Jewelry That Doesn't Break Dress Codes

It's back-to-school, back-to-office, and back-to-campus time. We female folk want to look stylish in all those places, but dress codes get in the way. So, here are some tips on how to stay true to your boho-western style without breaking any dress codes with your bling.

First off, your jewelry doesn't have to be big to look stylish. Minimalist necklaces, earrings, and bracelets can go a long way in showing off your style if they're made from materials and in the style traditionally understood to be western. Sterling silver, turquoise, spiny oyster, white buffalo stone, leather... all of these can be worn without breaking the dress code.

 Silver open hoop earrings with turquoise and spiny oyster

Take these open hoop sterling silver and Kingman turquoise earrings for example. At only one inch in diameter, they'll be well within any dress code and won't get in the way of your doing the work that you do, but they still pack a punch when it comes to style.

Next, make sure you consider the type of activities you do at work or in school when choosing what bling to wear. Say, if you do a lot of work with your hands, forgo bracelets in favor of necklaces and earrings. Or, if you're around some type of machinery that can easily catch and rip off a necklace or bracelet, earrings are your best bet for upping your style at the workplace.

Talking about necklaces, if that's what you wear most of, your safest bet is to go for shorter styles, up to 18 inches. These are less likely to interfere with your work or get mauled by machinery. Besides, an 18-inch necklace fits most body types. Also, make sure to stay away from large pendants, both for safety reasons and for fear of breaking that dress code.

Turquoise Hoop Earrings


If you're a bracelet lover, the ones most suitable for wearing at school or work would be cuffs of medium width (not wider than two inches) because they're least likely to get ripped off your wrist or torn apart when they catch on something. Matter of fact, if they are made of smooth metal or leather without any embellishments that have sharp edges, they're least likely to catch on something, period.

So, these are the basics of back-to-school and back-to-work bling. From here, you can decide which pieces from your jewelry box are dress code friendly and which ones are not, and if you want to add some minimalist western bling to your stash, take a peak at this section in our shop.

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