Has anybody else noticed that successful/ambitious women tend to wear huge jingle jangle necklaces? I think it shows confidence and in my organisation has tuned into a competition as to which female manager has the balls to wear the most outlandish jewellery. Our youngest director has just walked into a meeting wearing a string of Xmas baubles, each one bigger than her head.
I think it's an attempt to demonstrate that they are 'creative thinkers' and still in touch with their feminine side.
At my place one of the senior directors came in with shoes, necklace and new purple streaks in hair to match. Not a great look for anyone and certainly not something to be doing in public IMO. The best bit was the streaks were a temporary thing and slowly faded to a kind of lilac rinse......
Depends your line of work. I see a lot of power pearls - non-jangly, but the bigger the better.
I thing statement accessories serve the same role as ties - people who essentially wear an uniform want to transmit something about their personality, individuality and taste. It's also a status symbol - a way to distinguish yourself from the waitress and the interviewee.