The Want: A bold necklace is the quickest way to upgrade an outfit. The piece must be stylish, not too gaudy, and versatile enough for both business lunches and after-work drinks.
The Get: J. Crew's (JCG) Pearl cluster bib necklace ($150 at jcrew.com). A reinvention of the classic pearl strand, the chain-mail bib meshes muted tones and subtle sparkle. This necklace adds a hefty dose of shine to an otherwise simple outfit. It looks equally polished when you're in the office, wooing clients, or out on the town—no matter what the season.
How to wear a bold necklace to the office
Rule 1: Wear a solid-colored top. Prints and stripes are distracting.
Rule 2: Don't pair with anything low-cut; you're better off wearing a classic scoop-neck shirt.
Rule 3: Wear only the bare necessities in rings, bracelets, and earrings.
Rule 4: Pair with a casual outfit. Big necklaces look great with basic tees but can make dressier garments look too splashy for work.