Getting dressed for work in the morning pre-coffee is no easy task—if you’re anything like us, you’re crunched for time and not exactly at your quickest. For that reason, it helps to have that go-to outfit formula that’s professional and stylish (but still easy to throw on). For Kimberly Lapides, the graphic designer–turned–fashion blogger behind Eat Sleep Wear, that outfit is a pair of black skinny jeans, an interesting blouse, and a pair of pumps accessorized with stacked rings, a delicate necklace, and diamond studs.
“I really use jewelry to add polish to my office outfits,” Lapides explains. “It’s a great way to add a statement without overpowering the look, since my style is so classic.” And just as you (hopefully) invest part of your paycheck into your 401K, Lapides says it’s important to invest in luxe jewelry from a stylish brand like Hearts On Fire to complement your wardrobe.
“If you invest in accessories you’ll be able to mix and match with your wardrobe, it’s going to be something you can wear every day,” she says. “The advantage to a luxe piece of jewelry is how easily it can dress up a simple pair of ripped jeans and a button-down. Throwing on that investment piece is the perfect icing on the cake.” And best of all, it’ll add much-needed extra minutes to your morning routine.
Check out Lapides’s go-to office look, and see how she styles it with her Hearts On Fire pieces.
In the blogger world, meetings often take place in showrooms or restaurants rather than boardrooms. For that reason, style and comfort are key. “Sleek, black skinny jeans are great, since I do a lot of driving from place to place,” Lapides says. “They tend to get less wrinkled than a dress or skirt.”
When it comes to everyday jewelry, consider Lapides’s go-to pieces like stackable rings, a delicate necklace, and diamond studs. “Your jewelry is where you can show some of your personality,” she says. “I talk with my hands, so a stack of rings adds a little sparkle during my conversations. A delicate necklace adds texture to any top, and since I go bolder with rings, I keep my earrings toned down.”
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