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How to Accessorize a Business Suit

Accessories for a Women's Suit


Many women wear business suits to the office daily but are unsure what accessories are appropriate. The key to accessorizing a business suit is to stick with pieces that are simple and classic. Here are six accessories that are essential for any woman who wears a business suit.

Classic Watch

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Though many of us are in the habit of checking the time on our cell phones, wearing a watch is still the best option in the workplace. If you are interviewing for a job, a watch will indicate to the prospective employer that you care about punctuality.

Choose a classic style in stainless steel, silver or gold with a leather or metal band. Avoid bright colors and plastic watch bands when wearing a business suit.

Pearl Earrings

Pearl Earrings
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The pearls don't have to be expensive or even real, but they should be stylish. Pearl earrings show a touch of class, sophistication and femininity. Choose pearl stud earrings or simple drop earrings. Avoid anything too dangly or large.

Other than a watch and earrings, women don't need other jewelry with a business suit. You can add a necklace if you'd like, but avoid bangle bracelets and chunky style jewelry in a corporate atmosphere.

Silk Scarf

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If you desire, you can add a dash of color with a silk scarf. A scarf is a chic accessory that will add a little flavor to your business suit.

Silk scarves are available in many vibrant colors and unique patterns. A scarf adds a classy and elegant touch to your business wardrobe.

Black Pumps

Karen Scott Black Pumps
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Classic black pumps are appropriate in any business environment. Choose a good quality leather pair of shoes because you will be wearing them often.

Look for a heel that is 1 1/2 to 3 inches high. Anything shorter may make your legs look stumpy, while higher heels should be reserved for the nightclub, not the boardroom.

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In a corporate environment, women should wear pantyhose when wearing skirts. Choose nude hose with most outfits.

Black tights are also sometimes an option in the wintertime, particularly with dark tweed or wool suits. Though they are a must in the business world, pantyhose are an inexpensive fashion accessory.

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Woman with Briefcase
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When wearing a business suit, it is more suitable to carry a briefcase or leather tote rather than your everyday handbag.

The briefcase should be brown or black leather and big enough to carry all your office essentials, including a calendar or PDA, notepad, pens, makeup bag and anything else you may need at the office.

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