Don’t wear too high of a platform shoe. Your confident walk could be threatened by your lack of balance and also may cause distracting discomfort by midday.
Do consider wearing spectator pumps, tweed shoes or flats, a heeled oxford or heeled loafer.
Do consider shoes in jeweled-tones or color-blocked shoes. Any shoe with a personality flair that also looks refined, elegant, or polished can be worn.
Don’t buy reading glasses from the drugstore that have sequins, busy patterns or wild color mixes.
Do consider purchasing reading glasses from the drugstore that come in dark colors or subtle tortoise.
Do update your frames regularly if you’re over forty and working with younger employees. Your eyewear is more important than you think.
Do consider wearing darker frames that bring out the darker colors in your hair if you’re starting to go gray rather than wearing lighter colors that emphasize your graying areas.
Don’t wear ten rings at one time.
Do wear one or two classy rings.
Do buy a signature necklace that looks like an extension of you. Aim for one that repeats your own coloring. You’ll have no problem wearing it multiple times a week.
Do wear a thick link chain bracelet with gold earrings in a similar scale for a strong, confident look.
Don’t wear opposing scale pieces together like a chunky bold necklace with thin hoop earrings.
Don’t wear a comic character watch or rely on your running sport watch. Change watches to match your workplace environment.
Do consider a classic gold, rose gold, or stainless silver watch.
Do consider a colored band or mixing metals to show your character and personality.
I am committed to helping you be successful. There is always room to be creative in your professional accessory choices but it’s also really easy to make mistakes that could be costly to your wallet, your reputation, and your professional image. Call me for an assessment and I’ll help you create the right mix.