It has become common practice to over accessorize. There are just so many options to choose from and it has become incredibly easy to fill our wardrobes with a multitude of accessories. Unfortunately, the over use of accessories can both impede our work, because we are constantly fidgeting with them, or they can be an eye sore ("what was she thinking"), or cause a distraction for others (clanging, tingling or other noises).
Most of us try to wear too many accessories from one day to the next. My best suggestion for office accessories is to reduce whatever you are currently wearing. Even if you don't think you over accessorize you should reduce them by half. Chances are you are wearing much more than you need or realize.
Loading up your body with dangling earrings, clunky necklaces, a load of bangles and maybe a scarf is way too much clutter. It weighs you down and takes away from the awesome outfit you have spent time shopping, purchasing, and dressing in.
Accessories should blend into your outfit and not make you look like you are wearing an albatross. When you dress in the morning (or lay out your clothes the night before) find that one excellent accessory to finish your outfit and then hit the road. If you wear studs or tiny hoop earrings that rarely change they are actually part of your base look and they do not count as your one item. Either does your watch (if it's the same watch you wear every day). So you can pick another item to be your one accessory for today.
My favourite pieces this season are the large fun cocktail rings, the subdued multi-colored scarves, steam punk or bubble necklaces, mixed metallic bracelets, bright beaded earrings, and colorful headbands.
You can still have fun in the workplace with your accessories and you will probably notice many more complements as co-workers and customers will be able to easily focus on what you are trying to highlight -- your complete look and complimentary accessory.
M. E. Wood has been the editor at the Large and Lovely site at BellaOnline.com for more than six years and after three years still has no difficulty talking about her favorite things at www.plusshe.com.