It may have caught your attention, particularly in recent weeks when the strain on the Prime Minister has been somewhat greater than usual, that Theresa May has been reaching for the same necklace over and over again when she gets dressed in the morning. One can assume that the chain in question serves several purposes; 1) to symbolise that strong and stable lock that she claims to hold on the nation, 2) to show a slither of character and 3) to bring some much-needed fashion to Parliamentary proceedings. It is a statement £250 Amanda Wakeley piece, after all.
Whether or not you think May has nailed her overall look for the top job in politics, hers is an accessorising strategy that anyone can take note of; tired tailoring can be instantly revived with a shiny new piece of costume jewellery.
Statement stone bangles, £65 each, karenmillen.com
Costume jewellery is far more effective at fulfilling this particular purpose than real jewellery could ever be. If the rest of your working look is comprised of quality corporate classics, then the last thing you need is an equally classic-looking decoration to accompany. Offsetting the suiting should be the goal, with chunky acetates, heavy metals and oversized stones providing the contrast needed to make the look.
Karen Millen’s stone look bangles strike a good balance of affordability, quality and style. You don’t want anything so cheap it’ll rust in the rain, but this isn’t the time for an heirloom gemstone suite, either. Just a little something to provide a quick boost in the boardroom.
Necklace, £35, Cosstores.com
Necklace, £95, Kenneth J Lane at Net-a-Porter.com
Chain bracelet, £12.99, Mango.com
-Go easy on the stacking of bangles - no one likes a person who rattles when they type at the office.
-Green rocks and plastics will look good with a navy or grey suit.
-Always do a neckline versus necklace assessment. If the blouse already has interesting features, opt for a bold bracelet instead.
- Solid chunky costume styles work best with most classic workwear silhouettes.
- Try something statement rather than dainty for a contrast.