Prom season is coming, but choosing the right accessories to match your dress still remains a daunting task. If you're tired of browsing Pinterest, or perusing Facebook for hours on end and still not finding anything, here are some top tips on how to pick killer accessories that suit your dress.
Whether your dress is a satin floor-length number with a classy keyhole back, or a short prom dress with, "under the skirt" sequins; these tips will help you find the accessories that truly sync with your dress. Trust me when I say that if you're also an accessory junkie, following these tips will save you an absolute fortune in eBay sales.
1. Choose accessories that are simple, yet elegant.
Remember, you want to look pretty and charming on the prom night, not like a bedazzled Christmas tree. You can pick one or two accessories that stand out like your expensive bracelet or a statement earring but everything else should be kept subtle. A choker style necklace is an ideal choice because it's both pretty and classic. Not only that it doesn't spoil the look of your dress but also adds a beautiful aesthetic to your look.
Sequins, glitter and rhinestones are parts of a prom dress, so you don't have to avoid them completely. Instead, pick one accessory that matches the design detail of your prom dress and leave the other accessories toned down.
This can be a clutch with cute embellishments or a stylish shoe with matching beads. You can also pick two accessories with sequins and let the rest of your look be plain.
2. Accessories that match your dress should be made of the same material.
The best accessories are those that are made using the same materials as your dress. So, if you're wearing a sequined dress, you can't go wrong with a fashionable clutch that is also embellished with rhinestones.
However, if you're wearing a printed dress, you shouldn't be carrying around an embellished purse. Instead keep it simple and find one accessory that is crafted from the same material as your dress. For example, if you're wearing a printed dress and embellished with beading, you should choose a bag that is embellished from the same design.
Mixing prints in your accessories is also a good idea.
I know it may sound a little confusing but it really works. Add an accessory that is matching in color, texture or pattern to your classy dress and suddenly all of your accessories look like they belong together.
3. Try on different accessories to see which is most flattering on your body type.
Don't assume that the accessory you choose will be a "one-and-done" option. Try on different accessories to see which one looks more flattering on your frame. This can be a size, shape, or weight specific accessory like earrings or a shoulder pad. For example, if you have a pear-shaped body type, pick earrings that suit your frame because wearing an oversize pair might look funny on you.
For example, while a satin scarf might look amazing on a girl with an hourglass figure, the same accessory might make someone who's petite and frail looking look too big for their body.
4. Go for accessories in colors from the same color palette as your dress.
This is a great way to avoid having a mismatch between your accessories and the dress. Saturated colors like red, orange and yellow are perfect for adding sparkle to your look. You can pick a statement necklace in the same color as your dress or an earring studded with rhinestones that are of similar tone to the princess-cut beads of your dress.
If your dress has more than one color in its palette, choose an accessory in the most prominent shade of the dress. For example, if your dress has a red and white subtly patterned fabric, you can pick accessories with that same pattern or shade.
For instance, if you're wearing a dress that has silver sequins or a cocktail dress with shiny details, pick jewelry of the same color. You can also wear heels that have silver embellishments.
For example, if you're wearing a casual short prom dress with a bow, choose an accessory that matches the bow's color and material.
5. When picking an accessory, make sure that it complements the neckline of your prom dress.
For example, if your dress has a V-neck, you can go for a statement necklace with diamond like shapes. A choker necklace is another perfect choice. You can pick one accessory that matches the color or material of your dress and one that complements the neckline.
If your dress has an off-the-shoulder design, choose one that complements your dress while the other looks lovely with it.
In conclusion, prom accessories can make your look more charming. If you're choosing an accessory to match your dress, add a touch of elegance and beauty to it so that it complements the outfit rather than starkly contrasting with it.