The editors at NET-A-PORTER, one of my favorite fashion websites, recently posted an article entitled Work it: Inject a little fashion savvy into your corporate closet. The article includes suggestions for office attire to suit three situations: the working lunch, after-hours drinks, and the boardroom. This article inspired me to incorporate many of their tips into outfits I created for this month, but I’ve gone one step further. My ensembles feature vintage costume jewelry from the TruFaux Jewels collection, with one type of piece for each situation. All of the jewelry I’ve selected feature blue hues, which are among the top 10 colors for women’s spring and summer fashions. You can see a variety of pieces from the 1920s through the 1950s in blue tones in the boutique’s September Birthstone Jewelry collection.
I hope you find these examples inspiring for this spring/summer and beyond.
For the Working Lunch: Wear a Statement Necklace
This outfit pairs an elegant white silk-blend crepe blouse with a classic black pencil skirt. The black metallic leather sling-back kitten-heel pumps add a stylish, yet timeless note. The V-neck of the top is just right for a necklace, so I’ve added this lovely 1920s French Art Deco piece with clusters of blue-glass-flower-shaped beads alternating with clusters of diamanté. Whenever you wear a necklace or brooch with diamanté, you can usually wear faux or real diamond stud earrings. The blue of the beads is repeated in the tote bag.
For the Office & After Hours: Wear Statement Earrings
Here is another updated treatment of classic black and white, this time with an ivory silk-georgette blouse over black wool pants. The blouse is embellished with gunmetal studs and has a tie closure. The snakeskin shoes in a modified T-strap style have a pattern inset in the heels. All that is needed to complete this elegant ensemble is a pair of statement earrings by Hattie Carnegie – these sapphire poured glass 1950s ear clips. The method of manufacture makes these earrings appear to be stained glass. The bright blue crocodile clutch adds another dash of color.
For the Boardroom: Wear a Statement Brooch
Because NET-A-PORTER suggests making “a form-fitting pencil dress the focal point to your boardroom look”, I’ve chosen this bright blue sheath to wear with this cream twill blazer. The jacket lapel provides just the right spot for what I think is the real focal point: this 1950s statement brooch by Elsa Schiaparelli. Glass stones in sapphire, blue moonstone, and blue aurora borealis form a wreath. Textured black leather pumps and tote bag complete this outfit.
For More Information
For more information about tones of blue in vintage costume jewelry, read my article True Blue Hues.