How to Accessorize a Business Suit

Accessories for a Women's Suit

Many women wear suits to work.  They're not only professional but easy to wear.  However, like a little black dress, changing up business suits not only make them feel fresh but look updated as well.  Even if you don't accessorize your suits, you can make them look expensive with these timeless and classic accessories. 

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Classic Watch

Seiko Women's Leather Watch
Seiko Women's Leather Watch. Courtesy of PriceGrabber

One good watch can last a lifetime.  Invest in one to wear as an accessory with your suits.  If your job is more conservative, going with a classic Tank watch will make more sense, particularly if you are in finance or law.  You want the clients you are working with to feel that you can be trusted and that you are good at what you do, making a classic, sturdy, timeless and investment watch a smart purchase. 

If you are in a more creative field you can definitely step out with trendier styles. 

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Pearl Earrings

Pearl Earrings
Pearl Earrings. Photo credit: istockphoto

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.  Find your perfect earrings length and size here

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.

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Belisi Scarf
Belisi Scarf. Courtesy of PriceGrabber

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.  Here are several scarf shapes that will work for the office and how to tie them.  More »

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Black Pumps

Karen Scott Black Pumps
Karen Scott Black Pumps. Courtesy of PriceGrabber

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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Stockings

Pantyhose
Pantyhose. Courtesy of PriceGrabber

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.  In a corporate environment, avoid lacy stockings and styles that are too racy.  Here are other accessories that are inappropriate for the workplace. 

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A good, solid tote

Woman with Briefcase
Woman with Briefcase. Photo credit: istockphoto

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

Your bag doesn't have to be in a dark somber color, your bag should be clean, sharp, professional 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.

Heading to an interview?  Here are some suggestions on the types of accessories you should consider. 

Beyond the basics

You can absolutely break free from these very classic accessory choices for your suits. However, start with these basics and build from there.